EAST LANSING, Mich. - During the 2017-18 season at least 12 Michigan State women’s basketball games will be televised on either the ESPN family of networks or the Big Ten Network; it was announced by the Big Ten Conference on Thursday. MSU will also have at least six games aired on BTN Plus, as well one game on the Pac 12 Networks.
2017-18 MSU Women's Basketball Schedule
Big Ten women’s basketball teams will be featured on national television at least 63 times during the 2017-18 season. BTN will televise at least 54 games and the ESPN family of networks will carry nine contests, with all remaining conference games airing live on BTN Plus.
Once again, the Big Ten will have a 16-game women’s basketball conference schedule format this season after all 14 teams played 18 games the previous two seasons. Michigan State will play in-state rival Michigan, along with Indiana and Maryland in home-and-home contests, while hosting Rutgers, Northwestern, Iowa, Maryland, Nebraska and Wisconsin. The Spartans will play road games at Minnesota, Illinois, Ohio State, Penn State and Purdue.
MSU’s first televised game will be on BTN when the Spartans face Minnesota in Minneapolis on Sunday, Jan. 17 at 4 p.m. (ET). On Saturday, Jan. 27, Michigan State will take on Ohio State in Columbus on ESPNU at 12 p.m. The Spartans’ final regular-season appearance on the ESPN family of networks will be on Sunday, Feb. 11 in the annual battle with Michigan, which will air on ESPN2 at 12 p.m.
All BTN on-air games can be streamed via the web, smartphones, tablets and connected devices on BTN2Go, BTN’s digital extension. More than 100 additional games also will be streamed on BTN Plus on BTN2Go, and many of those will air on delay on BTN as part of the Student U initiative.
Michigan State will open the 2017-18 campaign with an exhibition against Lake Superior State on Sunday, Nov. 5, before opening the regular season at home against Robert Morris on Saturday, Nov. 11. Michigan State brings back four starters from the 2016-17 team that finished the season 21-12, advancing to the second round of the NCAA Tournament.