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Indiana-Michigan – ESPN’s Most-Viewed Big Ten Men’s College Basketball Telecast Ever & Rivalry Week Tips Off


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ESPN’s telecast of then-No. 3 Indiana defeating then-No. 1 Michigan 81-73 on Saturday, Feb. 2, averaged 4,035,000 viewers, making it the network’s most-viewed telecast of a Big Ten Conference game ever. The game – with a 2.9 coverage rating and 2,867,000 households – is also ESPN’s highest-rated and most-viewed regular-season men’s college basketball game since No. 6 North Carolina beat No. 3 Duke on March 3, 2012 (3.1 coverage rating and 4,247,000 viewers).

Indianapolis was the top-rated market with a 22.5 metered market rating followed by Louisville (15.6), Detroit (9.7), Dayton (7.5) and Columbus (7.0).

Rivalry Week Tips Off with Three Games between Ranked Teams & No. 4 Duke-North Carolina
Rivalry Week Presented by Wendy’s – top rivalries in men’s college basketball from February 11-18 – will tip off with an ESPN doubleheader featuring ranked teams Monday, Feb. 11. Big Monday Presented by Bud Light will begin at 7 p.m. with No. 24 Marquette at No. 20 Georgetown followed by No. 13 Kansas State at No. 5 Kansas at 9 p.m.

Additional highlights:

  • A Super Tuesday ESPN doubleheader pitting No. 2 Florida against Kentucky at 7 p.m. followed by No. 3 Michigan at No. 12 Michigan State at 9 p.m.
  • The Wednesday Night Hoops Presented by Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups will include several of the sport’s great rivalries highlighted by No. 9 Syracuse at Connecticut at 7 p.m. and North Carolina at No. 4 Duke at 9 p.m., both on ESPN.

ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU and ESPN3 schedule through February 13

Date Time (ET) Matchup/Commentators Network
Mon, Feb 11 7 p.m. No. 24 Marquette at No. 20 Georgetown
Sean McDonough, Jay Bilas & Bill Raftery
  7 p.m. TCU at Oklahoma
Dave Armstrong & Stephen Bardo
  9 p.m. No. 13 Kansas State at No. 5 Kansas
Brent Musburger, Fran Fraschilla & Holly Rowe
  9 p.m. Alcorn State at Arkansas-Pine Bluff
Anthony Calhoun & Stephen Howard
Tue, Feb 12 7 p.m. Kentucky at No. 2 Florida
Brad Nessler, Dick Vitale & Shannon Spake
  7 p.m. Seton Hall at Rutgers
John Saunders & Dereck Whittenburg
  7 p.m. Virginia Tech at Virginia
Tom Hart & Len Elmore
  7 p.m. Cleveland State at Detroit ESPN3
  7 p.m. Boston University at Vermont
Eric Frede & Frank Sullivan
  8 p.m. Villanova at No. 17 Cincinnati
Jim Barbar & Bob Wenzel
ESPN3 * & BIG EAST Network
  9 p.m. No. 3 Michigan at No. 12 Michigan State
Mike Tirico, Dan Dakich & Samantha Ponder
  9 p.m. Alabama at Georgia
Dari Nowkhah & Dino Gaudio
Wed, Feb 13 7 p.m. No. 9 Syracuse at Connecticut
Brent Musburger, Bob Knight & Andy Katz
  7 p.m. No. 8 Miami at Florida State
Dave O’Brien & Doris Burke
  7 p.m. No. 22 Oklahoma State at Texas Tech
Mitch Holthus & Matt Doherty
  7 p.m. DePaul at No. 25 Notre Dame
Jim Barbar & Brooke Weisbrod
  7 p.m. Wake Forest at Boston College ESPN3 * & RSN ^
  7 p.m. Ole Miss at Texas A&M
Matt Stewart & Stephen Howard
  8 p.m. Iowa State at Texas
Dave Armstrong, Reid Gettys & Kaylee Hartung
ESPN3 * & Big 12 Network
  8 p.m. Tennessee at Vanderbilt
Clay Matvick & Barry Booker
ESPN3 & SEC Network
  8 p.m. No. 21 Missouri at Mississippi State
Dave Neal & Kyle Macy
ESPN3 & SEC Network
  9 p.m. North Carolina at No. 4 Duke
Dan Shulman, Dick Vitale, Jay Bilas & Jeannine Edwards
ESPN, ESPN3 & ACC Network
  9 p.m. West Virginia at Baylor
Bob Wischusen & Stephen Bardo
  9 p.m. Providence at South Florida
Adam Amin & Tim Welsh
  9 p.m. Arkansas at Auburn
Dave Baker & Daymeon Fishback
  11 p.m. No. 19 Oregon at Washington
Dave Pasch & Bill Walton
  11 p.m. Cal State Fullerton at Long Beach State
Rich Cellini & Danny Schayes

* Local blackout may apply