The University of Northern Iowa men's basketball team will make at least five appearances on ESPN's family of networks as announced today by the Missouri Valley Conference office.
UNI at Creighton on Tues., Jan. 15, will be broadcast live on ESPN3. UNI will play host to Drake on Sun., Jan. 20, with either ESPN3 or ESPNU broadcasting from the McLeod Center.
In early February UNI will make three straight appearances on the ESPN family. Sat., Feb. 2, the Panthers will tangle with the Wichita State Shockers on ESPN2 at 9 p.m. in the McLeod Center. UNI will also host Missouri State on Tues., Feb. 5, with an ESPN3 broadcat in the McLeod Center. UNI at Bradley at on Sun., Feb. 10, will also be featured on ESPN3 or ESPNU.
For three of its ESPNU men’s hoops telecasts, ESPN will utilize a Wildcard selection process, picking from a pair of games on each date three weeks prior to air. The games not selected for airing on ESPNU will be carried on ESPN3.
Those dates are Jan. 20 (Drake at UNI or Illinois State at Southern Illinois), Jan. 27 (Creighton at SIU or Drake at Missouri State) and Feb. 10 (UNI at Bradley or Drake at Evansville).
"We have successfully utilized the Wildcard selection process for ESPN games since 2008," said Jack R. Watkins, MVC Associate Commissioner. "The Wildcard process provides the flexibility necessary to showcase our best match-ups on those dates for distribution on ESPN’s television networks."
The league will also feature events on ESPN3 -- ESPN’s live multi-screen sports network available online at WatchESPN.com, on smartphones and tablets via the WatchESPN app and through ESPN on Xbox LIVE.
That package includes four men’s basketball games (UNI at Creighton on Jan. 15, Illinois State at Wichita State on Jan. 16, Missouri State at UNI on Feb. 5 and Wichita State at Indiana State on Feb. 19) and a women’s basketball contest (Illinois State at Wichita State on Feb. 1).
UNI has made 36 appearances on the ESPN family of networks over the past seven seasons.