BTN Communications, September 26, 2012

CHICAGO - BTN will televise 67 men?s basketball conference matchups, including four Big Ten Men?s Basketball Tournament games and an additional number of non-conference games, the network announced Wednesday. Gus Johnson, one of America?s favorite sportscasters, returns to BTN for his fifth season.

For 10 straight weeks during conference play, BTN will air doubleheaders as part of its ?Super Wednesdays? lineup. The network will also have games on most Tuesdays and Thursdays and frequent doubleheaders on Saturdays and Sundays. Also built into the schedule are three wildcard dates late in the season as teams compete for the Big Ten title. The network will carry four tournament games, which include the first two games on Thursday and both Friday night quarterfinals.

[PDF:'s 2012-13 Big Ten men's basketball TV schedule]

The Big Ten, which finished the 2011-12 season with five teams ranked in the top-25 and Ohio State in the Final Four, is widely expected to have several ranked teams heading into this season. Indiana returns its top five scorers from last season, including Cody Zeller and Christian Watford. The Hoosiers also welcome a consensus top 10 recruiting class. Michigan?s Trey Burke postponed his NBA career and returns to Ann Arbor where he, Tim Hardaway Jr. and a talented freshman class look to lead the Wolverines to the title. The perennial powerhouse programs of Ohio State and Michigan State are also among the conference elite.

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Schedules and television/internet coverage arrangements are being finalized for non-conference and exhibition play. Those will be released individually by the schools as they are completed and posted on

All times ET

Wednesday January 2 6:30 PM Nebraska at Ohio State
8:30 PM Illinois at Purdue
Thursday January 3 6:30/8:30 PM Penn State at Wisconsin
Saturday January 5 Noon Purdue at Michigan State
2:15 PM Ohio State at Illinois
Sunday January 6 TBD Wisconsin at Nebraska
TBD Iowa at Michigan
TBD Northwestern at Minnesota
Monday January 7 7:00 PM Indiana at Penn State
Wednesday January 9 7:00 PM Nebraska at Michigan
9:00 PM Minnesota at Illinois
Saturday January 12 Noon Minnesota at Indiana
2:15 PM Illinois at Wisconsin
Sunday January 13 TBD Nebraska at Michigan State
TBD Penn State at Purdue
Wednesday January 16 7:00 PM Michigan State at Penn State
9:00 PM Purdue at Nebraska
Thursday January 17 8:15 PM Northwestern at Illinois
Saturday January 19 8:00 PM Wisconsin at Iowa
Sunday January 20 1:00 PM Indiana at Northwestern
Tuesday January 22 6:30 PM Iowa at Ohio State
8:30 PM Illinois at Nebraska
Wednesday January 23 7:00 PM Penn State at Indiana
9:00 PM Minnesota at Northwestern
Saturday January 26 2:00 PM Minnesota at Wisconsin
Sunday January 27 3:30 PM Iowa at Purdue
6:00 PM Michigan at Illinois
Tuesday January 29 9:00 PM Nebraska at Minnesota
Wednesday January 30 6:30 PM Northwestern at Michigan
8:30 PM Indiana at Purdue
Saturday February 2 7:00 PM Ohio State at Nebraska
Sunday February 3 1:00 PM Iowa at Minnesota
3:30 PM Wisconsin at Illinois
Tuesday February 5 7:00 PM Purdue at Penn State
Wednesday February 6 7:00 PM Minnesota at Michigan State
9:00 PM Iowa at Wisconsin
Saturday February 9 4:30 PM Northwestern at Iowa
7:00 PM Michigan State at Purdue
Sunday February 10 6:00 PM Illinois at Minnesota
Wednesday February 13 7:00 PM Nebraska at Indiana
9:00 PM Purdue at Illinois
Thursday February 14 7:00 PM Northwestern at Ohio State
Saturday February 16 8:00 PM Michigan State at Nebraska
Sunday February 17 Noon Penn State at Michigan
2:00 PM Minnesota at Iowa
7:30 PM Illinois at Northwestern
Wednesday February 20 7:00 PM Minnesota at Ohio State
9:00 PM Wisconsin at Northwestern
Thursday February 21 8:15 PM Penn State at Illinois
Sunday February 24 6:00 PM Wildcard at Wildcard
Tuesday February 26 9:00 PM Nebraska at Wisconsin
Wednesday February 27 6:30 PM Michigan at Penn State
8:30 PM Purdue at Iowa
Saturday March 2 3/5:15 PM Nebraska at Illinois
3/5:15 PM Wildcard at Wildcard
7:30 PM Iowa at Indiana
Tuesday March 5 7:00 PM Illinois at Iowa
Wednesday March 6 7:00 PM Michigan at Purdue
9:00 PM Minnesota at Nebraska
Saturday March 9 Noon Minnesota at Purdue
2:15 PM Nebraska at Iowa
Sunday March 10 Noon PM Wisconsin at Penn State
6:00 PM Wildcard at Wildcard
Thursday March 14 12:30 PM Big Ten Tournament Game #1
3:00 PM Big Ten Tournament Game #2
Friday March 15 6:30 PM Big Ten Tournament Quarterfinal #3
9:00 PM Big Ten Tournament Quarterfinal #4