NBA & College Hoops Mesh Together To Form ESPN’s The Crossover on Feb. 14

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NBA & College Hoops Mesh Together To Form ESPN’s The Crossover on Feb. 14

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  • Four Games Featuring A Combination of NBA And College Hoops Broadcast Teams: Clippers-Celtics, Warriors-Trail Blazers, Virginia Tech-Duke, Kentucky-Auburn
  • Battle Of The Catchphrases: Dick Vitale & Mark Jackson Will Bring Their Personalities Together For The Celtics-Clippers game
  • College Basketball Analyst Bill Walton, 1974 NBA Draft No. 1 Pick By Trail Blazers, To Call Warriors-Trail Blazers Game
  • NBA Analyst Hubie Brown, Basketball Hall Of Famer & Former Assistant Coach for Duke, To Call Virginia Tech-Duke Game

The Crossover, which debuted in 2014, returns with basketball doubleheaders on ESPN and ESPN2 on Wednesday, Feb. 14, featuring a mix of NBA and college basketball commentators on the call of each game.

On ESPN, tip off begins at 8 p.m. ET with NBA action as the Boston Celtics and Kyrie Irving host the LA Clippers and DeAndre Jordan. Dick Vitale and Mark Jackson will be the analysts on the call alongside play-by-play announcer Ryan Ruocco and sideline reporter Lisa Salters. The NBA nightcap spotlights the Golden State Warriors and Kevin Durant visiting the Portland Trail Blazers and Damian Lillard at 10:30 p.m. with analysts Bill Walton, who was the No. 1 overall pick in the 1974 NBA Draft by the Trail Blazers, and Doris Burke. Also on the call will be Dave Pasch and sideline reporter Cassidy Hubbarth.

The college basketball doubleheader begins at 7 p.m. on ESPN2 with an ACC matchup featuring Virginia Tech and No. 9 Duke. Mark Jones, Basketball Hall of Famer and former assistant coach for Duke (’69-72) Hubie Brown, lead college basketball analyst Jay Bilas and sideline reporter Allison Williams will be the broadcast team. At 9 p.m., No. 24 Kentucky will take on No. 8 Auburn, with Adam Amin, analysts P.J. Carlesimo and Dan Dakich and sideline reporter Laura Rutledge calling the action.

Time (ET) Game/Commentators Network
7 p.m. Virginia Tech at No. 9 Duke

Mark Jones, Hubie Brown, Jay Bilas, Allison Williams

8 p.m. NBA Wednesday presented by State Farm: LA Clippers at Boston Celtics

Ryan Ruocco, Dick Vitale, Mark Jackson, Lisa Salters

9 p.m. No. 24 Kentucky at No. 8 Auburn

Adam Amin, P.J. Carlesimo, Dan Dakich, Laura Rutledge

10:30 p.m. NBA Wednesday presented by State Farm: Golden State Warriors at Portland Trail Blazers

Dave Pasch, Bill Walton, Doris Burke, Cassidy Hubbarth




Media contacts: Gianina Thompson at 860-766-3496 or [email protected]; Anna Negron at 860-766-2233 or  [email protected]

Gianina Thompson

“Never wish for it more than you work for it.” My dad has told me this ever since we watched the New York Yankees win the World Series in 1996. Living by those words has brought me to ESPN as their Senior Publicist for NBA, MLB, FIBA, and Little League. Working for the World Wide Leader in Sports, it comes naturally that I have a competitive nature. Competing on a Division 1 college rowing team and receiving both my master’s and bachelor’s degrees before turning 22 years old, further illustrates that. Sports are more than entertainment; it’s hopes for something bigger than yesterday.