Tuesday, September 18, 2012

America East announces basketball television package; Stony Brook featured at least eight times



Cambridge, Mass. - The America East Conference has announced its 2012-13 men's & women's basketball television package, and the Stony Brook men's & women's basketball teams will be on the ESPN Family of Networks at least eight times with the potential of up to 13 games.

The men's team will tip off the America East package with a home game on Jan. 15 against Boston University at 7 p.m., live on ESPN3. The following week, Wednesday, Jan. 23, the women will play at UMBC at 12 p.m. as part of Midday Madness on ESPN3.

The marquee game of the conference package will involve the Stony Brook men as the Seawolves play defending conference champion Vermont on Friday, Jan. 18 in Burlington, Vt., at 7 p.m., live on ESPNU. Each year, the America East selects one game for an ESPNU broadcast, and the Seawolves have now been picked for the game three consecutive years. SB has beaten Maine (2011) and Boston University (2012) in its ESPNU games.

The men have three other ESPN3 regular season games lined up: Jan. 29 at Albany (7 p.m.), Feb. 9 at Hartford (7 p.m.) and Feb. 16 at home against Vermont (2 p.m.). Sunday, March 3 at home against Albany also could be televised on ESPN3, as the conference is holding the date open for what it will deem most intriguing game of the day.

Both the men and the women will have between one to three postseason games televised on ESPN3. The America East will broadcast all rounds of the 2013 America East Championship, held March 8-10 at Albany's SEFCU Arena. The men's & women's finals, which are annually held on the campus of the highest remaining seed, will also be televised on March 16 - the men's title game will be on ESPN2 at 11:30 a.m., and the women's title game will be on ESPN3 at a time to be determined.

ESPN3, ESPN’s multi-screen sports network available through an affi liated internet or video provider online via WatchESPN.com, on smartphones and tablets via the WatchESPN app and through ESPN on Xbox LIVE, will carry America East games exclusively for the second straight year in 2012-13.
ESPN3 is available in approximately 73 million homes at no cost to fans who receive a high-speed Internet connection or video subscription from an affiliated provider. Major cable providers within the America East footprint that provide ESPN3 access are Burlington Telecom, Comcast, Cox, RCN, Time Warner Cable and Verizon FiOS TV. The network is also available at no cost to approximately 21 million U.S. college students and U.S.-based military personnel via computers connected to on-campus educational networks and on-base military networks.
Games on ESPN2, ESPN3 and ESPNU are also accessible through WatchESPN, ESPN’s authenticated networks service. Live streams of all the WatchESPN Networks are available at no additional cost to fans who receive ESPN as part of their TV subscription from Bright House Networks, Comcast Xfinity TV, Time Warner Cable, Verizon FiOS TV or Midcontinent Communications. 
The men's team, under eighth-year head coach Steve Pikiell, return two starters from last year's team that won the America East regular season championship and advanced to the postseason NIT for the second time in three seasons. Among the returnees is America East Defensive Player of the Year and first-team All-America East forward Tommy Brenton. Pikiell also has four newcomers and a redshirt freshman ready to contribute to Stony Brook's success.
The women's team, under second-year head coach Beth O'Boyle, returns five seniors from last season's squad that sported of the best defenses in the country, ranking 41st out of 336 teams in scoring defense. Among the returnees is 2012 America East Fans' Choice Player of the Year Dani Klupenger. O'Boyle also has six newcomers and two redshirts eager to make an impact right away.
2013 America East Basketball Production Schedule featuring Stony Brook
Fri., Jan. 18MBBat Vermont7 p.m.ESPNU
Wed., Jan. 23WBBat UMBC12 p.m.ESPN3
Tue., Jan. 29MBBat Albany7 p.m.ESPN3
Sat., Feb. 9MBBat Hartford7 p.m.ESPN3
Sat., Feb. 16MBBVERMONT2 p.m.ESPN3
Fri., March 8WBBAmerica East QuartersTBAESPN3
Sat., March 9MBBAmerica East QuartersTBAESPN3
Sun., March 10WBBAmerica East SemisTBAESPN3
Sun., March 10MBBAmerica East SemisTBAESPN3
Sat., March 16MBBAmerica East Final11:30 a.m.ESPN2
Sat., March 16WBBAmerica East FinalTBAESPN3