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
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Cubs catcher Willson Contreras looks ready for prime time

Cubs catcher Willson Contreras looks ready for prime time

SAN DIEGO – Within 24 hours at Petco Park, Cubs catcher Willson Contreras handled the wild movement of Jake Arrieta’s pitches and framed the edges of the strike zone for Kyle Hendricks, showing the dexterity to handle a playoff rotation.

Contreras looked ready for prime time on Tuesday night and Wednesday afternoon, helping shut down the San Diego Padres and complete a three-game sweep where two National League Cy Young Award candidates found a rhythm while throwing to a rookie catcher.

“Everything’s a lot easier,” Contreras said after a 6-3 victory. “I’m way more comfortable right now, because my first week everything was speeding up on me. But now I’m able to slow down the game and do my job.” 

The day after Arrieta fell one inning short of a two-hit, complete-game shutout, Hendricks credited Contreras for calling more curveballs and getting him through a stretch where the Padres put the leadoff man on base in each of the first four innings. 

“From the get-go, I wasn’t shaking him off,” Hendricks said. “We’ve been rolling for the last five, six starts, at least. It’s been easy.” 

Contreras has now caught Arrieta twice, and got one-start exposure to Jon Lester, while developing chemistry with Hendricks, John Lackey and Jason Hammel, which means veteran catcher Miguel Montero might not have a spot on the postseason roster if this continues.

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Contreras is a dynamic presence, launching his eighth home run on Wednesday afternoon and keeping the Padres stationary after Tuesday night’s laser throw to pick off a runner at third base. 

“I was waiting for somebody to run,” Contreras said. “But they didn’t run, so I’ll have to save it for another game.”

The Cubs are nearing the point where a 24-year-old player who didn’t make his big-league debut until June 17 could be behind the plate for the biggest games in franchise history.

“In this clubhouse, we are like a family,” Contreras said. “Once you get here, you start feeling comfortable the first day. You don’t even know that you are a rookie who just came up.”

Bears: One-time starter Christian Jones willing to forge a new role in changing D

Bears: One-time starter Christian Jones willing to forge a new role in changing D

What’s wrong with this picture? Or maybe, what’s right?

Over the past two years, no Bear made more tackles than Christian Jones’ 196 – a total accomplished in spite of being shunted around in a death-spiraling 4-3 scheme under the Marc Trestman staff in 2014 and then moved inside as part of the John Fox/Vic Fangio 3-4 last season.

An undrafted free agent picked up by the Phil Emery regime out of Florida State, Jones also was third in special-teams tackles (11) in 2014 and contributed four last season along with four pass breakups and four quarterback pressures.

Then this offseason Jones could only watch as the Bears made replacing him (and Shea McClellin) a priority, signing inside linebackers Jerrell Freeman and Danny Trevathan. And suddenly Jones finds himself in a battle for a roster spot. He even saw his number (59) taken to one of the new guys (Trevathan).

It is not often that teams put replacing one of their leading tacklers high on their offseason to-do lists. But there it was.

“You can’t really get surprised,” said Jones, still among the most upbeat players to be found anywhere on the roster. “It’s the NFL, and they brought in two good players, and that’s going to help the team, the defense. I was all in for that.

“So it’s taking my role and doing the best I can with that.”

The trouble is, that “role” is fluid.

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Coaches came to Jones early in the offseason and said they were moving him back to the outside. Fine. He was comfortable there before. Except that since the start of training camp, Jones has been something of a “Where’s Waldo?” character – inside, outside, try finding him.

If there’s an irony, it lies in the fact that not finding Jones a clear role sets him up as a piece of roster versatility that teams crave.

“We went and signed two inside linebackers in free agency and moved him to outside, and now we’ve kind of moved him back inside, so he’s kind of a hybrid,” said coach John Fox. “And sometimes you have to be that.

“There’s the old adage, ‘The more you can do… ,’ and there are a lot of those hybrid guys in different spots. It gives him an advantage, too, as far as offensive recognition.”

Fox and the Bears staff have placed a premium on attitude as well, and Jones has continued to be a factor on special teams, something not every three-year veteran and former starter embraces.

Jones thinks clearly: “You want to have a job,” he said, laughing. “That’s the main thing.”

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The bumping around between positions has not set Jones’ development back. Indeed, “I think it’s been somewhat smooth, and playing both, I’m getting a sense of the defense,” Jones said. “That helps a lot. It’s a good thing to know both spots because you never know with injuries, so in the long run it helps me and helps the team.”

When Jones was tasked with calling defensive signals in McClellin’s absence last season, it did not go overly well. Jones was benched by Fangio in Week 15 for inconsistency.

Indications are that something has changed. “I think there is a maturity difference, in my opinion,” Fox said.

White Sox starter Miguel Gonzalez felt good in bullpen session

White Sox starter Miguel Gonzalez felt good in bullpen session

If all continues to go well, Miguel Gonzalez could pitch in a rehab start as soon as Friday.

On the 15-day disabled list with a strained right groin, the White Sox starter said he felt good during a second bullpen session on Wednesday.

Gonzalez, who is 2-6 with a 4.05 ERA in 19 games (18 starts), threw 30 pitches. He previously threw a bullpen session on Friday and felt some discomfort the following day. But Gonzalez said he has made progress since he received treatment on Saturday.

“A lot better,” Gonzalez said. “I didn’t feel anything while I was throwing my bullpen, which is great. I’m happy with the results today and come back tomorrow and we’ll see.”

Gonzalez left an Aug. 11 start at Kansas City in the bottom of the second inning. Though he wasn’t yet sure if he’d head out on a rehab assignment, Gonzalez said he was on the third day of a five-day schedule in which he was supposed to start. But it’s also possible the White Sox could have Gonzalez first throw a simulated game.

“We're going to have him go back out there again and do a little bit more, that looks more like starting in a game where he's going to throw for a little while, sit down, get back up,” White Sox manager Robin Ventura said. “Simulate some innings and hopefully after he does that a couple time he can go out for a rehab assignment.”