Oct. 19, 2010

NCAA Release

ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU, ESPN3.com and ESPN FULL COURT will combine to present approximately 250 womens college basketball games during the 2010-11 season, including all 63 games of the NCAA Division I Womens Basketball Championship in March. ESPN, ESPN2 and ESPNUs schedule features 64 games during the regular season and 13 conference tournaments for 85 total telecasts. ESPN3.com will simulcast all of the ESPN and ESPN2 games.

ESPN will showcase the Vanderbilt at Tennessee game during its Saturday Primetime Presented by DIRECTV on Jan. 15. Game time is set for 8 p.m. ET, with the day also including the Tennessee and Vanderbilt mens programs playing at noon. It will mark the first time College GameDay Driven by State Farm has originated from a site that has featured a mens and womens game being played in the same day. ESPN will also televise the BIG EAST Championship title game Tuesday, March 8, at 7 p.m.

ESPN2 is set to air 35 womens college basketball regular-season contests, including the season-opening game featuring preseason top 5 favorites Connecticut and Baylor in the State Farm Tip-Off Classic as Part of the College Hoops Tip-Off Marathon on Tuesday, Nov. 16, at 6 p.m., from Hartford, Conn. ESPN2 will be the home to the Big Monday series, as well as February Frenzy on Sunday and Monday, Feb. 13 & 14. The Sunday games are an entire afternoon devoted to eight regionalized womens basketball games, while Monday nights doubleheader is a full national telecast. The Big Ten and SEC Tournament finals will be aired Sunday, March 6, at 3:30 p.m. and 5:30 p.m., respectively, along with the Atlantic 10 Championship game Monday, March 7, at 5 p.m.

ESPNU will televise 47 games, including 30 regular-season games and 17 conference championships. The 24-hour college sports network begins its 2010-11 womens basketball coverage at the Maggie Dixon Classic on Sunday, Dec. 19. Rutgers and Texas A&M will open the event at noon, followed by UConn and Ohio State at 2 p.m. ESPNU features at least one game each Sunday in January and February, including several doubleheaders.

2010-11 Schedule Special Events & Highlights:

  • State Farm Tip-Off Classic as Part of the College Hoops Tip-Off Marathon on ESPN2 - Tuesday, Nov. 16
    Two-time defending National Champion Connecticut and Final Four participant Baylor will participate in the 18th annual State Farm Tip-Off Classic at 6 p.m., from the XL Center in Hartford, Conn., to begin the 2010-11 season. The game is part of ESPNs College Hoops Tip-Off Marathon, which will include 21 live games - 20 mens and one womens - in a minimum of 25.5 hours across ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU and ESPN3.com.

  • Jimmy V Womens Classic on ESPN2 - Monday, Dec. 5
    ESPN, in conjunction with The V Foundation for Cancer Research, will stage and televise the ninth annual Jimmy V Womens Classic. This years premier womens event pits Duke against Texas A&M, the defending ACC and Big 12 Champions, respectively, at 7 p.m., from Cameron Indoor Stadium in Durham, N.C. The event will take place the night before the mens Jimmy V Classic from Madison Square Garden.

  • Maggie Dixon Classic on ESPNU - Sunday, Dec. 19
    Madison Square Garden will once again be the home to the fifth annual Maggie Dixon Classic. The doubleheader is named in honor of the late womens basketball coach of Army, who died just over a month shy of her 29th birthday of an arrhythmic episode to her heart. Texas A&M will play Rutgers at noon, followed by Ohio State against Connecticut at 2 p.m. All four teams are expected to start the season ranked in the top 25. Womens Basketball Hall of Famers Rutgers C. Vivian Stringer and UConn's Geno Auriemma, along with Ohio State's Jim Foster and Texas A&M's Gary Blair, have combined for over 2,850 victories.

  • College GameDay Driven by State Farm & Saturday Primetime Presented by DIRECTV on ESPN - Saturday, Jan. 15
    For the second straight year, ESPN will feature a womens matchup during its College GameDay Driven by State Farm and Saturday Primetime Presented by DIRECTV schedules. The 2011 series will open from Knoxville, Tenn., site of the Tennessee Volunteers mens and womens teams hosting the mens and womens Vanderbilt Commodores programs at noon and 8 p.m., respectively. Both the Tennessee and Vanderbilt womens programs are preseason top 25 teams.

  • Big Monday on ESPN2 - Every Monday from Jan. 17 - Feb. 28
    ESPN2s Big Monday primetime Game of the Week womens basketball series, in its fifth season, features seven weeks, 10 games and three straight doubleheaders in February. The series will showcase 16 of the best programs in Division I womens basketball, which are all expected to be ranked in the top 25 of the preseason polls. The Big Monday games will air at 7 p.m. and on the nights of doubleheaders during the 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. windows.

  • February Frenzy on ESPN2 & ESPNU - Sunday and Monday, Feb. 13 & 14
    February Frenzy returns with eight regionalized games within two telecast windows, in which the majority of the country will see the best action of the day with switches between sites and updates from other games. In the 16 home markets of the competing teams, ESPN2 will start and remain primarily with the game of local interest. Beginning at 2:30 p.m., ESPN2 will feature Michigan at Michigan State, LSU at Kentucky, East Carolina at Houston and Georgetown at St. Johns. The 5 p.m. window features Kansas State at Iowa State, West Virginia at Louisville, Auburn at Arkansas and NC State at Georgia Tech. ESPNU will air Tennessee at Vanderbilt nationally at 6 p.m. For the fourth straight year, ESPN will help raise awareness in support of the Kay Yow Cancer Fund, in partnership with The V Foundation, during the telecasts. The Big Monday doubleheader of Oklahoma at Connecticut (7 p.m.) and Texas A&M at Baylor (9 p.m.) will also participate in the initiative.
  • Championship Week Presented by DICKs Sporting Goods on ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU & ESPN3.com - Thursday, March 3 - Sunday, March 13
    As part of ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU and ESPN3.coms week-long mens and womens conference tournament coverage, ESPN networks will present 13 conference championships, including every game from the quarterfinals through the final for the BIG EAST, plus the SEC semifinal and championship games. Other womens championships include: Atlantic 10, Big Ten, Horizon League, MAAC, MEAC, NEC, SWAC, Summit League, Sun Belt, West Coast Conference and WAC.

  • NCAA Division I Womens Basketball Championship
    ESPN will present the exclusive live announcement of the 64-team NCAA Championship field as part of Selection Monday on March 14, at 7 p.m., with ESPNU offering a bonus hour of coverage on the NCAA Womens Basketball Selection Special: Extended Coverage at 8 p.m. All 63 games of the 2011 NCAA Division I Womens Basketball Championship will air on ESPN networks for the eighth consecutive year. ESPN and ESPN2 will present its telecasts in a whip-around format with home market protection through the first two rounds. ESPN FULL COURT, the pay-per-view package, will offer first- and second-round games in its entirety as a supplement to ESPN and ESPN2s coverage. ESPN3.com will offer complete telecasts of all 63 games, while ESPNU will offer select ESPN and ESPN2 early-round games in their entirety. The final 15 games, beginning with the Regional Semifinals, will have national telecast windows on ESPN or ESPN2. The complete schedule will be announced at a later date.

ESPN Networks 2010-11 Womens Basketball Schedule (Schedule subject to change;

All ESPN/ESPN2 games to be simulcast on ESPN3.com)

Date

Time (ET)

Game

Network

Tue, Nov 16

6 p.m.

State Farm Tip-Off Classic as Part of College Hoops

Tip-Off Marathon (Hartford, Conn.): Baylor at Connecticut

ESPN2

Sun, Dec 5

2 p.m.

Purdue at Notre Dame

ESPN2

Mon, Dec 6

7 p.m.

Jimmy V Womens Classic: Texas A&M at Duke

ESPN2

Tue, Dec 14

7 p.m.

Tennessee at Baylor

ESPN2

Holiday Hoops Presented by Kay Jewelers (Dec. 18-24)

Sun, Dec 19

Noon

Maggie Dixon Classic (New York City): Texas A&M vs. Rutgers

ESPNU

2 p.m.

Maggie Dixon Classic (New York City):

Ohio State vs. Connecticut

ESPNU

7 p.m.

Stanford at Tennessee

ESPN2

Tue, Dec 21

7 p.m.

Florida State at Connecticut

ESPNU

Thu, Dec 30

9 p.m.

Connecticut at Stanford

ESPN2

Tue, Jan 4

7 p.m.

Kentucky at Duke

ESPNU

Thu, Jan 6

11 p.m.

Idaho at Nevada

ESPNU

Sun, Jan 9

Noon

Pittsburgh at Louisville

ESPNU

2 p.m.

Georgia at Kentucky

ESPNU

3 p.m.

Dayton at Xavier

ESPN2

5 p.m.

Tulane at Alabama-Birmingham

ESPN2

Conference Tip-Off (Jan. 11-17)

Thu, Jan 13

9 p.m.

Louisiana Tech at Fresno State

ESPNU

Fri, Jan 14

4:30 p.m.

Fairfield at Loyola (Md.)

ESPNU

Sat, Jan 15

8 p.m.

Saturday Primetime Presented by DIRECTV:

Vanderbilt at Tennessee

ESPN

Sun, Jan 16

1:30 p.m.

Oklahoma at Texas

ESPNU

2 p.m.

Central Florida at Southern Methodist

ESPN2

3:30 p.m.

Marquette at South Florida

ESPNU

4 p.m.

Illinois at Penn State

ESPN2

Mon, Jan 17

7 p.m.

Big Monday: Connecticut at North Carolina

ESPN2

Sun, Jan 23

2 p.m.

St. Johns at Notre Dame

ESPNU

4 p.m.

Vanderbilt at Kentucky

ESPNU

5 p.m.

North Carolina at Maryland

ESPN2

Mon, Jan 24

4:30 p.m.

Texas Southern at Mississippi Valley State

ESPNU

7 p.m.

Big Monday: Iowa at Ohio State

ESPN2

Fri, Jan 28

4:30 p.m.

Manhattan at Canisius

ESPNU

Sun, Jan 30

2 p.m.

Florida at Mississippi State

ESPNU

4 p.m.

West Virginia at DePaul

ESPNU

5 p.m.

Georgia at LSU

ESPN2

Mon, Jan 31

4:30 p.m.

Maryland- Eastern Shore at Hampton

ESPNU

7 p.m.

Big Monday: Duke at Connecticut

ESPN2

Sun, Feb 6

Noon

Syracuse at Rutgers

ESPNU

2 p.m.

Baylor at Oklahoma State

ESPNU

4 p.m.

South Carolina at Arkansas

ESPNU

Rivalry Week Presented by Cisco (Feb. 7-14)

Mon, Feb 7

7 p.m.

Big Monday: Duke at North Carolina

ESPN2

9 p.m.

Big Monday: Tennessee at Kentucky

ESPN2

Fri, Feb 11

4:30 p.m.

Marist at Iona

ESPNU

Sun, Feb 13

2:30 p.m.

**February Frenzy: Michigan at Michigan State

ESPN2

2:30 p.m.

**February Frenzy: LSU at Kentucky

ESPN2

2:30 p.m.

**February Frenzy: East Carolina at Houston

ESPN2

2:30 p.m.

**February Frenzy: Georgetown at St. Johns

ESPN2

5 p.m.

**February Frenzy: Kansas State at Iowa State

ESPN2

5 p.m.

**February Frenzy: West Virginia at Louisville

ESPN2

5 p.m.

**February Frenzy: Auburn at Arkansas

ESPN2

5 p.m.

**February Frenzy: North Carolina State at Georgia Tech

ESPN2

6 p.m.

February Frenzy: Tennessee at Vanderbilt

ESPNU

Mon, Feb 14

4:30 p.m.

Hampton at North Carolina A&T

ESPNU

7 p.m.

February Frenzy/Big Monday: Oklahoma at Connecticut

ESPN2

9 p.m.

February Frenzy/Big Monday: Texas A&M at Baylor

ESPN2

Sun, Feb 20

3 p.m.

Maryland at Florida State

ESPN2

5 p.m.

Ohio State at Purdue

ESPN2

5:30 p.m.

Georgetown at DePaul

ESPNU

Judgment Week (Feb. 21-27)

Mon, Feb 21

4:30 p.m.

Arkansas-Pine Bluff at Prairie View A&M

ESPNU

7 p.m.

Big Monday: Georgia at Tennessee

ESPN2

9 p.m.

Big Monday: Texas at Iowa State

ESPN2

Sun, Feb 27

2 p.m.

LSU at Tennessee

ESPNU

4 p.m.

Xavier at Temple

ESPNU

5 p.m.

Baylor at Oklahoma

ESPN2

Mon, Feb 28

4:30 p.m.

Morgan State at North Carolina A&T

ESPNU

7 p.m.

Big Monday: St. Johns at West Virginia

ESPN2

11 p.m.

Louisiana Tech at Nevada

ESPNU

** Regionalized coverage

Championship Week Presented by DICKs Sporting Goods (All games live, unless otherwise noted)

Date

Time (ET)

Game

Network

Sat, Mar 5

4 p.m.

SEC Tournament: Semifinals (Nashville, Tenn.)

ESPNU

6 p.m.

SEC Tournament: Semifinals (Nashville, Tenn.)

ESPNU

Sun, Mar 6

Noon

BIG EAST Championship Presented by American Eagle: Quarterfinal 1 (Hartford, Conn.)

ESPNU

2 p.m.

BIG EAST Championship Presented by American Eagle: Quarterfinal 2 (Hartford, Conn.)

ESPNU

3:30 p.m.

Big Ten Tournament: Final (Indianapolis, Ind.)

ESPN2

5:30 p.m.

SEC Tournament: Final (Nashville, Tenn.)

ESPN2

6 p.m.

BIG EAST Championship Presented by American Eagle: Quarterfinal 3 (Hartford, Conn.)

ESPNU

8 p.m.

BIG EAST Championship Presented by American Eagle: Quarterfinal 4 (Hartford, Conn.)

ESPNU

Mon, Mar 7

1 p.m.

MAAC Championship: Final (Bridgeport, Conn.)

ESPNU

3 p.m.

West Coast Conference Championship:

Final (Las Vegas, Nev.)

ESPNU

5 p.m.

Atlantic 10 Championship: Final (Lowell, Mass.)

ESPN2

6 p.m.

BIG EAST Championship Presented by American Eagle:

Semifinal 1 (Hartford, Conn.)

ESPNU

8 p.m.

BIG EAST Championship Presented by American Eagle:

Semifinal 2 (Hartford, Conn.)

ESPNU

Tue, Mar 8

2 p.m.

Sun Belt Championship: Final (Hot Springs, Ark.)

ESPNU

4 p.m.

Summit League Tournament: Final (Sioux Falls, S.D.)

ESPNU

7 p.m.

BIG EAST Championship Presented by American Eagle:

Final (Hartford, Conn.)

ESPN

Sat, Mar 12

4 p.m.

WAC Tournament: Final (Las Vegas, Nev.)

ESPNU

6 p.m.

SWAC Championship: Final (Garland, Texas)

ESPNU

Sun, Mar 13

11 a.m.*

MEAC Tournament: Final (Winston-Salem, NC)

ESPNU

1 p.m.

Horizon League Championship: Final

(campus of higher seed after quarterfinals)

ESPNU

3 p.m.

NEC Tournament: Final (campus of higher seed)

ESPNU

* - Tape delay

NOTE: ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU & ESPN3.coms NCAA Womens Basketball Championship schedule will be announced at a later date.

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