USU Announces Its ESPN Basketball Appearances
Utah State announced today its games that will be televised on ESPN for the 2000-01 basketball season. Utah State, which won the Big West Conference last season with a school-best 28-6 record, including a perfect 19-0 mark in league play will appear on ESPN twice during the course of the season, with a possible third appearance in the Big West Tournament Championship game on Mar. 10, 2001 in Anaheim, Calif.
USU's first appearance on national television will be on Thursday, Jan. 11 when the Aggies host Long Beach State at the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum at 10 p.m. Mountain Standard Time. The 49ers won the Western Division of the Big West last season and finished with a 24-6 record. The Aggies will also host Cal Poly on ESPN on Saturday, Mar. 3 at 5 p.m. (MST) in the regular season finale.
"The success of our team last year has created a lot of excitement and ESPN has always enjoyed coming to Logan because of the great atmosphere in the Spectrum," commented USU Athletics Director Rance Pugmire. "Having two games at home is great, especially the prime-time Saturday night game versus Cal Poly.
"Many of the ticket renewals in so far have requested additional tickets and we've had several people approach us for the first time," Pugmire added. "We expect our season ticket sales to increase so it's important to get all the renewals in then we can concentrate on new customers."
In recent years, Utah State has had tremendous success on national television, as the Aggies have won its last seven contests on ESPN and is 9-1 in its last 10 games on ESPN. The last time USU lost a home game that was televised by ESPN was on Jan. 11, 1996 to Southern Illinois.
In all six Big West Conference games will be televised on ESPN or ESPN2 this season.
Thur., Jan. 11 -- Long Beach State at Utah State, 10 p.m. MST (ESPN) Thur., Jan. 18 -- Long Beach State at UC Santa Barbara, 10 p.m. MST (ESPN) Sat., Feb. 3 -- UC Irvine at Long Beach State, 10 p.m. MST (ESPN2) Sat., Feb. 24 -- Pacific at UC Santa Barbara, 4 p.m. MST (ESPN2) Sat., Mar. 3 -- Cal Poly at Utah State, 5 p.m. MST (ESPN) Sat., Mar. 10 -- Big West Championship, 10:30 p.m. (ESPN)