Big Ten broadcast schedule released

The Gophers are at the bottom of the Big Ten conference. The three games will be on ESPN and CBS listings.

Andrew Krammer

 

The Big Ten office announced its broadcasting schedule for the 2011 basketball season, and the University of Minnesota barely made an appearance.

The Golden Gophers are at the bottom of the Big Ten conference, scheduled for three games on the CBS and ESPN listings, all of them to be played at Williams Arena. 

The first game will be a home matchup 7 p.m. Feb. 9 against Wisconsin, and it will be televised on either ESPN or ESPN 2. The next appearance is at 9 p.m. Feb. 14 at home against Ohio State to be televised on ESPN.

Programs like Ohio State, Wisconsin, Michigan and Michigan State all ended up with double-digit games on the primetime networks. Respectively, these teams finished at the top of the Big Ten standings last year with Wisconsin and Ohio State making it to the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament.

The remaining teams in the Big Ten all landed between five and eight spots on the premier national networks.

After a dismal end to the 2010 season, the Gophers finished third to last in overall record (17-14) and conference record (6-12). The bottom two teams in Big Ten conference play from last year were Iowa (4-14) and Indiana (3-15), yet each received seven nationally televised games on the schedule for 2011.

The Big Ten tournament will feature 11 games for the first time in conference history, with the expansion to 12 teams after adding Nebraska this year.