ESPN / MVC Announce Wildcard TV Selections
Monday, February 10, 2014
ESPN / MVC Announce Wildcard TV Selections
Cleanthony Early, Wichita State

   ST. LOUIS -- ESPN notified the Missouri Valley Conference of its selection of the Missouri State at Wichita State men’s basketball game for air on either ESPN or ESPN2 on Saturday, March 1, at a yet-to-be determined time. The tipoff time and network will be determined in the next 7-10 days.

 On March 1, 2nd-ranked Wichita State -- 25-0 overall and 12-0 in league action -- plays host to Missouri State -- 16-8 overall and 6-6 in MVC play -- at Charles Koch Arena in Wichita, Kansas.

 Wichita State took the first meeting between the two schools on January 11, when the Shockers rallied from a 19-point deficit in the second half to edge the Bears, 72-69 in overtime, at a raucous, sold-out JQH Arena in Springfield, Missouri, on ESPN3.

 The Missouri State-Wichita State match-up will be the first of two ESPN-branded telecasts on March 1 that utilized the Wildcard Weekend model.

 At noon Central on ESPNU, Indiana State -- 18-6 overall and 9-3 in league play -- will play host to UNI -- 11-13 and 5-7 -- at the Hulman Center in Terre Haute, Indiana.

 The game will be a rematch of the February 1 meeting between the two schools, when the Sycamores rallied from an 11-point halftime deficit to post a 87-81 triumph at the McLeod Center in Cedar Falls, Iowa.

 The selection of these telecasts for ESPN platforms marks the seventh time that ESPN has used a “Wildcard” process to determine one of its MVC men’s basketball telecasts. The ESPN telecast will also be available on the WatchESPN App.

 Using the Wildcard Weekend model, the league — through its television partners ESPN, FOX Sports Midwest, FOX College Sports and Comcast SportsNet Chicago — reserves clearance windows for late February and 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.