Tourney Time: Purdue Plays Tonight on BTN

BTN & BTN2Go is airing all of the Purdue Boilermakers’ baseball games in the 2012 NCAA Baseball Tournament’s Gary Regional. The other three teams in this one of 16 NCAA regional events: No. 2 regional seed Kentucky, No. 3 regional seed Kent State and No. 4 regional seed Valparaiso.

Kentucky plays Kent State at 4 p.m. ET and Purdue plays Valparaiso at 8 p.m. ET. On Saturday, BTN will televise Purdue’s second game, which will be against Kent State or Kentucky in either the winners’ or losers’ bracket, given the double-elimination nature of the regionals. Should Purdue advance, it will play one game, and potentially two games on Sunday that BTN also will televise, as well as the final game Monday, if necessary. All games will be played at the U.S. Steel Yard, the home of the Gary South Shore Rail Cats.

Michigan State is also in the NCAA Tournament and plays at the No. 3 seed in the Palo Alto Regional on ESPN3. The Spartans face No. 2 seed Pepperdine at 4 p.m. ET on Friday. Get more information on the Spartans’ opening games at MSUSpartans.com. And @statebaseball on Twitter is a good follow, too.

Here are some more useful links for the Purdue regional:

PurdueSports.com: It’s the place with the most coverage of Purdue baseball info, so dive into the Purdue baseball page at PurdueSports.com. They  have a great live blog detailing game action a well as a rich archive of baseball photo galleries. While you’re watching on BTN or BTN2Go, you can also track the game’s stats live here.

Twitter: The team’s account @purduebaseball is a good one to follow. You get good tweets like this one:

Purdue video: All of our available Purdue baseball clips from the past season are in our Purdue video player, including this feature profile on the team that originally aired back in April.

Tourney bracket: Track the entire tournament with the full NCAA tourney bracket at NCAA.com.

The other teams in Gary: Get to know the squads from Kentucky, Kent State, and Valparaiso.

The stadium: Need directions to the U.S. Steel Yard stadium, which is also home to the Gary Railcats? Here they are.

Tickets: You can order by phone or online. Here’s a handy guide on how to get tickets to this weekend’s games in Gary.

Find BTN: Are you new to the Big Ten Network? Use the BTN ChannelFinder to find BTN on your TV system.

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