Leathernecks to Play on ESPNU


The Ohio Valley Conference announced the third matchup of its 2023-24 ESPN basketball schedule. The men’s basketball contest features Western Illinois at Southern Indiana on Thursday, January 25 at 8 p.m. CT on ESPNU.

Western Illinois has twice appeared on broadcast television this season, playing Wisconsin and Illinois on the Big 10 Network in November. This is the first time the Leatherneck men have appeared on an ESPN network since the 2011-12 Summit League Championship game.

This season the League is utilizing a Wild Card selection process to determine the linear broadcasts, with selections determined and announced approximate two weeks before the competition date to ensure the best matchups.

The full schedule includes nine total men’s basketball games (six regular season contests and three OVC Tournament games) that will appear on one of the linear networks during the season. The six regular season games will air on ESPNU.

The schedule also includes a women’s basketball regular season matchup on ESPNU. In addition, all seven games of the OVC Women’s Basketball Tournament, as well as the first round and quarterfinals of the men’s tournament (four total games), will stream on ESPN+.

The 2024 OVC Championship Tournament is scheduled for March 6-9 at The Ford Center in Evansville, Indiana.

Once again, over 200 regular season conference games and home regular season non-conference contests will stream on ESPN+.

ESPN+ is the No. 1 sports streaming platform, serving fans in the U.S. with exclusive access to more than 27,000 live sports events each year, an unmatched library of on-demand replays and acclaimed original content, and premium written articles by the top reporters and analysts from ESPN.com. Fans sign up to ESPN+ for just $10.99 a month (or $109.99 per year) at ESPN.com, ESPNplus.com or in the ESPN App on mobile and connected devices.

All games that are televised on an ESPN network will also be available on the ESPN App with TV Everywhere credentials. All events will be available for replay on the ESPN App.

***Courtesy of Western Illinois University***

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