November 6, 2010

Big Ten Network To Cover FSU-Indiana Game

Big Rapids, Mich. - The Big Ten Network has announced tentative coverage plans for Ferris State's men's basketball exhibition contest against the Indiana Hoosiers on Monday (Nov. 8) night at Assembly Hall in Bloomington, Ind.

The game, which tips off at 7 p.m. (ET), will be shown live online via the BigTenNetwork.com website on a pay-per-view basis with prices starting at $7.95 based on subscription options.  It will also be available via on-demand viewing and a high-speed internet connection is required.

Additionally, a replay of the contest will air nationwide on the Big Ten Network television channel next Wednseday (Nov. 10) as part of the network's Student U broadcast production series at 3:30 p.m. (ET) or an alternate time of 4:30 p.m. (ET) listed by some providers.  The Big Ten Network airs via DirecTV on Channel 610 or Dish Network Channel 439 as well as other local and cable providers across the country.

In addition to the Big Ten Network coverage, Monday's game is also slated to be carried live locally in the Big Rapids area by Bulldog Radio (Charter TV Channel 98 in Mecosta County or Channel 21 on-campus) with Rob Bentley handling the play-by-play duties. Both live internet statistics via GameTracker and live game audio from the Indiana Sports Network will be provided by the Hoosiers and links for all coverage can be found by clicking on the "upcoming events" scoreboard tab at www.ferrisstatebulldogs.com

The Bulldogs and Hoosiers have never faced either other before heading into Monday's contest. This will be the first-ever meeting in either regular-season or exhibition play.

The Hoosiers return all five starters and 11 letterwinners from last season's squad, which compiled a 10-21 overall record and placed 10th (4-14) in the Big Ten.  IU is guided by third-year head coach Tom Crean, a Mount Pleasant native who formerly served as the head coach at Marquette University and was an assistant at Michigan State.

Indiana enters the 2010-11 season with more than 1,600 all-time victories and 20 Big Ten regular-season championships, many of which came under former legendary head coach Bobby Knight.  They've also made 35 NCAA Tournament appearances and captured five national championships.

Historic Assembly Hall opened during the 1971-72 season and since then over six million fans have attended Indiana Men's Basketball games. The facility holds 17,472 fans and is consistently sold out throughout the regular season.

Headquartered in Chicago, the Big Ten Network is the first internationally distributed television network dedicated to covering one of America's premier collegiate conferences. With more than 350 live sports events, and virtually all of them in high definition, the Big Ten Network is the ultimate destination for Big Ten fans and alumni across the country. The network is on the air 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

The network is available to an estimated 75 million households, through agreements with more than 300 cable, satellite and telco affiliates in all 50 states and Canada. That includes existing distribution agreements with each of the nation's 10 largest cable, satellite and telco providers.

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