It’s official, the Big Ten’s 2014-15 schedule has a television home. All 252 games will be featured on BTN, an ESPN network or via CBS. Hardly a shocking development to say the least, but it is another step in showing the college basketball season is ever closer to beginning.
CBS won’t enter the Big Ten picture right away, but the first Big Ten game airing on CBS Sports will be on Saturday, Jan. 17, when Michigan State makes a return trip to Maryland. CBS Sports will carry eight games on Saturdays and Sundays throughout the conference season, including wildcard selections on Feb. 22, March 1 and March 8, which marks the final day of the regular season. CBS Sports will also continue to provide coverage of the Big Ten Tournament for the 18th consecutive year, carrying the semifinals and championship game on March 14 and 15.
ESPN will see its coverage of Big Ten play being on Dec. 30th with four games on Tuesday, Dec. 30, including a triple header on ESPN2 and one game airing on ESPNU. The ESPN2 slate will feature Ohio State hosting Iowa, defending Big Ten Champion Michigan entertaining Illinois and 2014 Big Ten Tournament Champion Michigan State hosting Maryland in its first Big Ten game. Rutgers will also make its Big Ten debut by hosting Northwestern on ESPNU.
Outside of those games, there are plenty of intriguing matchups across the two biggest networks for the conference. ESPN will see Michigan State at Iowa on Jan. 8, Michigan at Ohio State on Jan. 13, Wisconsin at Michigan on Jan. 24 and Indiana at Wisconsin Feb. 4 for example.
CBS will also find itself with some of the best Big Ten matchups, with Michigan State at Michigan on Feb. 1, Michigan State at Wisconsin on March 1 and Wisconsin at Ohio State headlining that networks slate of games.
You can find the full slate of games by clicking the link below.