Men's Basketball To Play on NBC Sports Network Three Times

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PRINCETON, N.J. -- Ivy League men's basketball jumps onto the national stage for the 2012-13 season with an 11-game television package that includes 10 games on the NBC Sports Network and one on the CBS Sports Network and features all eight schools.

As part of the package, the University of Pennsylvania men's basketball team will be on national television three times -- Saturday, Dec. 8 when it hosts Villanova at 8 p.m. (in the first game of the package); Saturday, Jan. 12 when it opens Ivy League play at Princeton at 6 p.m.; and Saturday, March 2 when Harvard comes to The Palestra for a 6 p.m. tipoff.

This year, NBC Sports Network will televise more than 50 college basketball games, the most in the network's history.

The League will also have a presence on the CBS Sports Network with Harvard at Yale on Saturday, Feb. 23 at 8 p.m. CBS Sports Network returns to the court for its 10th season of college basketball programming, airing 172 contests, its most extensive slate of games ever.

The 11-game package comes on the heels of the Ivy League and the NBC Sports Group announcing a two-year renewal of their national television rights agreement for football, men's basketball and men's lacrosse games in June. For the 2012 football season, the League boasts eight nationally-televised games with seven on the NBC Sports Network and one on the CBS Sports Network.

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