ST. LOUIS -- The Missouri Valley Conference has selected its final regular-season men’s basketball game for television as part of the league’s Wildcard Weekend on FOX Sports Midwest, FOX Sports Indiana, FOX Sports Kansas City, FOX College Sports, Comcast SportsNet Chicago and ESPN3 on Saturday, March 2.
On March 2, Indiana State, 15-8 overall and 8-4 in MVC action, will visit Evansville, 13-11 overall and 6-6 in league play, at the Ford Center in Evansville, Indiana, in a 4 p.m. Central contest that will clear live on FOX Sports Midwest, FOX Sports Kansas City, FOX College Sports, Comcast SportsNet Chicago and ESPN3 outside the league’s six-state footprint.
“This is the ninth-consecutive year that we have utilized the Wildcard format to select our final regular-season men’s basketball telecast for FOX Sports, FOX College Sports and Comcast SportsNet Chicago,” said MVC Commissioner Doug Elgin. “It gives teams an incentive to play their way into the additional exposure.”
“These telecasts have provided a fitting end to our men’s basketball campaigns,” said Elgin. “There is no question that this has been a great season for our state of Indiana men’s basketball teams, and we are grateful that we have the opportunity to showcase the 158th meeting (ISU leads, 83-74) between Indiana State and Evansville.”
Using the Wildcard Weekend model, the league -- through its television partners FOX Sports Midwest, FOX College Sports, Comcast SportsNet Chicago and ESPN -- reserves clearance windows on March dates in the fall of each academic year and waits until the midpoint of both the men’s and women’s basketball seasons to determine its final regular-season telecasts for both genders.
Wildcard Weekend begins with a 1 p.m. Central men’s basketball telecast on either ESPN or ESPN2 on March 2, when #22 Wichita State plays #13 Creighton at CenturyLink Center in Omaha, Nebraska. Wichita State defeated Creighton, 67-64, at Wichita, Kansas, on ESPN2 on January 19.
Wildcard Weekend concludes on March 3, when league-leading Wichita State visits Indiana State in a 12:30 p.m. Central women’s basketball telecast on FOX Sports Midwest, FOX Sports Indiana, FOX Sports Kansas City, FOX College Sports, Comcast SportsNet Chicago and ESPN3. On February 3, Wichita State defeated Indiana State, 53-46, at Wichita, Kansas.