College Sports Update – April 2

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College Sports Update – April 2



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Women’s Basketball: Two Tickets Punch to NCAA Women’s Final Four; Two Games Remain Tuesday Night

With two of the top seeds falling in the Regional Semifinals, the Spokane (Wash.) and Oklahoma City Regional Finals on ESPN and WatchESPN have even more storylines after No. 5 seed Louisville’s stunning defeat of defending national champion and No. 1 seed Baylor and No. 4 seed Georgia upsetting No.1 seed Stanford.

Tuesday night’s action includes No. 2 Duke vs. No. 1 Notre Dame from Norfolk, Va., at 7 p.m., followed by No. 5 Louisville against No. 2 Tennessee at 9 p.m. from Oklahoma City. The winners of each Regional Final will advance to the 2013 Women’s Final Four in New Orleans – joining No. 1 seed Connecticut and No. 2 seed California.

ESPN is in its 18th year of exclusive coverage of the NCAA Division I Women’s Basketball Championship and 11th year covering all 63 games. All three games and the NCAA Women’s Final Four Specials live from New Orleans will be carried on ESPN and WatchESPN. Full production details will be announced later this week.

Men’s Basketball: NIT Semifinals on ESPN2 Tonight; Championship Game Thursday
Exclusive coverage of the entire 76th National Invitation Tournament (NIT) continues today, April 2, at 7 p.m. on ESPN2 with the NIT Semifinal games. BYU vs. Baylor tips off first at Madison Square Garden, followed by Iowa vs. Maryland. Tonight’s winners will move ahead to the championship game airing Thursday, April 4, at 9 p.m. on ESPN. Play-by-play commentator Bob Wischusen will be joined by analyst Bill Raftery for the semifinals, with the addition of analyst Bob Knight for the title game.

Date Time (ET) Game Network
Tue, Apr 2 7 p.m. NIT Semifinal: BYU vs. Baylor
Bob Wischusen & Bill Raftery
  9 p.m. NIT Semifinal: Iowa vs. Maryland
Bob Wischusen & Bill Raftery
Thu, Apr 4 9 p.m. NIT Championship: TBD
Bob Wischusen, Bob Knight & Bill Raftery

Recruiting: National High School Basketball Invitation Begins Thursday
ESPN’s coverage of the 2012-13 high school basketball season will include the National High School Invitational Tournament (NHSI) for the fifth consecutive year. Action begins Thursday, April 4, at noon on ESPNU, with No. 3 seed Prime Prep (Texas) facing No. 6 Blanche Ely (Fla.) in the opening boys’ game. The event, organized by Paragon Marketing Group, will be held at Georgetown Preparatory School’s Hanley Center for Athletic Excellence in Bethesda, Md., and features 10 games with several of the country’s best boys and girls high school basketball teams.

For the first time, every boys team in the NHSI field is ranked in the ESPN 25 Power Rankings and five are in the top 10. The defending champions, Findlay Prep (Nev.), returns to clinch their fourth NHSI title after an undefeated regular season. In the girls tournament, Archbishop Spalding (Md.) is seeded No. 1 with 2011 NHSI Champion Dr. Phillips (Fla.) at No. 2. Each NHSI Boys Quarterfinal will air on ESPNU on Thursday, with the semifinals on ESPN2 on Friday, April 5, followed by the final matchup on ESPN on Saturday, April 6, at 1 p.m.

The NHSI caps off 24 games of the country’s best high school basketball teams playing on ESPN networks during the 2012-13 season. Full Schedule  

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Gruden’s QB Camp: Geno Smith and Matt Barkley Specials to Debut This Week
The fourth season of Jon Gruden’s QB Camp series continues this week with the debut of new shows highlighting two of the top quarterbacks in the 2013 NFL Draft class: West Virginia’s Geno Smith (Thursday, April 4, at 8:30 p.m. on ESPN2) and USC’s Matt Barkley (Saturday, April 6, at 11 p.m. on ESPN2). In all, 12 prospects are participating in Gruden’s QB Camp in 2013, including a trio of non-signal-callers (Notre Dame’s Manti Te’o, Texas A&M’s Luke Joeckel and South Carolina’s Marcus Lattimore). New shows will continue to debut throughout the month of April. The entire 2013 Gruden’s QB Camp television schedule; Downloadable photos

This week’s Gruden’s QB Camp TV Schedule:

Date Time Network Program
Thu, Apr 4 8:30 p.m. ESPN2 SportsCenter Special: Gruden’s QB Camp – Geno Smith
Sat, Apr 6 11:00 p.m. ESPN2 SportsCenter Special: Gruden’s QB Camp – Matt Barkley
  11:30 p.m. ESPN2 SportsCenter Special: Gruden’s QB Camp – Geno Smith (re-air)

Baseball: Six Games on ESPNU and No. 3 Vanderbilt at No. 11 Ole Miss Series on ESPN3
The upcoming college baseball schedule will include six games on ESPNU, highlighted by the network’s weekly Thursday Night SEC Baseball Game of the Week and ACC Monday telecasts, and all three games of the No. 3 Vanderbilt at No. 11 Ole Miss series on ESPN3. In addition, ESPNU will televise two contests on Saturday, April 6, and two on Sunday, April 7. Highlights:

  • The second week of the ESPNU Thursday Night SEC Baseball Game of the Week, on April 4, will pit No 12 Arkansas at Alabama at 8 p.m.
  • ESPN3 will showcase the three-game series between SEC rivals No. 5 Vanderbilt and No. 16 Ole Miss Friday, April 5 (at 7:30 p.m.), Saturday, April 6 (5 p.m.) and Sunday, April 7 (2:30 p.m.).
  • An ESPNU Sunday afternoon doubleheader on April 7 will feature No. 5 Florida State at in-state rival Miami at 1 p.m. and California at defending National Champion Arizona in a Pac-12 showdown at 4 p.m.
  • ESPNU’s ACC Monday matchup on April 8 will pit No. 8 Virginia at Wake Forest at 7 p.m.

Overall, ESPN will showcase a record 151 regular-season and conference championship games exclusively across ESPNU, ESPN3, ESPN2 and ESPN. ESPN3 will provide coverage of more than 65 additional games in markets outside the territory of the conference footprint of that game, bringing the total to more than 215 games.

Date Time Matchup Network
Wed, April 3 3 p.m. Wagner at St. John’s ESPN3
Thu, April 4 8 p.m. No. 12 Arkansas at Alabama
Dave Neal & Kyle Peterson
Fri, April 5 6:30 p.m. Virginia Tech at No. 25 NC State ESPN3
  7:30 p.m. No. 3 Vanderbilt at No. 16 Ole Miss ESPN3
Sat, April 6 Noon Liberty at Coastal Carolina
Mike Morgan & Jay Walker
  5 p.m. No. 3 Vanderbilt at No. 16 Ole Miss ESPN3
  8 p.m. Missouri at Georgia
Tom Hart & Chris Burke
Sun, April 7 Noon No. 5 Florida State at Miami
Clay Matvick & Kyle Peterson
  1 p.m. Virginia Tech at No. 25 NC State ESPN3
  2:30 p.m. No. 3 Vanderbilt at No. 16 Ole Miss ESPN3
  4 p.m. California at Arizona
Roxy Bernstein & Paul LoDuca
Mon, April 8 7 p.m. No. 8 Virginia at Wake Forest
Dari Nowkhah & Danny Graves

Lacrosse: Top-10 Battle Saturday on ESPNU
Top 10 teams are in action Saturday, April 6 – featuring No. 8 Syracuse at No 7 Princeton at 5 p.m. on ESPNU and WatchESPN. Another top matchup showcases No. 20 Albany at No. 11 Johns Hopkins on Friday, April 5, at 7 p.m., also on ESPNU and WatchESPN.

The ESPNU Warrior Wednesday Night Game of the Week will feature Villanova at Georgetown at 5 p.m. During the game, the Warrior Game of the Week Chat powered by Inside Lacrosse is hosted by Inside Lacrosse vice president/editor-in-chief John Jiloty and online manager Matt Kinnear. The weekly chat is available on and Inside

Date Time Game/Commentators Networks
Wed, Apr 3 5 p.m. Villanova at Georgetown
Eamon McAnaney & Paul Carcaterra
Fri, Apr 5 7 p.m. No. 20 Albany at No. 11 Johns Hopkins
Joe Beninati & Quint Kessenich
Sat, Apr 6 3:30 p.m. No. 6 North Carolina at No. 19 Virginia ESPN3
  5 p.m. No. 8 Syracuse at No. 7 Princeton
Anish Shroff & Ryan Boyle

Softball: Missouri at Alabama and Baylor at Oklahoma on ESPNU
ESPN’s largest schedule of college softball continues this weekend with two games between No. 6 Missouri and defending national champion No. 7 Alabama, both on ESPNU: Friday at 9 p.m. and Saturday at 3 p.m. Last year, Alabama became the first team in SEC history to win a softball national championship. ESPNU will also televise No. 16 Baylor plays at Oklahoma Sunday at 3 p.m. Full Schedule  

Star Wars Bracket: The Light Side vs. The Dark Side Determined on UNITE Monday
As brackets are busted around the country, the force is especially strong with those participating in “This is Madness” character contest. It doesn’t take Jedi mind-tricks to determine the winner of #LightSide vs. #DarkSide matches, only fan votes. Every night the matchups are previewed and final results revealed on ESPN’s late night entertainment show, UNITE, airing weeknights at midnight on ESPNU.

On Monday, April 8, at midnight, after the new men’s NCAA basketball champion is crowned, the ultimate galaxy winner will be revealed during the UNITE: Star Wars Special. UNITE hosts will interview Star Wars guests, Yoda will voice the top 10 Jedi moments of the college hoop season and several characters will be in studio to preview and reveal the ultimate winner in the final matchup.



Rachel Margolis Siegal

A part of the Internal Communications team at ESPN, I began with the network in 2010 as part of the College Sports PR team. Always an avid sports fan and not an athlete – I grew up a huge fan of the Hartford Whalers, while also watching my brother compete at different levels. I became 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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