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Longhorn Network to Televise 12 Men's Basketball Contests

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Starting in November, the Longhorn Network will televise 12 men's basketball contests during the 2011-12 season, ESPN announced on Thursday. The programming will include nine non-conference games and three conference matchups, as well as pre-game and post-game shows taking the viewer inside the team.

Here's a list of the games that will appear on the network:

Date - Time (all times CT) - Matchup
Sun, Nov. 13 - 6 p.m. - Boston University at Texas
Sat, Nov. 19 - 8 p.m. - Texas vs. Oregon State
Mon, Nov. 21 - 5:30/8 p.m. - Texas vs. NC State/Vanderbilt
Sat, Nov. 26 - 7. p.m. - Sam Houston State at Texas
Tue, Nov. 29 - 7 p.m. - North Texas State at Texas
Tue, Dec. 6 - 7 p.m. - UT-Arlington at Texas
Sat, Dec. 10 - 7 p.m. - Texas State at Texas
Tue, Dec. 13 - 7 p.m. - Nicholls State at Texas
Sat, Dec. 31 - 1 p.m. - Rice at Texas
Sat, Jan. 7 - 6 p.m. - Oklahoma State at Texas
Tue, Jan 24 - 8 p.m. - Iowa State at Texas
Sat, Feb 4 - 6 p.m. - Texas Tech at Texas

The move adds needed programming to the lineup -- although the announcement isn't a surprise, as basketball games have always been planned -- and the timing of the basketball season beginning in mid-November, along with the televised game against Kansas on October 31st, puts pressure on both ESPN and cable providers to add the network before Longhorn fans miss another football game and begin to miss basketball games, as Verizon FiOS and Grande Communications are the only carriers of note currently broadcasting LHN.

As always, the best way to help get carriers onboard with the Longhorn Network is to let your voice be heard by calling up your provider:

DIRECTV 1-800-DIRECTV
TIME WARNER 1-800-TW-Cable
AT&T U-VERSE 1-800-288-2020
DISH NETWORK 1-800-333-3474
COMCAST 1-800-266-2278
SUDDENLINK 1-877-794-2724
COX COMMUNICATIONS 1-877-206-4210
CHARTER COMMUNICATIONS 1-888-438-2427