HOOPER, LADY HUSKERS GET AT LEAST 10 GAMES ON NATIONAL TV

Posted 10 months ago

By John Axtell

Jordan Hooper - interviewLincoln – Nebraska, led by Alliance native and All-American Jordan Hooper, will be one of the biggest attractions in women’s basketball in 2013-14.

At least nine of NU’s 16 Big Ten Conference match-ups will be televised live nationally on either BTN or ESPN2 while their game at Utah will be on the Pac-12 Network.

The Huskers, who advanced to the NCAA Sweet 16 for the second time in the past four seasons in 2013, will play at least seven regular-season Big Ten games on BTN, while two more conference clashes will be televised live by ESPN2.

Their first nationally televised game will be the Utah clash in Salt Lake City on Friday, Nov. 15, with tip-off set for 6:30 p.m.

Overall, Nebraska’s nine nationally televised games within the conference make up nearly one-fifth of the 50 regular-season contests to be televised this season in the 12-team league. Overall, BTN will carry 53 women’s basketball games this season, including 10 in the Big Ten Tournament, while ESPN networks will televise seven contests, including the Big Ten Tournament title game. CBS Sports will carry one conference match-up.

“Obviously, we are excited the Big Ten Network is featuring us prominently on the schedule this season,” Nebraska Coach Connie Yori said. “It is great for our fans who can follow us on the road by watching us on TV and listening to us on the Husker Sports Network. It is also great to have nationally televised games to help us show off our new arena with great crowds on hand.”

Husker fans can buy tickets and select their seats right now to be part of Season One at Pinnacle Bank Arena by visiting Huskers.com/arena or by calling 1-800-8-BIG-RED. Lower level season tickets start at just $80 for 20 home games in 2013-14.

Nebraska will be featured early and often by BTN when conference play tips off the New Year in 2014. The Huskers will take on Northwestern at the Pinnacle Bank Arena on Thursday, Jan. 2, at 8 p.m., in the first conference telecast of the season on BTN.

One week later, the Huskers will be back on BTN with their second conference contest, a road battle at 2013 NCAA second-round participant Michigan State. Tip time with the Spartans on BTN is set for 6 p.m.

Nebraska’s second game in a two-game Big Ten road swing also will be televised by BTN, when the Huskers take on Illinois on Sunday, Jan. 12 at 1 p.m.

The Huskers return home to face Minnesota on Thursday, Jan. 16, for their fourth consecutive game to open conference play on BTN. Tip time with the Golden Gophers is set for 8 p.m.

Nebraska extends the streak to five straight Big Ten games on BTN, when the Huskers host Purdue on Sunday, Jan. 19. Tip time with the Boilermakers at Pinnacle Bank Arena is set for 4 p.m.

The Huskers return to the BTN lineup on Saturday, Feb. 8, when they take on Michigan State in the finale of the season series with the Spartans. Tip time at Pinnacle Bank Arena is set for 2 p.m.

Nebraska will make its seventh regular-season BTN appearance on Sunday, Feb. 16, at Noon, when the Huskers take on Indiana at Pinnacle Bank Arena.

The Huskers make their first ESPN2 appearance of the season the following week, when they play host to Penn State on Monday, Feb. 24 at 6 p.m. Nebraska and the Nittany Lions played for a share of the Big Ten title in the regular-season finale at the Devaney Center in 2013.

Nebraska may make a final regular-season appearance on BTN against Illinois on Feb. 27, but BTN’s wildcard selections for that date will not be made until February. The Huskers will be back on ESPN2 for their regular-season finale at Purdue on Sunday, March 2.

The 2014 Big Ten Tournament will return to Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis March 6-9, and all of the games in the first, second and semifinal rounds will be televised live by BTN. The championship game will be televised live nationally by ESPN on Sunday, March 9, at Noon.

In Nebraska’s first Big Ten Tournament appearance at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in 2012, the Huskers reeled off three consecutive victories to advance to the championship game against Purdue.

In addition to the BTN national television coverage, the Big Ten Digital Network (BTDN) also will stream many other conference match-ups to BTN.com throughout the season. That schedule will be announced at a later date.

Nebraska Women’s Basketball on National TV in 2013-14

  • Friday, Nov. 15, 6:30 p.m. – Nebraska at Utah (Pac-12 Network)
  • Thursday, Jan. 2, 8 p.m. – Northwestern at Nebraska (BTN)
  • Thursday, Jan. 9, 6 p.m. – Nebraska at Michigan State (BTN)
  • Sunday, Jan. 12, 1 p.m. – Nebraska at Illinois (BTN)
  • Thursday, Jan. 16, 8 p.m. – Minnesota at Nebraska (BTN)
  • Sunday, Jan. 19, 4 p.m. – Purdue at Nebraska (BTN)
  • Saturday, Feb. 8, 2 p.m. – Michigan State at Nebraska (BTN)
  • Sunday, Feb. 16, Noon – Indiana at Nebraska (BTN)
  • Monday, Feb. 24, 6 p.m. – Penn State at Nebraska (ESPN2)
  • *Thursday, Feb. 27, 6/7/8 p.m. – Illinois at Nebraska (BTN or BTDN)
  • Sunday, March 2, 1 p.m. – Nebraska at Purdue (ESPN2)
  • March 6-8 – Big Ten Tournament (BTN)
  • Sunday, March 9, Noon – Big Ten Tournament Championship Game (ESPN)

All times central and subject to change.

*BTN wildcard selections will not be announced until February. Three of four scheduled games on that day will be televised by BTN, with the fourth streamed live on BTDN.