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Eight-week show continues to originate from site of Saturday Primetime; Begins Jan. 15 from Knoxville for first-ever men’s and women’s doubleheader
ESPN’s College GameDay Driven by State Farm, the popular eight-week Saturday morning and evening college basketball program originating from the site of ESPN’s Saturday Primetime Presented by DIRECTV telecast, will expand to include an extra hour of analysis, news and features. ESPNU will air the new first hour of College GameDay – returning for its seventh season beginning Saturday, Jan. 15 – at 10 a.m. ET and ESPN will continue to televise the show at 11 a.m. and a one-hour edition at 8 p.m. (except Jan. 15 when the show will air on ESPN at 10 a.m. and ESPNU at 11 a.m.). The Saturday Primetime game-of-the-week series will be aired at 9 p.m. (except for Jan. 15 and Jan. 29).
The 2011 series will open from Knoxville, Tenn., site of the Tennessee Volunteers men’s and women’s teams hosting the men’s and women’s Vanderbilt Commodores programs at noon and 8 p.m., respectively. It will mark the first time the show has originated from a site that has featured a men’s and women’s game played in the same day.
College GameDay will feature show host Rece Davis with returning analysts Jay Bilas, Digger Phelps, Hubert Davis and Bob Knight.
Scheduled sites for College GameDay and Saturday Primetime:
|Date||Site||Show Times||Game||Game Time|
|Jan 15||Knoxville, Tenn.||10 a.m. & 7 p.m. *||Vanderbilt at Tennessee (men’s game)||noon|
|Vanderbilt at Tennessee (women’s game)||8 p.m.|
|Jan 22||West Lafayette, Ind.||10 a.m. & 8 p.m.||Michigan State at Purdue||9 p.m.|
|Jan 29||Lawrence, Kan.||10 a.m. & 6 p.m.||Kansas State at Kansas||7 p.m.|
|Feb 5||Gainesville, Fla.||10 a.m. & 8 p.m.||Kentucky at Florida||9 p.m.|
|Feb 12||Villanova, Pa.||10 a.m. & 8 p.m.||Pittsburgh at Villanova||9 p.m.|
|Feb 19||Lansing, Mich.||10 a.m. & 8 p.m.||Illinois at Michigan State||9 p.m.|
|Feb 26||Blacksburg, Va.||10 a.m. & 8 p.m.||Duke at Virginia Tech||9 p.m.|
|Mar 5||Waco, Texas||10 a.m. & 8 p.m.||Texas at Baylor||9 p.m.|
* ESPNU will televise the first hour of College GameDay with ESPN continuing coverage at 11 a.m. except Jan. 15 when ESPN will televise the first hour and ESPNU continuing coverage at 11 a.m. ESPN will televise the evening edition each week.
Highlights of this year’s schedule include:
- An appearance by defending men’s National Champion Duke (at Virginia Tech Feb. 26) and two by last season’s Final Four participant Michigan State (at Purdue Jan. 22 and hosting Illinois Feb. 19).
- Every 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, highlighted by the top five: No. 1 Duke, No. 2 Purdue, No. 3 Michigan State, No. 4 Baylor, No. 5 Kansas State, No. 7 Pittsburgh, No. 8 Villanova, No. 10 Florida, No. 13 Kentucky, No. 15 Illinois, No. 16 Kansas and No. 22 Virginia Tech.
- Six of the eight men’s matchups will feature a showdown between teams ranked in Katz’s early preseason poll: No. 3 Michigan State at No. 2 Purdue (Jan. 22), No. 5 Kansas State at No. 16 Kansas (Jan. 29), No. 13 Kentucky at No. 10 Florida (Feb. 5), No. 7 Pittsburgh at No. 8 Villanova (Feb. 12), No. 15 Illinois at No. 3 Michigan State (Feb. 19) and No. 1 Duke at No. 22 Virginia Tech (Feb. 26).
- The women’s matchups will feature a SEC showdown between top women’s programs. Tennessee defeated Vanderbilt in all three meetings last year, including in the SEC Tournament semifinals.
- First-time stops for men’s games at Baylor, Purdue, Villanova and Virginia Tech.