2012 ESPN College GameDay and Saturday Primetime Basketball Schedule Set
ESPN’s College GameDay Driven by State Farm, the eight-week Saturday morning and evening college basketball program originating from the site of ESPN’s Saturday Primetime Presented by DIRECTV telecast, will return for its eighth season beginning Saturday, Jan. 14, at 10 a.m. ET from the campus of Florida State University in Tallahassee, FL. In a one-time only switch, the season debut will be on ESPN with the second hour on ESPNU. Most other weeks, a two-hour show will air at 10 a.m. on ESPNU, continuing at 11 a.m. on ESPN with a one-hour edition at 8 p.m. on ESPN (except for Jan. 28 and March 3). The Saturday Primetime game-of-the-week series will generally be aired at 9 p.m.
New to the schedule this year is the “flex pick” option for the March 3 game. College GameDay will either stop in Durham, NC, for North Carolina at Duke in a 7 p.m. Saturday Primetime matchup or in Lawrence, KS, for the Texas at Kansas 9 p.m. game.
“We worked to assemble the most exciting conference matchups for Saturday Primetime at sites we are confident will be enthusiastic and welcoming hosts for College GameDay,” said Nick Dawson, director, ESPN programming & acquisitions.
For the eighth year, Rece Davis will serve as point guard for the College GameDay desk, and will be joined by analysts Jay Bilas, Digger Phelps, Hubert Davis, and Bob Knight to preview all the day’s action and discuss the biggest storylines in college basketball.
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Highlights of this year’s schedule:
- Five of the eight schools visited in 2012 will be first-time College GameDay hosts: Arizona, Florida State, Michigan, Missouri, and Vanderbilt.
- Defending national champion Connecticut ranked No. 8 takes on familiar Big East foe Syracuse ranked No. 4 in Dick Vitale’s preseason poll.
- Twelve schools on the schedule are top 20 picks in Vitale’s preseason rankings; eight of which are in his top 10.
- Every GameDay site will include at least one men’s team ranked in an early preseason top 25 poll by ESPN.com senior college basketball writer Andy Katz: No. 1 North Carolina, No. 2 Kentucky, No. 3 Ohio State, No. 4 Syracuse, No. 5 Duke, No. 6 Connecticut, No. 7 Vanderbilt, No. 9 Louisville, No. 10 Arizona, No. 17 Pittsburgh, No. 18 Kansas, No. 21 Florida State, No. 22 Missouri, and No. 23 Michigan.
If GameDay stops at Kansas on March 3, it would be the show’s fifth visit to the school (2004-05, 2006-07, 2007-08, 2010-11), the most of any program.