ESPN College Sports Update – Feb. 19

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ESPN College Sports Update – Feb. 19




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Kentucky Home College GameDay Covered by State Farm
Kentucky will host ESPN’s College GameDay Covered by State Farm – as the weekly show stops at Rupp Arena in advance of the Saturday Primetime presented by DIRECTV matchup between Missouri and Kentucky on Saturday, Feb. 23, at 9 p.m. on ESPN. GameDay’s first hour begins at 10 a.m. on ESPNU, continuing at 11 a.m. on ESPN, plus a one-hour edition at 8 p.m. on ESPN. GameDay and the featured game are also available on ESPN 3D and WatchESPN.

GameDay returns to Rupp Arena — home to the show’s largest crowd of 22,144 fans on Feb. 10, 2010 – for its fourth visit. Previous GameDay visits were in 2005, ’07 and ‘10.

Rece Davis hosts for College GameDay, joined by analysts Jay Bilas, Digger Phelps and Jalen Rose to preview all the day’s action and discuss the biggest storylines in college basketball.

Full College GameDay Schedule; College GameDay Images

Men’s College Hoops: Two-Day BracketBusters Event & Top Teams
ESPN’s men’s college basketball schedule for this weekend will include the 11th Ramada Worldwide BracketBusters – a two-day men’s college basketball event of 13 games between NCAA Championship hopefuls – on Friday, Feb. 22, and Saturday, Feb. 23. Full Schedule

Women’s College Basketball: No. 5 Duke at No. 8 Maryland on ESPN2 Sunday
A top-10 matchup between ACC foes, No. 5 Duke at No. 8 Maryland on Sunday, Feb. 24, at 3 p.m., highlights ESPN’s weekly women’s basketball schedule. With three weeks left on the regular-season schedule, the two rivals sit atop of the women’s standings in a race for the conference title. Full Schedule

The Schwab Returns for College Student Game Show Challenge
Beginning Wednesday, Feb. 20, “The Schwab” will challenge a new generation of sports fans to flex their stats muscle with ESPN’s first statistician, Howie Schwab, every Wednesday night during UNITE, ESPNU’s late night entertainment show.

Each week three college students from a different collegiate conference will be tested by Schwab and UNITE host Reese Waters with questions from four categories – college sports, professional sports, pop-culture and social media. The winning player of each conference will advance through a UNITE tournament bracket of quarterfinals, semifinals and a final. Wednesday’s debut segment features three SEC students: Evan Roberts (Auburn), Ryan Smith (Ole Miss) and Austin Vaughn (Georgia).

Full Debut Details and Video

Maroon 5 Keyboardist Guest Co-Host’s UNITE Thursday
Maroon5 keyboardists PJ Morton will be a guest co-host on ESPNU’s late-night entertainment show UNITE Thursday, Feb. 21, at midnight ET. The GRAMMY winning producer and songwriter from New Orleans will join UNITE comedian Reese Waters, social media host Marianela Pereyra and DJ Rob Swift to discuss the day’s sports action and his upcoming debut album featuring Stevie Wonder and Busta Rhymes.

ESPN Images: A Week’s Review
ESPN Images made various stops this past week, including men’s action of then-No. 6 Syracuse at UConn and North Carolina at then-No. 2 Duke, as well as UConn women hosting top-ranked Baylor and coverage of Play 4Kay. Downloadable Photos


Rachel Margolis Siegal

As part of the College Sports PR team at ESPN, it has been an exciting adventure for me since I joined the worldwide leader in July 2010, working on college football, college basketball, college lacrosse and WNBA properties. I began my love of sports as the manager of several high school sports teams and continued that hobby into college. While at Quinnipiac, I worked in the Sports Information Department, which led me to a summer internship at the New Haven Ravens, a AA baseball team, and an eventual job with the Athletic Communications Department at the University of Connecticut. After my five-year stint at Connecticut, I spent six years as Director of Communications at the BIG EAST Conference in Providence, R.I. before joining ESPN.
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