INDIANAPOLIS -- The Horizon League men’s and women’s basketball regular and postseason schedules will feature 30 exclusive ESPN network broadcasts, the conference office announced on Tuesday.
Valparaiso, the reigning regular-season champions and NIT runner-up, will face off with UIC in the windy city on ESPNU at 5 p.m. ET on December 30 to begin network action. The Crusaders are showcased on ESPN in seven scheduled contests including the complete series against Oakland to be covered on ESPN2 on Jan. 6 at 9 p.m. ET and Feb. 17 at 7 p.m. ET.
The Metro Series matchup of Detroit and the Golden Grizzlies will be aired on ESPNU Jan. 13 at 7 p.m. ET at the O’Rena. Oakland will also head north to square off with Green Bay, the 2016 Tournament Champions, on ESPNU Feb. 24 for a 7 p.m. ET tip-off.
The 2017 Little Caears Horizon League Men’s and Women’s Basketball Championships will take place in Detroit, Mich. at Joe Louis Arena and will include all ten teams in a five-day format from Friday, March 3 to Tuesday, March 7. Each game of the Championship will be aired on an ESPN network with the first three days of the men’s and first four days of the women’s games streamed on ESPN3. The first men’s semifinal matchup will be aired on ESPNEWS while the second will be on ESPNU. The women’s championship game will take place on Tuesday, March 7 at 12 p.m. ET on ESPNU followed by the men’s championship at 7:00 p.m. ET on ESPN or ESPN2.
The 2017 Championship will mark the last year at Joe Louis Arena before the Little Caesars Arena opens.
Information regarding men’s basketball contests on the American Sports Network (ASN) will be released tomorrow afternoon.