MSU-EKU game selected for national TV

Times Staff Report

October 11, 2013

MOREHEAD - The Morehead State University men’s basketball game at Eastern Kentucky University on Feb. 8 will be televised live by ESPNU. Tip-off from McBrayer Arena in Richmond is set for 11 a.m.

Morehead State is now guaranteed four national television games in 2013-14. The Eagles could add two more if they advance to the championship game of the Ohio Valley Conference Tournament.

“Our national TV schedule is coming together very nicely,” MSU Coach Sean Woods said. “We’re excited that our product will be available to the entire country at least four times this season.”

ESPNU is a 24-hour college sports television network, which launched in 2005. It airs more than 650 live events each year and is available nationwide in approximately 73 million households.

“National TV games are terrific exposure for everyone associated with our program,” Woods said. “Millions of people will have the chance to watch Morehead State and Eastern Kentucky on Feb. 8.”

Morehead State’s last national television appearance was an ESPNU tilt at Tennessee State on Feb. 28, 2013. The Eagles shot 62 percent that night en route to a thrilling 101-100 league victory.

The OVC recently announced a five-year extension with ESPN. The MSU at EKU contest is part of a seven-game package, which includes four regular-season tilts and three league tournament affairs.

Both OVC Tournament semifinals on March 7 will be shown live on ESPNU. The OVC Tournament championship on March 8 will be shown live on ESPN2. All contests will be played in Nashville.

“We are delighted to maintain our relationship with ESPN, the proven worldwide leader in sports,” OVC Commissioner Beth DeBauche said. “This new deal is the foundation of a more comprehensive media approach for men’s basketball that includes additional national and regional exposure.”

Morehead State opens exhibition play at Johnson Arena on Nov. 2 against St. Catharine (Ky.). The Eagles then begin regular-season action at home on Nov. 9 versus Mid-Continent (Ky).

For ticket information, call 606-783-2386 or visit MSUEagles.com.