DALLAS -- The University of Texas women's basketball team will be featured on ESPN2 and FSN (Fox Sports Net) national TV telecasts a total of eight times during the upcoming regular season, as part of the 2005-06 Big 12 women's basketball TV package, the conference office announced Monday.
The Big 12 will have 35 appearances on national television with nine games on ESPN2 and 26 on FSN. Nineteen regular season games and seven Phillips 66 Big 12 Women's Basketball Championship matchups are included in the FSN package.
In addition, UT head coach Jody Conradt's Longhorns also will have two games broadcast nationally on CSTV (College Sports TV). Other Texas games are expected to appear on UT's own television package with FSN Southwest, and those games will be announced at a later date.
The 2005-06 Big 12 women's basketball television package with ESPN2 features four games, in addition to appearances by league teams in five other games selected by the network.
UT head coach Jody Conradt's Longhorns wil be featured three times on ESPN2 during regular season action - against Tennessee, Connecticut and Texas Tech. The annual Texas-Tennessee matchup will be televised on Thursday, Dec. 1 at 6:30 p.m. (Central) from Knoxville, Tenn., and the Texas-Connecticut game takes place on Sunday, Feb. 12 at the Frank Erwin Center in Austin (with a 2 p.m. Central tip). UT's Big 12 matchup with Texas Tech in Austin on Sunday, Feb. 26 (3 p.m.) also will be telecast on ESPN2.
Baylor and Texas Tech open the season on ESPN2 in the State Farm Tip-Off Classic on Nov. 13 in Lubbock. Baylor will face Georgia at noon, while Texas Tech hosts LSU at 2:30 p.m. (Central). Last year, Texas hosted the State Farm Tip-Off Classic at the Erwin Center on ESPN2, and came away with a 84-69 win over Penn State, while LSU topped Baylor, 71-70.
Texas' five televised Big 12 contests on FSN include on non-conference matchup with Duke and four league games. UT's FSN games, with all times Central, are: vs. Duke (Sunday, Dec. 4 at Austin, 12:30 p.m.); at Baylor (Saturday, Jan. 7, in Waco, Texas, 3:00 p.m.); vs. Kansas State (Sunday, Jan. 22 in Austin, 1:00 p.m.); at Colorado (Saturday, Feb. 4, in Boulder, Colo., 1 p.m.); and vs. Baylor (Wednesday, March 1, at Austin, 7:30 p.m.).
The Phillips 66 Big 12 Conference Championship quarterfinal games will be televised by FSN for the fifth consecutive year, in addition to the semifinals and championship which have been televised by the network every year since the inception of the conference in 1996-97.
For its two-game CSTV lineup, the Longhorns will be on the road in back-to-back games. On Friday, Dec. 30, the Texas-Rutgers game from Piscataway, NJ will be broadcast live on CSTV with a tip time of 6 p.m. (Central); five days later, on Wednesday, Jan. 4, the Texas-Kansas Big 12 season opening game will carried on CSTV (7 p.m. Telecast).
The Big 12 enters 2005-06 on a high note after Baylor won the conference's first basketball national championship last season. Eight league teams competed in postseason in 2005 with six in the NCAA Tournament and two in the WNIT. The Big 12 also led the nation in attendance for the sixth consecutive season. Texas finished the year with a 22-9
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