BTN/BTN2Go to cover Big Ten throughout NCAA tourney

CHICAGO – Fans looking to follow Big Ten teams throughout the 2013 NCAA Men’s and Women’s Basketball tournaments can turn to BTN for comprehensive coverage, including pre- and post-game press conferences and frequent episodes of Big Ten Basketball & Beyond: Tournament Edition, hosted by Dave Revsine and Jim Jackson.

“With the interest in Big Ten teams at record levels, basketball fans will want to tune in to BTN for in-depth analysis and coverage throughout the NCAA tournament,” said BTN President Mark Silverman.

Tournament coverage on BTN/BTN2Go begins Wednesday, with pre-game press conferences for Michigan State and Michigan, at 12:50 and 3:45 p.m. ET, respectively. BTN also will televise the majority of Big Ten opponents’ press conferences, with Valparaiso and South Dakota State events set to air 1:20 p.m ET and 4:15 p.m. ET, respectively. Michigan State takes on Valparaiso at 12:15 p.m ET Thursday in Auburn Hills, Mich., while Michigan faces South Dakota State at 7:15 p.m. ET, also in Auburn Hills.

In addition, BTN will have reporters on site where Big Ten teams are playing: Auburn Hills, for Michigan and Michigan State; Dayton, for Ohio State and Indiana; Austin, for Minnesota and Illinois; and Kansas City for Wisconsin.

At 8 p.m. ET tonight, BTN will air the season finale of The Journey: Big Ten Basketball 2013. The 60-minute show takes fans behind the scenes of the Big Ten Tournament from the opening tip through trophy presentation. The episode also includes features on Michigan’s Trey Burke, Indiana’s Victor Oladipo, Michigan State’s Derrick Nix and Wisconsin’s Mike Bruesewitz.

A schedule of currently scheduled press conference days and times is below. As Big Ten teams advance, the programming schedule will be updated to reflect press conference airings and can be found at BTN.com/Shows.

WEDNESDAY

Time (ET) Event
12:50 PM NCAA TOURNAMENT PRESS CONFERENCE: MICHIGAN STATE PRE-GAME
1:20 PM NCAA TOURNAMENT PRESS CONFERENCE: VALPARAISO PRE-GAME
3:45 PM NCAA TOURNAMENT PRESS CONFERENCE: MICHIGAN PRE-GAME
4:15 PM NCAA TOURNAMENT PRESS CONFERENCE: SOUTH DAKOTA STATE PRE-GAME
8 PM THE JOURNEY: BIG TEN BASKETBALL 2013 Season Finale
9 PM BIG TEN BASKETBALL & BEYOND TOURNAMENT EDITION

THURSDAY

Time (ET) Event
1:30 PM NCAA TOURNAMENT PRESS CONFERENCE: INDIANA PRE-GAME
2:05 PM NCAA TOURNAMENT PRESS CONFERENCE: WISCONSIN PRE-GAME
2:35 PM NCAA TOURNAMENT PRESS CONFERENCE: OLE MISS PRE-GAME
2:45 PM NCAA TOURNAMENT PRESS CONFERENCE: MICHIGAN STATE VS. VALPARAISO POST-GAME*
3:30 PM NCAA TOURNAMENT PRESS CONFERENCE: ILLINOIS PRE-GAME
4 PM NCAA TOURNAMENT PRESS CONFERENCE: OHIO STATE PRE-GAME
4:30 PM NCAA TOURNAMENT PRESS CONFERENCE: LIU BROOKLYN/JAMES MADISON PRE-GAME
5 PM NCAA TOURNAMENT PRESS CONFERENCE: COLORADO PRE-GAME
6:30 PM BIG TEN BASKETBALL & BEYOND TOURNAMENT EDITION
7 PM NCAA TOURNAMENT PRESS CONFERENCE: MINNESOTA PRE-GAME
7:30 PM NCAA TOURNAMENT PRESS CONFERENCE: UCLA PRE-GAME
9:45 PM NCAA TOURNAMENT PRESS CONFERENCE: MICHIGAN VS. SOUTH DAKOTA STATE POST-GAME
12 AM BIG TEN BASKETBALL & BEYOND TOURNAMENT EDITION

FRIDAY

Time (ET) Event
1:30 PM NCAA TOURNAMENT PRESS CONFERENCE: MICHIGAN STATE PRE-GAME*If Advance to 3rd Round
2:15 PM NCAA TOURNAMENT PRESS CONFERENCE: MICHIGAN STATE OPPONENT PRE-GAME *If Advance to 3rd Round
3:10 PM NCAA TOURNAMENT PRESS CONFERENCE: WISCONSIN VS. OLE MISS POST-GAME
3:55 PM NCAA TOURNAMENT PRESS CONFERENCE: MICHIGAN PRE-GAME*If Advance to 3rd Round
4:40 PM NCAA TOURNAMENT PRESS CONFERENCE: MICHIGAN OPPONENT PRE-GAME *If Advance to 3rd Round
6:40 PM NCAA TOURNAMENT PRESS CONFERENCE: INDIANA VS. LIU BROOKLYN/ JAMES MADISON POST-GAME
7:25 PM NCAA TOURNAMENT PRESS CONFERENCE: ILLINOIS VS. COLORADO POST-GAME
9:40 PM NCAA TOURNAMENT PRESS CONFERENCE: OHIO STATE VS. IONA POST-GAME
12 AM BIG TEN BASKETBALL & BEYOND TOURNAMENT EDITION

*All post-game press conference times are approximate

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. BTN2Go is the 24/7 simulcast of BTN that delivers live and on-demand programming via the internet, smartphones and tablets to customers of participating video providers. Events include football, men’s and women’s basketball games; dozens of Big Ten Olympic sports and championship events; studio 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 90 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 additional information, go to www.BTN.com.

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