SAINT LEO, Fla. - The Saint Leo University men’s basketball team, and the Marion Bowman Activities Center, has been selected to host the Bright House Sports Network’s Sunshine State Conference Game of the Week when the Lions face Florida Tech on Monday, January 31st at 7:00 p.m. at the University’s main campus in Pasco County.  The game will be carried live on the Bright House Networks regional cable system throughout the Tampa Bay and Central Florida areas.

Off to one of its best starts overall, Saint Leo is currently 9-5 but will come into the matchup looking for some revenge against the Panthers after Florida Tech handed SLU an 80-73 defeat in Melbourne last December.  With the win under their belts, the Panthers have had much the same luck as the Lions, only winning three of their last nine games, a schedule that includes a canceled contest against Cincinnati Christian in December.  Florida Tech currently stands at 11-7 overall.

The premier partner of Saint Leo University Athletics since 2007, Bright House Networks is using the Sunshine State Conference Game of the Week format to increase exposure for one of the more prominent NCAA Division II conferences in the nation.  These games could also serve as predecessor to a larger television package that may well include coverage of the SSC Basketball Championships and more weekly coverage.

This will be the first time Saint Leo has appeared on the SSC Game of the Week, but it will mark the second broadcast of the Florida Tech men’s basketball team in a week’s time as their game at Eckerd College on January 22 will also have coverage.

Locally, the game can be viewed live on Bright House Sports Network, available exclusively to Bright House Digital Cable subscribers on digital channel 47. Those with high definition televisions can also watch the game in HD on channel 1147.^

Bright House Networks is the sixth largest multiple cable system operator in the United States with 2.4 million customers in several large cities including Tampa Bay and Orlando.  The high-growth Florida markets are adjacent and form one of the country’s largest cable clusters.  They are also the sole provider of cable television service to Saint Leo’s University Campus.

Bright House Networks also owns and operates two 24-hour local news operations; Central Florida News 13 serving the Orlando area, and Bay News 9 serving the Tampa Bay area.  In 2009, the former Catch 47 was rebranded Bright House Sports Network and its offerings were expanded throughout the Tampa Bay and Orlando viewing areas.

Click here for the Bright House Sports Network webpage.

^HD content available to subscribers with the High Definition package