College basketball is here and Ball State Sports Link welcomes the season with two live productions in 48 hours, including the home opener of Ball State men’s basketball Friday.
The first basketball broadcast of the season is Wednesday (Nov. 15) as the 2-0 Ball State women’s basketball team hosts Lipscomb.
The Cardinals’ roster includes seven newcomers and six returnees this season. Ball State welcomes back three All-Mid-American Conference selections, junior guard Carmen Grande, senior forward Moriah Monaco and senior forward Destiny Washington.
Then, it’s the much-anticipated home opener for Ball State men’s basketball Friday (Nov. 17).
The Cardinals are playing their fifth season under head coach James Whitford, coming off back-to-back 20-win campaigns for the first time since 1991-92 and 1992-93.
BSU shared the MAC West Division title in each of the past two seasons, winning the division in consecutive years for the first time since the league implemented divisions in 1998.
Both games will be streamed live on ESPN 3, available in the ESPN and the WatchESPN apps and on DIRECTV.
Junior Alex Thomas is the executive producer of Ball State women’s basketball, with sophomore Jack Kizer as the associate producer. Seniors Cory Stace and Aly Kohanowski will be the talent team, with Kizer on the sidelines.
For Friday’s home opener for the men’s team, senior Kaitlyn Young is the executive producer. Seniors Mick Tidrow and Matt Craig will be the talent team, with junior John Gordon on the sideline.
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The network is currently available nationwide at no additional cost who receive their high-speed Internet connection or video subscription from an affiliated service provider. It is also available at no cost to U.S. college students and U.S.-based military personnel via computers, smartphones and tablets connected to on-campus educational and on-base military broadband and Wi-Fi networks.
In addition to ESPN’s linear networks, DIRECTV customers with a broadband-enabled set top box will also be able to watch. Customers will not need to log in to access this content, as they will be automatically authenticated.