BTN Communications, March 7, 2016
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.
Coverage begins at 6 p.m. ET today with the exclusive, live announcement of the annual Big Ten basketball awards on the BTN Live: All-Conference Selection Show. Host Rick Pizzo and analyst Jon Crispin will reveal All-Big Ten selections, as well as Big Ten Player, Freshman and Coach of the Year. Interviews with select award winners will also be included.
At 6 p.m. ET Tuesday, BTN Live will broadcast from Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis, home of the men's basketball tournament. Host Dave Revsine will be joined by analysts Crispin and Shon Morris to discuss tournament expectations and keys to each team's success.
BTN's tournament coverage presented by Dodge begins at 6:30 p.m. ET on Wednesday with the BTN Tip-Off Show presented by Auto-Owners Insurance, followed by No. 11 Nebraska vs. No. 14 Rutgers at 7 p.m. ET. Kevin Kugler and Morris will have the call with Mike Hall reporting courtside. Thursday's action begins at 11:30 a.m. ET with the B1G Tip-Off Show, followed by No. 8 Michigan vs. No. 9 Northwestern at noon ET, with No. 5 Iowa vs. the winner of No. 12 Illinois vs No. 13 Minnesota at approximately 2:30 p.m. ET. Kugler and Crispin will have the call for Thursday's games, with Pizzo reporting courtside. On Friday, the B1G Tip-Off Show begins at 6 p.m. ET, followed by a pair of quarterfinal games. Friday's crew will feature Revsine and Bill Raftery on the call and Hall reporting courtside.
Wednesday through Saturday, BTN Finale presented by Reese's will feature complete highlights and analysis following the last game of the night. BTN will also provide live coverage of all post-game press conferences on BTN2Go.
At 7 p.m. ET Sunday, after a Big Ten Tournament champion is crowned and NCAA Tournament bids are announced, Revsine and Morris will discuss the bracket and the road to the Final Four for each of the Big Ten squads from Chicago, while Pizzo, Crispin and Mike DeCourcy will weigh in from Indianapolis on BTN Basketball & Beyond: Selection Sunday Special presented by Mercedes Benz.
BTN's award-winning original series, The Journey, will also be at Bankers Life Fieldhouse to capture behind-the-scenes footage throughout the tournament. The one-hour season finale of The Journey: Big Ten Basketball 2016 will debut at 8 p.m. ET on Wednesday, March 16.
Throughout the Big Ten Basketball Tournament, the BTN Instagram account will feature the photography of Fred Daniels, a talented artist and Chicago native. As part of BTN's Artist Instagram Takeover, Daniels (@justxfred) will share his unique perspective including pre-game, in-game and post-game imagery during the Big Ten Basketball Tournament.
The daily schedule is listed below (all times Eastern). Please note, game times and the times of BTN Finale are all approximate.
BTN Live: All-Conference Selection Show 6:00 PM
BTN Live: B1G Tournament Preview 6:00 PM
B1G Tip-Off Show 6:30 PM
No. 11 Nebraska vs. No. 14 Rutgers 7:00 PM
B1G Finale 9:00 PM
B1G Tip-Off Show 11:30 AM
No. 8 Michigan vs. No. 9 Northwestern Noon
No. 5 Iowa vs. Game 1 Winner 2:30 PM
B1G Finale 4:30 PM
B1G Finale 11:00 PM
B1G Tip-Off Show 6:00 PM
No. 2 Michigan State vs. Game 5 Winner 6:30 PM
No. 3 Maryland vs. Game 6 Winner 9:00 PM
B1G Finale 11:00 PM
B1G Tip-Off Show 12:30 PM
B1G Finale 5:30 PM
B1G Tip-Off Show 2:30 PM
BTN Basketball & Beyond: Selection Sunday Special 7:00 PM