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Your WCC Basketball TV Preview: Introducing the W.tv

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The WCC tips off its 2013-14 conference season this week, and with its tenth team added, Stockton's UOP, has increased its slate of men's basketball contests on TV.

This should come as welcome news to Bay Area hoops fans since, as always, St. Mary's is our best bet at reaching the NCAA Tournament. Meanwhile, Santa Clara seems to have a knack for winning minor tourneys and thus being the Bay Area squad that plays the longest.

Similarly to last season, there are contests on ESPN's various networks, the Game of the Week every Saturday at 1 p.m. airing locally on CSN California or Bay Area, and plenty of additional contests on the CSNs. Since the Pac-12 abandoned regional sports networks like CSN to form its own channel, the WCC has been happy to fill in.

What's new this year is that the league has formed a new online digital network called theW.tv, which is its URL, making it easy to remember. With theW.tv added to the mix, ninety percent of men's hoops tips will be available in some way, shape, or form. The caveat is that any contest on CSN locally will be blacked out locally on theW.tv, reinforcing the reality that when it comes to TV Everywhere, CSN still falls behind.

Now for the good news: St. Mary's will have six nationally televised tips on the ESPNs this year, nine more on the CSNs, which includes two appearances on the Game of the Week, and a total of twelve tilts on theW.tv, though only three will be available here.

For Santa Clara, it's three tips on an ESPN outlet, nine on the CSNs, and 13 on theW.tv though all but four will be blacked out here.

Finally USF will make only two ESPN appearances, but will be featured on the CSNs eight times, and on theW.tv a whopping 16 times, with half of those actually available here. The Dons will also be featured once on BYU TV, that school's TV and online channel.

By the way, six of the conference tournament tilts will be on an ESPN network, including the championship.

Sadly, one area where the WCC falls short is with the women's game. TheW.tv has only slated a total of five regular season women's tips, two featuring the Gaels and one with the Broncos. This pales in comparison to the Pac-12 which has most women's games available somewhere.

So for now, if you're a Dons, Gaels, or Broncos backer, or want to keep up with the Zags, you'll have to settle for the men's game. Luckily you'll have plenty of action to keep you occupied.

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