The ASUN Conference announced today that the Liberty at FGCU Men's Basketball contest on Jan. 2 has been selected and added to the ESPN Family of Networks. The game at Alico Arena in Fort Myers, Fla., is scheduled air on ESPNU at 5 PM ET.
The Jan. 2 contest will be the first of two meetings between the Flames, last season's tournament and co-regular season champions with Lipscomb, and Eagles during the 2019-20 season.
"Earning a national spotlight for Liberty and FGCU reflects our level of play, nationally recognized programs and our continually growing partnership with ESPN," ASUN Commissioner Ted Gumbart said. "The ASUN relationship with ESPN dates back to 1989 when the network first aired our Men's Basketball Final and it continues to develop through the ASUN's ESPN On-Campus Initiative. We look forward to a compelling ASUN matchup between Liberty and FGCU in Fort Myers on Jan. 2."
Over the past three seasons, either FGCU, Liberty or Lipscomb have claimed the conference regular season title, while one of the two programs have also captured three of the last four ASUN Championship crowns. The Eagles and Flames have also registered four of the last five wins by an ASUN squad in the NCAA Tournament. Last season, No. 12 Liberty earned a First Round win in the Big Dance over No. 5 Mississippi State, while FGCU recorded a 96-65 victory over Fairleigh Dickinson in the 2016 NCAA First Four. Prior to that, the 2012-13 Eagles became the first 15-seed to advance to the Sweet 16 in tournament history after disposing of No. 2 Georgetown and topping No. 7 San Diego State two days later.
The upcoming ASUN Championship Final on March 8, 2020, marks the 32nd consecutive year the contest will air on the ESPN Family of Networks. FGCU also played in and hosted the last conference regular-season ESPNU broadcast on Feb. 21, 2014.
The ASUN's partnership with ESPN dates back to 1989 with the airing of the league's Men's Basketball Final between Centenary and Little Rock and has grown exponentially through the conference's ESPN3 On-Campus Initiative, which began in the fall of 2012. Since its inception, ESPN has collaborated with the ASUN to adopt the conference-wide on-campus production model.
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