BTN Announces Coverage and Broadcasters for 2019 Big Ten Men’s Basketball Tournament

BTN Announces Coverage and Broadcasters for 2019 Big Ten Men’s Basketball Tournament

BTN’s week-long coverage of the Big Ten Men’s Basketball Tournament presented by SoFi begins on Monday, March 11, and includes the tournament’s first 10 game broadcasts, a comprehensive studio presence and a talented lineup of broadcasters and analysts on-site for the finale of the Big Ten season.

Game broadcasts:

BTN is the exclusive home of the first 10 games of the Big Ten Tournament. The broadcast pairings feature veteran play-by-play voices and analysts, including a Friday evening trio of Brian Anderson (play-by-play), Bill Raftery (analyst) and Andy Katz (sideline). Brandon Gaudin (play-by-play), Shon Morris (analyst) and Mike Hall (sideline) will handle duties for opening night in the United Center, with the first game tipping off at 6:30 p.m. ET on Wednesday. Coverage resumes at Noon ET on Thursday, when Anderson, Stephen Bardo (analyst) and Hall call the first session. For session two, beginning at 7:00 p.m. ET, Kevin Kugler (play-by-play) closes out the night alongside Jon Crispin (analyst) and Rick Pizzo (sideline). On Friday at noon ET, Dave O’Brien (play-by-play) will be joined by Crispin and Pizzo for the first session, before Anderson, Raftery and Katz lead the tournament into the weekend.

Studio:

Coverage begins at 5 p.m. ET on Monday, March 11, with the live announcement of the annual Big Ten basketball awards on the BTN Live: All-Conference Selection Show. Host Mike Hall and analyst Jon Crispin will reveal All-Big Ten selections, as well as Big Ten Player, Coach of the Year and Freshman of the Year. Interviews with select award winners will also be included.

On Tuesday at 5 p.m. ET BTN Live: B1G Basketball Tournament Preview will explore the Big Ten Tournament with Rick Pizzo and analysts Stephen Bardo, Crispin and Shon Moris. The group will preview the games, potential matchups and star players as 14 teams battle for a conference championship and their place in the Big Dance.

Studio coverage continues before and after games all week, including three live shows on Wednesday, eight live shows on Thursday and Friday, three shows on Saturday and two on Sunday. B1G Basketball Game Break shows will originate from the 100-level concourse at the United Center. Dave Revsine, Hall and Pizzo will rotate as hosts, along with analysts Andy Katz, Crispin, Morris, Bardo, Jess Settles and Mike DeCourcy.

Original Programming:

The Journey, BTN’s Emmy-nominated original series, will also be on-site to capture behind-the-scenes footage throughout the tournament. The one-hour season finale of The Journey: Big Ten Basketball 2019 will debut at 7:00 p.m. ET on Tuesday, March 19.

The Big Ten Men’s Basketball Tournament Presented by SoFi begins on Wednesday, March 13, from the United Center in Chicago with the first 10 games airing live on BTN, the FOX Sports App and BTN2Go. The daily schedule is listed below (all times Eastern). Please note, times are approximate.

Monday

BTN Live: All-Conference Selection Show 5:00 PM

Tuesday

BTN Live: B1G Basketball Tournament Preview 5:00 PM

Wednesday

B1G Tip-Off Show 6:00 PM
Game No. 1 6:30 PM
B1G Basketball Game Break 8:30 PM
Game No. 2 9:00 PM
The B1G Show 11:30 PM

Thursday

B1G Tip-Off Show Noon
Game No. 3 12:30 PM
B1G Basketball Game Break 2:30 PM
Game No. 4 3:00 PM
B1G Basketball Postgame 5:00 PM
B1G Basketball Game Break 6:00 PM
B1G Tip-Off Show 6:30 PM
Game No. 5 7:00 PM
B1G Basketball Game Break 9:00 PM
Game No. 6 9:30 PM
B1G Basketball Postgame 11:30 PM
The B1G Show 12:00 AM

Friday

B1G Tip-Off Show Noon
Game No. 7 12:30 PM
B1G Basketball Game Break 2:30 PM
Game No. 8 3:00 PM
B1G Basketball Postgame 5:00 PM
B1G Basketball Game Break 6:00 PM
B1G Tip-Off Show 6:30 PM
Game No. 9 7:00 PM
B1G Basketball Game Break 9:00 PM
Game No. 10 9:30 PM
B1G Basketball Postgame 11:30 PM
The B1G Show 12:00 AM

Saturday

B1G Tip-Off Show 12:30 PM
B1G Basketball Postgame 5:30 PM
The B1G Show Following Men’s Hockey  Tournament game

Sunday

B1G Tip-Off Show 3:00 PM
B1G Basketball & Beyond: Selection Sunday Special 7:00 PM
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