Live national television appearances on CBS, ESPN2, the Big Ten Network and the Pac-12 Network highlight a loaded schedule for the Nebraska women's basketball team in 2012-13.
The Huskers announced their full schedule with game times and national TV appearances on Thursday, Sept. 27, and NU's appearance on CBS highlights the list of 10 to 12 nationally televised games for the Big Red during the regular season. All of Nebraska's potential games in the Big Ten Tournament will also be televised by BTN leading up to the championship game on ESPN2.
Nebraska will take on Purdue in a rematch of the Big Ten Conference championship game on Saturday, Jan. 5, live at 1 p.m. (central) in a CBS nationally televised game. The game is believed to be Nebraska's first-ever women's basketball on CBS, and its first on any of the original three major national networks (CBS, ABC, NBC). It will also be the only Big Ten Conference women's basketball game on CBS this season.
"Obviously we are excited about the opportunity to play on CBS as part of the Big Ten's television package," Nebraska Coach Connie Yori said. "Last year, we played a total of five overtimes in two games with Purdue, so hopefully we'll keep it exciting for the fans."
The matchup with the Boilermakers will be the first and only meeting in history between the two schools at the Bob Devaney Sports Center. The Huskers defeated Purdue 93-89 in triple overtime in West Lafayette, Ind., on Feb. 2, 2012 in the first-ever meeting between the schools. Little more than a month later, Purdue defeated Nebraska 74-70 in double overtime in the Big Ten Championship Game at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis on March 4.
Both teams have been ranked in the top 25 in the previous meetings, and both could be ranked again when preseason polls come out this season.
Nebraska's matchup with Purdue will be the Huskers' third nationally televised game of the season. NU will make its first-ever appearance on the Pac-12 Network on Friday, Nov. 23, at 4 p.m. (central), when the Huskers take on USC at the Galen Center in Los Angeles. USC won 18 games and finished third in the Pac-12 a year ago, while finishing the season No. 41 among nearly 350 teams in the RPI.
The Huskers will face defending ACC Tournament champion Maryland at the Devaney Center on BTN as part of the Big Ten/ACC Challenge on Wednesday, Nov. 28 at 7 p.m. The Terrapins advanced to the NCAA Elite Eight last season and return the nucleus of a team that won 31 games in 2011-12. Maryland will likely be a preseason top-10 team in 2012-13.
Nebraska's matchup with Maryland will be the first of as many as nine Husker games set to appear on BTN, which reaches 90 million homes. The Huskers will make their second BTN appearance in their conference road opener at Indiana (Thursday, Jan. 10, 5:30 p.m.). Nebraska will also appear in road BTN contests at Minnesota (Sunday, Jan. 20, 5 p.m.), Ohio State (Thursday, Jan. 31, 7:30 p.m.) and Iowa (Monday, Feb. 11, 6:30 or 7:30 p.m.).
BTN is also scheduled to make two trips to Lincoln for Big Ten contests in the Huskers' final season at the Devaney Center. Nebraska will face Ohio State (Thursday, Feb. 14, 8 p.m.) and Iowa (Sunday, Feb. 24, 2 p.m.) on BTN.
Nebraska may also appear on BTN on Feb. 28 at Wisconsin or on Senior Night at the Devaney Center against defending Big Ten regular-season champion Penn State on Sunday, March 3. BTN will announce the television decisions on those games later in the Big Ten Conference season.
"The Big Ten Network is providing our program with outstanding national exposure," Yori said. "We're especially happy that BTN is going to give our fans at least four opportunities to watch us when we are away from the Devaney Center."
In addition to the national TV exposure provided by CBS, BTN and the Pac-12 Network, the Huskers will take on Penn State on ESPN2 at University Park, Pa., on Sunday, Jan. 13, at 1 p.m. (central). The Nittany Lions return four starters from a team that advanced to the NCAA Sweet Sixteen last season. Nebraska's game with Penn State is one of six games involving Big Ten teams to be televised during the regular season on ESPN2.
All of Nebraska's non-nationally televised Big Ten Conference games will be streamed live to the internet for subscribers of BTN.com. The Huskers' non-conference games with Temple (Nov. 11), Sam Houston State (Nov. 20) and Oral Roberts (Dec. 20) will also be streamed live for BTN.com subscribers. Additional non-conference games could be added to Nebraska's BTN.com schedule, and other video stream information will be announced at a later date.
Nebraska returns four starters, including national player-of-the-year candidates Jordan Hooper and Lindsey Moore, from a team that went 24-9 overall and 10-6 in the Big Ten. The Huskers earned a trip to the 2012 NCAA Tournament to culminate one of the best seasons in school history.
Season tickets for Nebraska women's basketball are on sale now at Huskers.com or by calling the Athletic Ticket Office at 1-800-8-BIG-RED.
Courtesy: Nebraska Media Relations