Pac-12 Networks to televise 150 men's basketball games, adds Hall of Famer Bill Walton to on-air talent roster

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By Pac-12 Enterprises PR staff

The Pac-12 Networks has finalized its men's basketball television schedule for the 2012-2013 season and will feature 150 live games across its collection of seven networks, including 142 regular season games and eight Pac-12 Tournament games, it was announced today.

The unprecedented amount of exposure means that each school will be featured at least 11 times during the season and guarantees that every Pac-12 home game will be televised for the first time in Conference history.

"This is a significant milestone for all of the Pac-12 programs and our fans," Pac-12 Enterprises President Gary Stevenson said. "Last year there were more than 90 Pac-12 basketball games that were not on television and we are thrilled to be able to change that and deliver all of that great live content to our fans."

With UCLA and Arizona bringing in top-rated recruiting classes and several prominent starters returning from all 12 schools, including Allen Crabbe (California), Solomon Hill (Arizona), Brock Motum (Washington State) and Andre Roberson (Colorado), the race for the Pac-12 title figures to come down to the wire, as it did a year ago. The Pac-12 featured seven teams with 20 or more wins and seven others with 10 or more conference wins. Washington edged Cal for the regular season title before Colorado claimed the Pac-12 Tournament title in dramatic fashion.

The Pac-12 Networks basketball schedule begins Friday, Nov. 9 and over that first weekend will feature home openers for 11 Pac-12 teams. The Networks will open the Conference season the first week in January with Utah at Arizona State, Stanford at UCLA, Utah at Arizona and Colorado at Arizona State.

The Pac-12 Networks initial basketball schedule is also highlighted by the addition of two-time NBA & NCAA Champion and Pac-12 basketball legend Bill Walton providing color analysis to select games on the Networks. 

"We are extremely honored to have Bill Walton lend his knowledge of the game as an analyst for the Pac-12 Networks," Stevenson said. "Bill's legendary playing career has made his name synonymous with UCLA and the Pac-12's basketball tradition and his unique style and engaging personality has had the same effect in the sports broadcasting arena. We are excited to have him on board."

Walton, who earned Naismith College Player of the Year and NCAA first team All-American honors three times over playing for legendary head coach John Wooden at UCLA, makes his return to broadcasting this season, covering college basketball as an analyst for Pac-12 Networks and ESPN following a two-year hiatus. Previously, Walton spent 21 years providing commentary on the NBA, NCAA Final Four and Olympic basketball games for a variety of networks, including ABC/ESPN, NBC, CBS, FOX, MSNBC and Turner Sports.

"I'm thrilled, privileged, honored and humbled for the opportunity to be a part of the special team that is being assembled as part of the new Pac-12 Multimedia Networks," Walton said. "The Pac-12 Networks brings together all that I live for— education, sports, teamwork, business, technology, entertainment and the chance to help others build their lives."

Walton continues, "Commissioner Larry Scott is a vibrant, dynamic, visionary leader who stands alone at the top of our world. He is a huge reason why I am here. I make my choices in life based on purpose and people -- and that is why I am so excited about what we have at the Pac-12 Networks. Pride and loyalty are the driving emotions in my life and what could be better than what we have here. The West is The Best. Tradition. Environment. Demographics: We have it all!! Let's go to college!!! Let's play ball!!! Let's chase our dreams!!! Here we go!!!"

As a center for UCLA from 1970-1974, Walton was a key player in UCLA's dominance across the college basketball landscape in the 1970s. During his three years as a member of the Bruins' varsity team, UCLA won back-to-back national championships in 1972 and 1973, and set a NCAA men's basketball record of 88 consecutive wins. Walton followed up with an equally successful professional playing career as the number one overall selection of the 1974 NBA Draft by the Portland Trailblazers. He led the franchise to its first NBA title just four years later in 1977 and was named Finals MVP. In just five seasons in Portland, Walton earned several accolades, including NBA All-Star selections in 1976 and 1977, and the league's Most Valuable Player in 1978.

The complete 2012 Pac-12 Networks men's basketball televised schedule can be seen below.

About Pac-12 Networks
Launched August 15, 2012, the Pac-12 Networks are full-time native HD linear networks available to video programming operators, dedicated solely to the Pac-12. It will consist of a national network and six regional feeds that will televise hundreds of live sporting events annually and provide 24/7 access to Pac-12 teams and universities. In addition to the hundreds of live televised Pac-12 sporting events, Pac-12 Networks subscribers will have access to their carrier's TV Everywhere platform, providing access to all Pac-12 Networks programming on any device through their broadband service. Fans can find out if they can get Pac-12 Networks by visiting www.pac-12.com or by contacting their television provider. Pac-12 Digital encompasses the digital network, mobile, the university websites, social media and innovative digital initiatives across the company.

2012 Pac-12 Networks Men's Basketball Televised Schedule

Date   Time (PT)    Matchup
Nov. 9   4:00 PM    Northern Arizona at Oregon (subject to change)
Nov. 9   4:00 PM    Wofford at Colorado
Nov. 9   6:00 PM   TBD at Oregon State
Nov. 9   6:00 PM    Willamette at Utah
Nov. 9   8:00 PM    Coppin State at USC
Nov. 9    8:00 PM    San Francisco at Stanford
Nov. 10  4:30 PM    Central Arkansas at Arizona State
Nov. 10   4:30 PM   Eastern Washington at Washington State
Nov. 11   3:00 PM   Charleston Southern at Arizona
Nov. 11  5:00 PM   Loyola-MD at Washington
Nov. 11  7:00 PM    Cal-State Bakersfield at California
Nov. 12  6:30 PM   Portland State at Oregon
Nov. 12   8:30 PM    Cal State Fullerton at Stanford
Nov. 13  6:30 PM   Long Beach State at USC 
Nov. 13  6:30 PM   Pepperdine at California
Nov. 13  8:30 PM   UC Irvine at UCLA (Legends Classic)
Nov. 13   8:30 PM    Albany at Washington
Nov. 14   7:00 PM    Utah Valley at Washington State
Nov. 15  6:00 PM    Alcorn State at Stanford
Nov. 15   8:00 PM    James Madison at UCLA (Legends Classic)
Nov. 16   6:00 PM    Sacramento State at Utah
Nov. 16   8:00 PM    Vanderbilt at Oregon
Nov. 18   4:00 PM    Florida A&M at Arizona State
Nov. 18   6:00 PM   Belmont at Stanford
Nov. 19   6:00 PM    Long Beach State at Arizona
Nov. 19  8:00 PM    Jacksonville State at Oregon
Nov. 20   6:00 PM    Cornell at Arizona State
Nov. 21  6:00 PM    Idaho State at Utah
Nov. 23  4:00 PM    Central Michigan at Utah
Nov. 24   2:30 or 6:30 PM  Wright State at Utah
Nov. 24   12:30 or 6:30 PM  Arkansas-Pine Bluff at Washington State
Nov. 25  3:00 PM   Montana State at Oregon State
Nov. 25  5:00 PM   Air Force at Colorado
Nov. 25  7:00 PM    Cal Poly at UCLA
Nov. 27   6:30 PM    Texas Southern at Colorado
Nov. 28  5:00 PM   Arkansas-Pine Bluff at Arizona State
Nov. 28  7:00 PM   Idaho at Washington State
Nov. 28  7:00 PM   Northern Arizona at Arizona
Nov. 28  7:00 PM   Seattle at Stanford
Nov. 28  9:00 PM   Saint Louis at Washington
Nov. 28   9:00 PM    Cal State Northridge at UCLA
Nov. 29  7:00 PM   UT-San Antonio at Oregon
Dec. 1   3:00 PM   Sacramento State at Arizona State
Dec. 1   5:00 PM   Portland at Washington State
Dec. 1   7:00 PM    Arkansas-Pine Bluff at Oregon
Dec. 2   5:00 PM   Denver at Stanford
Dec. 2   7:00 PM   Cal State Fullerton at Washington
Dec. 4   6:30 PM   Southern Mississippi at Arizona
Dec. 5   5:30 PM    Boise State at Utah
Dec. 5   5:30 PM   Hartford at Arizona State
Dec. 5   7:30 PM   Colorado State at Colorado
Dec. 8   11:00 AM   Cal State Northridge at Arizona State
Dec. 8   1:00 PM    Grambling State at Oregon State
Dec. 8   3:00 PM   Idaho State at Oregon
Dec. 8    5:00 PM   Nevada at Washington
Dec. 8   7:30 PM    Minnesota at USC
Dec. 9    4:00 PM    Fresno State at Washington State
Dec. 12  6:30 PM   DePaul at Arizona State
Dec. 13  7:00 PM    Jackson State at Washington State
Dec. 15  12:00 PM   Dartmouth at Arizona State
Dec. 15  2:00 PM   UC Davis at Stanford
Dec. 15  4:00 PM   UC Riverside at USC
Dec. 15  4:00 PM   Jackson State at Washington
Dec. 15  6:00 PM   Prairie View A&M at UCLA
Dec. 15  8:00 PM   Creighton at California
Dec. 16  4:00 PM    Chicago State at Oregon State
Dec. 18   6:00 PM   Oral Roberts at Arizona
Dec. 18   6:00 PM   SMU at Utah
Dec. 18   8:00 PM   UC Santa Barbara at California
Dec. 18   8:00 PM    Long Beach State at UCLA
Dec. 19   7:00 PM    Howard at Oregon State
Dec. 20   6:00 PM    Cal Poly at Washington
Dec. 20   8:00 PM    UC Irvine at USC
Dec. 21   5:30 PM    Northern Arizona at Colorado
Dec. 21   7:30 PM    Cal State Northridge at Utah
Dec. 21  7:30 PM   Buffalo at Washington State
Dec. 22  12:00 PM   Houston Baptist at Oregon
Dec. 22   2:00 or 4:00PM  Northern Illinois at Washington
Dec. 22   2:00 or 4:00 PM  Prairie View A&M at California
Dec. 22   6:00 PM    San Diego at Oregon State
Dec. 22  8:00 PM    Fresno State at UCLA
Dec. 28  6:30 PM   College of Idaho at Utah
Dec. 29  11:00 AM   Coppin State at Arizona State
Dec. 29   11:00 AM    Hartford at Colorado
Dec. 29  1:00 PM    Towson at Oregon State
Dec. 29  3:00 PM    Idaho State at Washington State
Dec. 29  5:00 PM    Lafayette at Stanford
Dec. 29   7:30 PM    Harvard at California
Dec. 30   4:00 PM    Dayton at USC
Dec. 31   2:00 PM    Texas-Pan American at Oregon State
Dec.31   4:00 PM    Nevada at Oregon
Jan. 2   7:00 PM    Utah at Arizona State
Jan. 5    12:00 PM    Stanford at UCLA
Jan. 5    2:00 PM    Utah at Arizona
Jan. 6    5:00 PM    Colorado at Arizona State
Jan. 9    7:00 PM   Washington State at Stanford
Jan. 10   6:30 PM    UCLA at Utah
Jan. 10   8:30 PM    Arizona State at Oregon State
Jan. 12   11:00 AM    UCLA at Colorado
Jan. 12   1:00 PM    Washington State at California
Jan. 12   3:00 PM    USC at Utah
Jan. 13   6:00 PM    Arizona State at Oregon
Jan. 16  6:30 PM    Utah at Washington State
Jan. 16   8:30 PM    Colorado at Washington
Jan. 19  5:00 PM    Oregon State at USC
Jan. 19   7:00 PM   Colorado at Washington State
Jan. 23  6:30 PM    Washington State at Oregon
Jan. 23  8:30 PM   Washington at Oregon State
Jan. 24  5:30 PM   California at Utah
Jan. 24  7:30 PM   USC at Arizona State
Jan. 26   2:00 PM   Washington State at Oregon State
Jan. 26  4:00 PM    Washington at Oregon
Jan. 27   6:00 PM    Stanford at Utah
Jan. 30   7:00 PM    USC at UCLA
Jan. 31   8:00 PM    Arizona State at Washington State
Feb. 2    7:00 PM    Arizona at Washington State
Feb. 3    12:00 PM    Oregon State at Stanford
Feb. 6    7:00 PM    Utah at Oregon State
Feb. 7    6:30 PM    California at Arizona State
Feb. 7    8:30 PM    Washington State at USC
Feb. 9    5:00 PM    Utah at Oregon
Feb. 9    7:00 PM    Washington State at UCLA
Feb. 10   4:00 PM    California at Arizona
Feb. 10   6:00 PM    Colorado at Oregon State
Feb. 13  5:00 PM    Arizona State at Utah
Feb. 13   7:00 PM    Oregon State at Washington State
Feb. 14   7:00 PM    Arizona at Colorado
Feb. 16   4:00 PM    Oregon at Washington State
Feb. 17   12:00 PM    Arizona at Utah
Feb. 20   7:00 PM    Washington State at Arizona State
Feb. 21   7:00 PM    Utah at Colorado
Feb. 23  3:00 PM    California at Oregon State
Feb. 23   5:00 PM    Stanford at Oregon
Feb. 27  6:30 PM    Arizona to USC
Feb. 27  8:30 PM    Arizona State at UCLA
March 3  2:00 PM   Utah at Stanford
March 6  6:30 PM   UCLA at Washington State
March 6  8:30 PM   USC at Washington
March 9   11:30 AM   Oregon at Utah 

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