NCAA® BASKETBALL TIPS OFF LIVE ON ESPN AMERICA AND ESPN PLAYER
- ESPN America is the TV home of NCAA Men’s Basketball with more than 100 games live and in high definition
- On-demand broadband service ESPN Player offers complete season coverage – including NCAA March Madness®
ESPN will bring UK basketball fans exclusive live coverage of the 2012/13 NCAA Basketball season on television and online through ESPN America, ESPN and ESPNPlayer.com.
ESPN America will get this season’s multi-platform coverage underway at 10.30pm on Friday 9th November with the curtain-raiser from Ramstein Air Base in Germany – home to U.S. Air Forces in Europe – where Michigan State University face University of Connecticut, followed by Maryland v Kentucky, live from Brooklyn, New York at the newly opened Barclays Center. College basketball fans will have access to multiple live top NCAA basketball games each week throughout the campaign, and coverage will culminate with the famous season-ending NCAA March Madness® Tournament. ESPN America’s full schedule is available on ESPNAmerica.com.
Fans can also catch hundreds of games live and on-demand via the broadband service, ESPN Player. [more details]
Last season, more than 250 student-athletes from the EMEA region competed in NCAA men’s basketball, including 27 from the UK and Northern Ireland.
Last season saw Kentucky take the NCAA Men’s Basketball Championship title after overcoming Kansas in the final at the Superdome in New Orleans. The National Champions have lost their entire title-winning side in the NBA draft – including overall number one pick Anthony Davis, who has since won an Olympic gold with USA Basketball and joined the New Orleans Hornets – but a number of talented youngsters, including 6-foot-11 center Nerlens Noel, are ready to replace them.
Indiana’s power forward Cody Zeller and UCLA shooting guard Shabazz Muhammad are two elite prospects that are tipped to shine this season and follow Davis into the NBA in the future. ESPN.com’s pre-season rankings rate Zeller’s Indiana as the favourites for this year’s crown, with teams including Louisville, UCLA and Ohio State also expected to be in contention when the season reaches its climax.
The early season line-up of live games on ESPN America includes five match-ups back-to-back from 5pm on Tuesday 13th November. The contests include two teams in the top ten of ESPN’s preseason rankings taking part in the Champions Classic, as Michigan State and Kansas face each other and perennial powerhouse Duke take on reigning NCAA champions Kentucky.
Alongside ESPN America’s extensive coverage, ESPN will also feature select games throughout the season, and regular editions of ESPN’s award-winning studio programs, College Basketball Live and College GameDay, will keep viewers up to date with the latest news and highlights from across all of the 32 top conferences.
|NCAA MEN’S BASKETBALL – LIVE OPENING GAMES|
Date Game Time (GMT)
Friday 9th November Michigan St v Connecticut 22:30
Maryland v Kentucky 01:30
Tuesday 13th November Temple at Kent St 17:00
Detroit at St John’s 19:00
Butler at Xavier 21:00
Michigan St v Kansas 00:00
Duke v Kentucky 02:30
November schedule here
|NCAA BASKETBALL ON ESPN PLAYER|
On ESPN Player, fans will be able to watch the best college basketball live and on-demand via broadband. With more than 300 games and complete coverage of Championship Week, the NCAA March Madness Tournament, and the NCAA Women’s Basketball Championship Tournament, ESPN Player will be the online home for NCAA basketball. College Pass on ESPN Player gives the American collegiate sports fans access to all of the NCAA basketball coverage, as well as complete coverage of NCAA college football, lacrosse, baseball, ice hockey and more.
With more than 20 games streamed live and on-demand each week, ESPN Player’s schedule through the year will include some of the top teams around the country including Duke, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisville, North Carolina, UCLA and more. The broadband sports service gives fans the ability to pause and rewind on-demand events, allowing them to scroll to any part of the game they may have missed, review a great play with the 10-second rewind button, or return to the start of the game with a single click.
Visit ESPNPlayer.com for more information and to subscribe to College Pass.
COLLEGE BASKETBALL ON ESPN AMERICA – NOVEMBER
Date Time Day Game
9/11/2012 22.30 Friday Michigan St v Connecticut
9/11/2012 01:30 Friday Maryland v Kentucky
13/11/2012 17:00 Tuesday Temple at Kent St
13/11/2012 19:00 Tuesday Detroit at St John’s
13/11/2012 21:00 Tuesday Butler at Xavier
13/11/2012 00:00 Tuesday Michigan St vs Kansas – Champions Classic
13/11/2012 02:30 Tuesday Duke v Kentucky – Champions Classic
14/11/2012 00:00 Wednesday Wisconsin at Florida
15/11/2012 15:30 Thursday Akron v Oklahoma St – Puerto Rico Tip-off Quarter Final #1
15/11/2012 18:00 Thursday Asheville v Tennessee – Puerto Rico Tip-off Quarter Final #2
15/11/2012 22:00 Thursday NC State v Penn State – Puerto Rico Tip-off Quarter Final #3
16/11/2012 15:30 Friday Puerto Rico Tip-off Semifinal #1
16/11/2012 22:00 Friday Puerto Rico Tip-off Semifinal #2
18/11/2012 01:30 Sunday Charleston Classic Championship
19/11/2012 20:30 Monday Butler v Marquette – Maui Invitational Quarter Final #1
19/11/2012 23:00 Monday Mississippi St v North Carolina – Maui Invitational Quarter final #2
19/11/2012 01:00 Monday UCLA v Georgetown – Legends Classic Semifinal #2
19/11/2012 03:00 Monday Washington St v Kansas – CBE Classic Semifinal #2
20/11/2012 03:00 Tuesday Legends Classic Championship
21/11/2012 00:30 Wednesday Maui Invitational 3rd Place
21/11/2012 03:00 Wednesday Maui Invitational Championship
24/11/2012 04:00 Saturday Las Vegas Championship
25/11/2012 02:00 Sunday Anaheim Championship
26/11/2012 00:00 Monday Chicago State at Notre Dame
26/11/2012 02:00 Monday San Jose State at Kansas
27/11/2012 00:30 Tuesday NC State at Michigan
27/11/2012 02:30 Tuesday North Carolina at Indiana
28/11/2012 02:30 Wednesday Ohio State at Duke
29/11/2012 00:00 Thursday Kentucky at Notre Dame
29/11/2012 02:00 Thursday Marquette at Florida