A pair of UMBC men's basketball games, emanating from the RAC Arena, will be a part of the America East Conference television and streaming package on ESPN platforms, the conference announced today.
In addition, for the seventh consecutive year, Q1370 (WQLL-AM) and www.q1370.com will be the broadcast and streaming home for Retriever basketball. Twenty-seven Retriever games, plus all post-season action, and the Aki Thomas UMBC Basketball Show will air on the 50,000-watt station, based in Pikesville, Maryland.
ESPN3 will stream both UMBC contests which take place as league action heads down the stretch in February. The Retrievers' first appearance comes up on Wednesday, Feb. 11, as UMBC hosts an always tough Stony Brook squad at 7:00 p.m. Then, just ten days later on Saturday, Feb. 21, the Retrievers welcome Maine in an afternoon affair, set for a 1:00 p.m. tip-off.
Twenty-five America East regular-season basketball games (16 men, 9 women) will be shown on ESPN platforms this season, the most in conference history.
In addition, the semifinals of the America East Championships will air on ESPN3 on Sunday, March 8. The 2015 America East men's basketball champion will be crowned on Saturday, March 14 at 11 a.m. That game will air on ESPN2, as for the 28th straight year, the league's title game will appear on either ESPN or ESPN2.
"Men's and women's basketball are our premier sports and we are pleased to continue offer our fans dozens of opportunities to watch America East games again this season," said America East Commissioner Amy Huchthausen. "This package gives basketball fans around the country more exposure to America East basketball as well as the conference and its mission as a whole."
Moreover, America East will produce four wild card games (2 men, 2 women) featuring the league's most intriguing matchups towards the end of the regular season. The men's games will be Wednesday, Feb. 25 and Saturday, Feb. 28, the final day of the regular season.
The veteran crew of Gary Stein, Paul Mittermeier and Troy Green will bring Retriever fans all the action of Retriever basketball on Q1370. The opening game is set for Friday, Nov. 14, as UMBC travels to face Akron. Pre-game action always occurs five minutes before the scheduled start of tip-off and assistant coaches John Zito, Jay Greene and Brian Johnson give their analysis in the post-game show.
Mittermeier returns to host the Aki Thomas UMBC Basketball Show, which airs each Thursday from 7:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m. for 14 weeks during the basketball season. The season preview show is slated for broadcast on Thursday, Nov. 6.
"We are thrilled to be continuing our relationship with UMBC Athletics," said Marc Beaven, general manager of WCBM/WQLL. "Our partnership has spanned many years and we look forward to many more."
All America East contests, home and road, will be streamed in HD, via the America East digital network. UMBC's home contests are available via www.umbcretrievers.tv.
Notes: The only games that will note be broadcast on Q1370 are contests at UMass Lowell and UNH on Feb. 5 and 7. Those contests will be available on the America East digital network. Other television and streaming plans may be announced at a later date.