The Texas Tech men's basketball team will play its Feb. 4 game against Texas on the new Longhorn Network.
The game is one of 12 Texas men's basketball games that will air on the network, according to a release from ESPN.
Since the game was passed over by ESPN and FSN, it became classified as "third-tier," meaning it's up for grabs and can be televised by the host conference member.
ESPN owns Texas' third-tier rights. Tech will not receive any money to air the game on the Longhorn Network.
Tech athletic director Kirby Hocutt told me more than a month ago that a Tech-Texas football game on the Longhorn Network was unlikely.
“We would much prefer to be on a neutral broadcast with neutral announcers and neutral branding and advertising,” Hocutt said on Aug. 1. “Red Raider fans don’t want to watch the Texas Tech-Texas football game on the Longhorn Network, so it’s that simple.”
In the case of the Feb. 4 basketball game, though, Hocutt and Tech don't have a choice.
If you want more information about how the the Big 12's TV contracts work, here is a primer from the Big 12 website.