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CSN announces 2015-16 college basketball schedule

CSN announces 2015-16 college basketball schedule

Over 200 Men’s and Women’s Game Schedule includes MVC, Conference USA, Horizon League, Atlantic 10, Colonial Athletic, Southland & Patriot League Conference action,

plus area contests featuring Illinois State, UIC, Loyola, Bradley, SIU, NIU, EIU, Valparaiso, Northern Iowa, DePaul, Chicago State and more!

#1 AP Pre-Season Ranked North Carolina at Northern Iowa to air Saturday, November 21

CSNChicago.com’s NCAA section to also provide the latest headlines for all area teams

Chicago, IL (November 3, 2015) – Comcast SportsNet, the television home for the most games and the most comprehensive coverage of the Chicago Blackhawks, Bulls, Cubs and White Sox, is ready to bring college hoops fans another exciting season of action-packed NCAA basketball featuring a total of 203 men’s & women’s contests. 

Comcast SportsNet viewers can look forward to the very best in local/regional basketball action with eight games featuring the Horizon League’s UIC Flames, along with Missouri Valley Conference action highlighted by Illinois State (five games), Loyola (eight games), #10 AP pre-season ranked Wichita State (four games), Bradley (four games), Southern Illinois (five games) and Northern Iowa (11 games) in action all season long, plus – live coverage of the always-entertaining MVC Tournament starting March 3.  From an online perspective, viewers are also urged to visit Comcast SportsNet’s website, CSNChicago.com/NCAA, for the very latest NCAA basketball headlines, features, scores and player updates from all area teams throughout the season.

Among the early season highlights from Comcast SportsNet’s men’s collegiate basketball schedule includes #1 AP pre-season ranked North Carolina at Northern Iowa on Saturday, November 21 at 3:30 PM CT, along with a thrilling local match-up featuring the UIC Flames hosting the DePaul Blue Demons LIVE from the UIC Pavilion on Wednesday, December 2 at 7:00 PM CT, featuring the game announcing tandem of WSCR AM 670 “The Score’s” Jordan Bernfield (play-by-play) and Comcast SportsNet’s David Kaplan (analyst).  Bernfield will also handle play-by-play duties for every Loyola game on CSN’s schedule this season as well.

Among the key regional match-ups on the schedule this season include Illinois St. at UIC (Dec. 16 at 8:00 PM on CSN+), SIU at Loyola (Dec. 30 at 7:00 PM), UIC at Valparaiso (Jan. 2 at 1:00 PM), Bradley at Loyola (Jan. 13 at 6:00 PM), UW-Milwaukee at UIC (Jan. 16 at 3:00 PM on CSN+), N. Iowa at Illinois St. (Jan. 23 at 3:00 PM), N. Iowa at Bradley (Jan. 27 at 7:00 PM) and SIU at Illinois St. (Feb. 24 at 6:00 PM) among many others. Note the attached schedule for a complete list of men’s games this season on Comcast SportsNet and on CSN+.

Comcast SportsNet’s women’s basketball season gets underway with a battle featuring the Big Ten’s highly-touted Michigan State Spartans at Northeastern on Friday, December 18 at 7:00 PM CT on CSN+.  In addition, CSN will also carry four DePaul Blue Demons telecasts (USA TODAY Coaches Poll pre-season ranked #22 in the nation; first game vs. Marquette on Tue, Dec. 29 at 7:00 PM on CSN+), along with live coverage of every Conference USA Tournament first and second round game, along with the Colonial Athletic Association championship game (note the attached schedule for a complete listing of women’s games this season).

IMPORTANT NOTE: Numerous men’s and women’s games on Comcast SportsNet’s college basketball schedule this season will air exclusively on CSN+. CSN+ is available in high-definition on Comcast/Xfinity ch. 201 in the Chicago area/South Bend, IN & on Comcast/Xfinity ch. 285 in the Peoria, Springfield, Rockford and Champaign markets, along with being made available in DIRECTV, DISH Network, AT&T U-verse, RCN, and WOW! homes among others; viewers are urged to visit CSNChicago.com’s CHANNEL FINDER  for complete channel location details.

In addition to game coverage, Comcast SportsNet will once again provide college basketball fans with a pair of team college coaches show this season (air dates may vary during the season) – Tuesdays (beginning in December): Inside Notre Dame Basketball with Mike Brey (5:00 PM)…and Tuesdays (beginning in January): Wildcat Fast Break with Chris Collins (4:30 PM).

2015-16 MEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL on COMCAST SPORTSNET & CSN+

  1. Mon, Nov 16    8:00 pm        Alabama State @ UAB                                           LIVE                              CSN+
  2. Tue, Nov 17    7:00 pm        Middle Tennessee @ Murray St.                            LIVE     
  3. Wed, Nov 18   6:00 pm        Western Kentucky @ Belmont                                LIVE                             CSN+
  4. Sat, Nov 21     1:00 pm        North Carolina @ Northern Iowa                            (SDD 3:30 pm)                        
  5. Sun, Nov 22    4:00 pm        Jacksonville St @ UAB                                           LIVE                              CSN+
  6. Wed, Nov 25   6:00 pm        Long Island @ Florida International                        LIVE                              CSN+
  7. Wed, Nov 25   8:00 pm        Lamar @ Rice                                                         LIVE                              CSN+
  8. Thu, Nov 26    2:00 pm        Challenge in Music City: Liberty vs Appalachian St     LIVE                        CSN+
  9. Thu, Nov 26    4:30 pm        Challenge In Music City: W. Michigan vs Stephen F. AustinLIVE                        CSN+
  10. Thu, Nov 26    7:00 pm        Challenge In Music City: Tulane vs Mercer            LIVE                              CSN+
  11. Sat, Nov 28     1:30 pm        Barclays Center Classic: Teams TBA                    (SDD 9:00 pm)  CSN+
  12. Sat, Nov 28     7:00 pm        Barclays Center Classic: Louisville vs St. Louis     LIVE                              CSN+
  13. Sun, Nov 29    1:00 pm        Challenge In Music City: Tulane vs Liberty            LIVE
  14. Sun, Nov 29    3:30 pm        Challenge In Music City: Appalachian State vs Stephen F. Austin  LIVE                       
  15. Sun, Nov 29    6:00 pm        Challenge In Music City: W. Michigan vs Mercer   LIVE     
  16. Mon, Nov 30    6:00 pm        Stetson @ Florida International                              LIVE                              CSN+
  17. Tue, Dec 1      8:00 pm        Georgia State @ UAB                                            LIVE                              CSN+
  18. Wed, Dec 2     7:00 pm        DePaul @ UIC                                                        LIVE                             CSN+
  19. Sat, Dec 5       2:30 pm        Kent State @ Cleveland State                                LIVE                              CSN+
  20. Sat, Dec 5       5:00 pm        Northern Iowa @ Richmond                                   LIVE                              CSN+
  21. Sat, Dec 5       7:00 pm        UT-Arlington @ UTEP                                            LIVE                              CSN+
  22. Sat, Dec 5       7:00 pm        Creighton @ Loyola                                                LIVE
  23. Sun, Dec 6      2:30 pm        Florida Gulf coast @ Florida International              LIVE
  24. Mon, Dec 8      6:00 pm        Northern Iowa @ George Mason                            LIVE                              CSN+
  25. Sat, Dec 12     12:00 pm      Louisiana-Lafayette@ Louisiana Tech                   LIVE     
  26. Sat, Dec 12     2:00 pm        Mississippi @ Southeast Missouri                          LIVE
  27. Sat, Dec 12     4:00 pm        Mississippi State @ Missouri-Kansas City             LIVE
  28. Mon, Dec 14    7:00 pm        Nicholls @ North Texas                                          LIVE                              CSN+
  29. Wed, Dec 16   6:00 pm        Old Dominion @ Richmond                                    LIVE                              CSN+
  30. Wed, Dec 16   8:00 pm        Illinois State @ UIC                                                LIVE                              CSN+
  31. Thu, Dec 17    6:00 pm        Belmont @ Middle Tennessee                               LIVE                              CSN+
  32. Fri, Dec 18      5:00 pm        Maryland Eastern Shore @ Old Dominion             LIVE                              CSN+
  33. Sat, Dec 19     4:00 pm        Georgia State @ Southern Mississippi                   LIVE
  34. Sat, Dec 19     8:00 pm        New. Mexico State @ UTEP                                  LIVE
  35. Tue, Dec 22    6:00 pm        Rhode Island @ Old Dominion                               LIVE                              CSN+
  36. Tue, Dec 29    2:30 pm        Stephen F. Austin @ UAB                                      LIVE                 
  37. Wed, Dec 30   7:00 pm        MVC:  Southern Illinois @ Loyola                           LIVE
  38. Wed, Dec 30   7:00 pm        Bradley @ Northern Iowa                                       LIVE                              CSN+
  39. Fri, Jan 1         6:00 pm        North Texas @ UTSA                                             LIVE                              CSN+
  40. Fri, Jan 1         8:00 pm        Rice @ UTEP                                                         LIVE                              CSN+
  41. Sat, Jan 2        11:00 am      Charlotte @ Old Dominion                                      LIVE                              CSN+
  42. Sat, Jan 2        1:00 pm        Horizon:  UIC @ Valparaiso                                   LIVE
  43. Sat, Jan 2        3:00 pm        MVC:  Evansville @ Missouri St                             LIVE
  44. Sat, Jan 2        3:00 pm        Drexel @ Elon                                                        LIVE                              CSN+
  45. Sat, Jan 2        5:00 pm        Northeastern @ North Carolina-Wilmington           LIVE                              CSN+
  46. Sat, Jan 2        7:00 pm        Davidson @ St. Bonaventure                                 LIVE
  47. Sun, Jan 3       12:00 pm      Western Kentucky @ Marshall                               LIVE
  48. Sun, Jan 3       2:00 pm        Middle Tennessee @ UAB                                     LIVE
  49. Sun, Jan 3       4:00 pm        North Texas @ UTEP                                             LIVE
  50. Mon, Jan 4      7:00 pm        Horizon:  Youngstown State @ Oakland                LIVE
  51. Wed, Jan 6      6:00 pm        St. Bonaventure @ George Mason                        LIVE                              CSN+
  52. Wed, Jan 6      8:00 pm        Belmont @ SIU-Edwardsville                                 LIVE     
  53. Thu, Jan 7       6:00 pm        UTEP @ Middle Tennessee                                   LIVE                              CSN+
  54. Thu, Jan 7       8:00 pm        New Mexico State @ Utah Valley                           LIVE                              CSN+
  55. Sat, Jan 9        1:00 pm        MVC:  Illinois State @ Indiana State                      LIVE
  56. Sat, Jan 9        1:00 pm        Rice @ North Texas                                               LIVE                             CSN+
  57. Sat, Jan 9        3:00 pm        UTSA @ Middle Tennessee                                   LIVE
  58. Sat, Jan 9        5:00 pm        Hofstra @ Elon                                                       LIVE                              CSN+
  59. Sat, Jan 9        7:00 pm        Drake @ Northern Iowa                                          LIVE
  60. Sat, Jan 9        7:00 pm        Duquesne @ George Washington                          LIVE                              CSN+
  61. Sun, Jan 10     12:00 pm      Horizon: Valparaiso @ Detroit                                LIVE
  62. Mon, Jan 11    7:00 pm        Texas A&M Corpus Cristi @ Lamar                       LIVE                              CSN+
  63. Wed, Jan 13    6:00 pm        MVC:  Bradley @ Loyola                                        LIVE
  64. Wed, Jan 13    6:00 pm        Fordham @ Virginia Commonwealth                      LIVE                              CSN+
  65. Wed, Jan 13    8:00 pm        MVC:  Wichita State @ Missouri State                   LIVE
  66. Thu, Jan 14     6:00 pm        Southern Mississippi @ Florida Atlantic                 LIVE                              CSN+
  67. Thu, Jan 14     8:00 pm        Western Kentucky @ Rice                                      LIVE                              CSN+
  68. Sat, Jan 16      1:00 pm        William @ Mary @ North Carolina-Wilmington       LIVE                              CSN+          
  69. Sat, Jan 16      3:00 pm        MVC:  Loyola @ Northern Iowa                              LIVE
  70. Sat, Jan 16      3:00 pm        UW-Milwaukee @ UIC                                            LIVE                              CSN+
  71. Sat, Jan 16      5:00 pm        St. Bonaventure @ Duquesne                                LIVE                              CSN+
  72. Sat, Jan 16      9:30 pm        CSU-Bakersfield @ Seattle U.                                LIVE                              CSN+
  73. Mon, Jan 18    6:00 pm        Horizon:  Detroit @ Wright State                            LIVE                              CSN+
  74. Mon, Jan 18    7:00 pm        Stephen F. Austin @ New Orleans                         LIVE
  75. Tue, Jan 19     6:00 pm        Western Michigan @ Ohio                                      LIVE                              CSN+
  76. Wed, Jan 20    7:00 pm        Wichita State @ Northern Iowa                              LIVE                              CSN+
  77. Thu, Jan 21     6:00 pm        Western Kentucky @ Old Dominion                       LIVE                              CSN+
  78. Thu, Jan 21     8:00 pm        UT Rio Grande Valley @ CS Bakersfield               LIVE                              CSN+
  79. Sat, Jan 23      11:00 am      Jacksonville @ Morehead State                             LIVE                              CSN+
  80. Sat, Jan 23      1:00 pm        Drake @ Loyola                                                      LIVE
  81. Sat, Jan 23      1:00 pm        Marshall @ Old Dominion                                       LIVE                              CSN+
  82. Sat, Jan 23      3:00 pm        MVC: Northern Iowa @ Illinois State                      LIVE
  83. Sat, Jan 23      3:00 pm        St. Joseph @ LaSalle                                             LIVE                              CSN+
  84. Sat, Jan 23      5:00 pm        UNC Wilmington @ Drexel                                     LIVE                              CSN+
  85. Sun, Jan 24     12:00 pm      Horizon: Valparaiso @ Northern Kentucky             LIVE     
  86. Mon, Jan 25    5:00 pm        Abilene Christian @ Sam Houston St                     LIVE                              CSN+
  87. Mon, Jan 25    8:00 pm        Horizon: Oakland @ Milwaukee                             LIVE                              CSN+
  88. Tue, Jan 26     7:00 pm        MVC: Drake @ Illinois State                                   LIVE                              CSN+
  89. Wed, Jan 27    7:00 pm        MVC: Northern Iowa @ Bradley                             LIVE
  90. Thu, Jan 28     6:00 pm        Charlotte @ Florida International                            LIVE
  91. Thu, Jan 28     8:00 pm        Tennessee St @ Tennessee Tech                         LIVE
  92. Sat, Jan 30      1:00 pm        Charlotte @ Florida Atlantic                                    LIVE
  93. Sat, Jan 30      3:00 pm        MVC: Indiana State @ Loyola                                LIVE
  94. Sat, Jan 30      3:00 pm        Cleveland @ UIC                                                    LIVE                              CSN+
  95. Sat, Jan 30      5:00 pm        Duquesne @ Saint Louis                                        LIVE                             CSN+
  96. Sun, Jan 31     2:00 pm        Richmond @ St. Bonaventure                                LIVE
  97. Tue, Feb 2       6:00 pm        Kent State @ Central Michigan                              LIVE                             CSN+
  98. Tue, Feb 2       8:00 pm        Buffalo @ Northern Illinois                                      LIVE                             CSN+
    1. Wed, Feb 3    6:00 pm        Toledo @ Western Michigan                                  LIVE                            CSN+

100. Wed, Feb 3    6:00 pm        MVC: Evansville @ Northern Iowa                         LIVE

101. Wed, Feb 3    8:00 pm        MVC: Southern Illinois @ Wichita State                 LIVE

102. Thu, Feb 4     7:00 pm        Florida International @ UAB                                   LIVE                            CSN+

103. Thu, Feb 4     9:00 pm        Chicago State @ Seattle U.                                    LIVE                            CSN+

104. Sat, Feb 6      11:00 am      Southeast Missouri @ Eastern Illinois                    LIVE                            CSN+          

105. Sat, Feb 6      11:00 am      MVC: Missouri State @ Evansville                         LIVE

106. Sat, Feb 6      1:00 pm        Marshall @ UTSA                                                   LIVE

107. Sat, Feb 6      3:00 pm        Valparaiso @ UIC                                                   LIVE

108. Sat, Feb 6      3:00 pm        Louisiana Tech @ North Texas                              LIVE                            CSN+

109. Sat, Feb 6      5:00 pm        Towson @ Elon                                                      LIVE                            CSN+

110. Sat, Feb 6      7:00 pm        Rhode Island @ LaSalle                                         LIVE                            CSN+

111. Sat, Feb 6      9:00 pm        Missouri-Kansas City @ Seattle U.                        LIVE                            CSN+

112. Mon, Feb 8    7:00 pm        Houston Baptist @ Texas A&M CC                        LIVE                            CSN+

113. Tue, Feb 9     6:00 pm        Miami Ohio @ Western Michigan                           LIVE                            CSN+

114. Wed, Feb 10  6:00 pm        Lehigh @ Bucknell                                                  LIVE                            CSN+

115. Wed, Feb 10  8:00 pm        Austin Peay @ Eastern Illinois                               LIVE                            CSN+

116. Thu, Feb 11   6:00 pm        North Texas @ Old Dominion                                 LIVE                            CSN+

117. Thu, Feb 11   8:00 pm        Middle Tennessee @ Louisiana Tech                    LIVE                            CSN+

118. Sat, Feb 13    1:00 pm        Rice @ Old Dominion                                             LIVE                            CSN+

119. Sat, Feb 13    3:00 pm        MVC: Drake @ Southern Illinois                             LIVE

120. Sat, Feb 13    3 :00 pm       North Texas @ Charlotte                                        LIVE                            CSN+

121. Sat, Feb 13    5 :00 pm       UTEP @ Florida Atlantic                                         LIVE                            CSN+

122. Sat, Feb 13    7:00 pm        LaSalle @ St. Joseph’s                                          LIVE

123. Sat, Feb 13    9:00 pm        Utah Valley @ CSU Bakersfield                             LIVE                            CSN+

124. Sun, Feb 14   2:00 pm        UMass @ Duquesne                                              LIVE

125. Mon, Feb 15  7:00 pm        Southeastern Louisiana @ McNeese St                 LIVE                            CSN+

126. Tue, Feb 16   6:00 pm        Toledo @ Central Michigan                                    LIVE

127. Tue, Feb 16   6:00 pm        Richmond @ Davidson                                           LIVE                            CSN+

128. Wed, Feb 17  8:00 pm        MVC: Evansville @ Drake                                      LIVE

129. Wed, Feb 17  7:00 pm        Northern Iowa @ Loyola                                         LIVE                            CSN+

130. Thu, Feb 18   6:00 pm        Charlotte @ Marshall                                              LIVE

131. Thu, Feb 18   8:00 pm        Louisiana Tech @ UTSA                                        LIVE

132. Sat, Feb 20    1:00 pm        Florida International @ Rice                                   LIVE

133. Sat, Feb 20    3:00 pm        MVC: Southern Illinois @ Evansville                      LIVE

134. Sat, Feb 20    3:00 pm        Southern Mississippi @ UTSA                               LIVE                            CSN+

135. Sat, Feb 20    5 :00 pm       UNC Wilmington @ Charleston                              LIVE                            CSN+

136. Sat, Feb 20    7 :00 pm       Fordham @ Saint Louis                                          LIVE                            CSN+

137. Sun, Feb 21   4 :00 pm       Horizon: Oakland @ UIC                                        LIVE

138. Mon, Feb 22  7 :00 pm       Nicholls @ Northwestern State                               LIVE

139. Tue, Feb 23   6:00 pm        Akron @ Miami Ohio                                              LIVE                            CSN+

140. Tue, Feb 23   8:00 pm        MVC: Evansville @ Bradley                                    LIVE

141. Wed, Feb 24  6:00 pm        MVC: Southern Illinois @ Illinois State                   LIVE                            CSN+

142. Wed, Feb 24  8:00 pm        Wichita State @ Loyola                                          LIVE                            CSN+

143. Thu, Feb 25   8:00 pm        North Texas @ Louisiana Tech                              LIVE                            CSN+

144. Sat, Feb 27    1:00 pm        Florida International @ Florida Atlantic                  LIVE                            CSN+

145. Sat, Feb 27    3:00 pm        Charleston @ Hofstra                                             LIVE

146. Sat, Feb 27    5:00 pm        Richmond @ Duquesne                                         L IVE                           CSN+

147. Sun, Feb 28   12:00 pm      Saint Louis @ St. Joseph’s                                     LIVE

148. Sun, Feb 28   2:00 pm        Horizon: UIC @ UW-Milwaukee                             LIVE

149. Sun, Feb 28   4:00 pm        UT Rio Grande Valley @ Chicago State                LIVE

150. Mon, Feb 29  5:00 pm        Stephen F. Austin @ Incarnate Word                     LIVE                            CSN+

151. Tue, Mar 1     7:00 pm        Buffalo @ Akron                                                     LIVE                            CSN+

152. Thu, Mar 3     6:00 pm        MVC Men’s Tournament – Opening Round Gm #1     LIVE                      CSN+

153. Thu, Mar 3     8:30 pm        MVC Men’s Tournament – Opening Round Gm #2     LIVE                      CSN+

154. Fri, Mar 4       12:00 pm      MVC Men’s Tournament – Quarterfinal #1             LIVE     

155. Fri, Mar 4       2:30 pm        MVC Men’s Tournament – Quarterfinal #2             LIVE

156. Fri, Mar 4       6:00 pm        MVC Men’s Tournament – Quarterfinal #3             LIVE     

157. Fri, Mar 4       8:30 pm        MVC Men’s Tournament – Quarterfinal #4             LIVE

158. Sat, Mar 5      11:00 am      CAA Tournament Quarterfinal #1                           LIVE                            CSN+

159. Sat, Mar 5      1:30 pm        CAA Tournament Quarterfinal #2                           LIVE                            CSN+

160. Sat, Mar 5      5:00 pm        CAA Tournament Quarterfinal #3                           LIVE                            CSN+

161. Sat, Mar 5      7:30 pm        CAA Tournament Quarterfinal #4                           LIVE                            CSN+

162. Tue, Mar 8     12:00 pm      C-USA: Men’s Tournament - First Round               LIVE

163. Tue, Mar 8     2:30 pm        C-USA: Men’s Tournament - First Round               LIVE

164. Wed, Mar 9    12:00 pm      C-USA: Men’s Tournament - Second Round         LIVE

165. Wed, Mar 9    2:30 pm        C-USA: Men’s Tournament - Second Round         LIVE

166. Wed, Mar 9    5:00 pm        C-USA: Men’s Tournament - Second Round         LIVE

167. Wed, Mar 9    7:30 pm        C-USA: Men’s Tournament - Second Round         LIVE

168. Thu, Mar 10   12:00 pm      C-USA: Men’s Tournament -  Quarterfinal #1        LIVE                            CSN+

169. Thu, Mar 10   2:30 pm        C-USA: Men’s Tournament -  Quarterfinal #2        LIVE                            CSN+

170. Thu, Mar 10   6:00 pm        C-USA: Men’s Tournament -  Quarterfinal #3        LIVE                            CSN+

171. Thu, Mar 10   8:30 pm        C-USA: Men’s Tournament -  Quarterfinal #4        LIVE                            CSN+

2015-16 WOMEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL on COMCAST SPORTSNET & CSN+

1. Fri, Dec 18        7:00 pm        Michigan State @ Northeastern                             LIVE                  CSN+

2. Tue, Dec 29      7:00 pm        Marquette at DePaul                                               LIVE                  CSN+

3. Fri, Jan 8           7:00 pm        Georgetown at DePaul                                           LIVE                  CSN+

4. Sun, Jan 10       2:00 pm        North Texas @ Rice                                               LIVE

5. Sun, Jan 10       4:00 pm        UMass @ St. Bonaventure                                     LIVE

6. Sun, Jan 17       12:00 pm      William & Mary @ Hofstra                                      LIVE

7. Sun, Jan 17       2:00 pm        UTSA @ UTEP                                                       LIVE

8. Wed, Jan 20      8:00 pm        Southeast Missouri @ SIU-Edwardsville                LIVE            CSN+

9. Sun, Jan 24       12:00 pm      Southern Mississippi @ Louisiana Tech                 LIVE

10. Wed, Jan 27    6:00 pm        Akron @ Ohio                                                         LIVE            CSN+

11. Fri, Jan 29       12:00pm       Seton Hall at DePaul                                              LIVE     

12. Sun, Jan 31     11:30 am      Richmond @ St. Bonaventure                                LIVE

13. Sun, Jan 31     4:00 pm        Delaware @ Drexel                                                LIVE

14. Sun, Feb 7      1:00 pm        St. Joseph @ George Mason                                 LIVE

15. Wed, Feb 10   6 :00 pm       Central Michigan @ Ball State                                LIVE              CSN+

16. Sun, Feb 14    12:00 pm      Hofstra @ James Madison                                     LIVE              CSN+

17. Sun, Feb 14    12:00 pm      Western Kentucky @ Marshall                               LIVE

18. Sun, Feb 14    2:00 pm        Butler at DePaul                                                     LIVE     

19. Sat, Feb 20     9:00 pm        New Mexico State @ Seattle U.                             LIVE              CSN+

20. Sun, Feb 21    12:00 pm      Middle Tennessee @ UAB                                     LIVE              CSN+

21. Sun, Feb 21    12:00 pm      Duquesne @ Dayton                                              LIVE

22. Sun, Feb 21    2:00 pm        Drexel @ Elon                                                        LIVE

23. Sun, Feb 28    4:00 pm        Fordham @ Dayton                                                LIVE

24. Wed, Mar 2     5:00 pm        Bucknell @ Lafayette                                              LIVE              CSN+

25. Wed, Mar 2     7:00 pm        Buffalo @ Akron                                                     LIVE              CSN+

26. Tue, Mar 8       11:00 am      C-USA: Women’s Tournament First Round           LIVE              CSN+

27. Tue, Mar 8       1:30 pm        C-USA: Women’s Tournament First Round           LIVE              CSN+

28. Wed, Mar 9     11:00 am      C-USA: Women ‘s Tournament Second Round     LIVE              CSN+

29. Wed, Mar 9     1:30 pm        C-USA: Women’s Tournament Second Round      LIVE              CSN+

30. Wed, Mar 9     5:00 pm        C-USA: Women’s Tournament Second Round      LIVE              CSN+

31. Wed, Mar 9     7:30 pm        C-USA: Women’s Tournament Second Round      LIVE              CSN+

32. Sat, Mar 12     3:00 pm        CAA Women’s Tournament Championship            LIVE              CSN+          

           (Schedules as of 11/3/15)

           SCHEDULES SUBJECT TO CHANGE

            SDD – Same day delay telecast      All Times Central Time

 

Recalling moments in Tom Brady history ahead of his likely last meeting with Bears

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USA TODAY

Recalling moments in Tom Brady history ahead of his likely last meeting with Bears

As Tom Brady approaches what in all reasonable likelihood will be his last game against the Bears and in Soldier Field, the first time this reporter saw Tom Brady comes very much to mind. Actually the first times, plural. Because they were indeed memorable, for different reasons.

That was back in 2001, when Brady should have started replacing Wally Pipp as the poster athlete for what can happen when a player has to sit out and his replacement never gives the job back. Drew Bledsoe, who’d gotten the New England Patriots to a Super Bowl, had gotten injured week two of that season. Brady, who’d thrown exactly one pass as a rookie the year before, stepped in and never came out, playing the Patriots into the AFC playoffs the same year the Bears were reaching and exiting the NFC playoffs when Philadelphia’s Hugh Douglas body-slammed QB Jim Miller on his shoulder.

After that the playoff assignments were elsewhere, including the Patriots-Steelers meeting in Pittsburgh for the AFC Championship. Brady started that game but left with an ankle injury and Bledsoe came off the bench to get the Patriots into Super Bowl.

Then came one of those rare moments when you are witnessing history but have the misfortune of not knowing it at the time.

The question of Super Bowl week was whether Bill Belichick would stay with Bledsoe’s winning hand or go back to Brady. Belichick of course waited deep into Super Bowl week before announcing his decision at 8 p.m. on a Thursday night, the second time that season Belichick had opted to stay with Brady over a healthy Bledsoe. And of course Belichick didn’t announce the decision himself (surprise); he had it put out by the team’s media relations director.

You did have to respect Belichick, though, going into his first Super Bowl as a head coach with a sixth-round draft choice at quarterback and leaving a former (1992) No. 1-overall pick with a $100-million contract on the bench. The Patriots upset The Greatest Show on Turf Rams in that Super Bowl, Brady was MVP, and Bledsoe was traded to Buffalo that offseason.

History.

That Super Bowl also included one of those performance snapshots the Bears envision for Mitch Trubisky but missed a chance to let him attempt last Sunday at Miami in his 17th NFL start. Brady took the Patriots on a drive starting at their own 17 with 1:30 to play and no timeouts, ending with an Adam Vinatieri field-goal winner.

If Belichick was all right letting his second-year quarterback in just his 17th start throw eight straight passes starting from inside his own red zone, the next time Matt Nagy gets the football at his own 20 with timeouts and time in hand, best guess is that the decision will be to see if his quarterback lead a game-winning drive with his arm instead of handing off.

It may not happen this Sunday. Brady is a career 4-0 vs. Bears, and if there is one constant it is that his opposite numbers play really bad football against him, or rather his coach’s defense. Bears quarterback passer ratings opposite Brady, even in years when the Bears were good: Jim Miller 51.2 in 2002, Rex Grossman 23.7 in 2006; Jay Cutler 32.9 and Cutler again in the 51-23 blowout in Foxboro. Cutler finished that game with a meaningless 108.6 rating, meaningless because Cutler put up big numbers beginning when his team was down 38-7 after he’d mucked about with a 61.7 rating, plus having a fumble returned for a TD, while the Bears were being humiliated.

A surprise would be if Trubisky bumbles around like his predecessors (New England allows an average opponent passer rating of 91.6), but whether he can produce a third straight 120-plus rating…. Then again, Pat Mahomes put a 110.0 on the Patriots last Sunday night, but Deshaun Watson managed only a 62.9 against New England in game one.

Trubisky will make the third of the three 2017 first-round QB’s to face the Patriots. The first two lost.

Bulls Talk Podcast: The ultimate Bulls briefing to get you ready for Opening Night

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Bulls Talk Podcast: The ultimate Bulls briefing to get you ready for Opening Night

On this edition of the Bulls Talk podcast, Mark Schanowski sits down with Kendall Gill and Will Perdue to discuss all the need-to-know topics to get you ready for the season opener. The guys analyze how Lauri’s injury will make its mark on the early season rotation, whether Jabari will return to the starting unit or embrace the 6th-man role and why Portis betting on himself is the right move. Plus, Kendall has the key to unlock a “6th Man of the Year” award for Portis this season.

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