UCR men’s basketball team to get national air time

ESPN and the Big West Conference announced that the UC Riverside vs. Pacific men’s basketball game on January 30 at UCR’s Student Recreation Center will be broadcast on ESPN2.

 It is the first appearance ever for the Highlanders on any of the ESPN family of networks. Terry Gannon and Stephen Bardo will call the game which is now scheduled to tip at 5 pm PT.

ESPN and the Big West are in the second year of a five-year agreement, with the Worldwide Leader In Sports televising five conference games in the 2009-10 season including the Big West title game on Saturday, March 13.

With the addition of the Pacific game, the Highlanders now have four regionally and nationally televised contests on their regular season schedule. The first was on Saturday, January 9 as FSN West broadcast the UCR vs. Cal State Fullerton game in front of the biggest crowd of the year to attend a game at the SRC.

 UC Riverside’s road game at UC Irvine on Saturday, January 23 is set to air on FSN Prime Ticket beginning at 8 pm. And the Highlanders March 5 game at Long Beach State, the last game of the regular season for both teams, will air on FSN West beginning at 7:30 pm.

The Big West Conference and its nine member institutions are also a part of the ESPN-sponsored BracketBusters event which could see the Highlanders make a fifth televised appearance against an as-yet-to-be determined opponent on Saturday, February 20.