Big Ten Network Announces TV Schedule for 2017-18 Basketball Season

By Eric Gibson on September 8, 2017 at 7:31 am
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The Big Ten Network released their full TV schedule yesterday afternoon for the upcoming basketball season. With the exception of just a few games, Penn State's 2017-18 schedule is now complete with tip times and broadcast assignments.

In what's no longer actually news in this era of digital media, the Nittany Lions will have all of their conference games on national television but surprisingly, not one of them will tip-off later than 8:00pm. That's the good news for fans at home that can't make mid-week trips to Happy Valley.

With Fox Sports joining the league's new TV deal this season, there was a chance viewers would get some more variety in their color analysts, but that's not going to be the case for Nittany Lions fans. Sixteen of Penn State's Big Ten games will be shown on the Big Ten Network. That's a heavy dose of Shon Morris and Stephen Bardo to keep you warm all winter long. Only PSU's home games against Wisconsin and Northwestern will be on different networks (ESPN2 and Fox Sports 1). 

The non-conference TV schedule is even less favorable, but that's undoubtedly due to the Lions' weak slate. Penn State will have six of their non-conference games and their exhibition against Bloomsburg on the BTN's Plus online service, which requires a subscription fee to access what are basically student broadcasts. Unfortunately that's what's to be expected when scheduling the likes of Fairleigh Dickinson and Binghamton. 

Overall, this is a favorable schedule to expect at least 20 wins from a more experienced team. There are not many late starts or unreasonable turnarounds, although we've said before how crucial the two early December league games would be. If the Lions could win two of three against NC State, Iowa, and Wisconsin, that would establish some early momentum not only within their locker-room but also within the fan base. 

Date Opponent Location Tip-Time TV
SUN 11/05/17 Bloomsburg (Ex.) Bryce Jordan Center 12:00pm BTN Plus
FRI 11/10/17 Campbell Bryce Jordan Center 4:00pm BTN Plus
SUN 11/12/17 Fairleigh Dickinson Bryce Jordan Center 5:00pm BTN Plus
WED 11/15/17 Montana Bryce Jordan Center 7:00pm BTN
FRI 11/17/17 Columbia Bryce Jordan Center 7:00pm BTN Plus
MON 11/20/17 vs. Pittsburgh Barclays Center 9:30pm ESPN3
TUE 11/21/17 vs. Texas A&M /
Oklahoma St
Barclays Center 3:30pm /
6:00pm
ESPNU /
ESPN2
FRI 11/24/17 Oral Roberts Bryce Jordan Center 3:00pm BTN Plus
WED 11/29/17 @ North Carolina St PNC Arena TBA TBA
SAT 12/2/17 @ Iowa Carver-Hawkeye Arena 5:00pm BTN
MON 12/4/17 Wisconsin Bryce Jordan Center 7:00pm ESPN2
SAT 12/9/17 George Washington Bryce Jordan Center 4:00pm BTN
SUN 12/17/17 @ George Mason EagleBank Arena TBA TBA
TUE 12/19/17 Binghamton Bryce Jordan Center 7:00pm BTN Plus
FRI 12/22/17 Rider Bryce Jordan Center 7:00pm BTN
SAT 12/30/17 Coppin St Bryce Jordan Center 2:00pm BTN Plus
TUE 01/02/18 @ Maryland Xfinity Center 7:00pm BTN
FRI 01/05/18 Northwestern Bryce Jordan Center 8:00pm Fox Sports 1
TUE 01/09/18 @ Indiana Assembly Hall 6:30pm BTN
FRI 01/12/18 Nebraska Bryce Jordan Center 7:00pm BTN
MON 01/15/18 Minnesota Bryce Jordan Center 7:00pm BTN
SAT 01/20/18 @ Northwestern Allstate Arena 2:00pm BTN
THU 01/25/18 @ Ohio St Value City Arena 8:00pm BTN
SAT 01/27/18 Rutgers Bryce Jordan Center 4:00pm BTN
WED 01/31/18 @ Michigan St Breslin Center 6:30pm BTN
SAT 02/03/18 Iowa Bryce Jordan Center 6:00pm /
8:00pm
BTN
WED 02/07/18 Maryland Bryce Jordan Center 6:30pm BTN
SUN 02/11/18 @ Illinois State Farm Center 7:00pm BTN
THU 02/15/18 Ohio St Bryce Jordan Center 8:00pm BTN
SUN 02/18/18 @ Purdue Mackey Arena 8:00pm BTN
WED 02/21/18 Michigan Bryce Jordan Center 7:00pm BTN
SUN 02/25/18 @ Nebraska Pinnacle Bank Arena 5:15pm BTN
2/28 - 03/04 Big Ten Tournament Madison Square Garden TBD TBD
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