Men’s College Basketball: Regular-Season Schedule Ends with Strong Saturday Slate including No. 8 North Carolina at No. 17 Duke

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Men’s College Basketball: Regular-Season Schedule Ends with Strong Saturday Slate including No. 8 North Carolina at No. 17 Duke

ESPN College GameDay Covered by State Farm will end the 2016 season from Cameron Indoor Stadium, in advance of the Saturday Primetime presented by DIRECTV matchup between ACC rivals – No. 8 North Carolina at No. 17 Duke on Saturday, March 5 (ESPN, 6:30 p.m.). The morning show begins at 11 a.m. on ESPN, followed by an evening edition leading into the game telecast.

The game is a rematch of then-No. 20 Duke’s come-from-behind victory at then-No. 5 North Carolina in February, stunning the Tar Heels 74-73.

ESPN College GameDay Covered by State Farm is hosted by Rece Davis, who is joined by analysts Jay Bilas, Seth Greenberg and Jay Williams. Dan Shulman, Bilas and reporter Shannon Spake will have the call of the game.

GameDay ends at Duke (all against UNC) for the sixth time. North Carolina will be the road team for a record 11th time overall, and appears for the third time this season (February 6 at Notre Dame & February 20 at Virginia) – marking the first time a team has done this in a single season. Duke-UNC (either in Durham or Chapel Hill) will host GameDay for the eighth time, the most common matchup in the show’s history.

Additional Schedule Highlights

  • Tagged as part of ESPN’s Journey to the Tourney, Ohio State plays at No. 2 Michigan State on Saturday (ESPN, Noon)
  • ESPN’s Saturday’s schedule also includes top-25 matchups between: No. 10 West Virginia at No. 19 Baylor (2 p.m.); No. 21 Iowa State at No. 1 Kansas (4 p.m.) and No. 11 Louisville at No. Virginia (8:30 p.m.)
  • Additional ranked teams in action include No. 6 Oklahoma, No. 7 Miami (Fla.), No. 9 Oregon, No. 13 Utah, No. 14 Maryland, No. 18 Arizona, No. 20 Texas A&M, No. 23 Texas, No. 24 SMU and No. 25 California

In addition to the end of the regular-season schedule, ESPN networks will air a record number of men’s Championship Week presented by DICK’S Sporting Goods games. Full schedule

Full weekly schedule (Wednesday-Tuesday)

Weekly Men’s College Basketball Key Matchups (subject to change)

Date Time (ET) Games / Commentators Network
Wed, Mar 2 Wednesday Night Hoops (ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU)
  7 p.m. No. 7 Miami at Notre Dame
Bob Wischusen, LaPhonso Ellis
ESPN2
  Texas Tech at No. 10 West Virginia
Clay Matvick, Tim Welsh
ESPNU
  9 p.m. No. 9 Oregon at UCLA
Dave Pasch, Corey Williams
ESPN2
Thu, Mar 3 Thursday Night Showcase (ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU, ESPNEWS)
  7 p.m. Illinois at No. 14 Maryland
Rece Davis, Jim Calhoun
ESPN
  9 p.m. No. 25 California at No. 18 Arizona
Dave Pasch, Bill Walton
ESPN
  UConn at No. 24 SMU
Mike Patrick, Len Elmore
ESPN2
Fri, Mar 4 9 p.m. No. 23 Texas at Oklahoma State
Dave Flemming, Mikes Simon
ESPN2
Sat, Mar 5 Noon Ohio State at No. 2 Michigan State
Bob Wischusen, Dan Dakich
ESPN
  Vanderbilt at No. 20 Texas A&M
Mark Jones, Kara Lawson
ESPN2
  1 p.m. No. 6 Oklahoma at TCU
Jason Benetti, Reid Gettys
ESPNEWS
  2 p.m. No. 10 West Virginia at No. 19 Baylor
Dave Flemming, Miles Simon
ESPN
  4 p.m. No. 21 Iowa State at No. 1 Kansas
Jon Scimabi, Fran Fraschilla
ESPN
  6:30 p.m. Saturday Primetime Presented by DIRECTV: No. 8 North Carolina at No. 17 Duke
Dan Shulman, Jay Bilas, Shannon Spake
ESPN
  8 p.m. No. 25 California at Arizona State
Dave Pasch, Adrian Branch
ESPN2
  8:30 p.m. No. 11 Louisville at No. 4 Virginia
Dave O’Brien, Dick Vitale, Allison Williams
ESPN
  9:30 p.m. Colorado at No. 13 Utah
Eric Rothman, Corey Williams
ESPNU

 

Weekly Men’s College Basketball Schedule (subject to change)

Date Time (ET) Games / Commentators Network
Wed, Mar 2 Wednesday Night Hoops (ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU)
  7 p.m. No. 7 Miami at Notre Dame

Bob Wischusen, LaPhonso Ellis

ESPN2
  Tulane at UCF

Allen Bestwick, Mark Wise

ESPNEWS
  Texas Tech at No. 10 West Virginia

Clay Matvick, Tim Welsh

ESPNU
  Mississippi State at Ole Miss

Dave Neal, Daymeon Fishback

SEC Network
  Pittsburgh at Virginia Tech ESPN3
  9 p.m. No. 9 Oregon at UCLA

Dave Pasch, Corey Williams

ESPN2
  East Carolina at USF

Alex Faust, Brooke Weisbrod

ESPNU
  Arkansas at Alabama

Mike Morgan, Joe Dean

SEC Network
  11 p.m. Washington State at Washington

Roy Philpott, Adrian Branch

ESPNU
Thu, Mar 3 Thursday Night Showcase (ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU, ESPNEWS)
  7 p.m. Illinois at No. 14 Maryland

Rece Davis, Jim Calhoun

ESPN
  Georgia at South Carolina

Joe Tessitore, Sean Farnham

ESPN2
  Memphis at Temple

Alex Faust, Malcolm Huckaby, Joe Lunardi

ESPNU
  7:30 p.m. Arkansas-Little Rock at Appalachian State ESPN3
  9 p.m. No. 25 California at No. 18 Arizona

Dave Pasch, Bill Walton

ESPN
  UConn at No. 24 SMU

Mike Patrick, Len Elmore

ESPN2
  Northwestern at Penn State

Adam Amin, Craig Robinson

ESPNU
  11:30 p.m. Cal Poly at UC Irvine ESPN3
Fri, Mar 4 7 p.m. Kent State at Akron

Mike Morgan, Chris Spatola

ESPN2
  Western Michigan at Central Michigan ESPN3
  Eastern Michigan at Toledo ESPN3
  Princeton at Harvard ESPN3
  Ohio at Miami (Ohio) ESPN3
  Ball State at Northern Illinois ESPN3
  9 p.m. No. 23 Texas at Oklahoma State

Dave Flemming, Mikes Simon

ESPN2
Sat, Mar 5 Noon Ohio State at Michigan State

Bob Wischusen, Dan Dakich

ESPN
  Vanderbilt at No. 20 Texas A&M

Mark Jones, Kara Lawson

ESPN2
  Ole Miss at Tennessee

Tom Hart, Joe Dean

SEC Network
  1 p.m. No. 6 Oklahoma at TCU

Jason Benetti, Reid Gettys

ESPNEWS
  2 p.m. No. 10 West Virginia at No. 19 Baylor

Dave Flemming, Miles Simon

ESPN
  Syracuse at Florida State

Mike Couzens, Cory Alexander

ESPN2
  2:30 p.m. Auburn at Mississippi State

Richard Cross, Andew DeClercq

SEC Network
  3 p.m. Kansas State at Texas Tech

Mark Neely, Bryndon Manzer

ESPNEWS
  3:30 p.m. Georgia State at Louisiana-Monroe

Drew Fellios, Bob Donewald, Kati Morse

ESPN3
  Arkansas State at Appalachian State ESPN3
  4 p.m. No. 21 Iowa State at No. 1 Kansas

Jon Scimabi, Fran Fraschilla

ESPN
  Alabama at Georgia

Brad Nessler, Sean Farnham

ESPN2
  5 p.m. South Carolina at Arkansas

Matt Stewart, John Pelphrey

SEC Network
  USF at Tulsa

Allen Bestwick, Tim Welsh

ESPNEWS
  6:30 p.m. Saturday Primetime Presented by DIRECTV: No. 8 North Carolina at No. 17 Duke

Dan Shulman, Jay Bilas, Shannon Spake

ESPN
  7:30 p.m. Florida at Missouri

Dave Neal, Jon Sundvold

SEC Network
  8 p.m. No. 25 California at Arizona State

Dave Pasch, Adrian Branch

ESPN2
  8:30 p.m. No. 11 Louisville at No. 4 Virginia

Dave O’Brien, Dick Vitale, Allison Williams

ESPN
  9 p.m. Fresno State at Utah State

Trey Bender, Bill Herenda

ESPN3
  9:30 p.m. Colorado at No. 13 Utah

Eric Rothman, Corey Williams

ESPNU
Sun, Mar 6 2 p.m. UCF at UConn

Jason Benetti, Malcolm Huckaby

ESPNU

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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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