Indiana to play four games on ESPN’s Super Tuesday

IUSMSith0003ESPN announced its annual “Super Tuesday” schedule Monday afternoon, and there is a significant Indiana presence on the list.

IU’s games at home against Wisconsin (Jan. 14, 7 p.m.) and Iowa (Feb. 18, 9 p.m.), and at Michigan State (Jan. 21, 7 p.m.) and Wisconsin (Feb. 25, 9 p.m.) will be featured, with each game being broadcast live on ESPN.

The Hoosiers lead all Big Ten teams with four games scheduled for Super Tuesday. Iowa, Michigan State and Ohio State each have three games featured, and Michigan and Wisconsin will play twice.

Below is the full release from ESPN:

ESPN has announced its Super Tuesday schedule for the 2014 men’s college basketball season – showcasing a game from the Big Ten and the SEC each Tuesday beginning January 7. The ESPN doubleheader will tip-off at 7 p.m. ET, followed by a 9 p.m. game. The Big Ten and the SEC will play conference matchups, switching timeslots on varying weeks, through the nine-week series that wraps up March 4.

All games will be available through WatchESPN, accessible online at WatchESPN.com, on smartphones and tablets via the WatchESPN app, through ESPN on Xbox LIVE to Gold members and on Apple TV to fans who receive their video subscription from an affiliated provider.

The 2013 Super Tuesday series averaged a 1.2 US household rating – marking the highest-rated college basketball weeknight series on ESPN last season.

The Super Tuesday schedule features some of the top teams in the nation according to ESPN.com’s preseason top 25 poll. Highlights:

– Eight teams are ranked in the top 25: No. 1 Kentucky; No. 3 Michigan State; No. 7 Florida; No. 8 Ohio State; No. 10 Michigan; No. 20 Indiana; No. 24 Tennessee and No. 25 Iowa.

– Every game in the schedule involves a team in the top 25, including seven matchups where both teams are ranked.

– Top-ranked Kentucky – fielding ESPN.com’s No. 1-ranked incoming recruiting class – appears on the schedule five times

–No. 3 Michigan State matches up against three ranked teams: against No. 8 Ohio State on January 7; against No. 20 Indiana on January 21 and at No. 25 Iowa on January 28.

– Nine schools are coming off 2013 NCAA Championship berths, highlighted by Michigan’s run to the NCAA Championship title game and Ohio State and Florida advancing to the Elite Eight.

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  • Snookafly

    It’s nice to get some ESPN recognition. I’m happy about getting four games, but I really wish two of them weren’t Wisconsin. I have faith in our team, but Ryan has shown he owns Crean just about every step of the way. Anyway, here’s hoping I’m wrong.

  • Kyl470

    I hate when IU is the 2nd game on this night. ESPN never switches over to the start of the game when the first game runs over, which it always does.

  • Katie M.

    I really hate seeing No. 1 next to Kentucky’s name. Just me?

  • SCHoosier

    Amen to that..2 hours is not enuff air time to get a full game in in most cases. When IU plays at 9..we may miss a portion. Last year the network started to use its ESPN news channel to carry the teams being preempted by the overrun. until the earlier game ended…hopefully they will do that again this year. Great to see IU get the national pub though.

  • And_One

    I’m calling it: IU sweeps UW this year. On what do I base this? Nothing other than it’s about damn time. Take it to the bank. You’re welcome.

  • BC

    Nice to see Kentucky on that schedule so much, Plowing through that demanding SEC schedule.

  • BC

    IU used to own Wisconsin, the pendulum swings back eventually.

  • dwdkc

    Yep, usually that means the nation is watching IU at its worst. But more games than any other Big 10 team is awesome; surprising with Mich St, OSU and Michigan being so hyped.

  • Jeremy Pinnell

    It is crazy that they don’t even make the tournament last year, but they come in ranked #1 just because of the recruiting class. Their team last year showed that potential doesn’t mean anything if they don’t come together as a team.

  • Kyl470

    The problem I have is now they use ESPN 3. I don’t like having to run to my computer to watch the first 5 min. of the game.

  • hoosier1158

    They won’t be #1 very long. UK will lose several games before they start conference play. U of L should be pre-season #1.

  • thrawnjan

    Isn’t that a pretty nice first world problem to have compared to not being able to see it at all?

  • Ole Man

    LOL! Yep; ESPN continues its UK suckup.

  • Ole Man

    Please pass your drugs around and share with the rest of us!

  • semohoosier

    I don’t see pUKe being much better than the Hoosiers I’m sorry but it takes a lot of chemistry to get that many freshman to win it all. I know it can happen we have seen it but it is rare.Sure hope I’m right.

  • Lil Hoosier

    We’re ranked 20th! This is going to be a fun season, without all the expectations, like last year! Can’t wait to see us move up in those rankings as well!

  • Lil Hoosier

    Makes you wonder whether or not it can be more beneficial to be in an easier conference. Big Ten teams beat the s**t out of each other, and it can be hard to stay fresh. Of course I’d rather be known as B1G champs than SEC champs!

  • JBishop0425

    Hey, Luke Fischer knows how to win at Wisconsin. Perhaps he can show the other guys how to do so.

  • BC

    Well UCLA got all those championships through a easier schedule. Tournament was organized differently then.

  • Snookafly

    Yeah, I think we swept them for 20 years back in the 80′s and ’90s, but 11 straight is tough enough.

  • Bleeding Crimson

    I totally agree with the espn pUKe Love but they play 5 games to our 4 so really I’m pretty shock that IU received more games than Mich St, Mich or Oh St….I’ve even seen one poll where Iowa was ranked above us…Kevin Cox has Iowa as #21 and IU #25. WOW.
    BC

  • Andrew

    12 straight.

  • The_Bob_Michaels

    I don’t know. If we had their incoming class, we’d be talking undefeated season and odds-on favorite to hang banner #6. The good thing is that Cal hasn’t shown that he really improves his players all that much, so they’re no lock. I truly believe their soft conference schedule helps them to stay fresh, but can hurt in toughening up their freshmen.

  • http://Insidethehall.com/ HoosierKen73

    Yes and if you’re recording it and not at home.. The first five minutes aren’t there… Oh well, guess it’s better than missing the whole game.

  • Michael Crawley

    I hope UK crashes and burns at every stage this year but I would rather talk about IU and how our team will perform. We have a lot of talent and Noah Vonleh is going to be a legit stud and cannot wait for us to go against Wisconsin this year!
    We dont even play UK and outside of the fact that they are a fun team to hate why do we discuss them?

  • Analyst

    And Purdue will be featured on Super Tuesday…Oh, wait….

  • Hoosier84

    Looking at the ESPN schedule makes one wonder when they’re gonna play any competition!

  • IUMIKE1

    Depends on what the No. 1 next to their name is for cause I can think of more than one or two things that they deserve the No. 1 ranking in. LOL

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