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College GameDay to Visit Several Early-Season Events; Originate from Most Compelling Game during Conference Season
ESPN’s 2016-17 men’s college basketball schedule – approximately 1,100 exclusive games across ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU, ESPNEWS, SEC Network and Longhorn Network – will deliver the industry’s most extensive package of game and studio coverage. The addition of ESPN3 exclusive games and its lineup of outermarket contests will be included in future releases resulting in a record number of games this season.
The extensive schedule includes every team ranked in Eamonn Brennan’s No-Longer-Way-Too-Early Top 25 on ESPN.com.
The season begins from Honolulu on Friday, Nov. 11, with the fifth annual State Farm Armed Forces Classic, just under a month before the 75th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor. A doubleheader for the first time, this year’s event –pitting pre-season ranked No. 13 Arizona against No. 10 Michigan State (7 p.m.) and No. 12 Indiana vs. No. 3 Kansas (9 p.m.) on ESPN – will be staged from the Stan Sheriff Center on the campus of the University of Hawaii with surrounding events at the U.S. Navy Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam. The network’s full schedule closes out on ESPN2 with Harvard vs. Stanford (11 p.m.) in Shanghai, China.
College GameDay Covered by State Farm will visit many early-season games, including the State Farm Armed Forces Classic in Honolulu on November 11, the State Farm Champions Classic from Madison Square Garden in New York City on November 15, the Jimmy V Men’s Classic presented by Corona, also from MSG, on December 6 and the Kentucky at Louisville matchup on December 21.
Content will also live throughout the season on SportsCenter, ESPN.com, ESPN Radio, ESPN the Magazine and many more ESPN properties.
All games aired on an ESPN network will also be available through WatchESPN, accessible on computers, smartphones, tablets and streaming devices to fans who receive their video subscription from an affiliated provider.
- College GameDay Covered by State Farm – originating from the site of ESPN’s Saturday Primetime Presented by DIRECTV telecast – will feature several options each week to choose from in order to follow storylines as the season develops. The sites for the seven-week series – January 21 to March 4 – will be announced the week prior. The morning edition of the show will begin at 11 a.m. on ESPN and will conclude with a pre-game lead-in for the game-of-the-week telecast.
- ESPN’s ninth annual Tip-Off Marathon will feature 11 men’s and women’s college basketball games beginning on Monday, Nov. 14, and continuing Tuesday, Nov. 15, on ESPN2, bringing more than 24 hours of game action to mark the start of the 2016-17 season.
- ESPN’s premier early-season college basketball event will pit four of the all-time winningest programs for the sixth straight year in the State Farm Champions Classic on Tuesday, Nov. 15. The neutral-site doubleheader – staged from Madison Square Garden in New York City – showcases preseason-ranked No. 2 Kentucky vs. No. 10 Michigan State at 7 p.m. and No. 1 Duke vs. No. 3 Kansas at 9:30 p.m. – all on ESPN.
- For the second straight year, ESPN will exclusively reveal the College Football Playoff weekly rankings on College Football Playoff: Top 25 between the Champions Classic games – from inside MSG with host Rece Davis and analysts Joey Galloway, Kirk Herbstreit and David Pollack onsite.
- ESPN networks will exclusively present 20 early-season tournaments and neutral-site games, plus the 18th annual ACC/Big Ten Challenge – beginning on Monday, Nov. 28, through Wednesday, Nov. 30, and the fourth annual SEC/Big 12 Challenge Presented by Sonic – staged on the common bye date of Saturday, Jan. 28.
- ESPN will provide fans with live regular-season coverage of at least one game on an ESPN television network every day but nine from November 11 to March 5 (November 12, 16, 19 and 26; December 9, 16 and 26; and January 9 and 20).
- The seventh season of the ESPN Buzzer Beater network will offer live cut-ins and highlights from numerous top college basketball games Saturdays from 1-11 p.m. and Thursdays from 8-11 p.m. beginning Saturday, Jan. 7.
- SEC Network will present more than 120 SEC games exclusively, highlighted by weekly Tuesday and Wednesday doubleheaders and an extensive lineup every Saturday during conference play.
- Longhorn Network, ESPN’s 24-hour network devoted to The University of Texas, will air nine games, including three featuring a Big 12 opponent.
- The regular season will culminate with ESPN’s 32nd-consecutive Champ Week presented by DICK’S Sporting Goods conference tournament coverage March 3-12.
Top games throughout the conference season can be seen across ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU, ESPNEWS and SEC Network in specific day and time slots beginning Tuesday, Jan. 3 (conference assignments can vary):
- Monday: Big Monday doubleheader will again showcase the ACC and Big 12 at 7 p.m. and 9 p.m., respectively, on ESPN. ESPNU will present a regular schedule of night games, primarily involving the Big 12, MEAC and SWAC.
- Tuesday: Super Tuesday will highlight an ESPN Big Ten and SEC doubleheader as well as a weekly ESPN2 prime-time matchup featuring the Big 12. Tuesday will also include a doubleheader on ESPNU at 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. showcasing primarily the ACC and SEC, as well as select 11 p.m. games from the Mountain West. SEC Network will also provide a doubleheader.
- Wednesday: Will feature ACC, American, Big 12, Mountain West, Pac-12 and SEC games on ESPN2, ESPNEWS or ESPNU. SEC Network will televise a doubleheader.
- Thursday: Selections from the American, ACC, Big Ten and Pac-12 on ESPN and ESPN2, as well as a tripleheader of games on ESPNU.
- Friday: Friday night games on ESPN2 will mainly showcase Atlantic 10 teams with additional appearances on ESPN2 and ESPNU from the Horizon, MAAC and Mid-American.
- Saturday: Coverage on Saturdays includes multiple conferences across ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU and ESPNEWS with weekly netflex selections. The Saturday Primetime Presented by DIRECTV game-of-the-week on ESPN, and site of College GameDay Covered by State Farm series, will return for a 13th season. In addition, SEC Network will televise multiple games every Saturday during conference play.
- Sunday: The weekly ESPNU ACC Sunday Night Basketball series will return for a sixth season, and be joined by the Pac-12 for a fourth straight year plus games from the American and Missouri Valley on most Sundays.
- Tip-Off Marathon on ESPN, ESPN2 and ESPNU (Nov. 14-15)
- Feast Week presented by Lowe’s on ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU and ESPNEWS (Nov. 17-27)
- Holiday Hoops presented by Zales on ESPN, ESPN2 and ESPNU (Dec. 14-21)
- Rivalry Week presented by Wendy’s on ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU and ESPNEWS (Feb. 6-12)
- Champ Week presented by DICK’S Sporting Goods (March 3-12)
- State Farm Armed Forces Classic (Nov. 11)
- Pac-12 China Game presented by Alibaba Group (Nov. 11)
- State Farm Champions Classic (Nov. 15)
- 2K Classic (Nov. 17-18)
- Gildan Charleston Classic (Nov. 17-20)
- Tire Pros Invitational (Nov. 17-20)
- Basketball Hall of Fame Tip-Off Classic (Nov. 18-20)
- CBE Hall of Fame Classic (Nov. 21-22)
- Legends Classic (Nov. 21-22)
- Maui Jim Maui Invitational (Nov. 21-23)
- Battle 4 Atlantis (Nov. 23-25)
- MGM Grand Main Event (Nov. 24)
- NIT Season Tip-Off (Nov. 24-25)
- AdvoCare Invitational (Nov. 24-27)
- Wooden Legacy (Nov. 24-27)
- Atlantis Showcase (Nov. 28)
- ACC/Big Ten Challenge (Nov. 28-30)
- Hoophall LA Invitational (Dec. 3)
- Jimmy V Men’s Classic presented by Corona (Dec. 6)
- Hoophall Miami Invitational (Dec. 10)
- #NeonHoops Showcase (Dec. 10)
- Winter Festival (Dec. 11)
- Crossroads Classic (Dec. 17)
- Lone Star Shootout (Dec. 17)
- Hawaiian Airlines Diamond Head Classic (Dec. 22-25)
- SEC/Big 12 Challenge presented by Sonic (Jan. 28)
- The official preseason power rankings and picks for player of the year, coach of the year, Final Four and national champion by ESPN.com experts.
- Joe Lunardi’s Brackteology will examine who’s in, who’s out, who’s on the bubble from the start of the season right up until Selection Sunday.
- Jay Bilas’ preseason college basketball opus, which covers every corner of the sport to get you ready for the coming season.
- Our Insider roundtable’s will examine the pressing questions in every major conference.
- Annual #CBBrank, which ranks the top 100 players in college basketball.
- Men’s and Women’s Top 25 Power Rankings
- How Duke learned to love the Big Man: Ten years after Wojo was the Blue Devils big man coach, Duke will go 6-8, 6-9, 6-11 across its front court. What changed Coach K’s philosophy?
2016-17 ESPN Networks Men’s Basketball Schedule (subject to change)