ESPN Showcases Three Top-10 Men’s College Hoops Matchups on Saturday

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ESPN Showcases Three Top-10 Men’s College Hoops Matchups on Saturday

  • Saturday slate features No. 4 Houston at No. 8 Kansas, No. 7 Duke at No. 3 UNC and No. 5 Tennessee at No. 10 Kentucky
  • College GameDay Covered by State Farm travels to Chapel Hill, N.C., for 18th time to Blue Devils-Tar Heels ACC rivalry game
  • Nine top-10 team in action on ESPN platforms this week, Jan. 29 – Feb. 4

One of the biggest weeks of ESPN’s men’s college basketball season features 16 top-25 matchups and nine top-10 teams in action, including a Saturday tripleheader of head-to-head matchups involving six top-10 teams. This will be the fourth time in the AP Poll era there’s been three regular season top-10 matchups on a single day and the first time since Dec. 3, 1994.

Saturday’s trio of top-10 games on ESPN begins with No. 4 Houston at No. 8 Kansas in the Big 12 at 4 p.m. Jon Sciambi, Fran Fraschilla and Kris Budden will have the call from historic Allen Fieldhouse. The Saturday Prime game follows with a battle of the bluebloods when No. 7 Duke takes on ACC rival and No. 3 UNC at 6:30 p.m. with the ace team of Dan Shulman, Jay Bilas and Jess Sims on the call. At 8:30 p.m., the SEC takes center stage when No. 5 Tennessee visits No. 10 Kentucky with Tom Hart and Jimmy Dykes calling the game from Rupp Arena.

Saturday’s slate also includes a pair of premier Big 12 battles on ESPN2 – Texas at No. 25 TCU (2 p.m.) and No. 12 Iowa State at No. 18 Baylor (8 p.m.).

ESPN+ will present more than 200 men’s college basketball games this week, highlighted by a trio of ranked teams in action. On Tuesday, No. 21 Dayton hosts George Washington (7 p.m.) and No. 23 Oklahoma travels to Kansas State in an important Big 12 showdown (8 p.m.). No. 18 Baylor plays at UCF on Wednesday (7 p.m.) and on Friday, Dayton plays host to St. Bonaventure in an Atlantic 10 matchup (7 p.m.)

GameDay Heads to Top-10 Tobacco Road Rivalry

ESPN’s College GameDay Covered by State Farm® heads to Chapel Hill, N.C., for a top-10 showdown between blue blood rivals No. 7 Duke and No. 3 UNC. The trip marks the 12th time UNC has hosted the pregame show – tied for most-ever with Duke, and the 18th time the Tobacco Road rivalry has been featured on GameDay. Saturday will be the first time in the last 10 meetings that both teams are ranked.

UNC’s RJ Davis and Armando Bacot – fresh off a historic game becoming the first Tar Heel to reach 1,000 career defensive rebounds during last Saturday’s win over FSU, will join the show live on Saturday. Williamson will make an early visit to Chapel Hill this week to sit down with Bacot and enjoy a “Mondo Burger,” named after the UNC star while discussing the fifth-year senior’s season.

Saturday’s show will be live from the Dean Smith Center at 11 a.m. ET on ESPN. Host Rece Davis is joined by two Duke greats, Jay Bilas and Jay Williams, along with analysts Seth Greenberg, Andraya Carter and reporter Christine Williamson.

Expanded Digital Coverage
ESPN’s social and digital pre-pregame show Countdown to GameDay Covered by State Farm is live each week for 30 minutes before College GameDay. Co-hosts Harry Lyles Jr., and Sam Ravech kick off the show from Bristol and are joined by Williamson ushering fans into the show and the Saturday men’s college basketball lineup at 10:30 a.m. across ESPN YouTube, ESPN Facebook and the ESPN App. This season will feature two new segments – “Magic Moments,” from State Farm and “On the Road” presented by Best Western, giving fans a glimpse of the atmosphere from onsite each week.

Live from Chapel Hill
ACC Network’s weekday afternoon show ACC PM will join GameDay in Chapel Hill this week with a show live from the Carolina Basketball Museum on Friday. Mark Packer and Taylor Tannebaum will host with special Tar Heel-related guest appearances, as well as from ESPN’s College GameDay crew. ACC PM airs live at 4 p.m. on ACCN.

Schedule Highlights


Ranked teams appearing on ESPN platforms this week: No. 3 North Carolina, No. 4 Houston, No. 5 Tennessee, No. 7 Duke, No. 8 Kansas, No. 10 Kentucky, No. 12 Iowa State, No. 15 Texas Tech, No. 16 Auburn, No. 18 Baylor, No. 21 Dayton and No. 25 TCU.

The full weekly schedule grid with commentator game assignments can be found below and here.

On the Bubble
Gonzaga, who has made 24 consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances, faces a crucial week of action on ESPN platforms. Currently listed as one of ESPN Bracketologist Joe Lunardi’s ‘First Four Out’, Gonzaga plays host to Loyola Marymount (Tue., 11 p.m., ESPN) and Saint Mary’s (Sat., 10:30 p.m., ESPN) as they look to get back into the field of 68.

Texas and Texas A&M, both among the ‘Last Four Byes’ according to Lunardi, have a chance to boost their resumes on Saturday. The Longhorns travel to No. 25 TCU (2 p.m. ESPN), while the Aggies host Florida, one of Lunardi’s ‘Next Four Out’ teams (4 p.m., ESPN2). Oregon and Kansas State, also among the ‘Next Four Out’, will look to improve their case on Selection Sunday as the Ducks travel to USC (Thu., 10:30 p.m., ESPN) and UCLA (Sat., 10 p.m., ESPN2), and the Wildcats play Oklahoma (Tue., 8 p.m., ESPN+) and Oklahoma State (Sat., 2 p.m., ESPN+). Cincinnati, one of Lunardi’s ‘First Four Out’, travels to West Virginia (Wed., 7 p.m., ESPN+) and Texas Tech (Sat., 6 p.m., ESPN+) in search of resume-enhancing wins.

2023-24 ESPN Men’s College Basketball Schedule: Week of Jan. 29- Feb 4

Mon, Jan. 29 7 p.m. No. 7 Duke at Virginia Tech
Dave O’Brien, Cory Alexander, Angel Gray
ESPN
9 p.m. No. 4 Houston at Texas
Jon Sciambi, Fran Fraschilla, Kris Budden
ESPN
9 p.m. Alcorn State at Bethune Cookman
Derek Jones, John Williams
ESPN2
Tue, Jan. 30 6:30 p.m. South Carolina at No. 5 Tennessee
Tom Hart, Dane Bradshaw, Alyssa Lang
SECN
7 p.m. No. 3 North Carolina at Georgia Tech
Rece Davis, Jay Williams
ESPN
7 p.m. No. 15 Texas Tech at No. 25 TCU
Rich Hollenberg, Chris Spatola
ESPN2
7 p.m. Syracuse at Boston College
Mike Monaco, Randolph Childress
ACCN
8:30 p.m. Mississippi State at Ole Miss
Dave Neal, Jon Sundvold
SECN
9 p.m. Oklahoma State at No. 8 Kansas
Bob Wischusen, Fran Fraschilla
ESPN
9 p.m. Miami at NC State
Kevin Brown, Debbie Antonelli
ESPN2
9 p.m. Louisville at Clemson
Wes Durham, Dan Bonner
ACCN
11 p.m. Loyola Marymount at Gonzaga
Dave Flemming, Sean Farnham
ESPN
Wed, Jan. 31 6:30 p.m. Alabama at Georgia
Eric Frede, Pat Bradley
SECN
7 p.m. Notre Dame at Virginia
Doug Sherman, Cory Alexander
ESPN2
7 p.m. Wichita State at Tulsa
Mike Corey, Mark Adams
ESPNU
7 p.m. Wake Forest at Pittsburgh
Jay Alter, Malcolm Huckaby
ACCN
8 p.m. Florida at No. 10 Kentucky
Karl Ravech, Jay Bilas, Marty Smith
ESPN
8:30 p.m. Arkansas at Missouri
Mike Morgan, Mark Wise
SECN
9 p.m. Vanderbilt at No. 16 Auburn
Tom Hart, Jimmy Dykes
ESPN2
9 p.m. UAB at North Texas
Pete Sousa, Tom Crean
ESPNU
11 p.m. Santa Clara at Saint Mary’s
Dave Feldman, Dan Dickau
ESPNU
Thu, Feb. 1 7 p.m. Tulane at SMU
Pete Sousa, Perry Clark
ESPN2
7 p.m. Longwood at High Point
Matt Schick, Paul Biancardi
ESPNU
9 p.m. Stanford at Arizona State
John Schriffen, Corey Williams
ESPN2
9 p.m. Youngstown State at Wright State
Jordan Bernfield, David Padgett
ESPNU
10:30 p.m. Oregon at USC
Dave Pasch, Bill Walton
ESPN
11 p.m. UC Davis at UC Santa Barbara
Steve Quis, Ben Braun
ESPNU
Fri, Feb. 2 7 p.m. St. Bonaventure at No. 21 Dayton
Mike Corey, Dalen Cuff
ESPN2
7 p.m. Princeton at Yale
Matt Martucci, Noah Savage
ESPNU
9 p.m. Toledo at Akron
Robert Lee, Mark Adams
ESPN2
Sat, Feb. 3 Noon Virginia Tech at Miami
Dave O’Brien, Cory Alexander
ESPN
Noon Arkansas at LSU
John Schriffen, Daymeon Fishback
ESPN2
Noon St. Joseph’s at La Salle
Dave Leno, Noah Savage
ESPNU
1 p.m. South Carolina at Georgia
Courtney Lyle, Carolyn Peck
SECN
2 p.m. Virginia at Clemson
Kevin Brown, Chris Spatola
ESPN
2 p.m. Texas at No. 25 TCU
Rich Hollenberg, King McClure
ESPN2
2 p.m. East Carolina at Charlotte
Anish Shroff, John Williams
ESPNU
3:30 p.m. Missouri at Vanderbilt
Mike Morgan, Mark Wise
SECN
4 p.m. No. 4 Houston at No. 8 Kansas
Jon Sciambi, Fran Fraschilla, Kris Budden
ESPN
4 p.m. Florida at Texas A&M
Dave Neal, Jon Sundvold
ESPN2
4 p.m. Richmond at VCU
Matt Schick, Terrence Oglesby
ESPNU
6 p.m. Drake at Indiana State
Clay Matvick, Kevin Lehman
ESPN2
6 p.m. No. 16 Auburn at Ole Miss
Richard Cross, Pat Bradley
SECN
6 p.m. Notre Dame at Pittsburgh
Wes Durham, Dan Bonner
ACCN
6:30 p.m. No. 7 Duke at No. 3 North Carolina
Dan Shulman, Jay Bilas, Jess Sims
ESPN
8 p.m. No. 12 Iowa State at No. 18 Baylor
Pete Sousa, Mike O’Donnell
ESPN2
8 p.m. Middle Tennessee at Western Kentucky
Jordan Bernfield, Sean Harrington
ESPNU
8 p.m. Florida State at Louisville
Mike Monaco, Randolph Childress
ACCN
8:30 p.m. No. 5 Tennessee at No. 10 Kentucky
Tom Hart, Jimmy Dykes
ESPN
8:30 p.m. Mississippi State at Alabama
Drew Carter, Dane Bradshaw
SECN
10 p.m. Oregon at UCLA
Roxy Bernstein, Corey Williams
ESPN2
10:30 p.m. Saint Mary’s at Gonzaga
Dave Flemming, Sean Farnham
ESPN
Sun, Feb. 4 2 p.m. UNC Greensboro at Furman
Brock Bowling, Dean Keener
ESPNU
4 p.m. Temple at Tulane
James Westling, Mark Adams
ESPNU

Additional men’s college basketball updates will be forthcoming, and the schedule is subject to change. Please continue to check @ESPNPR and ESPN Press Room for more information.

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Julie McKay

I joined ESPN in 2022 as a member of the communications department working on college sports. My passion for college sports came at an early age in a divided household (Big Ten Conference-divided, that is) and followed that to the University of Wisconsin-Madison (sorry, Dad). Four years in the Athletic Communications Department, along with internships with the Big Ten Conference, Big Ten Network and NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament, cemented my career path. After spending some time in sports media PR in San Francisco, I’ve spent five-plus years focused in golf, with stints at the American Junior Golf Association, Augusta National and Buffalo Agency, working with the USGA, Youth on Course and Destination Kohler, among others. Despite being a proud Wisconsin native, I’ll forever betray my home state as a lifelong Chicago sports fan. My dog Rizzo knows there’s always next year and wishes his namesake would return home to the North Side.
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