Surely, hours from tip-off of UConn's big game against Michigan at the Battle 4 Atlantis, Husky fans are sick of hearing about AXS.
The channel—owned by the likes of Mark Cuban, Ryan Seacrest and the Anschutz Entertainment Group—owns the rights for Battle 4 Atlantis, so it determined the two games it would show in primetime Wednesday. Texas will play No. 25 Texas A&M at 7 p.m. No. 18 UConn will face Michigan at 9:30 p.m.
Gonzaga will play Washington at noon, and Syracuse will play Charlotte at 2:30 p.m. Both games will be on ESPN, as will the semifinals Thursday and Friday's championship.
UConn fans have been reeling for weeks about Wednesday's game being on AXS, but their anger should be directed at their cable providers. AXS offered an HD channel to Connecticut companies for free during the tournament, as only four local providers carry the channel regularly. Until Tuesday, no company had accepted the offer.
Comcast, a major provider of cable in Connecticut, will now carry Wednesday's game, UConn announced Tuesday night. This is a major boost for a majority of UConn fans, but many will still be left out.
Here is how to watch Wednesday's game on TV in Connecticut:
- Comcast: Channel 90 (Hartford area), 192 (Waterbury-Seymour-Norwich), 190 (rest of state)
- DirecTV: Channel 340
- DISH: Channel 167
- Thames Valley Communications: Channel 702
- Frontier FIOS: Channel 1106
Don't have one of those channels? Many sports bars now have DirecTV. Your local Buffalo Wild Wings should have the game, or check with a restaurant or bar in the area.
It sounds like J. Timothy's Taverne in Plainville will be a popular site for the game.
@ADimeBack Confirmed. We will have the game on Weds. night. Thanks for the heads up!— J. Timothy's Taverne (@jtimothys) November 23, 2015
Worst case, you know someone who has Comcast or DirecTV. Who cares about the 9:30 start? UConn fans don't prevent other UConn fans from watching the game. Invite yourself over somewhere.