Diverse, Elite Programming Set For The Spring
Some of the premier programs in the nation will be on display this spring when the Pac-12 Networks airs a variety of sports.
In addition to baseball and softball, the networks will showcase some of the best the conference has to offer with broadcasts in women's water polo, women's lacrosse and men's and women's tennis.
The best programs in the nation will be on display in women’s water polo as the networks feature the top-five teams in this week’s Collegiate Water Polo Association ranking over four televised matches. The first broadcast is between No. 4 Cal and No. 5 Arizona State on March 16 at Noon. On April 6, No. 3 UCLA visits Stanford at 6:30 p.m. Then it's No. 2 USC at No. 3 UCLA on April 19 at 5 p.m., followed by No. 1 Stanford at No. 4 Cal on April 21 at 11 a.m.
Collegiate women's water polo is always dominated by the West Coast -- and more specifically Pac-12 schools -- and this year is no different. Stanford has won the past two NCAA championships. In fact, no team other than Stanford, USC or UCLA has ever won the national title in women's water polo since the NCAA began sponsoring a championship in 2001.
The same can be said about men's tennis, where the same trio of USC, Stanford and UCLA have combined to win 52 of the 67 NCAA championships that have been played. That includes the past four in a row for the Trojans, who have won 19 titles overall. Stanford has won 17 championships and UCLA has won 16. USC and UCLA will be featured on Pac-12 Networks when they go head-to-head at USC on April 18 at 3 p.m. The next day, it will be Stanford visiting Cal at 3 p.m. The networks' first men's tennis broadcast takes place on March 31 when Arizona State visits Washington State at 11 a.m. Pac-12 Networks will also air the Pac-12 Championships on April 28 in Ojai, Calif.
The Pac-12 is also strong in women's tennis, especially the California teams which are regular participants in the NCAA Championships. There are four conference teams currently in the ITA Top 25 -- No. 2 UCLA, No. 4 USC, No. 5 Stanford and No. 7 Cal. Those four teams will be broadcast on the networks this season. On March 30, UCLA visits Stanford at 4 p.m. The next day, it's USC traveling to Cal at 2 p.m. The Pac-12 Networks will also show the Pac-12 Championships on April 27 in Ojai.
There will be two women's lacrosse games on the networks -- Oregon visits USC on April 4 while Cal entertains Stanford on April 27.