BOULDER – The 2013-2014 Pac-12 Conference basketball television package features 221 men’s contests telecast to national and regional audiences, Commissioner Larry Scott announced Tuesday.
The Pac-12 men’s basketball package includes 150 games aired on the Pac-12 Networks, 45 on ESPN/ESPN2/ESPNU, 25 games on Fox Sports 1 (including the Pac-12 Tournament championship game), and one nationally on CBS. Additional appearances will be made through other conference television agreements and various in-season tournaments.
“The Pac-12 is going to be much improved this year,” said CU head coach Tad Boyle. “There’s a lot of good players returning and a lot of good freshmen coming into the league. We’re going to be a five, six-team NCAA Tournament league.”
Every Pac-12 home contest will be televised during the 2013-14 season. The attractive non-conference Pac-12 home slate includes games against potential preseason Top-25 picks Marquette, Kansas, Connecticut, as well as last year’s postseason participants UNLV, Illinois, Alabama, Harvard, Long Beach State, and Brigham Young.
The University of Colorado men’s basketball team will be featured on the Pac-12 Network 14 times, the ESPN family of networks 11 times, and another three times on Fox Sports 1. The conference office also released game times and television games to the non-conference slate as well. CU has three games on the schedule with game and TV times yet to be determined (Nov. 8: vs. Baylor at Dallas; Nov. 30 at Air Force; Dec. 3 at Colorado State).
“I don’t know if I can quantify non-conference schedules, but we have challenged ourselves,” Boyle said. “We’re going to play the top three preseason teams in the Big 12 (Kansas, Baylor, Oklahoma State), and teams like Georgia, Harvard, and with a program like, Elon, they won 21 games last year, so there are not many nights off on our non-conference schedule.
“We have challenged ourselves, stepped it up, and raised the bar. I would challenge anybody to find a tougher, non-conference schedule top to bottom in the preseason than the University of Colorado basketball program, and I don’t think there is one, but that’s on paper. Our players are excited about it and they want to play against great teams, great players, and we’re going to allow them the opportunity to do that.”
Breakdown of CU’s overall schedule including the Pac-12 Conference:
10 opponents finished among the top-three in regular season final standings or division.
12 opponents won 20 or more games last year.
15 opponents made post-season tournaments: 8: NCAA; 4-NIT; 2-CIT; 1-CBI.
16 opponents won 18 or more games a year ago.
Inside the numbers of the non-conference schedule
9 opponents won 18 or more games in 2012-13.
8 made a post-season tournament (4-NCAA; 1-NIT; 2-CIT; 1-CBI).
7 opponents won at least 20 or more games.
6 opponents finished in the top-3 of the regular season standings.
5 opponents finished either 1 or 2 in regular season standings.
Non-conference opponent records combined: 248-176 (.585).
From Nov. 10 thru Nov. 24, CU will play six straight home games, a first for consecutive non-conference games at home.
NON-CONFERENCE OPPONENTS (last year’s record, conference affiliation, post-season tournament)
Air Force: 18-14 (8-8 Mountain West/6th): CIT Second Round
Arkansas State: 19-12 (12-8 Sun Belt/1st West): Sun Belt Semifinal
Baylor: 23-14 (9-9 Big 12/6th): NIT Champions
Colorado State: 26-9 (11-5 Mountain West/2nd): NCAA Third Round
Elon: 21-12 (13-5 Southern/2nd): CIT 1st Round
Georgia (15-17, 9-9 SEC/t-10th): SEC 1st Round
Harvard: 20-10 (11-3 Ivy League/1st): NCAA Third Round
Kansas: 31-6 (14-4 Big 12/t-1st): NCAA Round of 16
Jackson State: 11-18 (8-10 SWAC/4th): SWAC Semifinals
Oklahoma State: 24-9 (13-5 Big 12/3rd): NCAA Second Round
Santa Barbara: 11-20 (7-11 Big West/7th): Big West Quarterfinal
Tennessee-Martin: 9-21 (5-11 Ohio Valley/5th West): OVC 1st Round
Wyoming: 20-14 (4-12 Mountain West: 8th): CBI Second Round
Pac-12 CONFERENCE OPPONENTS (last year’s record, conference tourney seed, post-season tournament)
Arizona: 27-8 (12-6/t-2nd): Postseason: NCAA Sweet 16
Arizona State: 22-13 (9-9/t-6th): Postseason: NIT 2nd Round
California: 21-12 (12-6/t-2nd): Postseason: NCAA 3rd Round
Oregon: 28-9 (12-6/t-2nd): Postseason: NCAA Sweet 16
Oregon State: 14-18 (4-14/t-11th): Pac-12 1st Round
Stanford: 19-15 (9-9/t-6th): Postseason: NIT Second Round
UCLA: 25-10 (13-5/1st): NCAA 2nd Round
USC: 14-18 (9-9/t-6th): Postseason: Pac-12 Tourney 1st Round
Utah: 15-18 (5-13/10th): Pac-12 Tourney Semifinal
Washington: 18-16 (9-9/t-6th): Postseason: NIT 1st Round
Washington State: 13-19 (4-14/t-11th): Pac-12 Tournament 1st Round