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Indiana-Michigan State Scores Large Audience & Debut of Bracket Builder Week


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Indiana-Michigan State ESPN’s Second Most-Viewed Game this Season
ESPN’s coverage of No. 1 Indiana defeating No. 4 Michigan State 74-68 on Tuesday, Feb. 19, averaged 3,733,000 viewers, a 2.7 coverage rating and 2,677,000 households, making it the network’s second most-viewed and second highest-rated regular-season men’s college basketball game this season. It is only topped by then-No. 3 Indiana defeating No. 1 Michigan on February 2 (4,035,000 viewers; 2.9 rating; 2,867,000 households). These two Big Ten contests are not only ESPN’s two largest audiences for a men’s game this season, they are also the network’s top two most-viewed Big Ten Conference games ever.  

For Indiana-Michigan State, Indianapolis is the top market with a 19.4 metered market rating followed by Louisville (10.8), Detroit (9.0), Dayton (5.8) and Columbus (5.4). 

Bracket Builder Week Highlights Teams Improving the Resume
ESPN’s first annual men’s college basketball Bracket Builder Week will highlight teams attempting to build upon a resume for a bid to the NCAA Tournament or improve their seeding. ESPN’s Joe Lunardi projects the seeding for the NCAA Tournament as part of his Bracketology on, including his teams on the bubble and his picks for the last four teams in, the first four out and the next four out.

Highlights for the early part of next week:

  • ESPN’s Big Monday Presented by Bud Light doubleheader February 25 will tip-off at 7 p.m. with No. 8 Syracuse at No. 17 Marquette followed by No. 9 Kansas at Iowa State at 9 p.m.
  • Super Tuesday will be highlighted by an ESPN doubleheader involving top five teams: No. 1 Indiana at Minnesota at 7 p.m. and No. 5 Florida at Tennessee at 9 p.m.
  • ESPN platforms will have four games with a ranked team at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 27: No. 11 Georgetown at Connecticut on ESPN2, No. 14 Oklahoma State at TCU on ESPNU, and No. 2 Miami against Virginia Tech and No. 20 Pittsburgh against South Florida on ESPN3

ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU and ESPN3 schedule through February 27

Date Time (ET) Matchup/Commentators Network
Mon, Feb 25 7 p.m. No. 8 Syracuse at No. 17 Marquette
Sean McDonough, Jay Bilas & Bill Raftery
  7 p.m. Texas Tech at No. 13 Kansas State
Mitch Holthus & Stephen Bardo
  9 p.m. No. 9 Kansas at Iowa State
Brent Musburger, Fran Fraschilla & Holly Rowe
  9 p.m. Villanova at Seton Hall
Adam Amin & LaPhonso Ellis
Tue, Feb 26 7 p.m. No. 1 Indiana at Minnesota
Mike Tirico, Dan Dakich & Samantha Ponder
  7 p.m. No. 21 Memphis at Xavier
Carter Blackburn & Mark Adams
  7 p.m. Auburn at Alabama
Dari Nowkhah & Dino Gaudio
  8 p.m. Milwaukee at Green Bay ESPN3
  9 p.m. No. 5 Florida at Tennessee
Brad Nessler, Jimmy Dykes & Shannon Spake
  9 p.m. Wake Forest at Florida State
Tom Hart & Len Elmore
Wed, Feb 27 7 p.m. No. 11 Georgetown at Connecticut
Mike Patrick & LaPhonso Ellis
  7 p.m. No. 14 Oklahoma State at TCU
Mitch Holthus & Matt Doherty
  7 p.m. South Florida at No. 20 Pittsburgh
Kevin Connors & Bob Wenzel
ESPN3 * & BIG EAST Network
  7 p.m. Virginia Tech at No. 2 Miami ESPN3 * & RSN ^
  8 p.m. Maryland at Georgia Tech ESPN3 * & ACC Network
  8 p.m. Boston College at NC State ESPN3 * & ACC Network
  8 p.m. Baylor at West Virginia
Dave Armstrong & Stephen Howard
ESPN3 * & Big 12 Network
  8 p.m. Arkansas at LSU
Clay Matvick & Barry Booker
ESPN3 & SEC Network
  8 p.m. Mississippi State at Kentucky
Dave Neal & Jon Sundvold
ESPN3 & SEC Network
  9 p.m. Oklahoma at Texas
Bob Wischusen & Stephen Bardo
  9 p.m. No. 10 Louisville at DePaul
Adam Amin & Tim Welsh
  9 p.m. Texas A&M at Ole Miss
Matt Stewart & Daymeon Fishback
  11 p.m. Colorado at Stanford
Dave Pasch & Bill Walton
  11 p.m. Saint Mary’s (Calif.) at Pepperdine
Rich Cellini & Corey Williams

* Local blackout may apply