Kudos for the last second save by the Big Ten Network. The good news/bad news is the BTN has stepped up to televise the NCAA women’s lacrosse Final Four this weekend, saving NU fans from huddling around a computer. The bad news is the semifinal game on Friday will be tape delayed until 10pm ct. Should the ‘Cats beat UNC tomorrow evening in the semis at 9:30 pm ct they will advance to the championship on Sunday which will be televised live at 3pm ct assuming Big Ten baseball is complete. Here is the cut and pasted press release from the BTN:
NCAA Women’s Lacrosse Semifinals, Championship Game to Air on Big Ten Network
Sunday’s championship game to air live at 4 PM ET
CHICAGO – The Big Ten Network and the NCAA announced today that the Big Ten Network will provide national television coverage of the 2011 NCAA Division I Women’s Lacrosse Championship from Stony Brook, N.Y., this weekend.
One semifinal, Northwestern (19-2) vs. North Carolina (15-5), will air on delay beginning at 10:30 PM ET, or following the network’s coverage of the Big Ten Baseball Tournament. The other semifinal, Duke (15-4) vs. Maryland (20-1), will follow immediately after. Both games will re-air beginning at 8 AM ET, Saturday morning, with Duke-Maryland, followed by Northwestern-North Carolina at 10 AM ET.
Sunday’s championship game will air live at 4 PM ET, or immediately following the network’s coverage of the Big Ten Baseball Tournament championship game.
The Big Ten Network is available to more than 80 million households across the country through more than 300 cable, satellite and telco affiliates. For local channel information, go to www.bigtennetwork.com/channelfinder.
The Terrapins, the tournament’s top seed, own the nation’s top defense, allowing fewer than seven goals per game. The second-seeded Wildcats have reached the national semifinals for the seventh-straight season and have eliminated the Tar Heels on the tournament’s final weekend each of the last two years. No. 3 North Carolina and No. 5 Duke are both in the national semifinals for the sixth time in program history