TV schedule announced for Huskie hoops

Photo of basketball going through hoopAs part of the Mid-American Conference’s 39-game men’s basketball and women’s basketball television package, Northern Illinois will have at least three games televised during the 2011-12 season, the league announced Tuesday.

Produced and distributed by the MAC’s regional cable partner SportsTime Ohio (STO), the games also will air on Comcast Michigan, Comcast Indiana and Comcast Sports Net Chicago. Check local listings for game times and local availability.

Additionally, as part of the largest TV package in league history, STO will air a MAC men’s basketball (5 p.m.) and women’s basketball preview (5:30 p.m.) Monday, Dec. 12.

The Huskies’ first TV game falls Sunday, Jan. 8, as the NIU women’s basketball team plays at Eastern Michigan at 1 p.m.

The NIU men’s basketball team makes their 2011-12 TV debut at 5 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 4, at Bowling Green. The men appear on TV again at 1 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 26, at Central Michigan. Additionally, the men have a chance to be chosen as one or more of the seven 21-Day Wildcard Selection games.

Both Huskie teams will have the opportunity to be televised even more during the First Energy MAC Tournament the week of March 9 to March 12 at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio.

The NIU men’s basketball team begins its season at 6 p.m. Friday, Nov. 11, at Purdue, while the NIU women’s basketball team starts at Loyola Chicago at 1 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 13.

Here’s a complete listing of NIU’s 2011-12 basketball TV schedule:

NIU Women’s Basketball TV Schedule

  • Sunday, Jan. 8: NIU at Eastern Michigan, 1 p.m.
  • Friday, March 9: First Energy MAC Tournament Semifinals, 11 a.m./1:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, March 10: First Energy MAC Tournament Championship, noon

NIU Men’s Basketball TV Schedule

  • Saturday, Jan. 14: 21-Day Wildcard Selection, 3 p.m., ESPNU
  • Saturday, Jan. 28: 21-Day Wildcard Selection, 10 a.m., ESPNU
  • Saturday, Feb. 4: NIU at Bowling Green, 5 p.m.
  • Saturday, Feb. 11: 21-Day Wildcard Selection, 10 a.m., ESPNU
  • Saturday, Feb. 25: 21-Day Wildcard Selection, 5 p.m.
  • Sunday, Feb. 26: NIU at Central Michigan, 1 p.m.
  • Wednesday, Feb. 29: 21-Day Wildcard Selection, 6 p.m.
  • Friday, March 2: 21-Day Wildcard Selection, 6 p.m., ESPN 2
  • Saturday, March 3: 21-Day Wildcard Selection, 5 p.m.
  • Wednesday, March 7: First Energy MAC Tournament Second Round, 6 p.m./8:30 p.m.
  • Thursday, March 8: First Energy MAC Tournament Quarterfinals, 6 p.m./8:30 p.m.
  • Friday, March 9: First Energy MAC Tournament Semifinals, 6 p.m./8:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, March 10: First Energy MAC Tournament Championship, 7 p.m., ESPN 2

For more information on NIU basketball and Huskie athletics, visit www.niuhuskies.com.

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