- Record-Setting 2,100 Matchups Available on TV and Digital Platforms
- Home to More than 25 Early-Season Events and Tournaments, including the new PK80
- College GameDay Covered by State Farm Returns for 14th Season
ESPN’s men’s college basketball schedule will provide fans with more than 840 matchups across ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU, ESPNEWS, SEC Network and Longhorn Network this season. Additional games on ESPN3, SEC Network + and ACC Network Extra provide fans with access to a record-setting 2,100 matchups, all available on the ESPN app, leading up to championship play. The 2017-18 slate includes all but one team on Myron Medcalf’s Way-Too-Early Top 25.
The Armed Forces Classic from Ramstein Air Base (Germany) tips off ESPN’s regular season coverage, with Texas A&M facing West Virginia on Friday, Nov. 10, at 6 p.m. ET on ESPN.
College GameDay covered by State Farm, in its 14th season, will originate from the site of ESPN’s Saturday Primetime Presented by AT&T game each week, beginning January 20 through March 3. 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. GameDay will also have a presence at the State Farm Champions Classic at United Center in Chicago and the Tobacco Road rivalry matchup between Duke and UNC on Thursday, Feb. 8 (8:15 p.m., ESPN).
- State Farm Champions Classic – the premier early-season event brings top teams Duke, Kansas, Kentucky and Michigan State under one roof for two matchups on Tuesday, Nov. 14. The neutral-site doubleheader, in its seventh year, will be played at United Center in Chicago. Both matchups are on ESPN, with Duke facing Michigan State at 7 p.m., followed by Kentucky playing Kansas at 9:30 p.m.
- PK80 presented by State Farm – will be played over Thanksgiving weekend in Portland, Ore., as the 16 participating teams honor Nike co-founder and 2012 Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame inductee Phil Knight in advance of his 80th birthday; the event features some of the top programs in the country – 23 National Champions, including 10 of the past 14 winners
- SEC Network – more than 100 exclusive matchups on the network, as well as coverage of the early rounds of the SEC Tournament; Michael Porter Jr., the No. 3 recruit out of the Class of 2017, makes his debut with Missouri on Nov. 10 (vs. Iowa State, 9 p.m.)
- Longhorn Network – the 24-hour network devoted to The University of Texas will televise eight home games this season, including three Big 12 conference matchups
- Serving Fans. Anytime, Anywhere: From opening night to the end of the regular season (Nov. 10 – March 4), fans can watch men’s college basketball on ESPN television networks all but five days during the season
ESPN’s coverage includes a number of top games throughout conference play across ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU, ESPNEWS, SEC Network and Longhorn Network. Specific day and time slot designations begin Jan. 2 (subject to change):
- Monday – Big Monday presented by Jos. A. Bank begins Jan. 15. The seven-week series will showcase in-conference play of the ACC and Big 12 on ESPN, ESPN2 or ESPNU; MEAC and SWAC matchups will also be featured on ESPNU
- Tuesday – showcasing conference play of the ACC, American, Big Ten, Big 12, Mountain West and SEC, Super Tuesday (Jan. 2 – Feb. 27) includes more than 55 matchups across ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU and ESPNEWS during its nine-week series; also includes one Ivy League game between Penn and Princeton on Feb. 6 (6 p.m., ESPNU)
- 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; tripleheader on ESPNU includes American, Big Ten, Pac-12, West Coast, and a number of Big South wildcard games (chosen seven to ten days prior)
- Friday – Friday night games on ESPN2 will mainly showcase Atlantic 10 teams with additional appearances on ESPN2 and ESPNU from the Horizon, Ivy League, MAAC, Mid-American, Northeast and Sun Belt.
- Saturday – coverage includes multiple conferences across ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU and ESPNEWS with weekly netflex selections. ESPN’s Saturday Primetime Presented by AT&T will air on ESPN, with College GameDay Covered by State Farm airing from the game site; SEC Network will televise multiple games every Saturday during conference play.
- Sunday – the weekly ESPNU ACC Sunday Night Basketball series will return for a seventh season; most Sundays, ESPN2 and ESPNU will air games from the American, Big West, Missouri Valley and Pac-12
- Big Ten/ACC Challenge (Nov. 27-Nov. 30) – the 19th annual Challenge matches all 14 Big Ten teams against all but one ACC member; features eight ranked teams in Medcalf’s Way-Too-Early Top 25; games will be played on ESPN, ESPN2 and ESPNU
- Holiday Hoops presented by Zales (Dec. 16-22) – including 32 matchups across ESPN, ESPN2 and ESPNU during the holiday season
- Big 12/SEC Challenge (Jan. 27) – the annual event, in its fifth year, matches all 10 of the Big 12 members against 10 of the 14 programs from the Southeastern Conference; College GameDay Covered by State Farm will originate from one of the Challenge sites
- Champ Week presented by Principal Financial Group (Feb. 28 – March 11) – the regular season will culminate with ESPN’s 33rd-consecutive Champ Week presented by Principal Financial Group, with coverage of more than 20 conference tournaments
ESPN is home to more than 25 early-season basketball tournaments/events, including:
- Armed Forces Classic (Friday, Nov. 10)
- Pac-12 China Game presented by Alibaba Group (Friday, Nov. 10)
- State Farm Champions Classic (Tuesday, Nov. 14)
- 2K Sports Classic (Nov. 16-17)
- Puerto Rico Tip-Off at Myrtle Beach (Nov. 16-19)
- Gildan Charleston Classic (Nov. 16-19)
- Basketball Hall of Fame Tip-Off Tournament (Nov. 18 & 19)
- Legends Classic (Nov. 20 & 21)
- Hall of Fame Classic (Nov. 20 & 21)
- Maui Jim Maui Invitational (Nov. 20-22)
- MGM Grand Main Event (Nov. 22 & 23)
- Bad Boy Mowers Battle 4 Atlantis (Nov. 22-24)
- NIT Season Tip-Off (Nov. 23 & 24)
- PK80 presented by State Farm (Nov. 23-26)
- AdvoCare Invitational (Nov. 23-26)
- Wooden Legacy (Nov. 23 – 27)
- Under Armour Reunion (Thursday, Nov. 30)
- Hoophall Miami Invitational (Saturday, Dec. 2)
- Jimmy V Men’s Classic presented by Corona (Tuesday, Dec. 5)
- Valley of the Sun Shootout (Tuesday, Dec. 5)
- Basketball Hall of Fame Classic (Dec. 8 & 9)
- Never Forget Tribute Classic presented by GEICO (Saturday, Dec. 9)
- Citi Hoops Classic (Saturday, Dec. 9)
- MGM Grand Garden Event (Sunday, Dec. 10)
- District Detroit Showcase (Saturday, Dec. 16)
- Basketball Hall of Fame Holiday Showcase (Wednesday, Dec. 20)
- Hawaiian Airlines Diamond Head Classic (Dec. 22-25)
ESPN.com will once again deploy a talented group of reporters and analysts, providing content across all of its platforms. Along with breaking news, shortform social content, deep-dive profiles and developing trends and themes, .com will provide popular staples – Bracketology with Joe Lunardi, Power Rankings, Bubble Watch, Giant Killers and much more.
ESPN the Magazine
A host of college basketball preview topics in the QB Crossroads issue — available on newsstands beginning Friday, Nov. 3 — including:
- Men’s and Women’s Top 25 Power Rankings
- Miles Bridges: A pretty solid lock as a top-10 draft pick, he decided to return to Michigan State for his sophomore year. He says it was about unfinished business on the court, but there’s much more to it than that.
The regular-season will culminate with ESPN’s Champ Week presented by Principal Financial Group, providing conference tournament coverage Feb. 28 – March 11.
All games aired on an ESPN network will also be available through the ESPN app, computers, smartphones, tablets and streaming devices to fans who receive their high-speed Internet connection or video subscription from an affiliated service provider.
ESPN Men’s College Basketball Television Schedule (subject to change)
Note: All ESPN3, SEC Network + and ACC Network Extra games will be announced weekly once the season begins
** Game times and networks will be determined on Dec. 3 once the CFB Bowl schedule is announced.