BTN Communications, February 28, 2023
The Big Ten Network's coverage of the 2023 Big Ten Men's and Women's Basketball Tournaments, Presented by TIAA, begins tomorrow and features 22 games, wall-to-wall studio coverage and a lineup of talented broadcasters in Minneapolis and Chicago for the conclusion of the Big Ten basketball season.
Coming off a season with record viewership, the Big Ten Women's Basketball Tournament Presented by TIAA features five teams ranked in the top 25, including No. 2 Indiana, No. 5 Maryland and No. 7 Iowa.
From round one on March 1 through the semifinals on March 5, the Big Ten Network will broadcast the first 12 games of the Big Ten Women's Basketball Tournament Presented by TIAA. Throughout the tournament, Sloane Martin and Mike Hall will deliver play-by-play alongside analysts Christy Winters-Scott and Meghan McKeown. Justine Ward, Autumn Johnson and Stephanie White will also be joined by Winters-Scott and McKeown for studio coverage throughout the tournament on B1G Live: Basketball Tip-Off Show, B1G Live: Game Break and B1G Live: Basketball Postgame.
First-round action gets underway at 2 p.m. ET on Wednesday, March 1, with Penn State vs Minnesota ahead of Northwestern vs. Rutgers at approximately at 4:30 p.m. ET. The second round begins on Thursday at 12:30 p.m. ET when Michigan State takes on Nebraska, with game four tipping off at approximately at 3 p.m. ET. Thursday's night session begins at 6:30 p.m. ET, with the final game tipping off at approximately 9 p.m. ET.
Friday's quarterfinals follow the same schedule as Thursday, with games at 12:30 p.m. ET, 3 p.m. ET, 6:30 p.m. ET and 9 p.m. ET, while Saturday's semifinal games tip-off at 2:30 p.m. ET and 5 p.m. ET. All games and studio programming on the Big Ten Network can be streamed via the web, smartphones, tablets and connected devices through the FOX Sports App.
The Big Ten Network is the exclusive home of the first 10 games of the 2023 Big Ten Men's Basketball Tournament Presented by TIAA. Brandon Gaudin and Kevin Kugler will handle play-by-play responsibilities alongside analysts Robbie Hummel and Stephen Bardo, while Andy Katz and Rick Pizzo will serve as sideline reporters. Dave Revsine, Hall, Pizzo, Bruce Weber, Hummel, Rapheal Davis, Katz, Trent Meacham and Mike DeCourcy will deliver studio coverage from Chicago on B1G Live: Basketball Tip-Off Show, B1G Live: Game Break and B1G Live: Basketball Postgame throughout the tournament.
The men's tournament tips-off at 6:30 p.m. ET on Wednesday, March 8, with game two at approximately 9 p.m. ET. Second-round action begins on Thursday, March 9, with four games across two sessions at noon ET, approximately 2:30 p.m. ET, 6:30 p.m. ET and approximately 9:00 p.m. ET.
Friday's quarterfinal coverage resumes on Big Ten Network in an identical format to Thursday, with four games in two sessions tipping off at noon ET, approximately 2:30 p.m. ET, 6:30 p.m. ET and approximately 9:00 p.m. ET. All games and studio programming on the Big Ten Network can be streamed via the web, smartphones, tablets and connected devices through the FOX Sports App.
Men's Tournament Broadcasts 4K
Game broadcasts will be available in 4K with select providers, including XFINITY, DirecTV, Dish Network, YouTube TV, Cox Contour TV, Optimum, Verizon Fios and fuboTV. Additionally, games can be streamed in 4K on the FOX Sports app and FOX NOW app, as well as via connected devices on Apple TV 4K, Amazon Fire TV and Roku.
Behind-the-scenes coverage with hosts Emily Ehman, McKeown and Katz, as well as BTN's on-site social media coverage for the entirety of the women's and men's tournaments, can be found on YouTube, Facebook, Big Ten Network's Instagram, Big Ten Women's Basketball Instagram and Twitter.
The Journey, the Big Ten Network'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 2023 will debut at 6 p.m. ET on Wednesday, March 15.