Tech to be on national TV

INDIANAPOLIS – Michigan Tech’s women’s basketball game at Ashland Jan. 11 will be televised nationally on CBS Sports Network. The game is part of an eight-game package of NCAA Division II regular season men’s and women’s basketball games on the network.

The Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference game features the reigning champions from the league’s North and South Divisions in Tech and Ashland, respectively.

The Eagles, who went on to win the NCAA title, will be showing off a completely renovated Kates Gymnasium on Jan. 11.

The rivalry between the two teams has blossomed over the last few years, with the teams combining for the last four GLIAC Tournament championships.

“We’re thrilled to get the chance to play on national TV again,” said Tech coach Kim Cameron, who guided the Huskies to the 2011 NCAA Championship game televised on ESPN2. “It’s great exposure for our program, and it’s going to be a very highly anticipated game for both teams.”

The eight-game package of regular season Division II basketball games CBS College Sports plans to televise includes five men’s and three women’s contests. The Jan. 11 date is the only one of the eight that features GLIAC teams.

“Division II is excited to partner with CBS Sports Network for an eighth basketball season showcasing our student-athletes, conferences and athletic programs,” said Terri Steeb Gronau, NCAA vice president of Division II. “Not only does the attraction of playing in front of a national audience enhance the student-athlete experience, it also creates a unique game day atmosphere that extends throughout campus and into the surrounding community.”

Tipoff has been moved to 11:30 a.m. from its originally scheduled time of 1 p.m. Tech and Ashland’s men will now square off in game two of a GLIAC doubleheader that day at 1:30 p.m., though the men’s contest will not be televised.

Michigan Tech opens its 2013-14 women’s basketball season Nov. 15 at Concordia-St. Paul.