Aug. 26, 2010
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Purdue University and the Big Ten Conference announced the complete 2010-11 men's basketball conference schedule and broadcast assignments on Thursday, unveiling an unprecedented television schedule for the defending league tri-champions.
A school-record 29 of the Boilermakers' 31 regular-season games will be broadcast on national television this season. Purdue will play on CBS or the ESPN family of networks at least 14 times this season, including a league-high four Super Tuesday games and a visit from College GameDay on the Worldwide Leader.
All 18 Big Ten games will once again be televised nationally, including at least two on CBS, seven on the ESPN family of networks and six on Big Ten Network (television still to be determined for three wildcard games). From mid-January to mid-February, Purdue will play eight of nine games - including six in a row - on either CBS or ESPN.
The Boilermakers will face six opponents who reached the 2010 postseason during Big Ten play, including four NCAA Tournament participants (Michigan State, Minnesota, Ohio State and Wisconsin) and two NIT qualifiers (Illinois and Northwestern).
Purdue opens conference play with both of its single-play opponents, visiting Michigan on Dec. 28 (2 p.m. ET, Big Ten Network) and playing Northwestern in the Big Ten home opener on Dec. 31 (noon ET, ESPN2).
Two of the Boilers' next three league game will be played away from home, as they head to Penn State on Jan. 5 (6:30 p.m. ET, Big Ten Network) and entertain Iowa on Jan. 9 (noon ET, Big Ten Network) before traveling to Minnesota for a Jan. 13 showdown (7 p.m. ET, ESPN/2).
Following a break from league play for a visit to West Virginia on Jan. 16 (time TBD, CBS), Purdue will host Penn State on Jan. 19 (8:30 p.m. ET) and Michigan State on Jan. 22 (9 p.m. ET, ESPN; College GameDay, 10 a.m. ET). A trip to Ohio State on the 25th (9 p.m. ET, ESPN) - a Super Tuesday game - and a home date with Minnesota on the 29th (1 p.m. ET, CBS) will wrap up the month of January.
February kicks off for the Boilermakers with a trip to Wisconsin on the first of the month (7 p.m. ET, ESPN) before a Feb. 8 matchup with archrival Indiana at Mackey Arena (7 p.m. ET, ESPN), both of which are Super Tuesday appearances. Purdue will visit Illinois on Feb. 13 for a 1 p.m. ET start on CBS prior to hosting Wisconsin on Feb. 16 (6:30 p.m. ET, Big Ten Network) and Ohio State on either Feb. 19 or 20 (date and time to be announced later depending on television selections).
Purdue's visit to Indiana will take place on Feb. 23 (8:30 p.m. ET, Big Ten Network), followed by a wildcard game with MSU that will be played on either Feb. 26 or 27 in East Lansing. The Boilers will round out Big Ten home action with their final Super Tuesday appearance of the year, a March 1 affair with Illinois (7 p.m. ET, ESPN), before trekking to Iowa City for a wildcard game with the Hawkeyes on either March 5 or 6 to conclude the regular season.
The 14th-annual Big Ten Tournament will be held from March 10-13 at Indianapolis' Conseco Fieldhouse. All 10 games will be broadcast nationally on ESPN, ESPN2, CBS and Big Ten Network.
Season tickets are on sale and available online at purduesports.com, by phone at (800) 49-SPORT or in person by visiting the Purdue Athletic Ticket Office located in the Intercollegiate Athletic Facility (adjacent to Mackey Arena).