ISU Basketball Releases TV Schedule for 2012-13
Nov. 27, 2012
NORMAL, Ill. - In addition to the two Illinois State men's basketball telecasts that have already aired this season, Redbird fans will have 11 more chances to watch ISU in action, thanks to the addition of four more games on Comcast SportsNet Chicago. CSN Chicago is also picking up four additional ISU women's basketball games, increasing the women's telecast total to six.
Illinois State's institutional television package, which will be produced by Niles Media Group and seen on CSN Chicago, includes this Saturday's men's game at No. 5 Louisville (Dec. 1), the Dec. 8 game versus Western Michigan, the Dec. 19 matchup at Dayton and the Feb. 2 home game against Southern Illinois. The newly added Illinois State women's basketball telecasts include the Jan. 19 game against Southern Illinois, the Feb. 10 game versus Creighton, the Feb. 14 matchup at Southern Illinois and the Feb. 28 game versus Wichita State.
WMBD-TV Sports Director Kurt Pegler will return as the men's basketball play-by-play voice for the Dec. 8 and Feb. 2 games, while former Illinois State assistant coach Bob Morris will once again serve as the color analyst. Longtime voice of Redbird women's basketball, R.C. McBride, will provide play-by-play during the women's telecasts, while Hall of Fame coach Jill Hutchison will return as the color analyst.
"We are excited to continue our broadcasting relationship with Greg Bowman and the staff at Comcast SportsNet Chicago," Illinois State Assistant Athletics Director for Communications Mike Williams said. "The Illinois State Athletics Department values this partnership, which allows us to reach out to our fans, alumni and 4.8 million homes throughout the viewing area."
The Missouri Valley Conference also announced its league television package last month, which is produced by Niles Media Group. ISU's first Valley TV broadcast can be viewed on Jan. 2, when the men's basketball team hosts Creighton. On Jan. 4, the Redbird women's basketball home game against Northern Iowa will also air on the network. Valley TV will then broadcast the Jan. 26 men's basketball game versus Evansville and the Jan. 29 contest at Bradley.
In addition, the Redbird men's and women's basketball teams could be featured during the MVC Wildcard Weekend, Mar. 2-3. The televised matchups will be announced in early February. The men's basketball Valley Tournament opening rounds, quarterfinals and semifinals will also air on Valley TV, along with the women's basketball Valley Tournament semifinals and championship games. The men's title game can be watched on CBS. Valley TV games are broadcast on Comcast SportsNet Chicago, ESPN3, FOX Sports Midwest, FOX Sports Indiana, FOX Sports Kansas City and FOX College Sports.
Along with Valley TV coverage, Illinois State can also be seen on the ESPN family of networks, beginning with the Jan. 2 men's basketball home game against Creighton, which will air on ESPN3. The Redbirds will also be broadcast on ESPN3 during their Jan. 16 contest at Wichita State. ISU's Jan. 20 game at Southern Illinois will either air on ESPNU or ESPN3, and the Jan. 26 home matchup against Evansville, followed by the Jan. 29 rivalry game at Bradley, can both be seen on ESPN3.
The Redbirds are slated to be televised nationally on ESPN2 and ESPN3 during their Feb. 9 road trip at Creighton, while ESPNU will broadcast ISU's Feb. 17 home game against Wichita State. ISU's BracketBusters game on Feb. 22-23 could be shown on the ESPN family of networks, which will be announced at the end of January. The ISU women's basketball team can also be seen on ESPN3 on Jan. 4 versus Northern Iowa and on Feb. 1 at Wichita State.
The Redbird men have already been nationally televised twice this year, with the Nov. 15 win at Drexel shown on NBC Sports Network, and the Nov. 24 overtime loss to Northwestern shown on CBS Sports Network.
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