CSN announces 2012-13 College Basketball Schedule

CSN announces 2012-13 College Basketball Schedule

COMCAST SPORTSNET ANNOUNCES 2012-13 COLLEGE BASKETBALL SCHEDULE

74 Mens and Womens Game Schedule includes MVC, Horizon League & SEC Conference Action, plus local contests featuring Illinois State, UIC, Loyola, Bradley, SIU, DePaul, Northwestern and more!

Battle of the Midway (taking place on the deck of the USS Midway Aircraft Carrier) featuring 9 Syracuse vs. 20 San Diego St. to lead off schedule on Friday, November 9 at 7:00 PM

CSNChicago.coms NCAA section to also provide the latest headlines for all area teams

Chicago, IL (November 6, 2012) 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 58 mens & 16 womens contests.

Comcast SportsNet viewers can look forward to the very best in localregional basketball action with five games featuring the Horizon Leagues UIC Flames and five games featuring the Loyola Ramblers, along with Missouri Valley Conference action highlighted by Illinois State (seven games), 16 AP pre-season ranked Creighton (three games) Bradley (two games), Southern Illinois (four games) and Northern Iowa (three games) in action all season long, plus live coverage of the MVC Tournament in March. Additional local match-ups are highlighted by games featuring DePaul and Northwestern. From an online perspective, viewers are also urged to visit Comcast SportsNets website, CSNChicago.comNCAA, for the very latest NCAA basketball headlines and updates from all area teams throughout the season.

Comcast SportsNets mens collegiate basketball season tips off with LIVE coverage of the Battle on the Midway game on Sunday, November 11 at 3:00 PM. For the first-time ever, the deck of the USS Midway Aircraft Carrier Museum in San Diego, CA will be the site of major college basketball match-up featuring two of the nations best teams: 9 AP pre-season ranked Syracuse vs. 20 AP pre-season ranked San Diego State. The announce team for this special telecast features veteran play-by-play announcer Dick Enberg, color analyst & former Bull Steve Kerr, along with sideline reporterhost Erin Andrews.

Among the key local match-ups on the schedule this season include UIC at Northwestern (Dec. 1 at 7:00 PM), Loyola at DePaul (Dec. 29 at 1:00 PM), Illinois St. at Bradley (Jan. 29 at 7:00 PM), SIU at Illinois St. (Feb. 2 at 3:00 PM) and UIC at Loyola (Feb. 16 at 1:00 PM). Note the attached schedule for a complete list of mens games this season on Comcast SportsNet.

Comcast SportsNets womens basketball season gets underway with a MVC battle on Friday, January 4 LIVE at 7:00 PM as Northern Iowa visits Illinois State. The Redbirds will be featured in five regular season games on CSN this season, plus the network will also carry live coverage of the MVC Tournament semifinals and championship match-ups (note the attached schedule for a complete listing of womens games this season).

Comcast SportsNet will once again provide college basketball fans with a pair of area team college coaches show this season (air dates may vary during the season) Tuesdays (beginning in December): Inside Notre Dame Basketball with Mike Brey (4:30 PM) and Tuesdays (beginning in January): Wildcat Fast Break with Bill Carmody (11:30 PM).

2012-13 MENS COLLEGE BASKETBALL on COMCAST SPORTSNET

1. Sun, Nov 11 3:00 pm 9 Syracuse vs. 20 San Diego State (from the USS Midway) Live
2. Thu, Nov 15 6:00 pm Illinois State @ Drexel Live
3. Sat, Nov 17 6:00 pm Bradley @ IUPUI Live
4. Sat, Dec 1 12:00 pm Illinois State @ Louisville Live
5. Sat, Dec 1 2:00 pm Furman @ Loyola Live
6. Sat, Dec 1 1:00 pm UIC @ Northwestern SDD 7:00 pm
7. Sat, Dec 8 3:00 pm Colorado State @ UIC Live
8. Sun, Dec 8 7:00 pm W. Michigan @ Illinois State Live
9. Sat, Dec 15 1:00 pm Eastern Michigan @ UIC Live
10. Sat, Dec 15 4:00 pm Iona @ Georgia Live
11. Wed, Dec 19 6:00 pm Illinois State @ Dayton Live
12. Sat, Dec 22 1:00 pm Mercer @ Alabama Live
13. Sat, Dec 22 7:00 pm Winthrop @ Auburn Live
14. Sat, Dec 29 1:00 pm Loyola @ DePaul Live
15. Sat, Dec 29 3:00 pm Florida A&M @ Georgia Live
16. Sun, Dec 30 3:00 pm Alabama A&M @ Mississippi State Live
17. Sun, Dec 30 5:00 pm N. Iowa @ Wichita St Live
18. Sun, Dec 30 7 :00 pm Loyola MD @ Memphis Live
19. Wed, Jan 2 7:00 pm Creighton @ Illinois State SDD 3:00 am
20. Thu, Jan 3 8:00 pm Lamar Univ @ Stephen F. Austin Live
21. Sat, Jan 5 1:00 pm Green Bay @ Detroit Live
22. Sat, Jan 5 8:00 pm S. Illinois @ Evansville Live
23. Sat, Jan 12 1:00 pm Bradley @ N. Iowa SDD 3:00 pm
24. Sat, Jan 12 1:00 pm Valparaiso @ Milwaukee SDD 3p or 12:30a
25. Sat, Jan 12 7:30 pm Memphis @ UAB Live
26. Tue, Jan 15 7:00 pm S. Illinois @ Bradley Live
27. Sat, Jan 19 1:00 pm CSU @ Green Bay Live
28. Sat, Jan 19 7:00 pm Evansville @ Indiana State SDD 3:00 am
29. Wed, Jan 23 7:00 pm Creighton @ Drake SDD 3:00 am
30. Sat, Jan 26 1:00 pm Cleveland St @ Youngstown State Live
31. Sat, Jan 26 3:00 pm Detroit @ Loyola Live
32. Sat, Jan 26 7:00 pm Evansville @ Illinois State Live
33. Tue, Jan 29 7:00 pm Illinois State @ Bradley SDD 3:00 am
34. Wed, Jan 30 7:00 pm Missouri State @ Creighton SDD 3:00 am
35. Thu, Jan 31 7:00 pm UW-Green Bay @ UIC Live
36. Sat, Feb 2 1:00 pm UW-Green Bay @ Loyola Live
37. Sat, Feb 2 6:30 pm Indiana State @ Drake Live
38. Sat, Feb 2 3:00 pm S. Illinois @ Illinois State Live
39. Sun, Feb 3 4:00 pm Northwestern St. @ McNeese St. Live
40. Wed, Feb 6 7:00 pm Illinois State @ Drake Live
41. Sat, Feb 9 1:00 pm Valparaiso @ CSU or Detroit @ Green Bay Live
42. Sat, Feb 9 1:00 pm Butler @ George Washington SDD 3:00 pm
43. Sat, Feb 9 6:30 pm Missouri State @ Wichita State Live
44. Tue, Feb 12 7:00 pm Indiana State @ Missouri State SDD 3:00 am
45. Wed, Feb 13 7:00 pm Arkansas @ Auburn Live
46. Sat, Feb 16 1:00 pm UIC @ Loyola Live
47. Sat, Feb 16 3:00 pm Georgia State @ George Mason Live
48. Sat, Feb 23 3 :00 pm William & Mary @ George Mason Live
49. Wed, Feb 27 7:00 pm N. Iowa @ S. Illinois SDD 3:00 am
50. Sat, Mar 2 1:00 pm Illinois State @ Northern Iowa Live
51. Sat, Mar 2 1:00 pm Youngstown State @ Wright State Live
52. Sat, Mar 2 4:00 pm (MVC) Wildcard : Teams TBA Live
53. Thu, Mar 7 6:00 pm (MVC) Tournament Opening Round 1 Live
54. Thu, Mar 7 8:30 pm (MVC) Tournament Opening Round 2 Live
55. Fri, Mar 8 12:00 pm (MVC) Tournament Quarterfinal 1 Live
56. Fri, Mar 8 2:30 pm (MVC) Tournament Quarterfinal 2 Live
57. Sat, Mar 9 1:30 pm (MVC) Tournament Semifinal 1 Live
58. Sat, Mar 9 4:00 pm (MVC) Tournament Semifinal 2 Live

2012-13 WOMENS COLLEGE BASKETBALL on COMCAST SPORTSNET

1. Fri, Jan 4 7:00 pm N. Iowa @ Illinois State Live
2. Thu, Jan 17 7:00 pm S. Illinois @ Indiana State Live
3. Sat, Jan 19 4:00 pm Southern Illinois @ Illinois State Live
4. Mon, Jan 21 7:00 pm Creighton @ Missouri State Live
5. Fri, Jan 25 7:00 pm N. Iowa @ Creighton SDD 3:00 am
6. Fri, Feb 8 7:00 pm N. Iowa @ Wichita State Live
7. Sun, Feb 10 2:00 pm Creighton @ Illinois State Live
8. Thu, Feb 14 7:00 pm Illinois State @ Southern Illinois Live
9. Sat, Feb 23 1:00 pm Syracuse @ S. Florida Live
10. Thu, Feb 28 7:30 pm Wichita State @ Illinois State Live
11. Sun, Mar 3 12:30 pm MVC: Wildcard game Teams TBA Live
12. Sat, Mar 9 11:00 am Big East Tournament Second Round Game 1 Live
13. Sun, Mar 10 5:00 pm Big East Tournament Quarterfinal Live
14. Sat, Mar 16 1:30 pm MVC Tournament Semifinal 1 Live
15. Sat, Mar 16 4:00 pm MVC Tournament Semifinal 2 Live
16. Sun, Mar 17 2:00 pm MVC Tournament Championship Live

(Schedules as of 11612)

SCHEDULES SUBJECT TO CHANGE

SDD Games airing on a same day delay basis
LIVE JIP Live games joined in progress

Nikola Mirotic and why the Bulls traded their second-round pick

Nikola Mirotic and why the Bulls traded their second-round pick

The Bulls entered rebuild mode on Thursday night after they dealt Jimmy Butler to the Minnesota Timberwolves. They acquired a pair of guards in Zach LaVine and Kris Dunn, and the No. 7 pick which they used to select Arizona power forward Lauri Markkanen.

But the Bulls opted not to continue adding youth to their roster when they sold their second-round pick, No. 38 overall, to the Golden State Warriors. That pick was Oregon power forward Jordan Bell, who many considered a late first-round prospect.

The move was perplexing for a team that hours earlier had traded away its franchise player to start a youth movement. But VP John Paxson said after the draft that the decision to move the pick was based on team depth, hinting at a significant move the Bulls will make in free agency.

"We had some wings on our board that we had targeted that were the only way we were going to keep that (No. 38) pick, and they went before us. And drafting Lauri (Markkanen), and the fact that we have, Niko’s a restricted free agent we intend to bring back, Bobby Portis, we didn’t want to add another big and that’s really all that was left on our board."

Both Paxson and general manager Gar Forman have said since the season ended that Mirotic, who will become a restricted free agent on July 1, is part of their future plans. The Bulls will be able to match any contract that another team offers Mirotic, and they intend to keep the 26-year-old in Chicago. After Butler's departure, Mirotic is now the longest tenured member of the Bulls. He's been with the team for three seasons.

The wings Paxson may have been referring to include Miami's Devon Reed (32nd overall to Phoenix), Kansas State's Wesley Iwundu (33rd overall to Orlando) or SMU's Semi Ojeleye (Boston, 37th overall). Point guards Juwan Evans (Oklahoma State) and Sterling Brown (SMU) were still on the board and potential options, but the Bulls were set on looking for wing help after receiving point guard Kris Dunn and shooting guard Zach LaVine in the Butler trade.

The Bulls frontcourt depth looks filled, as Cristiano Felicio is expected to return behind Brook Lopez. Mirotic, Portis, Markkanen and Joffrey Lauvergne should make up the power forward depth chart. Opting against using the 38th pick, which Golden State bought for a whopping $3.5 million, also leaves the Bulls with room to add a 13th player in the fall.

"It keeps us at 12 roster spots and gives us real flexibility for our roster," Paxson said. "So we didn’t just want to use up a roster spot on a player that we probably wouldn’t have kept."

How White Sox players managed the 'chaos' of Thursday's record-setting rain delay

How White Sox players managed the 'chaos' of Thursday's record-setting rain delay

MINNEAPOLIS -- Some guys played cards. The soccer ball got kicked around in spite of the close quarters in the visiting clubhouse. There was dancing. A magic trick or two was attempted. A few players even tried to get in a nap.

White Sox players found myriad ways to keep themselves occupied during Thursday’s draining 4-hour, 50-minute rain delay -- the longest in Minnesota Twins history.

Yet despite not knowing what time the game may start, White Sox players found a way to overcome the uncertainty and stay engaged. Similar to May 26 when the first game of a doubleheader against the Detroit Tigers was cancelled, the White Sox figured out how to go from zero to 60 in mere seconds. Though there’s no exact formula for success, the White Sox seem to have figured out a way to endure the elements and get out quickly. On early Thursday evening, the White Sox overcame the rain and misery to jump ahead of the Minnesota Twins en route to a 9-0 victory at Target Field.

“We keep it real loose whether,” veteran third baseman Todd Frazier said. “We have a good time. We enjoy each other’s company. Win lose or draw, tomorrow’s a new day. Today we kept working hard and we knew we had a game to play and eventually we were going to play it. We turned it on at the right moment.”

Jose Quintana saw so much of his iPad that eventually he had to turn it off out of sheer boredom. Thursday’s starting pitcher was almost able to complete two feature-length movies during the rain delay. Quintana, who excelled with nine strikeouts in 6 2/3 scoreless innings, watched ‘Fast and Furious 7’ and ‘Get Out’ on his iPad during the delay.

While he liked the action movie, Quintana wasn’t as fond of the latter, though he admits he’s not a big fan of horror movies.

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“I think it was bad because too much time in front of the iPad,” Quintana said. “It made me bored.

“I just tried to stay relaxed, focused on the game. … Tried to come back and work a little bit. It’s a little hard, but we don’t have control so stay focused on the game.”

Whereas the White Sox determined when they played last month at home -- they cancelled Game 1 of a doubleheader at 1 p.m. and pushed the second game back to 8 p.m. because of rain -- this time was in the Twins’ hands. The forecast called for rain all afternoon before things cleared up around 5 p.m.

While the White Sox were in limbo as to when they would play, they had a pretty good idea that eventually they would.

“It’s miserable,” Frazier said. “You try and find some things to do, play cards, hang out with the guys. If you had a set time it would help. But we came out banging in that first inning. It’s huge.”

White Sox manager Rick Renteria is impressed with how his team has handled both long days. The White Sox also defeated the Tigers 8-2 on May 26th. While Renteria and his coaching staff spent a lot of his time preparing for their upcoming home series against the Oakland A’s, he’s pleased with how his players managed themselves through the uncertainty.  

“They’re the ones who are dealing with the chaos,” Renteria said. “They’re the ones who play the game and who have to have their minds to be ready to go out and perform. They’ve been able to respond well. It’s part of who they are, their character, and hopefully it’s something they continue to be able to do and build on.”