Basketball Championships to air on ESPNU and ESPN2

PATRIOTLEAGUEDOTORG Bucknell's Chris McNaughton
Bucknell's Chris McNaughton

March 7, 2007

This week the men and women will compete in the 2007 Patriot League Basketball Championships shown on ESPN2 and ESPNU. This Wednesday, March 7, no. 3 Holy Cross will host no. 4 American to determine who will be this year's Patriot League champion. The game will be aired on ESPNU at 6 p.m. Calling the game for the women will be Bob Socci (play-by-play) and Leah Secondo (color analyst). The Crusaders' Kaitlin Foley and American's Liz Hayes are neck-and-neck in scoring this season with Foley at 13.5 ppg and Hayes at 14.4 ppg. This will be the final showdown for women's basketball this season.

The men will be competing this Friday, March 9 at 4:30 p.m. The game will air on ESPN2 as the no. 1 team Holy Cross hosts the no. 2 team Bucknell for the final contest of the season. Bob Wischusen will be handling the play-by-play while Tim McCormick handles color analysis. Bucknell took last year's championship against Holy Cross and now the Crusaders will have their chance to take the title. Don't miss the action of the 2007 men's and women's Patriot League Basketball Championships on ESPNU and ESPN2.

ESPNU was launched in March 2005. The network features extensive studio programming and live coverage of games, including college football, college basketball and other Olympic sports from over 20 Division I conferences such as the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC), Atlantic 10, Big 12, BIG EAST, Big South, Big Ten, Horizon League, Mid-American Conference, Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC), Missouri Valley Conference (MVC), Ohio Valley Conference (OVC), Patriot League, Southland, Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC) and more. In addition, the network has a wide-ranging, long-term agreement with the NCAA calling for enhanced coverage of 22 NCAA Championships, showcasing sports from each of the three collegiate seasons.

ESPNU also has exclusive re-air rights to games on ABC, ESPN, ESPN2, and ESPN Regional television programming. In addition,, a new online college sports hub, was launched on August 28. It is the online companion to the ESPNU college sports television network, functioning as an online home for college sports multi-media content. ESPNU has secured distribution agreements with DIRECTV (Channel 609), Echostar's DISH Network (Channel 148), Cox Communications, Insight Communications, Mediacom, Verizon, several smaller affiliates and is close to distribution agreements with others. The 24-hour television network is the key component of the multi-media ESPNU initiative that will also deliver college sports content across ESPN's family of services, such as ESPN The Magazine, Mobile ESPN, ESPN Radio, ESPN360, merchandising and more.