Providence, R.I. – The BIG EAST Conference, which became the nation's largest Division I Conference on July 1, will continue to expand its television coverage on the national, regional and local levels during the 2005-06 women's basketball season.
The BIG EAST's membership increased to 16 schools with the additions of the University of Cincinnati, DePaul University, University of Louisville, Marquette University and University of South Florida.
The expansion has resulted in the coverage of more than 25 percent of all U.S. markets – the largest coverage of any Conference. Seven BIG EAST members are located in the top 13 media markets and 12 are located in the top 33 media markets.
BIG EAST women's basketball will have 72 total television appearances in 2005-06 compared to 58 in 2004-05, 40 in 2003-04 and 30 in 2002-03. The national media package includes the following appearances: two on CBS, 11 on ESPN2 and 30 on CSTV, including a "Tuesday Conference Game of the Week".
For just the second time in league history, the BIG EAST has two women's basketball games on CBS and for the 11th consecutive year, the league will be featured in a regular season appearance on CBS. The highly anticipated annual Connecticut/Tennessee game will be aired on January 7 at 2:00 p.m. Prior to that matchup, Rutgers will take to the road against national runner-up Michigan State in a game slated to start at noon. Incidentally, January 7 will also feature a BIG EAST tripleheader on CBS with the UConn men hosting LSU at 4:00 p.m.
On ESPN2, several key non-conference matchups are featured, as well as conference games including predicted Top 25 BIG EAST teams – Connecticut, DePaul, Notre Dame and Rutgers. In addition, the BIG EAST Championship game will be featured on ESPN2 on March 7.
CSTV will broadcast a "Tuesday Conference Game of the Week" which will include 10 games during the 2005-06 league schedule, in addition to two non-conference games and the BIG EAST Quarterfinals on March 5. The BIG EAST is the only women's basketball conference to have a "Game of the Week" package.
The "Tuesday Game of the Week" kicks off on Dec. 6 when Marquette will host its first BIG EAST women's basketball game facing off against St. John's, which is also the season-opener for the league. The two non-conference games feature Rutgers, which will play Texas on Dec. 30, and Notre Dame, which will match-up against Tennessee on Dec. 31. Action will resume on Jan. 3 and run straight into the BIG EAST Championship. The package will feature at a minimum 13 of the league's 16 teams, not including those participants in the BIG EAST Championship Quarterfinals on March 5.
The Conference expanded its women's basketball television coverage this year with ESPNU to air seven women's basketball games, including four conference, one non-conference and the semifinals of the BIG EAST Championship.
The 2005-06 BIG EAST Regional Television Package includes eight additional regular season league contests that will appear on various Regional Sports Networks in BIG EAST markets and other outlets throughout the country.
BIG EAST TELEVISED NATIONALLY
Date Game Time
January 7 Rutgers at Michigan State 12:00 p.m.
January 7 Connecticut at Tennessee 2:00 p.m.
Date Game Time Affiliate
December 5 North Carolina at Connecticut 7:30 p.m. ESPN2
January 16 LSU at Connecticut 7:00 p.m. ESPN2
February 12 Connecticut at Texas 3:00 p.m. ESPN2
February 12 Notre Dame at DePaul 5:00 p.m. ESPN2
February 19 Connecticut at Notre Dame 7:00 p.m. ESPN2
February 27 Connecticut at Rutgers 7:30 p.m. ESPN2
March 7 BIG EAST Championship Game 7:30 p.m. ESPN2
BIG EAST-CSTV NATIONAL GAME OF THE WEEK
Date Game Time
December 6 St. John's at Marquette 8:00 p.m.
December 30 Texas at Rutgers 7:00 p.m.
December 31 Tennessee at Notre Dame 2:00 p.m.
January 3 Pittsburgh at DePaul 9:00 p.m.
January 10 Syracuse at Villanova 7:30 p.m.
January 17 DePaul at Notre Dame 7:30 p.m.
January 24 Notre Dame at Rutgers 7:30 p.m.
January 31 Connecticut at Louisville 7:30 p.m.
February 7 Rutgers at Connecticut 8:00 p.m.
February 14 Seton Hall at Pittsburgh 7:30 p.m.
February 21 USF at Louisville 7:30 p.m.
February 28 Villanova at West Virginia 7:30 p.m.
March 5 BIG EAST Championship Quarterfinals Noon & 2:00 p.m./6:00 & 8:00 p.m.
BIG EAST-ESPNU PACKAGE SCHEDULE
Date Game Time
January 19 Temple at Rutgers 7:00 p.m.
January 25 Louisville at DePaul 6:00 p.m.
February 7 Villanova at Notre Dame 6:00 p.m.
February 10 Rutgers at West Virginia 7:00 p.m.
February 23 Seton Hall at Villanova 7:00 p.m.
March 6 BIG EAST Championship Semifinals 6/8:00 p.m.
All times Eastern
BIG EAST TELEVISION PACKAGE
Date Game Time
January 8 USF at Pittsburgh 2:00 p.m.
January 14 Villanova at DePaul 2:00 p.m.
January 21 Marquette at West Virginia 2:00 p.m.
January 29 West Virginia at St. John's (MSG) 12:00 p.m.
February 5 USF at St. John's 2:00 p.m.
February 12 Syracuse at Louisville 12:00 p.m.
February 19 Syracuse at Rutgers 2:00 p.m.
February 25 Notre Dame at Cincinnati 2:00 p.m.
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