ESPN 3D Announces Matchups for Men’s College Basketball Schedule

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ESPN 3D Announces Matchups for Men’s College Basketball Schedule

November 3, 2010 

Arinze Onuaku of Syracuse University

College basketball fans will see some of the best teams compete in 3D this season when ESPN 3D telecasts several top match-ups.  The action tips off with all 12 games from the Old Spice Classic in November.  In December, the network will highlight the Jimmy V Classic featuring No. 2 Michigan State,  No. 7 Kansas, No. 13 Syracuse  and No. 19 Memphis, and the DIRECTV SEC/BIG EAST Invitational with an early season  showdown between No. 4 Pittsburgh and No. 20 Tennessee.

 The ESPN 3D college basketball schedule follows (schedule subject to change).

 Old Spice Classic

The 2010 Old Spice Classic will be held on Thanksgiving weekend, Nov. 25, 26 and 28, at the HP Fieldhouse at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex at the Walt Disney World Resort near Orlando, Fla. The fifth annual Old Spice Classic will feature Boston College, California, Georgia, Manhattan, Notre Dame, No. 22 Temple, Texas A&M and No. 24Wisconsin. Five of the eight teams reached the NCAA Tournament last season. 

Date Time (ET) Game
Thurs, Nov 25 12 p.m. Boston College vs. Texas A&M
  2 p.m. No. 24 Wisconsin vs. Manhattan
  7 p.m. Georgia vs. Notre Dame
  9 p.m. No. 22 Temple vs. California
Fri, Nov. 26 Noon Game 5 (semifinal)
  2 p.m. Game 6
  5 p.m. Game 7 (semifinal)
  7 p.m. Game 8
Sun, Nov. 28 11 a.m. Game 9
  1 p.m. Game 10
  4:30 p.m. Game 11
  7 p.m. Game 12 (Championship)

Jimmy V Classic

The men’s doubleheader, held at New York City’s famed Madison Square Garden for the eighth consecutive event, will pit Conference USA power No. 19 Memphis vs. defending Big 12 regular-season and Tournament champion No. 7 Kansas on Tuesday, Dec. 7, at 7 p.m. and No. 2 Michigan State, coming off back-to-back NCAA Tournament Final Four appearances, vs. defending BIG EAST regular-season champion No. 13 Syracuse at 9 p.m., both on ESPN. 

 Date Time (ET) Game
Tues, Dec. 7 7 p.m. No. 19 Memphis vs. No. 7 Kansas
  9 p.m. No. 2 Michigan State vs. No. 13 Syracuse

DIRECTV SEC/Big East Invitational

On Saturday, Dec. 11, the second half of the invitational will be featured on ESPN 3D from the new CONSOL Energy Center in Pittsburgh. Rutgers will take on Auburn followed by No. 4 Pittsburgh vs. No. 20Tennessee. 

Date Time (ET) Game
Sat, Dec. 11 12:30 p.m. Auburn vs. Rutgers
  3:15 p.m. No. 20 Tennessee vs. No. 4 Pittsburgh

Schedule subject to change.  Additional games may be added during the year. Sony is the official sponsor of college basketball on ESPN 3D, and college basketball games televised on ESPN 3D will utilize Sony professional cameras.

About ESPN 3D

ESPN was the first to announce in the United States an exclusive 3D network in January 2010 which was the culmination of more than three years of testing 3D television.  ESPN has produced several 3D domestic telecasts in 2010, including: college football, the State Farm Home Run Derby, the Masters, a Harlem Globetrotters game and in 2009 the USC vs. Ohio State college football game. ESPN has developed best practices for utilizing the technology in live game applications which have provided the ability to streamline workflow operations, adjust 3D camera positioning, perform transmission tests and gauge fan reaction to a 3D telecast versus a traditional telecast.  In addition, ESPN utilizes cutting-edge technology located at the ESPN Innovation Lab in Orlando at the ESPN Wide World of Sports complex at Walt Disney World to continue to develop innovative production enhancements.  ESPN 3D is available in the United States to approximately 45 million households and has carriage agreements with AT&T U-Verse, Comcast and DIRECTV.  It will launch soon on Time Warner Cable and in 2011 on Verizon FiOS TV. Sony was named the first official sponsor of the network in January 2010.


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