ESPN networks to televise 13 BYU games in 2014-15

(Photo by BYU Photo/Jaren Wilkey)

SAN BRUNO, Calif. – As part of their long-term relationship, the West Coast Conference has announced that a minimum of 44 men's basketball games involving WCC schools will air nationally on ESPN networks this season, including additional exposure during the 2015 West Coast Conference Basketball Championship in Las Vegas.

BYU will have a league-high 13 games televised on an ESPN network during the 2014-15 season, including eight conference games, three games at the Maui Invitational and two home nonconference games. Last season, the Cougars were on an ESPN network 12 times, including 10 games in the regular season and twice during the WCC tournament.

The West Coast Conference will once again be a centerpiece to ESPN networks' Thursday night and Saturday coverage. In all, 16 conference games will be showcased on ESPN, ESPN2 or ESPNU in 2014-15. West Coast Conference basketball will be featured on ESPN's popular Championship Week coverage in 2015, with five live telecasts from Las Vegas: two quarterfinal games (Saturday, March 7, ESPN2), the WCC semifinals (Monday, March 9, ESPN and/or ESPN2) and the championship game on Tuesday, March 10 (ESPN or ESPN2).

With at least 44 games aired on ESPN networks in 2014-15, the West Coast Conference will set a new record for most nationally televised contests previously set in 2012-13 with 43. Since the 2009-10 season, the WCC has gone from 19 games on ESPN networks to more than doubling the total for the 2014-15 campaign. In addition West Coast Conference men's basketball will appear twice on the same day an unprecedented seven times this season, up from three dates last year.

The West Coast Conference's national telecast package is highlighted by a pair of clashes between BYU and Gonzaga - the teams that met in the 2014 WCC championship game before advancing to the NCAA Tournament. In addition, both teams will face conference foes Saint Mary's, San Francisco and San Diego in nationally-televised showdowns.

In addition to the conference games, ESPN will televise seven nonconference games that are a part of the West Cast Conference's national television package – including two WCC teams participating in the popular College Hoops Tip-Off Marathon. BYU (EA SPORTS Maui Invitational), Loyola Marymount (Hawaiian Airlines Diamond Head Classic), San Diego (Wooden Legacy) and Santa Clara (Orlando Classic) will also participate in holiday tournaments on ESPN networks. Additional WCC nonconference road games on ESPN networks will be announced at a later date.

As the season approaches, check the interactive schedule on WCCsports.com or follow West Coast Conference Basketball on Twitter (@WCChoops) for additional non-conference telecasts along with local and regional telecast information from the conference and its member institutions.

The complete West Coast Conference on ESPN schedule follows.

WEST COAST CONFERENCE MEN'S BASKETBALL ON ESPN NETWORKS

Monday, Nov. 17
SMU at Gonzaga (College Hoops Tip-Off Marathon), 8:00 p.m. (ESPN2)

Tuesday, Nov. 18
New Mexico State at Saint Mary's (College Hoops Tip-Off Marathon), 12:00 a.m. (ESPN2)

Monday, Nov. 24
BYU vs. San Diego State (EA SPORTS Maui Invitational), 8:30 p.m. PT (ESPN2)

Tuesday, Nov. 25
BYU at EA SPORTS Maui Invitational, TBD (ESPN or ESPN2)

Wednesday, Nov. 26
BYU at EA SPORTS Maui Invitational, TBD (ESPN/ESPN2/ESPNU)

Thursday, Nov. 27
San Diego vs. Xavier (Wooden Legacy), 1:30 p.m. (ESPN2)
Santa Clara vs. Tennessee (Orlando Classic), 9:00 p.m. PT (ESPN2)

Friday, Nov. 28
San Diego at Wooden Legacy, TBD (ESPN2 or ESPN3)
Santa Clara at Orlando Classic, TBD (ESPN2 or ESPNU)

Sunday, Nov. 30
San Diego at Wooden Legacy, TBD (ESPN2/ESPNU/ESPN3)
Santa Clara at Orlando Classic, TBD (ESPN/ESPN2/ESPNU/ESPN3)

Thursday, Dec. 4
San Diego at San Diego State, 5:00 p.m. (ESPNU)

Saturday, Dec. 6
Gonzaga at Arizona, 2:15 p.m. (ESPN)
Boise State at Saint Mary's, 8:30 p.m. (ESPNU)

Wednesday, Dec. 10
Utah at BYU, 7:00 p.m. MT (ESPNU)
Washington State at Gonzaga, 8:00 p.m. (ESPNU)

Saturday, Dec. 13
Gonzaga at UCLA, 7:00 p.m. (ESPN2)

Saturday, Dec. 20
Pepperdine vs. Richmond (Gotham Classic), 4:00 p.m. (ESPN3)
Stanford at BYU, 9:00 p.m. MT (ESPNU)

Monday, Dec. 22
Loyola Marymount vs. Wichita State (Diamond Head Classic), 8:00 p.m. PT (ESPNU)

Tuesday, Dec. 23
Loyola Marymount at Diamond Head Classic, TBD (ESPN2/ESPNU/ESPN3)

Thursday, Dec. 25
Loyola Marymount at Diamond Head Classic, TBD (ESPN2/ESPNU/ESPN3)

Saturday, Dec. 27
*Gonzaga at BYU, 7:30 p.m. MT (ESPN2)

Monday, Dec. 29
*San Francisco at Saint Mary's, 6:00 p.m. (ESPNU)

Saturday, Jan. 3
*Gonzaga at Portland, TBD (ESPN2)

Thursday, Jan. 8
*Pepperdine at BYU, 9:00 p.m. MT (ESPNU)

Thursday, Jan. 15
*BYU at Pacific, 8:00 p.m. (ESPNU)

Saturday, Jan. 17
*BYU at Saint Mary's, 8:00 p.m. (ESPN2)

Thursday, Jan. 22
*Saint Mary's at Gonzaga, 8:00 p.m. (ESPNU)

Thursday, Jan. 29
*San Francisco at BYU, 9:00 p.m. MT (ESPNU)

Saturday, Jan. 31
Memphis at Gonzaga, 7:00 p.m. (ESPN2)

Thursday, Feb. 5
*Gonzaga at Santa Clara, 8:00 p.m. (ESPN2 or ESPNU)

Saturday, Feb. 7
*Gonzaga at San Francisco, 7:00 p.m. (ESPN2)

Thursday, Feb. 12
*Saint Mary's at BYU, 7:00 p.m. MT (ESPN or ESPN2)
*Santa Clara @ San Francisco, 8:00 p.m. (ESPNU)

Thursday, Feb. 19
*San Diego at BYU, 9:00 p.m. MT (ESPNU)

Saturday, Feb. 21
*Gonzaga at Saint Mary's, 7:00 p.m. (ESPN2)

Thursday, Feb. 26
*San Diego at Gonzaga, 8:00 p.m. (ESPN2 or ESPNU)

Saturday, Feb. 28
*BYU at Gonzaga, TBD (ESPN or ESPN2)

Saturday, March 7
West Coast Conference Basketball Championship Quarterfinals, 6:00 p.m. (two games on ESPN2)

Monday, March 9
West Coast Conference Basketball Championship Semifinals, 6:00 p.m. (ESPN and/or ESPN2)

Tuesday, March 10
West Coast Conference Basketball Championship Final, 6:00 p.m. (ESPN or ESPN2)

*Denotes West Coast Conference game

All times are Pacific, unless noted, and are subject to change. View the most current interactive schedule on WCCsports.com.