BTN to provide extensive baseball and softball coverage for the 2016 season

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BTN to provide extensive baseball and softball coverage for the 2016 season

BTN will offer its most extensive baseball and softball coverage ever in 2016, with over 360 games airing on BTN/BTN2Go and BTN Plus for the upcoming season.

BTN’s television coverage of Big Ten baseball begins with a non-conference showdown between Purdue and No. 5 Louisville on Wednesday, March 23 at 6 p.m. ET. Last season, Illinois won its 30th outright Big Ten title, but Michigan won the Big Ten Tournament Championship and appeared in the NCAA tournament for the first time since 2008. The Big Ten coaches voted the Wolverines as the 2016 conference favorite, however they figure to face stiff competition from both Maryland and Indiana. The Terrapins ended a 43-year NCAA tournament drought in 2014 and have now appeared in back-to-back super regionals, and the Hoosiers have made three straight regionals.

BTN’s television coverage of Big Ten softball begins Friday, March 25, when Maryland visits Ohio State and 6 p.m. ET. No. 2 Michigan, last season’s league and Big Ten Tournament champion, debuts on BTN on Friday, April 8 at 8:30 p.m. ET against No. 23 Nebraska.

Highlights and coverage of Big Ten baseball and softball will be featured on This Week in the Big Ten, which airs Sunday nights beginning on April 3. Hosts Rick Pizzo, Mike Hall and various analysts will discuss Big Ten matchups and breakout performances from the weekend’s games. The Diamond Report will return with airings during the baseball and softball tournaments.

Below is a preliminary schedule, with more games to be added to the TV schedule at a later date. The preliminary BTN Plus streaming schedule can be viewed here.

BTN/ BTN2Go 2016 Baseball Schedule

Date Visiting Team Home Team Time (ET)
Wednesday, March 23, 2016 Louisville Purdue 6:00 PM
Friday, March 25, 2016 Rutgers Michigan State 3:00 PM
Saturday, March 26, 2016 Penn State Illinois 4:00 PM
Sunday, March 27, 2016 Northwestern Ohio State Noon
Tuesday, March 29, 2016 Creighton Nebraska 7:30 PM
Sunday, April 03, 2016 Iowa Minnesota 3:00 PM
Friday, April 08, 2016 Ohio State Maryland 5:30 PM
Sunday, April 10, 2016 Purdue Indiana 3:00 PM
Friday, April 15, 2016 Nebraska Michigan 6:00 PM
Sunday, April 17, 2016 Iowa Indiana 3:00 PM
Sunday, April 24, 2016 Indiana Michigan State 3:00 PM
Friday, April 29, 2016 Michigan State Michigan 6:00 PM
Saturday, April 30, 2016 Maryland Penn State 2:00 PM
Sunday, May 01, 2016 Northwestern Indiana 3:00 PM
Saturday, May 07, 2016 Purdue Northwestern 3:00 PM
Saturday, May 07, 2016 Rutgers Michigan 6:00 PM
Monday, May 09, 2016 Nebraska Michigan State 1:00 PM
Sunday, May 15, 2016 Rutgers Maryland 12:00 PM
Sunday, May 15, 2016 Michigan Ohio State 3:00 PM
Thursday, May 19, 2016 TBD TBD TBD
Friday, May 20, 2016 TBD TBD TBD
Saturday, May 21, 2016 Michigan Illinois 4:00 PM
Saturday, May 21, 2016 TBD TBD TBD
Wednesday, May 25, 2016 Game #1 Game #1 TBD
Wednesday, May 25, 2016 Game #2 Game #2 TBD
Wednesday, May 25, 2016 Game #3 Game #3 TBD
Wednesday, May 25, 2016 Game #4 Game #4 TBD
Thursday, May 26, 2016 Game #5 Game #5 TBD
Thursday, May 26, 2016 Game #6 Game #6 TBD
Thursday, May 26, 2016 Game #7 Game #7 TBD
Thursday, May 26, 2016 Game #8 Game #8 TBD
Friday, May 27, 2016 Game #9 Game #9 TBD
Friday, May 27, 2016 Game #10 Game #10 TBD
Saturday, May 28, 2016 Semifinal #1 Semifinal #1 TBD
Saturday, May 28, 2016 Semifinal #2 Semifinal #2 TBD
Saturday, May 28, 2016 Semifinal #3 (If Necessary) Semifinal #3 (If Necessary) TBD
Saturday, May 28, 2016 Semifinal #4 (If Necessary) Semifinal #4 (If Necessary) TBD
Sunday, May 29, 2016 Championship Championship TBD

BTN/ BTN2Go 2016 Softball Schedule

Date Visiting Team Home Team Time (ET)
Friday, March 25, 2016 Maryland Ohio State 6:00 PM
Saturday, April 02, 2016 Michigan State Penn State 3:00 PM
Sunday, April 03, 2016 Rutgers Illinois 1:00 PM
Tuesday, April 05, 2016 Indiana Purdue 3:00 PM
Tuesday, April 05, 2016 Indiana Purdue 5:30 PM
Wednesday, April 06, 2016 Penn State Ohio State 4:00 PM
Wednesday, April 06, 2016 Penn State Ohio State 6:30 PM
Friday, April 08, 2016 Michigan Nebraska 8:30 PM
Sunday, April 10, 2016 Michigan Nebraska 1:00 PM
Tuesday, April 12, 2016 Wisconsin Minnesota 5:00 PM
Tuesday, April 12, 2016 Wisconsin Minnesota 7:30 PM
Wednesday, April 13, 2016 Northwestern Illinois 6:00 PM
Wednesday, April 13, 2016 Northwestern Illinois 8:30 PM
Sunday, April 17, 2016 Ohio State Michigan 1:00 PM
Wednesday, April 20, 2016 Rutgers Maryland 3:00 PM
Wednesday, April 20, 2016 Rutgers Maryland 5:30 PM
Friday, April 22, 2016 Maryland Michigan 6:00 PM
Sunday, April 24, 2016 Nebraska Minnesota 1:00 PM
Friday, April 29, 2016 Northwestern Wisconsin 4:00 PM
Sunday, May 01, 2016 Iowa Illinois 1:00 PM
Saturday, May 07, 2016 TBD TBD 1:00 PM
Sunday, May 08, 2016 TBD TBD TBD
Thursday, May 12, 2016 Game #1 Game #1 12:00 PM
Thursday, May 12, 2016 Game #2 Game #2 2:30 PM
Thursday, May 12, 2016 Game #3 Game #3 5:30 PM
Thursday, May 12, 2016 Game #4 Game #4 8:00 PM
Friday, May 13, 2016 Quarterfinal #1 Quarterfinal #1 12:00 PM
Friday, May 13, 2016 Quarterfinal #2 Quarterfinal #2 2:30 PM
Friday, May 13, 2016 Quarterfinal #3 Quarterfinal #3 5:30 PM
Friday, May 13, 2016 Quarterfinal #4 Quarterfinal #4 8:00 PM
Saturday, May 14, 2016 Semifinal #1 Semifinal #1 1:00 PM
Saturday, May 14, 2016 Semifinal #2 Semifinal #2 3:30 PM
Saturday, May 14, 2016 Championship Championship 6:30 PM
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