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PHILADELPHIA - The University of Pennsylvania has announced its television and radio schedule for the 2005-06 men’s basketball season. The Quakers will have 11 games aired on TV this season, including seven home games, with two national broadcasts on a channel from the ESPN family and two other games that can be picked up by subscribers to DirecTV and Dish Network.
Penn’s game at Duke (Dec. 7) will be broadcast nationally on ESPN2, while the Quakers season-ending game with rival Princeton (March 7) will air on one of the ESPN networks, most likely ESPN2 or ESPNU. That station will be determined at a later date.
Penn also will have as many as seven games broadcast live on CN8, a regional sports channel that covers most of the northeast region including the New England and Mid-Atlantic states. Games currently slated for the CN8 schedule are Villanova (Dec. 13), La Salle (Jan. 25), Saint Joseph’s (Jan. 28), Yale (Feb. 4), at Harvard (Feb. 11), Princeton (Feb. 14) and at Brown (March 4).
Penn’s December 3 game with Temple, scheduled for 2:30 p.m. as the second half of the Big 5 Classic doubleheader, will air live on Comcast SportsNet.
Finally, the Quakers’ February 18 game at Cornell will air on College Sports Television (CSTV), and one week later their home game against Dartmouth will be aired on the YES Network as part of the Ivy League’s package with the network (as part of that package, the Penn women will meet Princeton live on-air from The Palestra on Saturday, Jan. 7 at 7 p.m.). Both CSTV and the YES Network can befound on DirecTV and Dish Network; YES is also available on cable systems in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut and is the most-watched regional sports network in the United States.
WXPN Radio (88.5 FM) will once again serve as the radio arm of Penn basketball in 2005-06. WXPN is slated to air 21 games this season, beginning with the Siena contest on Monday, Nov. 21. In addition, every game that is not being aired directly on WXPN can still be found on the Penn Athletics website, www.pennathletics.com. A full radio schedule can be found at that site. Brian Seltzer will provide play-by-play this season, with former Quaker player Vince Curran offering professional analysis.
Penn’s complete television schedule is listed below.
Day, Date -- Opponent (Time) -- Channel
Saturday, Dec. 3 -- TEMPLE (2:30 p.m.) -- Comcast SportsNet
Wednesday, Dec. 7 -- at Duke (7 p.m.) -- ESPN2
Tuesday, Dec. 13 -- VILLANOVA (8 p.m.) -- CN8
Wednesday, Jan. 25 -- LA SALLE (7:30 p.m.) -- CN8
Saturday, Jan. 28 -- SAINT JOSEPH’S (7 p.m.) -- CN8
Saturday, Feb. 4 -- YALE (7 p.m.) -- CN8
Saturday, Feb. 11 -- at Harvard (7 p.m.) -- CN8
Tuesday, Feb. 14 -- PRINCETON (8 p.m.) -- CN8
Saturday, Feb. 18 -- at Cornell (8:30 p.m.) -- CSTV
Saturday, Feb. 25 -- DARTMOUTH (7 p.m.) -- YES
Saturday, March 4 -- at Brown (7 p.m.) -- CN8*
Tuesday, March 7 -- at Princeton (7 p.m.) -- ESPN network station
*the March 4 game at Brown could move to The YES Network