OGDEN, Utah (October 11 2011) - The Big Sky Conference and Altitude Sports & Entertainment released its men's basketball schedule for the upcoming season. This year's slate includes eight regular-season games, as well as both semifinals from the 2012 Big Sky Conference Championship.
This is the fifth season Altitude Sports & Entertainment has televised a Big Sky Conference men's basketball game of the week. This year's regular-season schedule includes three Thursday, three Saturday, one Sunday and one Tuesday game. All nine Big Sky teams will appear once. Games will originate from six of the nine venues.
"We've teamed with Altitude to provide what should be some exciting men's basketball games once again,'' said Big Sky Conference Commissioner Doug Fullerton. "What makes this package great is the number of primetime Thursday night, Tuesday night, and Saturday afternoon start times. We thank Altitude for making this happen."
Defending Big Sky Conference champion Northern Colorado will appear three times. The Bears will play host to Eastern Washington on Saturday, Jan. 14, at 5 p.m. B.J. Hill's Bears will play at Weber State on Saturday, Feb. 4, at 5 p.m. Mountain. Last year when the teams met at Weber State in Ogden, Weber State's Scott Bamforth hit a half-court shot to win the game 72-71. Northern Colorado will play host to Montana State on Saturday, Feb. 11.
The package begins on Thursday, Jan. 5 when Montana State travels to Idaho State. The Bobcats are back on Altitude on Thursday, Jan. 19 when the Bobcats welcome Sacramento State to Bozeman.
Montana, which finished second in the Big Sky last season and figures to contend for the 2011-12 title with the likes of junior guard Will Cherry and senior forward Derek Selvig back in the fold, will appear in the "Game of the Week" three times. The Grizzlies will take on Portland State at the Stott Center on Sunday, Jan. 29 at 2 p.m. Mountain. The Grizzlies will play host Northern Arizona on Thursday, Feb. 23.
The final "Game of the Week" will air on the final night of the regular-season and could decide the regular-season conference champion as Montana and Weber State do battle in Missoula. Randy Rahe's Weber State Wildcats are expected to be the preseason favorite. The Wildcats return 2009-10 league MVP Damian Lillard, who missed most of last season with an injury. Also returning are All-Conference forward Kyle Bullinger, and Bamforth, an all-conference guard and the 2010-11 Big Sky Newcomer of the Year.
Altitude will also televise the semifinals of the championship on Tuesday, March 6. The regular-season champion will host those games.
The Big Sky women's basketball championship will also be televised by Altitude Sports & Entertainment on Saturday, March 10 at 5 p.m. Mountain.
Altitude is available within a 10-state territory of the Rocky Mountain Region, including Colorado, Kansas, Nebraska, Idaho, Montana, Wyoming, Utah, Northern New Mexico, Northeast Nevada and Southwest South Dakota. The network is also available on Dish Network channel 410 and DirecTV channel 681.
Altitude and the Big Sky Conference will once again work to make the feeds available to local networks in Sacramento, Calif., Flagstaff, Ariz., Cheney, Wash., and Portland, Ore. For the past several years, Comcast Sports Net Northwest of Portland has televised nearly all of the Altitude telecasts.
2011-12 Big Sky Conference Altitude Basketball Schedule
|Thursday, Jan. 5||7 p.m. MT||Montana State at Idaho State|
|Saturday, Jan. 14||5 p.m. MT||Eastern Washington at Northern Colorado|
|Thursday, Jan. 19||7 p.m. MT||Sacramento State at Montana State|
|Sunday, Jan. 29||2 p.m. MT||Montana at Portland State|
|Saturday, Feb. 4||5 p.m. MT||Northern Colorado at Weber State|
|Saturday, Feb. 11||Noon MT||Montana State at Northern Colorado|
|Thursday, Feb. 23||7 p.m. MT||Northern Arizona at Montana|
|Tuesday, Feb. 28||7 p.m. MT||Weber State at Montana|
|Tuesday, March 6||5:30 p.m. MT||Big Sky Men's Semifinal #1|
|Tuesday, March 6||8 p.m. MT||Big Sky Men's Semifinal #2|
|Saturday, March 10||5 p.m. MT||Big Sky Women's Championship|
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