Record National Television Appearances, Strong Matchups Highlight Menís Basketball Schedule

By Atlantic 10 Conference
Courtesy: Atlantic 10 Conference
NEWPORT NEWS, Va.—The 2013-14 Atlantic 10 men’s basketball conference schedule features a record number of nationally televised games as well as significant conference matchups, including 85 games with at least one team that participated in the 2013 postseason. The schedule and the games that will air nationally on ESPN, CBS Sports Network and NBCSN were announced Thursday by the A-10.

The first year of the conference’s eight-year media television partnership will feature a record 71 nationally televised games: 50 conference games, 14 premium non-conference contests and the quarterfinals, semifinals and final of the men’s basketball championship. The championship final will air on CBS Sports for the fifth straight year as part of the network’s Selection Sunday coverage.

“The Atlantic 10 is proud to be partnered with three of the largest and best media companies in the world; ESPN, CBS Sports Network and NBCSN who will distribute our games and programming to millions of households across the country, allowing our alumni and fans the opportunity to watch A-10 games on multiple national platforms,” stated Commissioner Bernadette V. McGlade. “The leagues’ strategic focus on our foundation as a nationally relevant basketball-centric conference has delivered a formidable media package, showcasing the best of our institutions, programs, coaches and student athletes.”

The entire league schedule will highlight the strength and tradition of outstanding basketball in the Atlantic 10, with at least one 2013 postseason team in 82 percent of the games. Seven of the league’s 13 current members participated in the postseason last year, with five of those reaching 21 wins or better. Four of those teams also won at least one game to advance in the postseason. Every team will have at least four national television appearances, while seven teams will have nine or more national TV games.

The conference season begins on Tuesday, Jan. 7 when Rhode Island hosts defending A-10 champion Saint Louis at 7:00 pm on CBS Sports Network. Thursday, Jan. 9 will mark the first conference game for league newcomer George Mason, when the Patriots travel to VCU at 7:00 pm for a CBS Sports Network game. Sweet 16 darling La Salle will play its first A-10 game on NBCSN, facing George Washington at 8:00 pm on Thursday, Jan. 9. Saturday, Feb. 15 will feature a rematch of the 2013 A-10 title game when VCU travels to Saint Louis for a game that will air on ESPN Networks. The return game for that matchup will also air on ESPN on Saturday, March 1.

In all, the ESPN networks will air 10 conference games and 14 total A-10 games as part of the league’s package. That includes two back-to-back College Hoops Tip-Off Marathon games on Nov. 12 (Quinnipiac at La Salle, 9:00 am and LSU at Massachusetts, 11:00 am). ESPN’s College GameDay will highlight the Atlantic 10 when La Salle hosts Temple at the Palestra as part the A-10 package at noon on Jan. 18.

CBS Sports and CBS Sports Network will carry 21 conference games, four non-conference matchups and the Men’s Basketball Championship semifinals and final for a total of 28 games. CBS Sports Network will also produce and distribute ancillary programming focusing on the A-10 basketball programs and student-athletes as the season progresses.

NBCSN is slated to air 19 Atlantic 10 Conference games, six non-conference games as part of the A-10 package. The network will also produce the four A-10 Championship quarterfinal games and carry those on NBCSN or air them on regional sports networks.NBCSN, which forged a partnership with the league last year, will produce a total of 29 games this season as part of the league package.

All 13 teams will advance to the 2014 Atlantic 10 Men's Basketball Championship at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y. There will be an opening round game Wednesday, March 12. First round games will be played Thursday, March 13. The winners of those four games will advance to the quarterfinal round, which will be produced by NBCSN on Friday, March 14. Semifinal games will be played on CBS Sports Network at 1 and 3:30 pm on Saturday, March 15 and the finals on NCAA Selection Sunday, March 16 at 1:00 p.m., which will air live on CBS Sports.

The three media partners combine for over 200 million subscribers total subscribers nationwide. Atlantic 10 institutions reside in markets that comprise 32 million television viewers, 28 percent of the total national market. There are seven A-10 institutions in the top 25 media markets in the country.

2013-14 Atlantic 10 Men's Basketball Conference/Television Schedule

Tuesday, November 12    
Quinnipiac at La Salle 9:00 am ESPN2
LSU at Massachusetts 11:00 am ESPN2
Saturday, November 30    
Duquesne vs. Pittsburgh (CONSOL Energy Center) 1:00 pm CBSSN
Sunday, December 1    
Wichita State at Saint Louis 1:00 pm CBSSN
Thursday, December 5    
Providence at Rhode Island 8:00 pm CBSSN
Saturday, December 7    
Villanova at Saint Joseph’s TBD CBSSN
Saturday, December 14    
Northern Illinois at Massachusetts 3:00 pm NBCSN
Thursday, December 19    
Iona at Dayton 7:00 pm NBCSN
Saturday, December 28    
Providence at Massachusetts 6:00 pm ESPNU
Old Dominion at Richmond 6:30 pm NBCSN
Thursday, January 2    
Penn at George Mason 7:30 pm NBCSN
Saturday, January 4    
Cornell at St. Bonaventure 2:00 pm NBCSN
Yale at Saint Louis 5:30 pm NBCSN
Tuesday, January 7    
Saint Louis at Rhode Island* 7:00 pm CBSSN
Wednesday, January 8    
Saint Joseph’s at Massachusetts* 7:00 pm  
Fordham at Duquesne* TBD  
Richmond at St. Bonaventure* TBD  
Thursday, January 9    
George Mason at VCU* 7:00 pm CBSSN
George Washington at La Salle* 8:00 pm NBCSN
Saturday, January 11    
Saint Louis at Dayton* 11:00 am ESPN2
St. Bonaventure at Massachusetts* 12:30 pm NBCSN
Rhode Island at George Washington* 2:30 pm NBCSN
Saint Joseph’s at George Mason* 8:00 pm CBSSN
Richmond at Fordham* TBD  
Sunday, January 12    
La Salle at Duquesne* 2:30 pm NBCSN
Tuesday, January 14    
VCU at George Washington* 7:00 pm CBSSN
Wednesday, January 15    
Massachusetts at George Mason* 7:00 pm  
Duquesne at Saint Joseph’s* TBD  
St. Bonaventure at Saint Louis* TBD  
Dayton at Fordham* TBD  
Rhode Island at La Salle* TBD  
Saturday, January 18    
La Salle vs. Temple (Palestra–ESPN’s College Gameday) Noon ESPN/2
George Mason at Rhode Island* 12:30 pm NBCSN
Fordham at Saint Louis* 2:30 pm NBCSN
Dayton at Richmond* 3:00 pm ESPNU
Duquesne at VCU* TBD CBSSN
George Washington at St. Bonaventure* TBD  
Wednesday, January 22    
VCU at Dayton* 7:00 pm CBSSN
La Salle at St. Bonaventure* 9:00 pm CBSSN
Saint Louis at Duquesne* TBD  
Rhode Island at Saint Joseph’s* TBD  
Massachusetts at Richmond* TBD  
George Mason at Fordham* TBD  
Saturday, January 25    
George Washington at George Mason* Noon NBCSN
VCU at La Salle* Noon ESPN/2
Saint Joseph’s at Richmond* 4:00 pm NBCSN
St. Bonaventure at Duquesne* TBD  
Dayton at Rhode Island* TBD CBSSN
Sunday, January 26    
Fordham at Massachusetts* Noon NBCSN
Wednesday, January 29    
La Salle at George Washington* 7:00 pm  
Massachusetts at St. Bonaventure* TBD  
Saint Joseph’s at Dayton* TBD  
Richmond at Saint Louis* TBD  
Fordham at VCU* TBD  
Saturday, February 1    
Richmond at VCU* Noon ESPN/2
George Washington at Dayton* 12:30 pm NBCSN
George Mason at Saint Louis* 2:30 pm NBCSN
Duquesne at La Salle* TBD  
Massachusetts at Saint Joseph’s* TBD CBSSN
Rhode Island at Fordham* TBD  
Wednesday, February 5    
Saint Louis at Saint Joseph’s* 7:00 pm  
La Salle at Massachusetts* 7:00 pm CBSSN
Duquesne at George Washington* TBD  
St. Bonaventure at Richmond* TBD  
Dayton at George Mason* TBD  
Thursday, February 6    
Rhode Island at VCU* 7:00 pm CBSSN
Saturday, February 8    
Saint Louis at La Salle* 5:00 pm ESPN2
VCU at Saint Joseph’s* 8:00 pm CBSSN
George Mason at Duquesne* TBD  
Dayton at St. Bonaventure* TBD  
Fordham at George Washington* TBD  
Sunday, February 9    
Massachusetts at Rhode Island* TBD CBSSN
Wednesday, February 12    
Rhode Island at Dayton* 7:00 pm  
George Washington at VCU* 7:00 pm NBCSN
Richmond at Duquesne* TBD  
St. Bonaventure at Fordham* TBD  
George Mason at Massachusetts* TBD  
Saturday, February 15    
Saint Joseph’s at La Salle* 11:00 am ESPNU
VCU at Saint Louis* 2:00 pm ESPN/2
Duquesne at Rhode Island* TBD  
St. Bonaventure at George Mason* TBD  
Fordham at Richmond* TBD  
Massachusetts at George Washington* TBD  
Tuesday, February 18    
George Washington at Richmond* 7:00 pm NBCSN
Wednesday, February 19    
Duquesne at St. Bonaventure* 7:00 pm  
Saint Louis at George Mason* 7:00 pm NBCSN
La Salle at Dayton* 9:00 pm CBSSN
Saint Joseph’s at Rhode Island* TBD  
Friday, February 21    
VCU at Massachusetts* 7:00 pm ESPN2
Saturday, February 22    
La Salle at Richmond* TBD CBSSN
Dayton at Duquesne* TBD  
Rhode Island at St. Bonaventure* TBD  
Fordham at Saint Joseph’s* TBD  
George Washington at Saint Louis* TBD  
Tuesday, February 25    
Dayton at Saint Joseph’s* 7:00 pm CBSSN
Wednesday, February 26    
Richmond at George Mason* 7:00 pm  
Duquesne at Saint Louis* 8:00 pm NBCSN
St. Bonaventure at La Salle* TBD  
Rhode Island at Massachusetts* TBD  
Thursday, February 27    
VCU at Fordham* 7:00 pm CBSSN
Duquesne at Saint Louis* 8:00 pm NBCSN
Saturday, March 1    
Massachusetts at Dayton* 11:00 am ESPNU
Saint Joseph’s at St. Bonaventure* 3:00 pm NBCSN
La Salle at Fordham* 5:00 pm NBCSN
Saint Louis at VCU* 6:00 pm ESPN/2
Richmond at Rhode Island* TBD  
Sunday, March 2    
George Mason at George Washington* 2:00 pm NBCSN
Wednesday, March 5    
Saint Joseph’s at George Washington* 7:00 pm  
Dayton at Saint Louis* 9:00 pm CBSSN
Fordham at Rhode Island* TBD  
Massachusetts at Duquesne* TBD  
Thursday March 6    
George Mason at La Salle* 8:00 pm NBCSN
VCU at Richmond* 9:00 pm CBSSN
Saturday, March 8    
Duquesne at George Mason* TBD  
St. Bonaventure at VCU* TBD  
Richmond at Dayton TBD  
George Washington at Fordham* TBD  
Sunday March 9    
Saint Louis at Massachusetts* 2:00 pm CBSSN
La Salle at Saint Joseph’s* 4:00 pm CBSSN

* Denotes Atlantic 10 Conference game

TV Key
ESPN/2 = ESPN OR ESPN2 | CBSSN = CBS Sports Network All Times Eastern
Schedule Subject to Change – Current as of September 5, 2013

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