With practices underway and the start of the season right around the corner, the Valparaiso University men’s basketball program has announced start times and broadcast plans for the 2019-2020 season.
The program will have at least two nationally-televised games this season, starting with Thursday, Jan. 23 at Missouri State on CBS Sports Network at 7:30 p.m. The game on Sunday, Feb. 9 at Loyola will be televised nationally on either ESPNU or CBS Sports Network with the network determination to be made 21 days prior to competition. If the game is on CBS Sports Network, it will start at 1 p.m., while an ESPNU selection would call for a 3 p.m. tip time.
All Missouri Valley Conference men’s basketball games on the final day of the regular season (Saturday, Feb. 29) will be considered in the wildcard selection process for clearance on CBS Sports Network (1 p.m. CT) or ESPN2 (5 p.m. CT). If Valpo’s game at Indiana State that day is not selected for either TV outlet, it will be broadcast on either ESPN3 or ESPN+. Those selections will also be made 21 days prior to competition.
In addition, three Valpo games will be aired regionally on the MVC TV Network – Saturday, Nov. 9 at Saint Louis at 6 p.m., Sunday, Jan. 26 vs. Evansville at 4 p.m. and Saturday, Feb. 15 at Illinois State at 6 p.m. Those games will air on FOX Sports Midwest (along with its sister regional outlets FOX Sports Indiana and FOX Sports Kansas City) and NBC Sports Chicago. In addition, MVC TV Network games will be streamed on ESPN3/+ outside of the two networks’ combined six-state regional footprint (Indiana, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri and Nebraska). Telecasts shown within the FOX Sports distribution area can also be streamed on the FOX Sports GO app.
Three Valpo contests have been tabbed for conference-selected on-air talent. Home games against Loyola (Monday, Dec. 30, 7 p.m.) and Indiana State (Saturday, Jan. 18, 7 p.m.) plus the road game against Evansville (Saturday, Jan. 4, 6 p.m.) will be broadcast on ESPN3 or ESPN+ with conference-assigned broadcasters.
The remaining Valpo regular-season home games and conference road games will be shown on either ESPN3 or ESPN+ with school-assigned broadcast talent. For Valpo home games, veteran play-by-play voice Todd Ickow will be joined by color analyst Dave Huseman again this season. For those games, WVUR students including Ben Ariano, Danny Dalenberg and Garrett Willis will provide the radio call, which will be available online, on 95.1 FM Valparaiso and via the TuneIn Radio app. For the three home games where network or conference-supplied TV talent will handle the broadcast, Ickow will move to the radio call.
All road games will also air on 95.1 FM WVUR again this season. This year, Ickow will be joined by sports information director Brandon Vickrey for every away game. In addition to the aforementioned MVC TV Network game at Saint Louis, road nonconference video streaming plans are set for Tuesday, Nov. 12 at SIUE (ESPN+), Tuesday, Dec. 3 at Eastern Michigan (ESPN3/+) and Wednesday, Dec. 18 at High Point (ESPN+). Games that are part of the Paradise Jam in the U.S. Virgin Islands will air on FloHoops, which is available on a pay per view / subscription basis. Conference USA has not yet announced broadcast plans for the Monday, Dec. 16 game at Charlotte, while the Saturday, Dec. 21 game against Arkansas in North Little Rock will not have video streaming available.
Which games will be shown on ESPN+ and which will be shown on ESPN3 will be announced at a later date. ESPN+ is available on a subscription basis for $4.99 per month, while ESPN3 is available with a cable subscription.
The Saturday, Oct. 19 home exhibition against Cedarville will not have video streaming available. There will be an audio broadcast via an online-only platform since WVUR 95.1 FM Valparaiso will be airing the Valpo football game at San Diego.
The team has also announced start times for all home games and most road contests. Valpo will have late afternoon games on Saturday, Jan. 11 vs. Drake (3 p.m.) and Sunday, Jan. 26 vs. Evansville (4 p.m.), while the remaining conference home games will start at 7 p.m., including three Saturday evening tip times. Click here for the full schedule.