Men’s College Basketball: Armed Forces Classic Tips Off ESPN’s 2017-2018 Season Coverage

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Men’s College Basketball: Armed Forces Classic Tips Off ESPN’s 2017-2018 Season Coverage

ESPN’s college basketball season coverage tips off Friday, Nov. 10, with the Armed Forces Classic from Ramstein Air Base in Germany (6 p.m. ET, ESPN). Just one day before Veterans Day, No. 11 West Virginia and No. 25 Texas A&M will meet for the second consecutive season – the Mountaineers defeated the Aggies 81-77 in last year’s SEC/Big 12 Challenge. The matchup will be called by Karl Ravech and college basketball analysts Seth Greenberg and Jay Williams. Leading up to the game, Ravech, Greenberg and Williams will participate in a number of activities on the base, including the gun range, rappel tower, military-working dog experiences, parachute simulator and vehicle rollover training. Their training experiences will be highlighted during the telecast. The student-athletes will also have an opportunity to interact with servicemen and servicewomen, including a bowling social, a coaches’ pick-up game and a youth clinic with 100 kids.

ESPN’s opening weekend coverage includes more than 90 games across television and digital platforms, all available via the ESPN app.

Schedule Highlights

  • Ten ranked teams will play across ESPN networks during the first weekend of the 2017-18 season: No. 1 Duke, No. 4 Kansas, No. 5 Kentucky, No. 8 Florida, No. 9 UNC, No. 11 West Virginia, No. 12 Cincinnati, No. 13 Miami, No. 14 Notre Dame and No. 21 UCLA
  • Michael Porter Jr., the No. 2 recruit in the Class of 2017, is expected to make his debut with Missouri when the Tigers face Iowa State on Friday, Nov. 10 (9 p.m., SEC Network). Mike Morgan, Jimmy Dykes and Myron Medcalf are on the call
  • Friday’s slate also includes reigning champion UNC facing Northern Iowa (7 p.m., ESPNU), No. 5 Kentucky playing Utah Valley (7 p.m., SEC Network), No. 4 Kansas hosting Tennessee State (9 p.m., ESPNU), and Georgia Tech faces No. 21 UCLA (11:30 p.m., ESPN)
  • Caron Butler makes his debut as a game analyst alongside Eric Rothman on Monday, Nov. 13, for Rhode Island at Nevada (11:30 p.m., ESPNU)

Men’s College Basketball Schedule (Subject to change)

Date Time (ET) Matchup Network
Fri, Nov 10 10:30 a.m. Spring Arbor at Eastern Michigan ESPN3
  Noon Weber International at Stetson ESPN3
  1 p.m. Wheelock College at New Hampshire ESPN3
  6 p.m. No. 25 Texas A&M vs. No. 11 West Virginia
Karl Ravech, Seth Greenberg/Jay Williams
  Detroit Mercy at Virginia Tech ACC Network Extra
  6:30 p.m. Alabama State at Mississippi State SEC Network +
  7 p.m. Northern Iowa at No. 9 UNC
Kevin Fitzgerald, Dino Gaudio, Tara Petrolino
  Utah Valley at No. 5 Kentucky
Rich Hollenberg, Sean Farnham, Brooke Weisbrod
SEC Network
  Presbyterian at Tennessee SEC Network +
  Bryant at Georgia SEC Network +
  Western Carolina at Clemson ACC Network Extra
  Elon at No. 1 Duke ACC Network Extra
  VMI at NC State ACC Network Extra
  Cornell at Syracuse ACC Network Extra
  UNC Greensboro at Virginia ACC Network Extra
  Morgan State at Binghamton ESPN3
  Iona at Albany ESPN3
  Carver Bible College at Georgia State ESPN3
  East Tennessee State at Northern Kentucky ESPN3
  7:30 p.m. Maine at Boston College ACC Network Extra
  Georgia Southern at Wake Forest ACC Network Extra
  Emory at Lipscomb ESPN3
  8 p.m. Northwestern State at Texas
Lowell Galindo, Lance Blanks, Tyler Denning
Longhorn Network
  Alcorn State at LSU SEC Network +
  Norfolk State at Auburn SEC Network +
  Gardner-Webb at No. 13 Miami ACC Network Extra
  Samford at Arkansas SEC Network +
  Mercer at Central Florida ESPN3
  LIU Brooklyn at Tulane ESPN3
  Florida Atlantic at USF ESPN3
  McNeese State at Houston ESPN3
  Central Connecticut at Hartford ESPN3
  Arkansas State at Evansville ESPN3
  Wright State at Loyola-Chicago ESPN3
  North Park at Valparaiso ESPN3
  NC Central at UIC ESPN3
  LA Crosse at Milwaukee ESPN3
  8:30 p.m. Louisiana at Ole Miss SEC Network +
  Bucknell at Monmouth ESPN3
  9 p.m. Iowa State at Missouri
Mike Morgan, Jimmy Dykes, Myron Medcalf
SEC Network
  Tennessee State at No. 4 Kansas
Mitch Holthus, Fran Fraschilla, Jeff Goodman
  Florida A&M at Grand Canyon University ESPN3
  9:30 p.m. Austin Peay at Vanderbilt SEC Network +
  11:30 p.m. Georgia Tech at No. 21 UCLA
Roxy Bernstein, Bill Walton
Sat, Nov 11 1 p.m. Illinois State at Florida Gulf Coast ESPN3
  1 p.m. Canisius at Buffalo ESPN3
  2 p.m. IUPUI at Bradley ESPN3
  Siena Heights at Western Michigan ESPN3
  Alabama A&M at Ohio ESPN3
  Dartmouth at Quinnipiac ESPN3
  3 p.m. Coe at Drake ESPN3
  3:30 p.m. Toccoa Falls at Appalachian State ESPN3
  6 p.m. Wagner at NJIT ESPN3
  7 p.m. Utah Valley at No. 1 Duke ACC Network Extra
  Saint Joseph’s at Toledo ESPN3
  Cleveland State at Akron ESPN3
  Lehigh at Marist ESPN3
  8 p.m. Loyola Marymount at UT Arlington ESPN3
  St. Mary’s-Minnesota at Western Illinois ESPN3
  9 p.m. Kent State at Youngstown State ESPN3
Sun, Nov 12 1 p.m. South Carolina State at Boston College ACC Network Extra
  UMass Boston at UMass Lowell ESPN3
  Wilmington College at Northern Kentucky ESPN3
  2 p.m. North Carolina A&T at Clemson ACC Network Extra
  UM Dearborn at Eastern Michigan ESPN3
  Taccoa Falls at Mercer ESPN3
  3 p.m. Allen University at South Carolina Upstate ESPN3
  Eureka at Loyola-Chicago ESPN3
  3:30 p.m. Vermont at No. 5 Kentucky
Doug Sherman, Jimmy Dykes
  Bridgewater College at Appalachian State ESPN3
  4 p.m. Navy at No. 13 Miami ACC Network Extra
  Charleston Southern at NC State ACC Network Extra
  Texas State at Air Force ESPN3
  Louisiana-Monroe at SMU ESPN3
  Gordon College at Hartford ESPN3
  6 p.m. Tennessee-Martin at Illinois
Jim Barbar, Sean Harrington
  Bucknell at Arkansas
Dave Neal, Pat Bradley
SEC Network
  Morehead State at Lipscomb ESPN3
  7 p.m. The Citadel at Virginia Tech ACC Network Extra
Mon, Nov 13 Noon North Carolina Central at Evansville ESPN3
  6:30 p.m. Eastern Kentucky at Ole Miss SEC Network +
  7 p.m. Gardner-Webb at No. 8 Florida
Roy Philpott, Brooke Weisbrod
  Mount St. Mary’s at No. 14 Notre Dame ACC Network Extra
  Montana at Pittsburgh ACC Network Extra
  Austin Peay at Virginia ACC Network Extra
  Morgan State at  USF ESPN3
  Western Carolina at No. 12 Cincinnati ESPN3
  South Dakota at Bowling Green ESPN3
  Anderson University (SC) at IUPUI ESPN3
  UM Dearborn at Detroit Mercy ESPN3
  Saint Joseph’s at UIC ESPN3
  Brown at Quinnipiac ESPN3
  8 p.m. Western Michigan at South Carolina
Dari Nowkhah, Jon Sundvold
SEC Network
  Trinity Christian at Valparaiso ESPN3
  9 p.m. Wagner at Missouri
Beth Mowins, Sean Farnham
  Robert Morris at Grand Canyon University ESPN3
  11:30 p.m. Rhode Island at Nevada
Eric Rothman, Caron Butler






Anna Negron

It was always a dream of mine to work at ESPN, and here I am! I joined the College Sports PR team in March 2016. Hailing from the great Garden State, I graduated from Seton Hall University (Go Pirates!) with a degree in sport management, where I not only sang the National Anthem at games, but was also a member of the Seton Hall Sapphires Dance Team and a student reporter for Pirate Sports Network. Before joining ESPN, I served as a Public Relations Associate for the U.S. Army All-American Bowl.
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