OVC Announces 2017-18 ESPN Basketball Television Package



The Ohio Valley Conference announced its slate of Conference games across ESPN networks for the 2017-18 season on Wednesday.

The schedule includes seven total men's basketball games (four regular season contests and three OVC Tournament games) that will appear on one of the networks during the season. Each of the regular season games and the OVC Tournament semifinals will air live on ESPNU.

The OVC Tournament championship game will air on ESPN2 at 7:00 p.m. CT on Saturday, March 3. The tournament will be held at The Ford Center in Evansville, Indiana.

The schedule also includes a women’s basketball matchup on Thursday, February 15 as UT Martin hosts SIUE at 4 p.m. CT on ESPNU. In addition, all seven games of the OVC Women’s Basketball Tournament will once again air on ESPN3 this year.

The package is part of a multi-year agreement with ESPN that was announced in October 2013.

The first live game event telecast on ESPNU, launched on March 4, 2005, was a Southeast Missouri State/Eastern Kentucky OVC Tournament semifinal which followed a live College GameDay telecast from Oklahoma State. The 24-hour college sports television network televises more than 650 live events annually. Action includes a variety of top football and men’s and women’s basketball games, as well as Olympic sports from 26 Division I conferences. ESPNU is the destination for premier collegiate and high school programming, including elite football, basketball, baseball, softball and lacrosse events.

A complete television schedule with additional national exposure will be released soon.

2017-18 OVC ESPN Television Schedule

Thursday, January 18
Murray State at Belmont, 6:00 p.m. CT (ESPNU)

Thursday, January 25
Morehead State at Murray State, 6:00 p.m. CT (ESPNU)

Thursday, February 8
Tennessee Tech at Jacksonville State, 8:00 p.m. CT (ESPNU)

Thursday, February 15 - WOMEN’S BASKETBALL
SIUE at UT Martin, 4:00 p.m. CT (ESPNU)

Thursday, February 22
Belmont at Jacksonville State, 8:00 p.m. CT (ESPNU)

Friday, March 2
OVC Men’s Tournament Semifinal #1, 7:00 p.m. CT (ESPNU)
OVC Men’s Tournament Semifinal #2, 9:00 p.m. CT (ESPNU)

Saturday, March 3
OVC Men’s Tournament Championship, 7:00 p.m. CT (ESPN2)

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