LOUIS - The Missouri Valley Conference has selected its final
regular season women's basketball game for television as part of the league's
Wildcard Weekend on FOX Sports Midwest, FOX Sports Indiana, FOX Sports Kansas
City, FOX College Sports, Comcast SportsNet Chicago and ESPN3 on March 3.
On Sunday, March 3, Wichita State, 15-6 overall and currently atop the league standings with a 9-0 record, will visit Indiana State, 12-8 overall and 4-5 in league play, at the Hulman Center in Terre Haute, Indiana, in a 1:30 p.m. Eastern contest that will clear live on FOX Sports Midwest, FOX Sports Kansas City, FOX College Sports, Comcast SportsNet Chicago and ESPN3 outside the league's six-state footprint.
Wichita State defeated Indiana State, 53-46, on Sunday, February 3, at Charles Koch Arena in Wichita, Kansas, in the team's first meeting. The Shockers are one of 15 teams nationally to remain undefeated in conference play so far this season.
"This is the eighth-consecutive year that we have utilized the Wildcard format to select our final regular-season women's basketball telecast for FOX Sports, FOX College Sports and Comcast SportsNet Chicago," said MVC Commissioner Doug Elgin.
"These telecasts have provided high drama to the close of our women's basketball campaigns," said Elgin. "Coach Jody Adams and the Wichita State Shockers have had a tremendous season to this point, but Indiana State upset Wichita State in a Wildcard telecast a year ago so this format produces excitement every year."
Using the Wildcard Weekend model, the league -- through its television partners FOX Sports Midwest, FOX College Sports, Comcast SportsNet Chicago and ESPN -- reserves clearance windows on March dates in the fall of each academic year and waits until the midpoint of both the men's and women's basketball seasons to determine its final regular-season telecasts for both genders.
The final part of Wildcard Weekend will be announced later this week, when the league's television partners select men's basketball games for air on Saturday, March 2, at 1 p.m. Central (ESPN2 and ESPN3) and at 4 p.m. Central (FOX Sports Midwest, FOX Sports Indiana, FOX Sports Kansas City, FOX College Sports, Comcast SportsNet Chicago and ESPN3).