BTN will dedicate eight hours of programming to cover National Signing Day on Wednesday, the most coverage in network history, including:
Over the past nine years and 99 episodes, The Journey has told the story of hundreds of Big Ten athletes as they navigate the twists and turns of football and basketball season. In celebration of the 100th episode, 10 of the most successful athletes ever to appear on The Journey were selected as members of “Journey All-Stars.” Part One is here; Part Two is in this post. This week’s episode of “The Journey” airs Sunday at 9:30 p.m. ET.
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Over the past nine years and 99 episodes, “The Journey” has told the story of hundreds of Big Ten athletes as they navigate the twists and turns of football and basketball season. In celebration of the 100th episode, we selected 10 of the most successful athletes ever to appear on “The Journey” as our “Journey All-Stars.” The show airs Sunday at 9:30 p.m. ET.
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.
On Sunday, Jan. 31 at 9:30 p.m. ET, Big Ten Network will air the 100th episode of The Journey, the network’s signature original series. The Journey, a documentary-style show covering both football and basketball, has taken viewers behind the scenes with compelling stories of the Big Ten’s student-athletes and coaches since 2007.
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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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The Big Ten Network saw its highest viewership in its history on Saturday, with four of the top-18 football teams in the country playing on the network. For the day (12p-12a), BTN earned a 2.04 HH rating in the network’s 12 metered markets,* and topped its previous record set in November 2014 by 30 percent.
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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.
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For the first time in network history, two top five teams in the AP Poll will call BTN home, as top-ranked Ohio State takes on Maryland at noon ET and No. 4 Michigan State faces Rutgers at 8 p.m. ET.
Due to the potential impact of Hurricane Joaquin, Saturday’s University of Maryland football game against No. 22 Michigan will now be played at noon ET on BTN. The game was previously scheduled for 8 p.m. ET. Additionally, the kickoff time for the Nebraska at Illinois game will now be moved to 4:02 p.m. ET from 3:30 p.m. ET. Use our TV GameFinder for complete TV listing updates.
On Sept. 30, BTN Originals breaks new ground with the second installment of their one-hour series “B1G Close Up” – which will feature the Sept. 23 volleyball match between Wisconsin and Penn State. Wisconsin entered the match ranked No. 16, looking to take down No. 1 Penn State.
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The Maryland Terrapins will host the Michigan Wolverines on Saturday, Oct. 3 in both teams’ first Big Ten Conference game of the season, and BTN is bringing its show on the road. Both the 10:30 a.m. ET and evening editions of BTN Football Pregame will broadcast from just outside Capital One Field at Byrd Stadium in College Park, Md., with kickoff set for 8 p.m. ET. Kevin Kugler will handle the play-by-play duties for the game, with Matt Millen providing analysis and Lisa Byington reporting from the sideline.
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After a season that produced seven NCAA Tournament berths for Big Ten teams along with Maryland’s trip to the Final Four, BTN’s 2015-16 women’s basketball coverage on-air and online will feature more than 160 games. The slate includes games from the Big Ten/ACC Women’s Basketball Challenge, non-conference schedule, conference play and nearly the entire women’s Big Ten Tournament, March 2-5.
BTN Originals brings back Big Ten Treasure Hunter for its second season debut at 8 PM ET Tuesday on the Big Ten Network.
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CHICAGO – Coming off a season in which two Big Ten teams reached the Final Four and Wisconsin advanced to the National Championship Game, BTN’s 2015-16 men’s basketball schedule will feature more than 75 conference matchups. The slate includes five Big Ten Tournament games and nine straight weeks of “Super Wednesday” doubleheaders, presented by Buffalo Wild Wings. All games can be streamed via the web, smartphones, tablets and connected devices on BTN2Go, BTN’s digital extension.
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CHICAGO – Scarlet and Gray Days: Inside Ohio State Training Camp is the highest-rated August original programming in BTN history, according to Nielsen metered market data*. The Scarlet and Gray Days premiere on Aug. 19 set the BTN record, only to be eclipsed by the second episode which debuted Aug. 26 and saw a 19 percent increase in viewership. Episode three, the finale of Scarlet and Gray Days, airs tonight at 7 p.m. ET.
CHICAGO – BTN will offer its most extensive fall sports coverage ever in 2015, with over 250 men’s and women’s soccer, volleyball and field hockey games streamed through BTN Plus on BTN2Go to complement the network’s on-air schedule.
CHICAGO – BTN kicks off its 2015 football coverage with the season debut of BTN Live on Monday, as the ninth annual football bus tour departs for all 14 Big Ten campuses.