FRISCO, Texas – The Southland Conference and ESPN3 announced Wednesday that the league's primary basketball television package will be seen exclusively on the broadband network beginning with the 2012-13 season. The schedule, the largest in conference history, includes 22 games in the initial year of the agreement.
The Islanders men's and women's basketball teams will be featured for the Thursday, Jan. 10, doubleheader at McNeese State. Game time for the women's contest is slated for 5:30 p.m. with the men's game to follow afterward.
In addition to the expanded basketball slate, ESPN3 will be the exclusive home for the Southland Conference softball and baseball championship games in 2013.
"We are very pleased to announce our expanded basketball broadcast coverage on ESPN3," Southland Conference Commissioner Tom Burnett said. "The opportunity to have the broadcasts worldwide on ESPN3, as well as on the WatchESPN app for Apple and Android devices is a tremendous advancement for the league. Further, the addition of Southland football broadcasts next year will provide even more exposure for the league and our member institutions."
This season's basketball broadcast schedule begins on Nov. 28, when Southland newcomer Oral Roberts hosts in-state foe Oklahoma. ORU head coach Scott Sutton will look to improve upon his team's 3-1 record at home vs. Big 12 opponents, including a victory over Texas Tech last season.
ESPN3 will also have exclusive coverage of the Southland Conference Basketball Tournament at the Leonard E. Merrell Center in Katy, Texas, during the women's and men's semifinals March 15, plus the women's championship on March 16.
2012-13 Southland Conference ESPN3 Basketball Schedule
Nov. 28 – Oklahoma at Oral Roberts (men)
Jan. 10 – Texas A&M-Corpus Christi at McNeese State (women)
Jan. 10 – Texas A&M-Corpus Christi at McNeese State (men)
Jan. 17 – Nicholls State at Northwestern State (women)
Jan. 17 – Nicholls State at Northwestern State (men)
Jan. 24 – Lamar at Oral Roberts (women)
Jan. 24 – Lamar at Oral Roberts (men)
Jan. 31 – Southeastern Louisiana at Central Arkansas (women)
Jan. 31 – Southeastern Louisiana at Central Arkansas (men)
Feb. 7 – McNeese State at Sam Houston State (women)
Feb. 7 – McNeese State at Sam Houston State (men)
Feb. 14 – Stephen F. Austin at Nicholls State (women)
Feb. 14 – Stephen F. Austin at Nicholls State (men)
Feb. 28 – Central Arkansas at Lamar (women)
Feb. 28 – Central Arkansas at Lamar (men)
March 7 – Sam Houston State at Stephen F. Austin (women)
March 7 – Sam Houston State at Stephen F. Austin (men)
March 15 – Women's Tournament Semifinal No. 1
March 15 – Women's Tournament Semifinal No. 2
March 15 – Men's Tournament Semifinal No. 1
March 15 – Men's Tournament Semifinal No. 2
March 16 – Women's Tournament Championship
March 16 – Men's Tournament Championship (ESPN2/WatchESPN)
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