BYU roundup: WCC announces men's hoops TV schedule

2011-08-23T00:02:00Z 2013-11-06T21:45:05Z BYU roundup: WCC announces men's hoops TV scheduleDaily Herald Daily Herald
August 23, 2011 12:02 am  • 

The West Coast Conference, under a new eight-year contract with ESPN, announced Monday its scheduling for the upcoming conference television season.

BYU will have seven games on the family of networks, including one non-conference game. The first one will be BYU's matchup with Oregon, which will be played at EnergySolutions Arena in Salt Lake City at 3 p.m. on Dec. 3 and broadcast on ESPNU. The other six are both games against St. Mary's (Dec. 29, ESPN2 and Jan. 28, ESPNU), both games against Gonzaga (Feb. 2 and Feeb. 23, ESPN2), a road game at San Francisco (Feb. 16, ESPNU) and one at Santa Clara (Feb. 18, ESPNU).

All home games that aren't on the ESPN family of networks will be broadcast on BYUtv. Broadcast information on other road games that aren't on ESPN's schedule will be announced later.

BYU is coming off its finest season in 30 years, having the national player of the year (Jimmer Fredette) and the Cougars made their deepest run into the NCAA Tournament since 1981.

WCC commissioner Jamie Zaninovich has said often that BYU's commitment to the league last September, created by the football program's move to independence, would benefit the other eight teams financially, as well.

• Men's basketball: In Crete, the BYU men's basketball played a friendly game against United States Navy personnel from Souda Bay Naval Base on Monday.

The coaching staff noted that it was a great experience for the team to play a game with a group that sacrifices so much to protect the freedoms enjoyed in the United States.

The Cougars will play their first of two games in the Acropolis of Athens Tournament today at 9:15 p.m. in Athens (12:15 p.m. MT) against the host country Greece.

• Women's soccer: The BYU women's soccer team will open its home regular with with a game against instate rival Utah today (7 p.m., South Stadium), followed by a game against Miami on Friday (8 p.m., South Stadium).

and the University of Miami on Friday, August 26.

In anticipation of a large crowd at both games, an extra 1,000 bleachers will be added for fans. All students get into the game for freed with a BYU I.D. card.

The Cougars are 0-0-1 after earning a tie in a game at Washington last weekend.

The Utes come to Provo after their home opener against Cal State Fullerton ended in a scoreless tie and, like the Cougars, went into double overtime. U

Miami comes to Provo under a new head coach, with two games under its belt and a 1-1 record. The Hurricanes opened their 2011 season against Florida with a 2-0 loss and then defeated Monmouth 3-0.

Women's volleyball: Following tonight's Blue and White match (7 p.m., Smith Fieldhous, the BYU women's volleyball team launches the 2011 season hosting the BYU Nike Invitational Friday and Saturday in the Smith Fieldhouse.

Admission to tonight's scrimmage is free.

"The Blue and White match is an opportunity for us to get our match routines in place," Olmstead said. "We'll get to see different lineups and rotations and see who plays well together on the court."

This weekend, the Cougars welcome No. 8 Illinois, UC Santa Barbara and league-opponent Saint Mary's to Provo.

"This is our first opportunity to measure progress so far," BYU coach Shawn Olmstead said. "We're going against quality opponents. Each one of those teams is a good competitor. We're excited to host the tournament and excited for our first weekend of play."

The tournament starts with a matchup between Illinois and BYU at 5:30 p.m. Friday, followed by a UCSB and Saint Mary's matchup at 7:30 p.m. BYU and UCSB kick off the second day of competition at 10 a.m., followed by matches between Illinois and Saint Mary's at noon and UCSB and Illinois at 5:30 p.m.

BYU ends the tournament going head-to-head with Saint Mary's in a preview for conference play at 8 p.m.

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