Jan. 21, 2011
CLEVELAND, OHIO - The Mid-American Conference announced today that Northern Illinois' February 12th game at Buffalo has been selected as part of the MAC television package on the official television partner of the league, SportsTime Ohio.
First year head coach Kathi Bennett and the Northern Illinois Huskies will travel to Buffalo to face reigning MAC Defensive Player of the Year Kourtney Brown and the Bulls. Tip off for the game is set for 11 a.m. (CT) and can be seen live on STO along with DirecTV (channel 662) and Dish Network (channel 431) in Buffalo.
"I'm really excited to receive this kind of TV exposure," Bennett said. "It's nice for our players to play in front of a Midwest audience."
In the last match-up between NIU and Buffalo, point guard Marke Freeman poured in a career-high 36 points, helping the Huskies win a thrilling 93-88 overtime contest.
"I prepare one game at a time, but I do know that (Buffalo) Coach (Linda Hill-)McDonald has done a really good job," Bennett said. "They'll be prepared, well-coached, and do all the little things right."
NIU's last TV game was also went to an extra session. Northern Illinois beat Loyola 75-65 in overtime on Lakeshore Public Television last season. The Huskies' were most recently featured on a MAC broadcast in 2008, a 64-57 loss to Eastern Michigan in DeKalb.
SportsTime Ohio is a Northern Ohio regional sports network reaching 2.8 million homes and designed to offer a variety of sports programming produced for the Ohio sports fan. STO's initial venture was the largest television package in Cleveland Indians team history. STO offers 150 Indians games annually with ALL games in HD. Beginning July 1, 2007 STO became the official cable home of the Cleveland Browns offering Browns fans 52 weeks of Browns coverage. STO is also the television home of the OHSAA football and basketball playoffs and championships and the official cable partner of the Mid-American Conference. Additional programming is geared specifically toward Ohio-area sports fans and the passion that makes the region the greatest sports community.
For more programming information, please visit www.STOHD.com.