Coverage of 10 men’s games and 14 women’s games begins Nov. 9
Longhorn Network, ESPN’s 24-hour network devoted to The University of Texas, will air 10 Texas men’s basketball games and 14 women’s games during the 2014-15 basketball season. Seven of the women’s games and three of the men’s games set to air on LHN will feature a Big 12 opponent.
The first game on the network will feature Oklahoma City University and the UT Women’s team at 2 p.m. CT on Sunday, Nov. 9, in an exhibition game from the Frank Erwin Center. Five days later, LHN will televise the season opener for the men’s team against North Dakota State, as part of the 2K Classic benefiting Wounded Warrior Project.
Men’s Coach Rick Barnes and Women’s Coach Karen Aston will each appear on respective Game Plan studio programs on LHN, analyzing past and upcoming games and the latest developments on their teams.
Coach Barnes currently appears in LHN’s football pregame show Texas GameDay during home football games, where he interacts with fans and tailgaters in a segment titled Barnestorming. Longhorn Weekly with Rick Barnes, Coach Barnes’ weekly radio show, will also be simulcast on Longhorn Network beginning in late November.
After a successful off-season of signing several top recruits, both basketball teams hope to build on last season’s NCAA Tournament runs.
The men’s team returns all five starters from last year’s team that finished with a 24-11 overall record, including an 11-7 mark in the Big 12. The squad will be led by senior forward Jonathan Holmes, who earned a spot on last year’s All-Big 12 Second Team, along with junior center Cameron Ridley, sophomore point guard Isaiah Taylor and freshman forward Myles Turner.
Turner – No.2 in the ESPN 100 – is the highest-ranked recruit to come to Texas since Avery Bradley (No. 1 overall) in 2009.
The women’s team went 22-12 overall and finished third in the Big 12 last year. This year’s team will feature 10 returning letter-winners and a recruiting class ranked No. 11 by espnW HoopGurlz. Incoming McDonald’s All-American guards Ariel Atkins and Brooke McCarty complement a roster featuring six student-athletes with starting experience, including All-Big 12 posts Nneka Enemkpali and Imani McGee-Stafford.
Both Turner and Atkins spent their summers helping their respective USA U18 National Teams to win the gold medal at the FIBA Americas U18 Championship.
Texas Men’s Basketball Schedule on LHN (subject to change):
|FRI||11/14/2014||7 p.m.||NORTH DAKOTA STATE|
|TUE||11/25/2014||7 p.m.||SAINT FRANCIS|
|SAT||12/13/2014||7 p.m.||TEXAS STATE|
|SAT||12/20/2014||7 p.m.||LONG BEACH STATE|
|WED||2/4/2015||7 p.m.||OKLAHOMA STATE|
|SAT||2/14/2015||7 p.m.||TEXAS TECH|
Texas Women’s Basketball Schedule on LHN (subject to change):
|SUN||11/9/2014||2 p.m.||OKLAHOMA CITY UNIVERSITY*|
|WED||11/26/2014||7 p.m.||UT-PAN AM|
|WED||12/3/2014||7 p.m.||NEW MEXICO|
|MON||12/8/2014||11 a.m.||SOUTHERN UNIVERSITY|
|SUN||12/14/2014||2 p.m.||NORTHWESTERN STATE|
|WED||12/17/2014||7 p.m.||MCNEESE STATE|
|WED||1/7/2015||7 p.m.||WEST VIRGINIA|
|WED||2/18/2015||7 p.m.||KANSAS STATE|
|WED||2/25/2015||7 p.m.||OKLAHOMA STATE|
Where to Watch
Longhorn Network is available on AT&T U-verse TV, DISH, Time Warner Cable, Suddenlink, and Verizon FiOS TV, as well as Bay City CableVision, Cablevision, Charter Communications, Consolidated Communications, Cox Communications, En-Touch Systems, E-Tex Communications, Grande Communications, Google Fiber (in Kansas City), Mid-Coast CableVision and Texas Mid-Gulf CableVision. Longhorn Network is available on computers, smartphones and tablets via WatchESPN to AT&T U-verse TV, DISH, Charter Communications, Cox Communications, Google Fiber, Grande Communications and Verizon FiOS subscribers. It is also available at no cost to U.S.-based military personnel via computers, smartphones and tablets connected to on-base military broadband and Wi-Fi networks.
About Longhorn Network
ESPN has a 20-year agreement to own and operate a year-round, 24-hour network dedicated to Texas athletics in partnership with UT and IMG College. Longhorn Network offers a variety of content, highlighted by more than 175 exclusive events annually from 20 sports, original series and studio shows, historical programming and academic and cultural happenings.
– 30 –