BTN Brings the 2019 Big Ten Men’s Basketball Tournament to Life Around Chicago

BTN Brings the 2019 Big Ten Men’s Basketball Tournament to Life Around Chicago

In addition to BTN’s week-long television coverage of the Big Ten Men’s Basketball Tournament presented by SoFi, the network’s creative and digital team will also look to leave its mark on the Windy City ahead of Wednesday’s opening tip-off.

In partnership with creative and media agency Fallon, Chicago’s iconic Daley Plaza has been transformed into a basketball-themed playground. Open to the public from 11:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. and located at 50 W. Washington Street, a custom-built basketball court will feature 29 school-specific basketball hoops positioned inside a three-point arc adjacent to Chicago’s famous Picasso sculpture. The hoops range in height from four to 12 feet tall, with over two dozen BTN basketballs available for a mid-day shootaround. Every Team Has A Shot. Why shouldn’t you?

Across the river and a few blocks to the northeast, an “All Signs Point to BTN” art installation resides in front of the Conrad Hotel near the intersection of Erie and Michigan Ave. (101 E. Erie St.). Standing 20-feet high and displaying the distance to all 14 Big Ten Schools participating in the tournament on BTN, the structure will remain in place until Friday, March 15. Similarly, oversized #MarchOnBTN hashtag letters will be placed just outside of the United Center, on the north side of Madison street, for photographs.

For those who can’t make it around town or to the United Center for the tournament, BTN is preparing to deliver it directly to you. Seven videographers will be on-site to produce custom features, highlights and player and coach interviews for BTN’s 14 school-specific Twitter accounts throughout the entire tournament, presented by Yahoo! Sports.

Andy Katz will also deliver his five favorite things from each day of the tournament via the @BigTenNetwork Twitter account, while real-time highlights from the first 10 games of the tournament will be presented by State Farm and made available across all of BTN’s Twitter accounts. For the entirety of the tournament, BTN’s Instagram page will showcase the guest photography of Chicago resident Oscar Castillo. Additionally, BTN’s Emmy-nominated original series, The Journey, will be revisiting iconic Big Ten Tournament moments from the @BigTenNetwork Twitter account presented by Gatorade.

For fans looking to watch their teams in action, the first 10 games of the tournament on BTN can also be streamed via the FOX Sports App. The Big Ten Men’s Basketball Tournament Presented by SoFi begins on Wednesday, March 13, from the United Center. The daily schedule is listed below (all times Eastern). Please note, times are approximate.

Monday

BTN Live: All-Conference Selection Show 5:00 PM

Tuesday

BTN Live: B1G Basketball Tournament Preview 5:00 PM

Wednesday

B1G Tip-Off Show 6:00 PM
Game No. 1 6:30 PM
B1G Basketball Game Break 8:30 PM
Game No. 2 9:00 PM
The B1G Show 11:30 PM

Thursday

B1G Tip-Off Show Noon
Game No. 3 12:30 PM
B1G Basketball Game Break 2:30 PM
Game No. 4 3:00 PM
B1G Basketball Postgame 5:00 PM
B1G Basketball Game Break 6:00 PM
B1G Tip-Off Show 6:30 PM
Game No. 5 7:00 PM
B1G Basketball Game Break 9:00 PM
Game No. 6 9:30 PM
B1G Basketball Postgame 11:30 PM
The B1G Show 12:00 AM

Friday

B1G Tip-Off Show Noon
Game No. 7 12:30 PM
B1G Basketball Game Break 2:30 PM
Game No. 8 3:00 PM
B1G Basketball Postgame 5:00 PM
B1G Basketball Game Break 6:00 PM
B1G Tip-Off Show 6:30 PM
Game No. 9 7:00 PM
B1G Basketball Game Break 9:00 PM
Game No. 10 9:30 PM
B1G Basketball Postgame 11:30 PM
The B1G Show 12:00 AM

 Saturday

B1G Tip-Off Show 12:30 PM
B1G Basketball Postgame 5:30 PM
The B1G Show Following Men’s Hockey  Tournament game

Sunday

B1G Tip-Off Show 3:00 PM
B1G Basketball & Beyond: Selection Sunday Special 7:00 PM
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