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BTN to air NBA Draft Preview Special at 9 p.m. ET Friday

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Jim Jackson Talks with Meyers Leonard at NBA Draft Combine

CHICAGO – The Big Ten has always been a steady contributor to the NBA, and this year is no different with plenty of Big Ten student-athletes officially entering the NBA Draft. BTN will help tell their stories when it airs a special NBA Draft Preview edition of the Big Ten Basketball Report at 9 p.m. ET Friday. The 30-minute special will include interviews with some of the Big Ten’s top draft entrants and also will give viewers an inside look at the draft process.

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BTN to air 15 games during first three weekends

CHICAGO – Coming off its most successful season, with record ratings and 16 games featuring a top 25-ranked team, BTN will air 15 Big Ten games during the first three weekends of the 2012 college football season. Now in 51 million homes, the five-year-old network will air the debut of the Urban Meyer era at Ohio State and the return of defending Big Ten champion Wisconsin in the first week of the season.

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BTN to Air All Purdue Games in Gary Regional

BTN & BTN2Go will have live coverage of all of the Purdue Boilermakers’ baseball games in the 2012 NCAA Baseball Tournament’s Gary Regional, the network announced today. After winning both the Big Ten regular season and Big Ten Tournament, Purdue opens play in the 2012 NCAA Tournament at 8 p.m. ET on Friday.

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BTN To Air 8 Spring Championships in May

The Big Ten Network is the home for complete coverage of Big Ten spring championships in May, televising events in the sports of baseball, men’s and women’s golf, rowing, men’s and women’s tennis and men’s and women’s outdoor track and field. Each of these events will be produced in high definition.

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Purdue Spring Football Game TV Info

The Big Ten Network will stream Purdue’s spring football game live at 1 p.m. ET on Saturday, April 14, on both BTN2Go and the Big Ten Digital Network. BTN also will have highlights and analysis from that day’s Big Ten spring games at 9:30 p.m. ET on B1G Tonight Spring Football Edition with Dave Revsine, Gerry DiNardo and Howard Griffith. The Purdue game will air on BTN at 7 p.m. ET Monday, April 16.

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Minnesota Spring Football Game TV Info

The Big Ten Network will stream Minnesota’s spring football game live at noon ET on Saturday, April 21, on both BTN2Go and the Big Ten Digital Network. BTN also will have highlights and analysis from that day’s Big Ten spring games on at 7 p.m. ET on B1G Tonight Spring Football Edition with Dave Revsine, Gerry DiNardo and Howard Griffith. The Minnesota game will be televised at 7 p.m. ET on Sunday, April 22.

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Ohio State Spring Football Game TV Info

The Big Ten Network will televise Ohio State’s spring football game live at 1:30pm ET on Saturday, April 21. It will also stream live on BTN2Go. Tom Hart and Derek Rackley will call the game and Lisa Byington will report from the sideline. BTN also will have highlights and analysis from that day’s Big Ten spring games at 7 p.m. ET on the B1G Tonight Spring Football Edition with Dave Revsine, Gerry DiNardo and Howard Griffith.

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Illinois Spring Football Game TV Info

The Big Ten Network will stream Illinois’ spring football game live at 3 p.m. ET on Saturday, April 14, on both BTN2Go and the Big Ten Digital Network. BTN will have highlights and analysis from that day’s Big Ten spring games at 9:30 p.m. ET on B1G Tonight Spring Football Edition with Dave Revsine, Gerry DiNardo and Howard Griffith. The Illinois game will air on BTN at 7 p.m. ET Sunday, April 15.

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Michigan Spring Football Game TV Info

The Big Ten Network will televise Michigan’s spring football game live at noon ET on Saturday, April 14. It will also stream live on BTN2Go. Matt Shepard and former Michigan offensive tackle Jon Jansen will call the game and Lisa Byington will report from the sideline. BTN also will have highlights and analysis from that day’s Big Ten spring games at 9:30 p.m. ET on the B1G Tonight Spring Football Edition with Dave Revsine, Gerry DiNardo and Howard Griffith.

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Indiana Spring Football Game TV Info

The Big Ten Network will stream Indiana’s spring football game live at noon ET on Saturday, April 14, on both BTN2Go and the Big Ten Digital Network. BTN also will have highlights and analysis from that day’s spring games at 9:30 p.m. ET on B1G Tonight Spring Football Edition with Dave Revsine, Gerry DiNardo and Howard Griffith. The Indiana game will air on BTN at 9 p.m. ET Monday, April 15.

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Michigan State Spring Football Game TV Info

The Big Ten Network will televise Michigan State’s spring football game live at 1 p.m.  ET on Saturday, April 28. It also will stream live on BTN2Go. Eric Collins and Derek Rackley will call the game and Lisa Byington will report from the sideline. BTN also will have highlights and analysis from that day’s Big Ten spring games at 8 p.m. ET on the B1G Tonight Spring Football Edition with Dave Revsine, Gerry DiNardo and Howard Griffith.

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Nebraska Spring Football Game TV Info

The Big Ten Network will stream Nebraska’s spring football game live at 2 p.m. ET on Saturday, April 14, on both BTN2Go and the Big Ten Digital Network. BTN also will have highlights and analysis from that day’s Big Ten spring games at 9:30 p.m. ET on B1G Tonight Spring Football Edition with Dave Revsine, Gerry DiNardo and Howard Griffith. The Nebraska game will air on BTN at 10:30 p.m. ET on Saturday, April 15 14.

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Northwestern Spring Football Game TV Info

The Big Ten Network will stream Northwestern’s spring football game live at 1 p.m. ET on Saturday, April 14, on both BTN2Go and the Big Ten Digital Network. BTN also will have highlights and analysis from that day’s spring games at 9:30 p.m. ET on B1G Tonight Spring Football Edition with Dave Revsine, Gerry DiNardo and Howard Griffith. The Northwestern game will air on BTN at 9 p.m. ET on Sunday, April 15. Dave Eanet and former Northwestern running back Jacob Schmidt will call the game.

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BTN to air nightly Big Ten Basketball & Beyond

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Buckeyes Talk NCAA Tournament

CHICAGO – With a record 16 men’s and women’s basketball teams competing in post-season play, BTN will have full coverage, with nightly episodes of Big Ten Basketball and Beyond: Tournament Edition, presented by 5-Hour Energy, as well as postgame press conferences. Six men’s and seven women’s teams are in the NCAA Tournament, while three men’s teams are competing in the NIT.

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OSU-Purdue game is BTN's highest-rated game ever

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Purdue vs. Ohio State - 2012 Big Ten Men's Basketball Tournament

The Big Ten Men’s Basketball Tournament quarterfinal matchup between Ohio State and Purdue on Friday was the highest-rated basketball game in BTN history, according to Nielsen metered market data. The game earned a program average household rating of 3.11 across the network’s eight metered markets,* and was the top cable program in Cleveland, Columbus, Dayton and Indianapolis that day.

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Sunday’s Journey episode is BTN’s highest rated ever

Sunday’s episode of The Journey: Big Ten Basketball 2012 was BTN’s highest-rated original program, according to Nielsen metered market data. The Emmy-nominated series following the Purdue – Indiana men’s basketball game earned a 1.16 household rating in the network’s eight metered markets.*

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BTN to Air 7 Winter Championships

For the fifth consecutive year, BTN will televise seven winter Big Ten Championships, including men’s and women’s swimming and diving, wrestling, men’s and women’s indoor track and field and men’s and women’s gymnastics. Every event will be produced in high definition, including live coverage of the entire Big Ten Men’s Gymnastics Championships, the final rounds of the Big Ten Wrestling Championships and the final session of the Big Ten Women’s Gymnastics Championships.

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Next 'Icons' spotlights Purdue's Gene Keady

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Big Ten Icons: Gene Keady

Purdue’s legendary Gene Keady, who won 512 games in 25 seasons as the Boilermakers’ head basketball coach, is profiled Saturday in a new episode of Big Ten Icons, presented by Discover. Hosted by Hall of Fame broadcaster Keith Jackson, the show airs at approximately 9 p.m. ET, following the Purdue-Indiana men’s basketball game.

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Big Ten Bowl Selection Special Airs Sunday

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Big Ten Blast: Dec. 1st Afternoon Update

For a fifth straight year, BTN will present the Big Ten Bowl Selection Special, with the 2011 edition at 8 p.m. ET Sunday night live from Chicago. Dave Revsine will host the show alongside Gerry DiNardo and Howard Griffith as they preview each Big Ten bowl matchup and discuss key post-season factors. Select coaches also will be interviewed during the 60-minute program.

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Get BTN's Full TV Plans for Championship

BTN’s wall-to-wall coverage of the Big Ten’s inaugural football conference championship (#B1GFCG) begins Friday, as the Michigan State Spartans prepare to take on the Wisconsin Badgers at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis.

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BTN Signs 5 New Men's Basketball Analysts

As the Big Ten basketball season gets under way, BTN has added five new men’s basketball analysts, including former Ohio State and Maryland coach Gary Williams, former Illinois star Eddie Johnson, former Providence coach Keno Davis, veteran broadcaster Dan Bonner and long-time college basketball coach Dave Miller. Primarily, Williams will be a studio analyst while Johnson, Davis, Bonner and Miller will work games. In addition, Gus Johnson is on board for 30 BTN games this year.

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Tom Dienhart joins BTN as BTN.com senior writer

CHICAGO – BTN today announced it has hired Tom Dienhart as its senior writer for BTN.com, covering football and men’s basketball. Dienhart comes to the network after serving as the senior national college football writer at Rivals.com/Yahoo! Sports since 2008.

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