GW Men's Hoops Slate Packed With Most-Ever National TV Games
Colonials Set for At Least 14 National Broadcasts in 2014-15
Aug. 27, 2014
WASHINGTON - GW men's basketball will appear on national television no fewer than 14 times this coming season, including 11 of 18 Atlantic 10 contests slated for a national audience.
In addition to the three ESPN Network broadcasts in the Hawaiian Airlines Diamond Head Classic, GW's 11 national telecasts during A-10 play include four apiece on CBS Sports Network and NBCSN, along with three home games on the ESPN Networks, marking the program's first home ESPN broadcasts since the 2006-07 season.
With the Atlantic 10's national television partners having made their selections for which conference games would be slated for national broadcast, the focus of GW Athletics now shifts to regional and local television with an expectation that well over 20 of GW's 31 regular season games will be televised regionally.
"This is phenomenal exposure for our university, men's basketball program and athletic department," said Director of Athletics Patrick Nero. "Our team and the Colonial Army have worked hard to raise the level of GW basketball, and I am happy to see their accomplishments being recognized. The six national TV games from the Smith Center will provide the rest of the country an opportunity to witness the incredible atmosphere our students and fans have created."
"Our goal in 2014-15 is to build on the success of last year's A-10 Championship semifinal appearance and trip to the NCAA Tournament, and this national TV exposure is a great piece to continue our program's momentum," said Head Coach Mike Lonergan. "Our students, fans, campus community, alumni, players and recruits all rally around national TV games, so to have at least 14 of them, including three home games on the ESPN Networks, is going to make this an exciting season in Foggy Bottom and at the Charles E. Smith Center."
GW will play eight conference games against teams that reached postseason play in 2014, including five postseason teams at the Smith Center, highlighted by Elite Eight participant Dayton on a Friday night showdown on Feb. 6 on ESPN2, 2014 NCAA Tournament participant and A-10 Championship runner-up VCU eight days later on Saturday, Feb. 14 also on ESPN2, and a Senior Day clash with 2014 NCAA Tournament at-large selection Massachusetts - the lone team to beat the Colonials in D.C. last season but against whom GW avenged that loss in the A-10 Championship - on Saturday, March 7 at 3:30 p.m. on NBCSN.
The Colonials other nationally televised home dates come against 2014 NCAA Tournament at-large selection Saint Louis on Tuesday, Jan. 6 on CBSSN, rival Richmond on ESPNU on Thursday, Jan. 15 and Revolutionary Rival George Mason two days later on Saturday, Jan. 17 at 4:30 p.m. on NBCSN.
GW's full Atlantic 10 schedule is as follows:
2014-15 continues a trend which has seen GW men's basketball's regular season national television appearances rise from zero times in 2010-11, to three games in 2011-12, four dates in 2012-13, and 11 contests last season. In the team's banner 2005-06 season when GW peaked as high as No. 6 nationally, went undefeated in conference play and advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament, the team played three regular season games on national television.
With six returning lettermen including four returning starters, and a heralded five-player freshman class, the Colonials are gearing up to make 2014-15 another special season in Foggy Bottom. Season tickets can be purchased through GWsports.com/Tickets or 202-99-GWTIX. Along with new season ticket purchases, free tickets for the GW Alumni Class of 2014 and special discounted season tickets for GW faculty and staff and Young Alumni are also on sale.