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Creighton Men’s Basketball 2017-18 Viewing Guide

Creighton Men’s Basketball 2017-18 Viewing Guide

The 2017-18 men’s basketball season is upon is.  The hype is always there, but the pieces are ever changing.  The Bluejays are picked to finish in the middle of the pack if you listen to the conference brethren.   Marcus Foster and Khyri Thomas lead the way for Creighton heading into the season.  They are a backcourt duo to watch while the rest of the lineup gets finalized.

What is finalized is the basketball schedule for the season.  Along with that are the TV partners that will show all the games.  Every Big East non-conference and conference game will be on TV again this season.  FOX broadcast network along with other Big East partners Fox Sports 1, Fox Sports 2, Fox Sports Net and CBS Sports Network will have the bulk of the games.  However, the Bluejays will get a couple potential appearances on the ESPN Family as well as a game on the Big Ten Network (BTN).

We’ll do a “Media Menu” before each game, as in years past, but as a preseason primer here’s the breakdown of where you can find each Creighton game on TV or online.  Yes, we even have the cord cutters covered. Enjoy the season!

All times are Central Time

FS1

TV in Omaha: Cox 78 (SD), 1078 (HD); CenturyLink Prism 620 (SD), 1620 (HD); DirecTV 219; Dish Network 150
TV outside Omaha: FS1 Channel Finder
Cord Cutters:  See Bottom
Online Streaming Info: See Fox Sports Go Section below

Creighton will have up to 15 games on FS1:

  • 11/12 vs. Alcorn St., 6:00 p.m.
  • 12/9 vs. Nebraska, 1:30 p.m.
  • 12/15 vs. Maryland-Eastern Shore, 7:00 p.m.
  • 12/18 vs. UT-Arlington, 8:00 p.m.
  • 12/20 vs. USC Upstate, 8:00 p.m.
  • 12/28 @ Seton Hall, 5:30 p.m.
  • 12/31 vs. Providence, 1:30 p.m.
  • 1/3 vs. St. John’s, 7:00 p.m.
  • 1/9 vs. Butler, 7:30 p.m.
  • 1/17  vs. Seton Hall, 7:30 p.m.
  • 1/23 @ St. John’s, 7:30 p.m.
  • 2/1 @ Villanova, 5:30 p.m.
  • 2/7 @ DePaul, 8:00 p.m.
  • 2/20 @ Butler, 6:00 p.m.
  • 2/27 vs. DePaul, 8:00 p.m.

FS1 is the home for Big East basketball.  About half the schedule will be on here as the Bluejays will be on FS1 15 times, up three from last season.  The Bluejays make their debut in their opening weekend of the season against Alcorn St., which is part of the Hall of Fame Classic MTE for this season.  It will be about a month later when the Bluejays get back to FS1 when they take on their in-state rival Nebraska.  Both games of the home and home series in conference play against Seton Hall, St. John’s, DePaul, and Butler will be featured on the flagship.

Most of the games on the channel are the later game of double-headers that night.

FS2

TV in Omaha: Cox 216 (SD) 1216 (HD); CenturyLink Prism 621 (SD), 1621 (HD); DirecTV 618; Dish Network 397
TV outside Omaha: FS1 Channel Finder
Cord Cutters:  See bottom
Online Streaming Info: See Fox Sports Go Section below

Creighton will have three games on FS2:

  • 11/25 vs. SIU-Edwardsville, 3:30 p.m.
  • 12/5 vs. North Dakota, 7:00 p.m.
  • 2/13 vs. Bemidji St., 7:00 p.m.

Creighton has two less games on FS2 this season compared to last season, but the three that are on there were on that channel about the same time last season.  The D-II non-conference game vs. Bemidji State gets the  same TV slot as last season’s matchup with D-II opponent Truman State.  A low profile game on a low profile channel. While increasing the number of games as a conference last season on FS2, there are not nearly as many games on that channel in 2017-18.   There are no conference games on FS2 this season for the Big East.  However, the 16 non-conference games involving Big East schools consists of games against a lower level Division 1 team — games that are generally blowouts (and ratings sinkholes nationally). Probably the biggest game on FS2 is Villanova against Penn in a Big 5 matchup, but that game could still shift to FS1.  Surprisingly, Villanova could be on the channel three times. On the other hand, it probably isn’t a surprise that Georgetown will be on FS2 four times.  .

FOX

TV in Omaha: Cox 10 (SD) 1010 (HD); CenturyLink Prism 42 (SD) 1042 (HD); DirecTV 42 ; Dish Network 42 or 5203
TV outside Omaha: Look for your local Fox Affiliate
Cord Cutters:  See Bottom
Online Streaming Info: See Fox Sports Go Section below

Creighton will have up to four games on FOX TV:

  • 1/13 @ Xavier, 1:00 p.m.
  • 2/10 vs. Xavier, 1:30 p.m.
  • 2/24 vs. Villanova, 1:30 p.m.
  • *3/3 @ Marquette, 11:00 a.m., 1:30 p.m. or 4:00 p.m.

Network FOX continues to showcase more and more Big East hoops and they know a good series of games when they see them.  This year Creighton will appear at least three times — Both games against Xavier, the Bluejays home game against Villanova, and possibly the regular season finale at Marquette.  Creighton and Xavier have played a few exiting games on FOX the past two seasons, so it is great that they want to have both games on national TV.   FOX games have generally received higher ratings than games on FS1, so featuring what should be (on paper) the best of the conference is a great strategy for all involved.

With the addition of Big 10 hoops to the FOX properties, a few more of the Big East games have shifted over to the broadcast network with 12 total conference matchups  being featured as well as three other non-conference games.

Once again Fox has reserved the final game of the year as a “wildcard,” meaning they’ll decide later in the season which games end up on FOX or FSN to ensure the best matchup winds up on the network. From a programming perspective, that makes the most sense.

FSN

TV in Omaha: Cox 47 (SD) 1047 (HD); CenturyLink Prism 748 (SD), 1748 (HD); DirecTV 671; Dish Network 418
TV outside Omaha: Varies depending on region. Check the Big East TV Schedule for full details.
Cord Cutters:  See Bottom
Online Streaming Info: See Fox Sports Go Section below

Creighton will have up to four games on regional Fox Sports Networks:

  • 11/10 vs. Yale, 8:00 p.m.
  • 1/6 @ Georgetown, 11:00 a.m.
  • 2/17 vs. Marquette, 9:00 p.m.
  • *3/3 @ Marquette, 11:00 a.m.

These will be the hardest games to find on TV depending on where you live, as they’re not full national broadcasts. If previous years are any guide, the Yale game will be hardest to find if you’re outside the Omaha market, as it’s less likely to be picked up by FSN channels outside the viewing area. Additionally, Fox Regional Sports Networks televise a variety of NBA and NHL games in their local markets, and when those telecasts conflict with a Big East game, the NBA/NHL game takes precedence. This could be the case with all 21 Big East games on the FSN platform, including the four appearances for Creighton.  For Creighton this season, the lineup was almost a plug & play of the schedule last season, including the season opener being on FSN. Probably one of the more “fan” exciting games will be the home game against Marquette with the 9:00 p.m. local start.

Around the country, several markets do not have FSN regional networks. For example, out east, look for Big East FSN games on networks like MSG, MSG+, YES, or other sports channels that have agreements with Fox to carry their regional sports programming. For example, out in Rhode Island, you will find FSN games for Providence on their local Cox channel called Yurview.

For the best bet on where to find these games if you live outside of Omaha, check our Big East TV Schedule page for the listing of regional networks carrying the game. We will also add up-to-date info on channels carrying the game in our Media Menu posts before each Creighton game.

Fox Sports Go

Online Streaming Info: Fox Sports Go

All FS1, FS2, and FOX games listed above will be available through the Fox Sports Go online or through the different mobile apps.

FSN games will be available on a game-by-game (and market-by-market, and in some cases, cable or satellite provider) basis depending on whether there is an agreement for the FSN channel in your area are to appear in the FS Go application.

For cord cutters, it will be even more confusing for FSN.  While the services do offer FSN sports as one of the channels, there is no guarantee which one you will get.

It’s very confusing. The safest bet for FSN games is just to find your local FSN channel and watch the game that way, or head to a sports bar that can pull in out-of-market games.

CBS Sports Network

TV in Omaha: Cox 234 (SD) 1234 (HD); CenturyLink Prism 643 (SD), 1643 (HD); DirecTV 221; Dish Network 158
TV outside Omaha: CBS Sports Network Channel Finder
Online Streaming Info: How you can watch

Creighton will have 2 games on CBSSN:

  • 1/20 @ Providence, 2:00 p.m.
  • 1/27 vs. Georgetown, 7:00 p.m.

CBS Sports Network has been a major partner for Big East hoops, however, they are only carrying 19 games involving Big East teams this season compared to 25 last year. Out of those 19 games, Creighton will make an appearance twice in a week’s time–once as a road team and once as a home team–not to be seen again there the rest of the season.   Interesting to note that St. John’s will be featured five times and Georgetown will be on there four times.  I’m sure Jon Rothstein will be delighted if he is doing any of those games.

ESPN Family

ESPN2
TV in Omaha: 
Cox 30 (SD), 1030 (HD); CenturyLink Prism 30 (SD), 606 (SD), 1606 (HD); DirecTV 209; Dish Network 144
TV outside of Omaha: Your basic cable should have it.
Cord Cutters:  See Bottom
Online Streaming Info: WatchESPN FAQ

Creighton will play one game on ESPNU

  • 11/20 vs. UCLA, HOF Classic, 6:00 p.m.

Creighton could have 2 games on ESPN2:

  • *11/21, HOF Classic Championship, 9:00 p.m.  (ESPN3 consolation game, 6:30 p.m.)
  • 12/1 @ Gonzaga, 9:15 p.m.

The three highest profile games in the non-conference portion of Creighton’s schedule will be featured on the ESPN Family of networks.   It all starts with the Thankgiving trip to Kansas City in the Hall of Fame, CBE, Guardians Classic, or whatever you want to call it.  It is a tournament loved by Creighton fans and many are glad that it is back on the schedule once again that many fans will make the trip for.  The opening game against UCLA will be on ESPNU, while the championship game the next day will be on ESPN2.  If the Jays are relegated to the consolation game, it will be streamed on ESPN3.

Then, about 10 days later, Creighton goes out to the west coast to open a home and home series with last season’s NCAA tournament runner-up, Gonzaga.  That one gets a 9:15 p.m. start on ESPN2.

Big Ten Network

TV in Omaha: Cox 80 (SD), 1080 (HD); CenturyLink Prism 650 (SD), 1650 (HD); DirecTV 610; Dish Network 405 or 410
TV outside of Omaha: Big Ten Network Channel Finder
Cord Cutters:  See Below
Online Streaming info: BTN2Go, Iphone, Ipad, Android

Creighton will have 1 game on the Big 10 Network:

  • 11/15 @ Northwestern, 8:00 p.m. CST

Creighton will appear in the third consecutive Gavitt Games challenge against the Big 10.  This year’s game, the Bluejays head to Chicago to take on Northwestern, who made their first NCAA tournament last season.  For online streaming, the BTN apps on mobile devices are Chromcast enabled. That means you could easily cast this to your big screen and feel like you are watching it on TV.

Cord Cutters

With satellite and cable TV prices continuing to go up, many fans have decided to cut the cord and go with strictly online streaming services to watch what they want when they want.  For sports fans it is a little harder because of all the live events and the channels involved are sports channels where costs can add up.  If you are considering cutting the cord there are several services out there to choose from now.  Most can be streamed on various devices you may already have in your home if you are considering this.  Here are the most common ones and links to their streaming packages.

If you are trying to decide, here are the channels Creighton will be playing on and availability of the channels with the different services along with the monthly package you will need.

NetAppPS Vue?Sling?HuluDirecTV Now?Fubo?Youtube?
BTNBTN2GOYes ($45)NoYes ($40)Yes ($50)Yes ($35)Yes ($35)
CBSSNCBS Sports appYes ($45)NoYes ($40)Yes ($60)Yes ($35)Yes ($35)
ESPN, ESPN2WatchESPNYes ($40)Yes ($20-$40 if you want Fox, too) Yes ($40)Yes ($35)NoYes ($35)
ESPNUWatchESPNYes ($45)Yes ($20-$40 if you want Fox too) Yes ($40)Yes ($50)NoYes ($35)
FS1, FS2Fox Sports GOYes ($40)Yes ($25-$40 if you want ESPN too)Yes ($40) Yes ($35-$60 if you want FS2 too) Yes ($35)Yes ($35)
Fox RSNsFox Sports GOYes (+45)Yes ($25-$40 if you want ESPN too)Yes ($40) Yes ($50)Yes ($35)Yes ($35)
FOXFox Sports GODon't needDon't needDon't needDon't needDon't needDon't need

On the Radio

No matter where you are, the audio call of every Creighton Basketball game is also available locally on 1620AM, and worldwide either on their website (if you’re on a computer) or via the 1620 The Zone app (if you’re on a mobile device).

Also, all home games this season will be available locally on 101.9 FM The Keg. John Bishop once again is the play-by-play voice of the Jays, with former Bluejay Nick Bahe as the analyst when he isn’t on the TV side for Fox Sports.  You may also get to hear former Bluejays Brody Deren or Josh Dotzler in the other chair when Nick is not on the radio.

In Omaha: 1620AM for all games, 101.9 FM The Keg for all HOME games.
From a Computer: 1620TheZone.com, 1019thekeg.com
From a Mobile Device: iPhone App, Android App

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