The slate features six matchups of teams that appeared in the 2016 NCAA Tournament, including the defending national champion Villanova Wildcats at Purdue on Nov. 14 as part of the Gavitt Tipoff Games and the 2014 national champion Connecticut Huskies at Ohio State on Dec. 10.
As the Big Ten Network begins its 10th year on-air, BTN president Mark Silverman today announced the network’s new lineup of original programming at Big Ten Football media day.
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The Big Ten Network today announced Chicago Cubs slugger Kyle Schwarber as the grand marshal of the BTN Big 10K. Schwarber will join thousands of Big Ten fans and runners on Aug. 6, 2016, for 10K and 5K runs, as well as a football-themed tailgate party afterwards.
BTN announced its first 17 games of the 2016 football season.
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On Saturday, May 21, “Hoop 4 Water: A Charity Basketball Event,” will stream live on BTN2Go at 3 p.m. ET. The game will also air on BTN at 8 p.m. ET on Monday, May 23.
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On Sunday, May 15, President Barack Obama’s keynote address at Rutgers University’s 250th anniversary commencement will stream live on BTN2Go at 12:30 p.m. ET. The speech from High Point Solutions Stadium in Piscataway will also air later that day at 10:30 p.m. ET on BTN.
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Of the 10 games, seven feature teams that finished ranked in the final AP Top 25 poll, including a pair of games for 2015 Big Ten title game participants Iowa and Michigan State. View our full primetime slate inside.
BTN is the home for a complete 90 hours of Big Ten spring championships coverage in May, televising events in the sports of baseball, softball, rowing, and men’s and women’s lacrosse, golf, tennis and outdoor track and field.
BTN and Riot Games today announced the BTN Invitational: A University League of Legends Event where two of the best Big Ten schools battle head-to-head in the highly-competitive online game League of Legends, the most played PC video game in the world. Ohio State will face off against Michigan State in front of a live audience at the widely popular video game event Penny Arcade Expo (PAX East) taking place in Boston from April 22 to 24.
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BTN will increase its coverage of Big Ten men’s and women’s lacrosse in 2016, televising at least 25 men’s and women’s games and streaming approximately 40 other games on BTN Plus. Additional events may be added to the schedule at a later date.
Registration is now open for the summer race that turns Chicago into a Big Ten tailgate party. The fifth annual BTN Big 10k takes place on Saturday, Aug. 6, and is back with a fresh look on a new course in 2016.
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BTN will provide a full week of comprehensive coverage of the Big Ten Tournament from Indianapolis, including five games, pre- and post-game analysis, coach and player interviews, and a 90-minute Selection Sunday Special.
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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.
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BTN will televise seven winter Big Ten Championships, including wrestling, men’s and women’s swimming & diving, men’s and women’s indoor track & field and men’s and women’s gymnastics and the entire Big Ten Hockey Tournament in 2016.
BTN will dedicate eight hours of programming to cover National Signing Day on Wednesday, the most coverage in network history, including:
BTN is taking the show on the road to New York City on Jan. 29th and 30th for the inaugural Super Saturday, a Big Ten basketball & hockey doubleheader at Madison Square Garden featuring Michigan and Penn State. BTN will provide complete coverage of both contests, including live game telecasts and studio shows originating from both Manhattan and on-site.
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At a table for four, coaching legends Jud Heathcote, Gary Williams and Tom Davis share the losses they never got over, the best players they coached and faced and their thoughts on NCAA basketball today. Their conversations were captured for season two of A Taste of Coaching, hosted by Steve Lavin and debuting at 9 PM ET on Monday, Jan. 18. The five-episode series will air on Monday evenings in January and February.
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BTN will provide extensive, on-site coverage surrounding the College Football Playoff Semifinal matchup between Michigan State and Alabama in the Cotton Bowl, as well as Iowa’s first trip to the Rose Bowl in 25 years. Eight other Big Ten teams are slated to compete in postseason play, with BTN highlighting each of those matchups beginning on Thursday, Dec. 24.
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With the regular season complete, BTN will present the exclusive, live announcement of both coaches’ and media All-Big Ten teams, as well as 16 Big Ten football awards during BTN Live on Monday, Nov. 30 and Tuesday, Dec. 1.
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The final football games of the Big Ten regular season will be played Saturday and three are on BTN. At noon ET, Indiana travels to West Lafayette to take on the Boilermakers, while Maryland heads to High Point Solutions Stadium to face the Scarlet Knights. Those games will be followed by Minnesota at Wisconsin at 3:30 PM ET.
On Wednesday, Nov. 11, BTN will debut a unique look at the country’s premier volleyball conference. B1G Volleyball Extravaganza, beginning at 7 P.M. ET, features live look-ins at all 14 Big Ten women’s volleyball teams playing in seven conference matches throughout the evening. The whip-around coverage will join the Purdue at Maryland, Indiana at Rutgers and No.18 Illinois at No. 12 Ohio State matches in progress at 7 P.M. ET, and continue to spotlight additional matches for three hours throughout the night. Full matches can also be streamed via the web, smartphones, tablets and connected devices on BTN Plus on BTN2Go, BTN’s digital extension.
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BTN will provide extensive coverage of the 2015 Big Ten fall championships and tournaments, including live broadcasts and streams of the Big Ten Field Hockey Tournament and Big Ten Men’s and Women’s Soccer Tournaments, as well as delayed coverage of the Big Ten Men’s and Women’s Cross Country Championships.
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With the Big Ten seeking its 10th consecutive wrestling national championship, BTN’s 2015-16 wrestling coverage, presented by returning sponsor Cliff Keen Athletic, will take fans along for the ride with some of the most noteworthy matchups of the season.
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Thursday’s Big Ten Basketball Media Day signals the arrival of hoops season on the Big Ten Network. With media day coverage, a full lineup of basketball games and nightly studio coverage, BTN is the college sports fan’s home for Big Ten basketball.
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Returning for its fourth season to provide fans with an exclusive, behind-the-scenes glimpse of the Big Ten and its key personalities, BTN Originals debuts The Journey: Big Ten Football 2015 at 9 p.m. ET on Wednesday. Big Ten Elite: 2014 Ohio State Football follows The Journey at 9:30 p.m. ET, and goes inside the Buckeyes 2014-15 regular season and sensational three-game postseason run with interviews from players, coaches and media members.