ESPNU HD will air three men’s college basketball ESPNU All-Access specials on consecutive Wednesdays, beginning on Nov. 17 with the Florida Gators, followed by the Butler Bulldogs and the Minnesota Golden Gophers. The 30-minute show guides fans through a typical day as seen from the perspective of the coaches and players. All shows will air in high definition. ESPN.com senior college basketball writer Andy Katz , who visited all three campuses, will host the shows.
ESPNU All-Access: Florida Men’s Basketball visits head coach Billy Donovan as he prepares the Gators to regain their place amongst the nation’s elite. Katz spends time with Donovan at home, at the local barber shop and the practice facility where the No. 11 Gators – anchored by a top notch incoming class – aim for the school’s third NCAA Championship in the last five years.
Butler rose to national prominence last March as the Bulldogs came within a bounce off the rim of winning its first NCAA Championship. For the 4,000-student Indiana school, the near historic finish culminated an incredible run for head coach Brad Stevens and the Bulldogs. ESPNU All-Access: Butler Men’s Basketball and Katz go on a behind-the-scenes visit and learn what makes the 18th-ranked Bulldogs unique.
When former Kentucky head coach Tubby Smith left the Wildcats, it was on his own terms – a rarity for a basketball coach in Lexington. Months later he accepted the Minnesota job and thus began a resurgence of the Golden Gophers’ program. Katz spent a day with Smith and gets unique access to learn what drives him both on and off the court.
ESPNU All-Access Schedule (Schedule subject to change)
|Wed, Nov 17||9 p.m.||ESPNU All-Access: Florida Men’s Basketball|
|Wed, Nov 24||6:30 p.m.||ESPNU All-Access: Butler Men’s Basketball|
|Wed, Dec 1||6 p.m.||ESPNU All-Access: Minnesota Men’s Basketball|
ESPNU All-Access Re-air Schedule (Schedule subject to change)
Florida Men’s Basketball
|Nov 17 – 9 p.m.; Nov 18 – 12:30 a.m., 4 a.m., 5 a.m., 6 a.m. & 7:30 a.m.; Nov. 21 – 7:30 p.m.; Nov 24 – 9:30 a.m.; Dec 3 – 10:30 p.m.|
Butler Men’s Basketball
|Nov 24 – 6:30 p.m. & 11:30 p.m.; Nov 25 – 1:30 a.m. & 11 p.m.;
Dec 2 – 10:30 p.m.; Dec 3 – 6 a.m.
Minnesota Men’s Basketball
|Dec 1 – 6 p.m.; Dec 2 – 10 p.m.; Dec 3 – 2:30 a.m. & 3 p.m.|
The 24-hour college sports television network airs more than 650 live events annually and offers over 400 original studio shows. ESPNU has seen a steady increase since its inception on March 4, 2005 and is now in over 73 million households. The brand is also available in high definition on ESPNUHD, now in over 17 million homes.
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