Blackhawks hockey returns to Comcast SportsNet!

Blackhawks hockey returns to Comcast SportsNet!

CHICAGO BLACKHAWKS HOCKEY RETURNS TO COMCAST SPORTSNET

FIRST REGULAR SEASON game telecast on Jan. 20 at Phoenix; HOME OPENER on Jan. 22 vs. St. Louis;
Plus Live PrePost-Game Shows all season long and comprehensive nightly coverage on SportsNet Central, Highlight 2013 Schedule

CSNChicago.com to feature 247 reporting from Blackhawks Insider Tracey Myers; website to also feature live video of Post-Game Press Conferences, the brand new Blackhawks Pulse Social Media Center, Daily PlayerCoaches Interviews, Game Highlights, plus - On-Air Talent Blogs, In-Game Twitter updates from CSN talent, Live Chats, Live interactive Scoreboard and more!

Chicago, IL (January 16, 2013) Comcast SportsNet, the television home for the most games and most comprehensive coverage of the Chicago Blackhawks, is once again ready to deliver another thrill-packed season of NHL excitement with 39 live regular season Blackhawks games (21 home, 18 away), including in-depth pre-game and post-game shows, extensive nightly coverage on SportsNet Central and the most thorough 247 online Blackhawks coverage to date on CSNChicago.com!

The 2013 Chicago Blackhawks regular season on Comcast SportsNet gets underway on Sunday, January 20 as NHL All-Stars Jonathan Toews, Patrick Kane, Marian Hossa, Patrick Sharp, Duncan Keith, along with standouts Dave Bolland, Corey Crawford and the rest of the 13 season squad face-off against last seasons 2012 Western Conference Quarterfinals opponent -- the Phoenix Coyotes -- live from the Jobing.com Arena in Glendale, AZ.

Comcast SportsNets expanded season opener coverage on Jan. 20 gets underway at 7:30 PM with an encore edition of Inside Look presented by Cadillac featuring Blackhawks head coach Joel Quenneville, which will be followed by an encore edition of the Blackhawks Season Preview Special at 8:00 PM. Then, the season premiere of Chevy Blackhawks Pre-Game Live sets up the big night at 8:30 PM featuring hosts Pat Boyle and Steve Konroyd. Face-off is set for 9:00 PM featuring the always-entertaining Blackhawks announcing tandem of Pat Foley and Eddie Olczyk calling the game action. Jose Cuervo Blackhawks Post Game Live immediately follows the game highlighted by Coach Quennevilles post-game press conference, along with live locker room player interviews, full highlights and complete post-game analysis.

In addition, Comcast SportsNet will also be carrying the Blackhawks HOME OPENER on Tuesday, January 22 vs. St. Louis for a 7:30 PM face-off. Opening night coverage -- LIVE from the United Center -- gets underway at 5:30 PM with Chicago Tribune Live presented by Smirnoff (hosted by David Kaplan), which will be followed by Chevy Blackhawks Pre-Game Live, also live from the UC. Jose Cuervo Post Game Live immediately follows the game highlighted by Coach Qs post-game press conference (to also be streamed on CSNChicago.com after this and every Blackhawks home game telecast this season).

Fans can also look forward to a thorough look ahead to the upcoming BlackhawksNHL season on the Chicago Blackhawks Season Preview Special airing Thursday, January 17 at 9:00 PM (to be replayed as noted earlier on Sun, Jan. 20 at 8:00 PM). Hosted by Boyle & Konroyd, the season preview special will feature numerous interviews with Blackhawks playerscoachesfront office execs, along with an extensive preview of the upcoming season with a focus on the NHLs Western Conference.

This seasons Blackhawks regular season schedule on Comcast SportsNet features all 39 games against Western Conference foes, 14 of which are against Central Division opponents. Among the additional highlights to this years Blackhawks schedule on Comcast SportsNet include a pair of games against the division rival Detroit Red Wings (Jan. 27 & Apr. 12), three match-ups against the conference rival Vancouver Canucks (Feb. 1, Feb. 19 & Apr. 22), along with a home ice battle against the defending Stanley Cup champion Los Angeles Kings (Mar. 25). (See attached sheet for Comcast SportsNets complete 2013 regular season Blackhawks schedule).

For the fifth-straight season, Blackhawks play-by-play legend Pat Foley and former Blackhawks starUSA Hockey Hall of FamerChicago hockey icon Eddie Olczyk (handling color analysis) will be the featured announcing tandem all season long. SportsNet Centrals Susannah Collins will be the primary on-site reporter for Blackhawks home game telecasts this season. Also, for the eighth-straight year, former Blackhawks defenseman Steve Konroyd will be the featured studio analyst on Chevy Blackhawks Pre-Game Live and Jose Cuervo Blackhawks Post Game Live joining new Blackhawks studio host Pat Boyle (via Twitter @CSNBoyle).

As previously mentioned, surrounding game coverage this season includes Chevy Blackhawks Pre-Game Live, a half-hour pre-game show featuring a breakdown of the evenings match-up, interviews with coaches and players and a look at the other games around the NHL. Chevy Blackhawks Pre-Game Live will air prior to all Blackhawks games starting at 7:00 PM or later on weekdays and prior to every weekend game telecast. (NOTE: For weekday games beginning at 6:00 PM, Comcast SportsNet will have extensive Blackhawks pre-game coverage in Chicago Tribune Live presented by Smirnoff). CTL will also be the place to hear from numerous BlackhawksNHL experts all season long.

Immediately following Comcast SportsNet Blackhawks game telecasts, viewers can look forward to the most comprehensive post-game wrap-up show on Jose Cuervo Blackhawks Post Game Live featuring live coverage of head coach Joel Quennevilles post-game press conferences, along with locker room interviews with Blackhawks players. Following the majority of Jose Cuervo Blackhawks Post Game Live airings, viewers can catch GMC SportsNet Central 10:00 & 10:30 PM andor the midnight edition of SportsNet Central presented by CLR with the most complete recap of the days top local and national sports news.

Three regular season Blackhawks games are currently scheduled to be telecast on Comcast SportsNet Plus this season (see attached schedule). Comcast SportsNet Plus (CSN) telecasts are provided to Comcast SportsNet affiliates and distributed to viewers when two live events are scheduled simultaneously. Comcast Cable and RCN subscribers can watch all CSN games on CLTV. Cable and satellite operators who do not carry CLTV will place CSN telecasts on a to-be-determined channel. Viewers can visit CSNChicago.com for the exact channel location of Comcast SportsNet, CSN, Comcast SportsNet HD and CSN HD telecasts in their area.

From an online perspective, Comcast SportsNets website, CSNChicago.com, delivers comprehensive 247 Blackhawks coverage all season long, including the following highlights:

Live stream of Blackhawks head coach Joel Quenneville's post-game press conferences following EVERY home game telecast.
Video highlights from every Blackhawks game, including in-game highlights after each period. Pre-game interviews from morning skates will also be provided, as well as extensive post-game reaction from the locker room and analysis from the Jose Cuervo Blackhawks Post Game Live team.
Blackhawks Pulse presented by AT&T U-Verse, a brand new, one-stop social media hub that reveals the latest trending topics and player buzz from Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. Plus, Blackhawks Pulse aggregates all Blackhawks player tweets, along with fan tweets that utilize the hashtag HawksTalk.
Blackhawks In-Game Live, a second screen platform for PCs, tablets and mobile devices that combines state-of-the-art infographics, data visualization of real-time statistics and game info with rich social interactivity tied to CSN Chicagos live game broadcasts.
Blackhawks Insider Tracey Myers returns for her third season on the beat. Follow her on Twitter @TramyersCSN for the latest teamplayer news and inside access 247.
Nina Falcone joins CSN Chicago to serve as Blackhawks digital reporter and producer. Falcone will provide Blackhawks and NHL reportsfeatures on the beat with Myers. Follow @HawksTalkCSN on Twitter for full team coverage, giveaways, fan photos and game day news straight from the United Center.
Susannah Collins, CSN Chicagos Blackhawks television reporter providing pre-game and post-game coverage from the arena, will also contribute digital content and videos for CSNChicago.com throughout the season. Follow her on Twitter @SusannahCollins
CSNChicago.com and ChicagoBlackhawks.com will collaborate in content creation and distribution throughout the regular season to provide fans in-depth player interviews and features plus behind-the-scenes access to everything going on and off-the-ice within the Blackhawks organization.

COMCAST SPORTSNET CHICAGO
2013 Chicago Blackhawks Schedule

Regular Season:
1. Sun, Jan 20 @ Phoenix 9:00 pm
2. Tue, Jan 22 vs. St. Louis 7:30 pm
3. Thu, Jan 24 @ Dallas 7:30 pm
4. Sat, Jan 26 @ Columbus 6:00 pm
5. Sun, Jan 27 vs. Detroit 6:00 pm
6. Fri, Feb 1 @ Vancouver 9:00 pm CSN
7. Sat, Feb 2 @ Calgary 9:00 pm
8. Tue, Feb 5 @ San Jose 9:30 pm
9. Thu, Feb 7 @ Phoenix 8:00 pm
10. Sun, Feb 10 @ Nashville 7:00 pm
11. Tue, Feb 12 vs. Anaheim 7:30 pm
12. Fri, Feb 15 vs. San Jose 7:30 pm
13. Tue, Feb 19 vs. Vancouver 7:30 pm
14. Fri, Feb 22 vs. San Jose 7:30 pm
15. Sun, Feb 24 vs. Columbus 6:00 pm
16. Mon, Feb 25 vs. Edmonton 7:30 pm
17. Thu, Feb 28 @ St. Louis 7:00 pm
18. Fri, Mar 1 vs. Columbus 7:30 pm
19. Tue, Mar 5 vs. Minnesota 7:30 pm
20. Fri, Mar 8 @ Colorado 8:00 pm CSN
21. Sun, Mar 10 vs. Edmonton 6:00 pm
22. Thu, Mar 14 @ Columbus 6:00 pm
23. Sat, Mar 16 @ Dallas 7:00 pm
24. Mon, Mar 18 @ Colorado 8:00 pm
25. Wed, Mar 20 @ Anaheim 9:00 pm
26. Mon, Mar 25 vs. Los Angeles 7:00 pm
27. Tue, Mar 26 vs. Calgary 7:30 pm
28. Fri, Mar 29 vs. Anaheim 7:30 pm
29. Mon, Apr 1 vs. Nashville 7:30 pm
30. Thu, Apr 4 vs. St. Louis 7:30 pm
31. Sat, Apr 6 @ Nashville 2:00 pm
32. Sun, Apr 7 vs. Nashville 6:00 pm
33. Tue, Apr 9 @ Minnesota 7:00 pm CSN
34. Fri, Apr 12 vs. Detroit 7:30 pm
35. Mon, Apr 15 vs. Dallas 7:00 pm
36. Fri, Apr 19 vs. Nashville 7:30 pm
37. Mon, Apr 22 @ Vancouver 9:00 pm
38. Wed, Apr 24 @ Edmonton 8:30 pm
39. Fri, Apr 26 vs. Calgary 7:30 pm

39 Regular Season Games (21 Home, 18 Road)
All Times Central Time Schedule Subject to Change

Sub-.500 Hawkeyes on four-game losing streak after home loss to Omaha

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Sub-.500 Hawkeyes on four-game losing streak after home loss to Omaha

Things are not going too well in Iowa City.

The Hawkeyes saw their losing streak stretch to four games Saturday with an upsetting 98-89 home loss to Omaha.

Iowa has been a high-scoring team this season, entering the weekend with the Big Ten's No. 2 scoring offense at 85.6 points a game, but it's also been the league's worst defensive team, allowing an average of 85 points a game. And that's before the Mavericks nearly hit the century mark on Saturday.

The Hawkeyes were out-rebounded, including a big advantage for the Mavericks on the offensive boards, where they turned 19 offensive rebounds into 20 second-chance points. Omaha's bench outscored Iowa's bench, 37-9, and the Mavericks had a 40-26 scoring edge in the paint.

Trailing by six after allowing 53 first-half points, the Hawkeyes led for just 18 seconds over the game's final 21-plus minutes.

Peter Jok, the Big Ten's leading scorer, poured in 33 points in this one, though efficiency was not his strong suit, going 8-for-21 from the field. He added 10 rebounds for a double-double.

Iowa's losing streak stands at four, the loss to Omaha linking with losses to Virginia, Memphis and Notre Dame. In the last three games, the Hawkeyes have surrendered an average of 96.7 points. In four of their five losses on the season — the heretofore unmentioned one coming against Seton Hall — opponents have scored at least 91 points.

The Hawkeyes' only wins this season have come against Kennesaw State, Savannah State and Texas-Rio Grande Valley.

Iowa has five more non-conference games — including a date with ranked in-state rival Iowa State — prior to the start of Big Ten play at the end of the month.

Illini defense dominant in capping bounce-back week with win over VCU

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Illini defense dominant in capping bounce-back week with win over VCU

What a difference a week makes.

Last week was a nightmare for Illinois, with a home loss to Winthrop followed by back-to-back double-digit losses to West Virginia and Florida State in Brooklyn.

But things went much differently this week, with Tuesday's win over North Carolina State paired with a Saturday victory over VCU to make for a bounce-back stretch for a team that looked lost just a handful of days ago.

Saturday's win in Miami came in convincing fashion, Illinois victorious by a 64-46 score over a team that's been to six straight NCAA tournaments.

The Illinois defense held VCU to its lowest scoring output since 2005. The Illini held the Rams to just 30.2-percent shooting and 2-for-18 shooting from 3-point range.

The Illini fell behind early in this one but countered VCU's opening success with a 19-3 run that put them ahead by eight in the closing minutes of the first half. That run featured seven points from Leron Black and five from Maloclm Hill, the start of huge games for both guys. A Hill buzzer-beater at the half gave Illinois its biggest lead of the opening 20 minutes at 10.

VCU scored 11 straight points in the early stages of the second half to chop a 12-point Illinois lead all the way down to one. Things stayed close until a 10-3 run by the Illini — featuring eight points from Jalen Coleman-Lands — stretched the Illinois edge back out to double digits, an 11-point lead with about three minutes to go. After a pair of VCU free throws, Hill knocked down a 3-pointer with two and a half minutes left to seal the game, establishing a 12-point advantage the stretched to nearly 20 by the final horn.

Black finished the game with a career-high 18 points, coming close to a double-double with eight rebounds. Hill had 16 points and filled the stat sheet with five assists, three rebounds, two steals and a block. Coleman-Lands was an unusual oh-fer from 3-point range but still scored in double figures with 12 points. Tracy Abrams was a perfect 3-for-3 from deep, accounting for all nine of his points, and had six rebounds and four assists.

Illinois sits at 6-3 on the season, two games better than it was a week ago after back-to-back wins against name opponents. Four more non-conference games are on the docket — against IUPUI, Central Michigan, BYU and Missouri — before the start of Big Ten play at the end of the month.