Pac-12 announces 2018-19 men’s basketball TV broadcast schedule
SAN FRANCISCO – The Pac-12 Conference announced on Thursday its 2018-19 men’s basketball television package that will feature more than 220 contests telecast to national and regional audiences.
Pac-12 Conference controlled broadcasts include 48 games on ESPN/ESPN2/ESPNU (including three Pac-12 Tournament games), 20 on FS1, two nationally each on FOX and CBS broadcast networks and 149 on Pac-12 Networks (including seven preseason events and eight Pac-12 Tournament games). Additional appearances will be made through other conference television agreements and various in-season tournaments to bring the comprehensive broadcast total to more than 260 events.
Every Pac-12 home contest will be televised during the 2018-19 regular season, including all 108 Conference clashes starting Thursday, Jan. 3.
The Pac-12 non-conference home slate features 28 games against teams that participated in postseason play in 2018, including 10 against teams from the 2018 NCAA Tournament field highlighted by visits from Kansas, Nevada, San Diego State and Texas A&M.
The Pac-12 will also be heavily tested away from home during non-conference play with 27 scheduled road or neutral contests against 2018 postseason teams, including nine true road matchups versus 2018 NCAA Tournament teams with trips to Alabama, Auburn, Cincinnati, Gonzaga, Houston, Kansas, Kentucky, New Mexico State and North Carolina.
The regular season tips off with seven games on Tuesday, Nov. 6 – three days earlier than recent seasons due to a change approved by the NCAA Division I Council last winter – with the first official contest pitting a pair of NCAA Tournament teams in ARIZONA STATE and Cal State Fullerton on Pac-12 Networks at 5 p.m. PT. Opening week will also feature the fourth annual Pac-12 China Game between CALIFORNIA and Yale on ESPNU at 8 p.m. PT on Friday, Nov. 9 (with immediate re-air on ESPN2 at 10:15 p.m. PT), as well as a pair of early Pac-12 vs. SEC showdowns with WASHINGTON visiting Auburn on Nov. 9 and USC hosting Vanderbilt on Sunday, Nov. 11.
As part of the 48 package games on ESPN Networks, five are set for ESPN – STANFORD at UCLA on Thursday, Jan. 3, the regular season finale of OREGON at Washington on March 9, and three games of the Pac-12 Tournament – with an additional 14 contests designated to flex on ESPN or ESPN2 and seven others assigned to ESPN2. ESPN’s season-long Pac-12 coverage will culminate with the Pac-12 Championship Game on Saturday, March 16 at 7:30 p.m. PT. Games aired on an ESPN network will also be available through the ESPN App, accessible on computers, smartphones, tablets and connected devices to fans who receive their video subscription from an affiliated provider.
Along with the annual CBS Sports Classic featuring UCLA against Ohio State on Saturday, Dec. 22, CBS will air the Bruins visiting LA rival USC on Saturday, Jan. 19 and the Territorial Cup meeting of Arizona State at ARIZONA on the final day of the regular season on Saturday, March 9. FOX will broadcast the non-conference clash of Nevada at USC on Saturday, Dec. 1, and UTAH at UCLA on Saturday, Feb. 9.
Marquee non-league contests set to air on Pac-12 Networks include the Trojans-Commodores matchup during opening week, San Diego State at California on Dec. 8, Texas A&M versus OREGON STATE from the Moda Center in Portland on Dec. 15, and Nevada at Utah on Dec. 29.
Las Vegas will be the site to both of the Conference’s postseason showcases for the first time as the 2019 Pac-12 Women’s Basketball Tournament makes its debut in the city from March 7-10 at MGM Grand Garden Arena and the 2019 Pac-12 Men’s Basketball Tournament returns to T-Mobile Arena for the third straight year from March 13-16. Check pac-12.com/tickets for the most up-to-date information on tournament on-sale dates and special offers.
Four Pac-12 teams – Arizona, Oregon, UCLA and Washington – appear on several national media outlets’ preseason top 25 rankings for the 2018-19 campaign.
Four All-Freshman Team selections, three All-Conference performers and a pair of All-Defensive team honorees from last season are slated to return to the league for 2018-19. Additionally, six NBA Draft early-entry candidates elected to return to Pac-12 programs, highlighted by First Team All-Conference pick Noah Dickerson (Washington), All-Rookie Team member Kris Wilkes (UCLA) and reigning Pac-12 Most Improved Player Robert Franks (Washington State).
Pac-12 programs also boast eight of the top 40 recruiting classes in the country according to 247Sports, including three in the top 11 (Oregon, UCLA, Arizona State), as well as the second-most top 50 (10) and top 100 (19) commitments of any league.