Big Ten Fall Championships to Air on BTN in November
CHICAGO – BTN will once again provide coverage of five Big Ten fall championships, including live broadcasts during the 2011 Big Ten Field Hockey Tournament, Big Ten Men’s and Women’s Soccer Tournaments and delayed coverage of the Big Ten Men’s and Women’s Cross Country Championships.
BTN will televise live the semifinals and final of the Big Ten Field Hockey Tournament at Penn State. Live coverage of the semifinal round will begin at 10 AM ET with the second game to follow at approximately noon ET on Friday, Nov. 4. The championship game will air live on Sunday, Nov. 6, at 2 PM ET. Five Big Ten teams appear in the latest national poll, including No. 7 Michigan, No. 8 Penn State, No. 11 Iowa, No. 17 Ohio State and No. 20 Northwestern. The Wolverines seek their second-consecutive and sixth tournament title overall.
The network will be in Evanston, Ill., for the Big Ten Women’s Soccer Tournament, which has returned after a two-year hiatus. Live coverage of the semifinal round will begin on Friday, Nov. 4, at 2:15 PM ET with the second game to follow at approximately 4:55 PM ET. The championship game will air live at 4 PM ET on Sunday, Nov. 6. Penn State and Illinois are ranked No. 12 and No. 20 respectively. The Nittany Lions won the last Big Ten Women’s Soccer Tournament in 2008.
BTN also will televise live the semifinals and final of the Big Ten Men’s Soccer Tournament, hosted by the University of Michigan. Semifinal coverage will air live on Friday, Nov. 11, at 1 PM ET and approximately 3:30 PM ET. The final will be carried live at noon ET on Sunday, Nov. 13. Indiana is the Big Ten’s top-ranked team at No. 10 nationally, while Michigan is the reigning tournament champion.
The network will offer delayed coverage of the Big Ten Cross Country Championships at noon ET on Friday, Nov. 11. The University of Illinois will host the event. The Big Ten has five nationally ranked men’s teams, featuring two in the top 10 with Wisconsin at No. 2 and Indiana at No. 7. On the women’s side, four Big Ten teams are ranked in the top 30, paced by No. 15 Michigan State. The Badgers have won the last 12 Big Ten men’s cross country titles, and will be seeking their 45th overall championship. The Spartans’ women’s team will be aiming for back-to-back conference titles and its fourth championship overall.
2011 Big Ten Fall Sports Championships/Tournaments on BTN (all times ET)
Big Ten Field Hockey Tournament
Friday, November 4 at Penn State 10:00 AM Semifinal #1 (LIVE)
Friday, November 4 at Penn State 12:00 PM* Semifinal #2 (LIVE)
Sunday, November 6 at Penn State 2:00 PM Final (LIVE)
Big Ten Women’s Soccer Tournament
Friday, November 4 at Northwestern 2:15 PM Semifinal #1 (LIVE)
Friday, November 4 at Northwestern 4:55 PM* Semifinal #2 (LIVE)
Sunday, November 6 at Northwestern 4:00 PM Final (LIVE)
Big Ten Men’s Soccer Tournament
Friday, November 11 at Michigan 1:00 PM Semifinal #1 (LIVE)
Friday, November 11 at Michigan 3:30 PM* Semifinal #2 (LIVE)
Sunday, November 13 at Michigan 12:00 PM Final (LIVE)
Big Ten Women’s Cross Country Championships
Sunday, Oct. 30 at Illinois 11:45 AM Championship (Delay: Nov. 11, Noon)
Big Ten Men’s Cross Country Championships
Sunday, Oct. 30 at Illinois 12:45 PM Championship (Delay: Nov. 11, Noon)
*The second semifinal game will begin approximately 30-40 minutes after the conclusion of the first semifinal.
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