PlayStation Vue Crossover: ESPN’s Wednesday Night Hoops Intertwines NBA & College

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PlayStation Vue Crossover: ESPN’s Wednesday Night Hoops Intertwines NBA & College

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  • Four games featuring a combination of NBA and college announce teams
  • Studio coverage from Los Angeles and Bristol
  • Vitale-Walton on Cavs Game; Called James’ First HS Game on ESPN Networks
  • Schefter Makes First Appearance in NBA Telecast

The PlayStation Vue Crossover – basketball doubleheaders on ESPN and ESPN2 on Wednesday, Feb. 15 – will feature a mix of NBA and college basketball analysts on the call of each game.

NBA action starts at 7 p.m. ET on ESPN with the Indiana Pacers at Cleveland Cavaliers with Dick Vitale and Bill Walton on the call. A look into the past, the Vitale-Walton duo called the network’s first airing of a high school game, in which LeBron James was a senior at St. Vincent–St. Mary High School (Ohio). They will be joined by Dave Pasch and reporter Lisa Salters. ESPN3 will feature a secondary feed of the game telecast that includes a camera solely dedicated to Vitale, Walton and Pasch throughout the game.

The NBA nightcap of the New York Knicks at the Oklahoma City Thunder at 9:30 p.m., will feature NFL Insider Adam Schefter, who will be working his first game as an NBA reporter. Also calling the game is Ryan Ruocco and analysts Dan Dakich and Jeff Van Gundy.

The college doubleheader begins at 7 p.m. on ESPN2 as Dave O’Brien, analysts P.J. Carlesimo and Kara Lawson and reporter Holly Rowe are courtside for the Big 12 matchup of Iowa State at Kansas State. The action continues with an ACC top-25 showdown between No. 18 Duke at No. 12 Virginia at 9 p.m. Karl Ravech, analysts Jay Bilas and Doug Collins, plus reporter Maria Taylor, will be on the call of the game.

Studio programming for the ESPN games will come from the network’s Los Angeles Production Center with host Cassidy Hubbarth, along with analysts Jay Williams and Chauncey Billups, while studio for the ESPN2 games will originate from Bristol, Conn., featuring Rece Davis, Seth Greenberg and Jalen Rose.

Time (ET) Game / Commentators Network
7 p.m. NBA Wednesday presented by State Farm
Indiana Pacers at Cleveland Cavaliers
Dave Pasch, Dick Vitale, Bill Walton, Lisa Salters
ESPN
Iowa State at Kansas State
Dave O’Brien, P.J. Carlesimo, Kara Lawson, Holly Rowe
ESPN2
9 p.m. No. 18 Duke at No. 12 Virginia
Karl Ravech, Jay Bilas, Doug Collins, Maria Taylor
ESPN2
9:30 p.m. NBA Wednesday presented by State Farm
New York Knicks at Oklahoma City Thunder
Ryan Ruocco, Dan Dakich, Jeff Van Gundy, Adam Schefter
ESPN

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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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