The North Dakota State men's basketball program will be featured in a minimum of 17 games on television for the 2013-14 season, the NDSU athletic department announced Thursday, Oct. 10, setting a new benchmark of television exposure for the Bison.
NDSU announced in July a three-year contract extension with Hoak Media to include basketball coverage in addition to the traditional football broadcasts. KVLY-TV of Fargo has announced the games in the expanded basketball slate will include:
Nov. 18 Southern Mississippi MeTV
Dec. 16 Delaware MeTV
Dec. 21 Towson NBC ND
Jan. 16 Omaha MeTV
Jan. 18 Western Illinois MeTV
Feb. 22 South Dakota State MeTV
Feb. 27 South Dakota MeTV
Mar. 1 Denver NBC ND
The Towson and Denver games will be broadcast in high definition statewide on the North Dakota NBC Network including KVLY in Fargo/Grand Forks, KFYR in Bismarck, KMOT in Minot, KQCD in Dickinson, KUMV in Williston. MeTV is available throughout the state of North Dakota on over-the-air channels in Bismarck (5.2), Minot (10.2), Williston (8.2) and Dickinson (7.2), as well as through additional providers.
The television schedule also includes a week of national and regional coverage in mid-December. The Bison will play on ESPNU on Dec. 11 when they travel to South Bend, Ind., to take on Notre Dame, and NDSU's road game at defending Big Ten champion Ohio State on Dec. 14 will be televised by the Big Ten Network.
"We are very excited to bring this type of exposure to our basketball programs," said NDSU Director of Athletics Gene Taylor. "This will continue to strengthen our relationships with our media partners, and we think the exposure couldn't come at a better time with the team we have coming back."
The NDSU games at North Dakota on Nov. 24 and South Dakota on Jan. 30 will air on Midco Sports Net, and four additional Summit League games will be broadcast on a combination of Fox College Sports and Midco Sports Net as part of the league's television package.
"We're thrilled with the amount of coverage this season will bring for North Dakota State basketball, and we think we have a team that the region will really enjoy watching," said NDSU head coach Saul Phillips.
NDSU's broadcast agreement with Hoak Media also includes two home Bison women's basketball games Dec. 17 vs. Mississippi State and Jan. 25 vs. South Dakota State both on MeTV.