TV college hoops: Ready or not, and we’re probably not

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We barely have room in our cerebral cortext for the content of baseball, football, hockey and pro rodeo. Throw in basketball, it’s circular overload.

Especially the colleges, the one sports where it seems not only every single game is televised by someone, but every school seems to have a team. Three-hundred plus, right? That would mean there’s about … 3,600 cheerleaders across the D-I landscape? Conservatively…

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We can’t begin to decipher the latest schedule released by FSN of its college basketball bombardment, so we’ll simply cut and paste below and allow you to sift through it.

Although we can pick out:

Sunday, Jan. 11, 7:30 p.m., USC vs. UCLA. at the Galen Center
The rematch on Weds., Feb. 12 at UCLA at 7:30 p.m. is scheduled for only a FSN Prime Ticket telecast.

Remember when this contest last year was the really hot ticket? Something about those Love and Mayo kids.

The ball is up …. and we haven’t changed a delicious word of the press release so you’ll have some understanding of what we have to do on our end before it filters out to everyone else with a keen interest in this kind of thing:

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FSN, the cable television home to men’s Pac-10 and ACC basketball and women’s ACC, Pac-10, SEC and Big 12 women’s basketball, is pleased to release its 2008-09 college basketball schedule, featuring more than 100 games, including 62 in High Definition.

With those 62 games in HD — a 50 percent jump in the number of games televised in HD versus the previous season — FSN is the place to get the clearest view of the best college basketball talent in the country. All games from FSN’s popular ACC Sunday Night Hoops franchise, plus every Pac-10 men’s postseason game as well as 34 of 38 Pac-10 men’s regular season games will be seen in HD.

FSN’s schedule is chock-full of men’s national powerhouses Duke, UNC, UCLA, plus talented players aspiring to make deep postseason runs on teams such as Wake Forest, Clemson and Miami in the ACC and Pac-10 up-and-comers Arizona State, Washington State, USC and Oregon.

On the women’s side, FSN showcases the best in the game as title contenders and perennial Top-15 teams Stanford, Oklahoma, Tennessee, California, UNC, Duke, Texas A&M and Oklahoma State take to the hardwood.

FSN begins its season on Monday, November 24 6:30 EST with back-to-back games from the Paradise Jam, the preseason tournament from the U.S. Virgin Islands that features a strong eight-team field, led by preseason Top-five squad Connecticut, ACC riser Miami and Big Ten power Wisconsin

Plus, throughout the year, FSN televises special in-season action, such as Stadium Shootout and the Big 12/Pac-10 Hardwood Series, featuring Washington State vs. Baylor, two teams that should find themselves in the top-25, as well as Oklahoma State against Washington, Nebraska at Arizona State and Kansas State taking on Oregon.

Defending National Champion Kansas makes an appearance on FSN, as the Jayhawks take on Pac-10 power Arizona on December 23 at 10:30 EST. Overall, FSN airs 123 basketball games, offering FSN’s fervent fans more than 300 hours of fast-paced, edge-of-your-seat college hoops action.

FSN’s men’s ACC games are handled by announcers Tim Brando and Ron Thulin, analysts Mike Gminski and Dan Bonner and sideline reporters Jenn Hildreth and Debbie Antonelli.

Pac-10 coverage is called by veteran play-by-play announcers Ted Robinson and Barry Tompkins, with analysts Marques Johnson and Dan Belluomini.

On the women’s side, Thulin and Antonelli handle the ACC games; Dave Neal and analysts Antonelli, Carol Ross and Teresa Edwards call the SEC contests; and analyst Mary Murphy joins announcer Jim Watson for Pac-10 coverage.

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FSN 2008-09 College Basketball Schedule
(all times converted to Pacific)

NOVEMBER:

Monday, Nov. 24, 3 and 5:30 p.m.: Paradise Jam Consolation Game: Teams TBA
Saturday, Nov. 29, 7:30 pm: Pac-10 Men’s Basketball #1: Big 12/Pac-10 Hardwood Series – Colorado at Stanford
Sunday, Nov. 30, 3:30pm: ACC Sunday Night Hoops #1 in HD: UNC Asheville at North Carolina

DECEMBER:

Thursday, Dec.4, 8 pm: Pac-10 Men’s Basketball #2 in HD: Big 12/Pac-10 Hardwood Series – Oklahoma St. at Washington
Saturday Dec. 6, 8:30pm: Pac-10 Men’s Basketball #3: Big 12/Pac-10 Hardwood Series – Baylor at Washington St.
Sunday, Dec. 7, 11 a.m.: Pac-10 Men’s Basketball #4 in HD: Big 12/Pac-10 Hardwood Series – Nebraska at Arizona St.
Sunday, Dec. 7, 3 p.m.: ACC Sunday Night Hoops #2 in HD: Florida at Florida St.
Sunday, Dec. 7, 5:30 p.m.: Pac-10 Men’s Basketball #5 in HD: Big 12/Pac-10 Hardwood Series – Kansas St. at Oregon
Sunday, Dec. 14, 11 a.m.: Big 12 Women’s Basketball #1: Tennessee at Texas
Sunday, Dec. 14, 1 p.m.: ACC Sunday Night Hoops #3 in HD: Wright St. at Wake Forest
Sunday, Dec. 14, 3 p.m.: Pac-10 Men’s Basketball #6 in HD: Arizona vs. Gonzaga in Phoenix.
Friday, Dec. 19, 8 p.m.: Pac-10 Women’s Basketball #1: Duke at USC
Saturday, Dec. 20, 11 am.: Stadium Shootout #1 in HD: Louisville vs. Minnesota at University of Phoenix Stadium, Glendale, AZ
Saturday, Dec. 20, 1:30 p.m.: Pac-10 Men’s Basketball #7/Stadium Shootout #2 in HD: Arizona St. vs. BYU at University of Phoenix Stadium, Glendale, AZ
Sunday, Dec.21, noon: Pac-10 Women’s Basketball #2: Kansas at UCLA
Sunday, Dec. 21, 2:30 p.m.: ACC Sunday Night Hoops #4 in HD: Pittsburgh at Florida St.
Sunday, Dec. 21, 4:45 p.m.: ACC Sunday Night Hoops #5 in HD: Clemson at Miami
Monday, Dec. 22, 7:30pm: Pac-10 Men’s Basketball #8 in HD: Georgia Tech at USC
Tuesday, Dec, 23, 7:30pm: Pac-10 Men’s Basketball #9 in HD: Kansas at Arizona
Sunday, Dec. 28: 10 a.m.: Big 12 Women’s Basketball #2: Arizona St. at Nebraska
Sunday, Dec. 28, 2:30 p.m.: ACC Sunday Night Hoops #6 in HD: Virginia at Georgia Tech
Sunday, Dec. 28, 4:45 p.m.: ACC Sunday Night Hoops #7 in HD: Rutgers at North Carolina
Sunday, Dec. 28, 7 p.m.: Pac-10 Men’s Basketball #10 in HD: Texas Tech at Stanford

JANUARY:

Friday, January 2, 7:30pm: Pac-10 Men’s Basketball #11: UCLA at Oregon St.
Saturday, January 3, 1 pm: Pac-10 Women’s Basketball #3: Washington St. at Washington
Sunday, January 4, 12:30pm: Pac-10 Men’s Basketball #12 in HD: UCLA at Oregon
Sunday, January 4, 2:30 p.m.: ACC Sunday Night Hoops #8 in HD: Boston College at North Carolina
Sunday, January 4, 4:45 p.m.: ACC Sunday Night Hoops #9 in HD: Virginia Tech at Duke
Sunday, January 4, 7 p.m.: Pac-10 Men’s Basketball #13 in HD: Arizona at Stanford
Thursday, January 8, 7:30 pm: Pac-10 Men’s Basketball #14 in HD: Oregon St. at Arizona St.
Saturday, January 10, 11 a.m.: Men’s Basketball #15 in HD: Oregon at Arizona St.
Saturday, January 10, 1 p.m.: Big 12 Women’s Basketball #3: Oklahoma St. at Iowa St.
Sunday, January 11, 12:30pm: Pac-10 Women’s Basketball #4: Washington at Cal
Sunday, January 11, 2:30 pm: Pac-10 Women’s Basketball #5: USC at UCLA
Sunday, January 11, 5 pm: ACC Sunday Night Hoops #10 in HD: North Carolina at Wake Forest
Sunday, January 11, 7:30 p.m.: Pac-10 Men’s Basketball #16 in HD: UCLA at USC
Thursday, January 15, 6 p.m.: Pac-10 Men’s Basketball #17: Washington St. at Oregon St.
Thursday, January 15, 8 p.m.: Pac-10 Men’s Basketball #18 in HD: Arizona at UCLA
Saturday, January 17, 11 a.m.: Pac-10 Men’s Basketball #19 in HD: Washington St. at Oregon
Saturday, January 17, 3 p.m.: Pac-10 Women’s Basketball #6: USC at Arizona St.
Sunday, January 18, 11 a.m.: SEC Women’s Basketball #1: Georgia at Florida
Sunday, January 18, 1 p.m.: Big 12 Women’s Basketball #4: Texas A&M at Oklahoma
Sunday, January 18, 3 p.m.: Pac-10 Women’s Basketball #7: Stanford at Cal
Thursday, January 22, 4 p.m.: SEC Women’s Basketball #2: Vanderbilt at Georgia
Thursday, January 22, 6 p.m.: Pac-10 Men’s Basketball #20 in HD: UCLA at Washington St.
Thursday, January 22, 8 p.m.: Pac-10 Men’s Basketball #21 in HD: USC at Washington
Saturday, January 24, 9 a.m.: Big 12 Women’s Basketball #5: Kansas St. at Kansas
Saturday, January 24, 11 a.m.: Big 12 Women’s Basketball #6: Baylor at Texas Tech
Saturday, January 24, 1 p.m.: Pac-10 Men’s Basketball #22 in HD: UCLA at Washington
Saturday, January 24, 6 p.m.: Big 12 Women’s Basketball #7: Iowa St. at Nebraska
Sunday, January 25, 10 a.m.: Big 12 Women’s Basketball #8: Texas at Oklahoma
Sunday, January 25, 2:30 p.m.: ACC Sunday Night Hoops #11 in HD: Virginia Tech at Miami
Sunday, January 25, 4:45 p.m.: ACC Sunday Night Hoops #12 in HD: Georgia Tech at Clemson
Thursday, January 29, 7:30pm: Pac-10 Men’s Basketball #23 in HD: Cal at UCLA
Saturday, January 31, noon: Pac-10 Women’s Basketball #9: Arizona St. at Washington
Saturday, January 31, 8:30 p.m.: Pac-10 Men’s Basketball #24 in HD: Cal at USC

FEBRUARY:

Sunday, February 1, 11 a.m.: ACC Sunday Night Hoops #13 in HD: Virginia at Duke
Sunday, February 1, 1 p.m.: Pac-10 Women’s Basketball #10: UCLA at Stanford
Thursday, February 5, 7:30pm: Pac-10 Men’s Basketball #25 in HD: Arizona St. at Oregon
Saturday, February 7, 9 a.m.:Big 12 Women’s Basketball #11: Kansas St. at Baylor
Saturday, February 7, 11 a.m.: Pac-10 Women’s Basketball #11: Oregon at Arizona
Saturday, February 7, 7:30 p.m.: Pac-10 Men’s Basketball #26 in HD: Washington St. at Cal
Sunday, February 8, 10:30 am: Big 12 Women’s Basketball #13: Oklahoma at Oklahoma St.
Sunday, February 8, 12:30 p.m.: Pac-10 Women’s Basketball #12: Stanford at Washington
Sunday, February 8, 2:30 p.m.: Pac-10 Men’s Basketball #27 in HD: Washington at Stanford
Sunday, February 8, 4:30 p.m.: ACC Sunday Night Hoops #14 in HD: Maryland at Georgia Tech
Thursday, February 12, 7:30pm: Pac-10 Men’s Basketball #28 in HD: USC at Arizona
Saturday, February 14, 10 a.m.: Big 12 Women’s Basketball #14: Texas Tech at Nebraska
Saturday, February 14, noon: Pac-10 Men’s Basketball #29 in HD: Oregon at Washington
Saturday, February 14, 2 p.m.: Pac-10 Men’s Basketball #30 in HD: Stanford at Cal
Saturday, February 14, 8 p.m.: Pac-10 Women’s Basketball #13: Cal at Stanford
Sunday, February 15, 10 a.m.: SEC Women’s Basketball #3: Florida at LSU
Sunday, February 15, noon: Pac-10 Women’s Basketball #14: Arizona at USC
Sunday, February 15, 2:30 p.m.: ACC Sunday Night Hoops #15 in HD: Duke at Boston College
Sunday, February 15, 4:45 p.m.: ACC Sunday Night Hoops #16 in HD: North Carolina at Miami
Sunday, February 15, 7 p.m.: Pac-10 Men’s Basketball #31 in HD: USC at Arizona St.
Thursday, February 19, 8 p.m.: Pac-10 Men’s Basketball #32 in HD: Washington at UCLA
Saturday, February 21, 9 a.m.: Big 12 Women’s Basketball #15: Texas at Texas A&M
Saturday, February 21, noon: Pac-10 Men’s Basketball #33 in HD: Washington St. at UCLA
Saturday, February 21, 6 p.m.: Pac-10 Women’s Basketball #15: Oregon St. at Cal
Sunday, February 22, 10 a.m.: Big 12 Women’s Basketball #16: Iowa St. at Kansas
Sunday, February 22, noon: SEC Women’s Basketball #4: Georgia at Auburn
Sunday, February 22, 2 p.m.: ACC Women’s Basketball #1: Duke at Maryland
Sunday, February 22, 4:30 p.m.: ACC Sunday Night Hoops #17 in HD: Wake Forest at Duke
Sunday, February 22, 7 p.m.: Pac-10 Men’s Basketball #34 in HD: Arizona at Arizona St

Saturday, February 28, noon, Pac-10 Men’s Basketball #35 in HD: Wildcard – Teams TBA

MARCH:

Sunday, March 1, 10 a.m.: Big 12 Women’s Basketball #17: Texas A&M at Kansas St.
Sunday, March 1, noon: Pac-10 Women’s Basketball #16: Wildcard – Teams TBA
Sunday, March 1, 2 p.m.: ACC Women’s Basketball #2: North Carolina at Duke
Sunday, March 1, 4:30 p.m.: ACC Sunday Night Hoops #18 in HD: Maryland at North Carolina St.
Sunday, March 1, 7 p.m.: Pac-10 Men’s Basketball #36 in HD: Oregon St. at Oregon
Thursday, March 5: 5 p.m.: Big 12 Women’s Basketball #18: Oklahoma St. at Texas A&M
Thursday, March 5, 7:30 p.m.: Pac-10 Men’s Basketball #37 in HD: Wildcard – Teams TBA
Saturday, March 7, 10 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.: ACC Women’s Basketball #3: Tournament Semi #1 and 2 – Teams TBA
Saturday, March 7, 12:30 p.m.: Pac-10 Women’s Basketball #17: Wildcard – Teams TBA
Saturday, March 7, 2:30 p.m.: Pac-10 Men’s Basketball #38 in HD: Wildcard – Teams TBA
Sunday, March 8, 10 a.m.: ACC Women’s Basketball #5: Tournament Final – Teams TBA
Sunday, March 8, 12:30 p.m.:Big 12 Women’s Basketball #19: Oklahoma at Texas
Sunday, March 8, 3 p.m.: ACC Sunday Night Hoops #19 in HD: Clemson at Wake Forest

Wednesday, March 11, 6 p.m. and 8:30 p.m.: Pac-10 Men’s Tournament First Round in HD: Teams TBA
Thursday, March 12, noon, 2:30 p.m., 6 p.m. and 8:30 p.m.: Pac-10 Men’s Tournament Quarterfinals in HD
Friday, March 13, 6 and 8:30 p.m.: Pac-10 Men’s Tournament Semfinals in HD

Friday, March 13: 9 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 3 p.m. and 5:30 p.m.: Big 12 Women’s Tournament Quarterfinals
Saturday, March 14, 10 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.: Big 12 Women’s Tournament Semifinals
Sunday, March 15, 10:30 a.m.: Big 12 Women’s Tournament Final

Saturday, March 14, 6 p.m. and 8:30 p.m.: Pac-10 Women’s Tournament Semifinals
Sunday, March 15, 6 p.m.: Pac-10 Women’s Tournament Final

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