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Season Finale of Critically Acclaimed ‘Journey’ Airs at 9 PM ET Wednesday
Fans should turn to the Big Ten Network after day’s tournament games for in-depth coverage

CHICAGO – In the season finale of the Big Ten Network’s top-rated original program, The Journey: Big Ten Basketball 2011, presented by GMC, viewers will get an all-access pass to the conference tournament, including team film sessions, pre-game locker room scenes and post-game celebrations, as well as the opportunity to experience the jubilation of Selection Sunday with several Big Ten teams. The special hour-long edition airs at 9 PM ET on Wednesday with limited commercial interruptions.

Six Journey cameras collected more than 65 hours of footage last week. Featured storylines will include Ohio State’s post-championship celebration, Penn State’s four tournament games in four days and the drama of Selection Sunday for Michigan coach John Beilein. The show also will feature the Hardaway family connection, as Tim Hardaway, Sr., announced a Wolverines game involving his son Tim, Jr., on the radio for the first time.

As The Journey looks back to the Big Ten portion of the basketball season, Big Ten Basketball & Beyond: Tournament Edition will look ahead to the NCAA Tournament. The studio show will air every night of the week leading up to the Final Four, with on-site interviews with Big Ten players and coaches, game previews, highlights, analysis and a look at how the brackets are shaping up.  Beyond will air at 11:30 PM ET on Wednesday, as well as both between the day’s sessions and at their conclusion on Thursday and Friday nights.

The network will air NCAA Tournament press conferences live Thursday and Friday following the end of each Big Ten team’s game. Pre-game press conferences for every Big Ten team and their opponent also will air as they advance.

Ratings for The Journey are up nearly 20 percent this season. This is the fourth season of the series following The Journey: Big Ten Basketball 2010, The Journey: Illinois Football and The Journey: Minnesota Basketball.

BIG TEN NETWORK ADVANCE PROGRAMMING SCHEDULE

Wednesday, March 16 – Sunday, March 27

– WEDNESDAY, MARCH 16 –

9 PM ET / BIG TEN ORIGINAL PROGRAMMING
THE JOURNEY: BIG TEN BASKETBALL 2011

11:30 PM ET / BIG TEN BASKETBALL
BIG TEN BASKETBALL & BEYOND TOURNAMENT EDITION (live)
Rick Pizzo and Mike Hall – hosts; Shon Morris – analyst

– THURSDAY, MARCH 17 –

4:30 PM ET / BIG TEN BASKETBALL
PRESS CONFERENCE: PENN STATE POSTGAME COVERAGE (live)

6:30 PM ET / BIG TEN BASKETBALL
BIG TEN BASKETBALL & BEYOND TOURNAMENT EDITION (live)
Rick Pizzo and Mike Hall – hosts; Shon Morris – analyst

7 PM ET / BIG TEN BASKETBALL
PRESS CONFERENCE: MICHIGAN TOURNAMENT PREVIEW

7:30 PM ET / BIG TEN BASKETBALL
PRESS CONFERENCE: OHIO STATE TOURNAMENT PREVIEW

10 PM ET / BIG TEN BASKETBALL
PRESS CONFERENCE: WISCONSIN POSTGAME COVERAGE (live)

10:30 PM ET / BIG TEN BASKETBALL
PRESS CONFERENCE: ILLINOIS TOURNAMENT PREVIEW

11 PM ET / BIG TEN BASKETBALL
PRESS CONFERENCE: PURDUE TOURNAMENT PREVIEW

11:30 PM ET / BIG TEN BASKETBALL
PRESS CONFERENCE: MICHIGAN STATE POSTGAME COVERAGE (live)

12:30 AM ET / BIG TEN BASKETBALL
BIG TEN BASKETBALL & BEYOND TOURNAMENT EDITION (live)
Dave Revsine and Rick Pizzo – hosts; Jim Jackson – analyst

– FRIDAY, MARCH 18 –

3 PM ET / BIG TEN BASKETBALL
PRESS CONFERENCE: MICHIGAN POSTGAME COVERAGE (live)

6:30 PM ET / BIG TEN BASKETBALL
BIG TEN BASKETBALL & BEYOND TOURNAMENT EDITION (live)
Rick Pizzo and Mike Hall – hosts; Shon Morris – analyst

7 PM ET / BIG TEN BASKETBALL
PRESS CONFERENCE: OHIO STATE POSTGAME COVERAGE (live)

7 PM ET / BIG TEN MEN’S VOLLEYBALL
BALL STATE AT PENN STATE (live streaming)
www.bigtennetwork.com

9:30 PM ET / BIG TEN BASKETBALL
PRESS CONFERENCE: PURDUE POSTGAME COVERAGE (live)

10 PM ET / BIG TEN BASKETBALL
PRESS CONFERENCE: TBA

10:30 PM ET / BIG TEN BASKETBALL
PRESS CONFERENCE: TBA

11 PM ET / BIG TEN BASKETBALL
PRESS CONFERENCE: TBA

11:30 PM ET / BIG TEN BASKETBALL
PRESS CONFERENCE: ILLINOIS POSTGAME COVERAGE (live)

12:30 AM ET / BIG TEN BASKETBALL
BIG TEN BASKETBALL & BEYOND TOURNAMENT EDITION (live)
Dave Revsine and Rick Pizzo – hosts; Jim Jackson – analyst

– SATURDAY, MARCH 19 –

1 PM ET / BIG TEN MEN’S GYMNASTICS
ILLINOIS, NEBRASKA AT OHIO STATE (delay)
Mike Leiderman and Rob Brown – commentators

3 PM ET / BIG TEN WOMEN’S GYMNASTICS
BIG TEN WOMEN’S GYMNASTICS CHAMPIONSHIPS at MINNESOTA (live)
Mike Leiderman, Elise Ray, and Eddie Umphrey – commentators

7 PM ET / BIG TEN MEN’S VOLLEYBALL
IPFW AT PENN STATE (live streaming)
www.bigtennetwork.com

12 AM ET / BIG TEN MEN’S BASKETBALL
BIG TEN BASKETBALL & BEYOND TOURNAMENT EDITION (live)
Dave Revsine and Mike Hall – hosts; Jim Jackson – analyst

– SUNDAY, MARCH 20 –

12 AM ET / BIG TEN MEN’S BASKETBALL
BIG TEN BASKETBALL & BEYOND TOURNAMENT EDITION (live)
Dave Revsine and Mike Hall – hosts; Jim Jackson – analyst

– MONDAY, MARCH 21 –

8 PM ET / BIG TEN BASKETBALL
BIG TEN BASKETBALL & BEYOND TOURNAMENT EDITION (live)
Dave Revsine and Mike Hall – hosts; Shon Morris – analyst

8:30 PM ET / BIG TEN MEN’S BASKETBALL
THE BIG TEN PULSE
Rick Pizzo – host; Tim Doyle – analyst

– TUESDAY, MARCH 22 –

2 PM ET / BIG TEN SOFTBALL
BUTLER AT INDIANA (live streaming)
www.bigtennetwork.com

8 PM ET / BIG TEN BASKETBALL
BIG TEN BASKETBALL & BEYOND TOURNAMENT EDITION (live)
Rick Pizzo and Mike Hall – hosts; Tim Doyle and Mike DeCourcy – analysts

– WEDNESDAY, MARCH 23 –

8 PM ET / BIG TEN BASKETBALL
BIG TEN BASKETBALL & BEYOND TOURNAMENT EDITION (live)
Rick Pizzo and Mike Hall – hosts; Shon Morris – analyst

– THURSDAY, MARCH 24 –

12:30 AM ET / BIG TEN BASKETBALL
BIG TEN BASKETBALL & BEYOND TOURNAMENT EDITION (live)
Dave Revsine and Rick Pizzo – hosts; Jim Jackson – analyst

– FRIDAY, MARCH 25 –

5 PM ET / BIG TEN BASEBALL
MICHIGAN STATE AT MICHIGAN (live streaming)
www.bigtennetwork.com

7:30 PM ET / BIG TEN BASEBALL
WESTERN ILLINOIS AT IOWA (live streaming)
www.bigtennetwork.com

12:30 AM ET / BIG TEN BASKETBALL
BIG TEN BASKETBALL & BEYOND TOURNAMENT EDITION (live)
Dave Revsine and Mike Hall – hosts; Jim Jackson – analyst

– SATURDAY, MARCH 26 – 

NOON ET / BIG TEN MEN’S GYMNASTICS
OHIO STATE AT MICHIGAN (delay)
Rob Brown – commentator

1 PM ET / BIG TEN SOFTBALL
MINNESOTA AT INDIANA (live streaming)
www.bigtennetwork.com

1 PM ET / BIG TEN MEN’S LACROSSE
ST. JOSEPH’S AT PENN STATE (live streaming)
www.bigtennetwork.com

2 PM ET / BIG TEN BASEBALL
WESTERN ILLINOIS AT IOWA (live streaming)
www.bigtennetwork.com

2 PM ET / BIG TEN WOMEN’S WATER POLO
MICHIGAN AT INDIANA (DELAY)
Nara Weng and Garrin Kapecki – commentators

9 PM ET / BIG TEN MEN’S BASKETBALL
BIG TEN BASKETBALL & BEYOND TOURNAMENT EDITION (live)
Dave Revsine and Rick Pizzo – hosts; Jim Jackson – analyst

– SUNDAY, MARCH 27 –

1 PM ET / BIG TEN SOFTBALL
MINNESOTA AT INDIANA (live streaming)
www.bigtennetwork.com

1 PM ET / BIG TEN BASEBALL
MICHIGAN STATE AT MICHIGAN (live streaming)
www.bigtennetwork.com

12 AM ET / BIG TEN MEN’S BASKETBALL
BIG TEN BASKETBALL & BEYOND TOURNAMENT EDITION (live)
Dave Revsine and Mike Hall – hosts; Jim Jackson – analyst