BTN to air nightly Big Ten Basketball & Beyond

CHICAGO – With a record 16 men’s and women’s basketball teams competing in post-season play, BTN will have full coverage, with nightly episodes of Big Ten Basketball and Beyond: Tournament Edition, presented by 5-Hour Energy, as well as postgame press conferences. Six men’s and seven women’s teams are in the NCAA Tournament, while three men’s teams are competing in the NIT.

[See the NCAA.com Men's Bracket; See the NCAA.com Women's Bracket]

Dave Revsine, Rick Pizzo and Mike Hall will alternate as hosts and be joined by analysts Jim Jackson, Gary Williams, Stephanie White, Keno Davis, Shon Morris, Tim Doyle and Mike DeCourcy on nightly episodes of Big Ten Basketball and Beyond: Tournament Edition. On most nights with tournament competition, BTN will air two shows, both before the first tip and immediately following the evening’s last game.

BTN also will have reporters on the six sites of the men’s NCAA Tournament following each team’s progress throughout the tournament, and will conduct one-on-one interviews with players and coaches.

Additionally, postgame press conferences will be televised live on BTN and BTN2Go throughout the tournament. When two Big Ten teams play at the same time, BTN will air the post-game press conference of the game ending first, with the second following. For example, on Friday, March 16, Michigan and Ohio University tip off at 7:20 PM ET, while Purdue and St. Mary’s tip at 7:27 PM ET. The two press conferences will air back-to-back at 9:30 and 10:30 PM ET.

For show and press conference times, check your local listings or go to BTN.com/shows.

In addition, the final, one-hour episode of The Journey: Big Ten Basketball 2012 airs at 8 PM ET on Wednesday, and will feature senior nights at Wisconsin and Michigan State; the Michigan State-Ohio State end-of-season thriller; the emotional reunion of Illinois sophomore center Meyers Leonard and his brother Bailey, a member of the U.S. Marine Corps who recently returned from active duty; and behind-the-scenes coverage of the Big Ten Men’s Basketball Tournament in Indianapolis.

This week’s schedule follows.

Tuesday, March 13th
11pm ET – Beyond: Tournament Edition (LIVE)

Wednesday, March 14th
8pm ET – The Journey Season Finale 60 minutes
9pm ET – Beyond: Tournament Edition (LIVE)

Thursday, March 15th
4:30pm ET (Approx.) – Press Conference: Wisconsin Postgame (LIVE) 60 minutes

5:30pm ET– Beyond: Tournament Edition (LIVE)
12am ET – Press Conference: Either Indiana or Ohio State Postgame (LIVE) 30 minutes (depends on which game ends first)

12:30am ET – Beyond: Tournament Edition (LIVE)

Friday, March 16th
12:00pm ET – Press Conference: Indiana Postgame [from Thurs night] (Debut) 60 minutes
1:00pm ET – Press Conference: Ohio State Postgame [from Thurs night] (Debut) 60 minutes
6:00pm ET – Beyond: Tournament Edition (LIVE)
9:30pm ET – Press Conference: Either Michigan or Purdue Postgame (LIVE) 60 minutes [whichever game ends first]
10:30pm ET – Press Conference: Either Michigan or Purdue Postgame (LIVE) [whichever game ends second]
11:30pm ET – Press Conference: Michigan State (LIVE) 60 minutes
12:30am ET – Beyond: Tournament Edition (LIVE)

Saturday, March 17th
11:30am ET – Beyond: Tournament Edition (LIVE)
TBD Afternoon – Press Conference as needed from teams which win Thursday
11:00pm ET – Beyond: Tournament Edition (LIVE)

Sunday, March 18th
TBD Afternoon – Press Conference as needed from teams which win Friday
11:00pm ET – Beyond: Tournament Edition (LIVE)

About BTN: A joint venture between the Big Ten Conference and Fox Networks, BTN is the first internationally distributed network dedicated to covering one of the premier collegiate conferences in the country. With more than 800 events, all in HD, the 24/7 network is the ultimate destination for Big Ten fans and alumni across the country, allowing them to see their favorite teams, regardless of where they live. Events include football, men’s and women’s basketball games; dozens of Big Ten Championship events; studio shows; coaches’ shows; and classic games. The network televises and streams more Olympic sporting events and women’s sports than has ever been aired on any other network. Original programming highlights activities and accomplishments of some of the nation’s finest universities. The groundbreaking Student U initiative provides real-world experience for students interested in careers in sports television. The network is available to more than 80 million homes across the United States and Canada, and currently has agreements with more than 300 affiliates, including AT&T U-Verse, Atlantic Broadband, Cablevision, Charter, Comcast, Cox, DirecTV, DISH Network, Insight, Mediacom, Rogers Cable (Canada), Shaw Cable and Shaw Direct (Canada), Time Warner Cable and Verizon FiOS. For updated information, go to www.BTN.com.

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