Aug. 8, 2012
NOTRE DAME, Ind. – The ESPN College Basketball GameDay cameras could be returning to Notre Dame during the 2012-13 campaign.
ESPN released its College GameDay schedule earlier today for the upcoming season and Notre Dame’s matchup with defending BIG EAST tournament champion and 2012 NCAA Final Four participant Louisville on February 9, 2013 at Purcell Pavilion at the Joyce Center is listed as one of two potential sites for the game. The other game that day which could be part of the Saturday Primetime broadcast is Pittsburgh at Cincinnati.
The site of the Feb. 9 contest will be chosen closer to the date of the game. The GameDay matchup will be played at 9:00 pm (ET) on ESPN and the game not chosen will be televised by either ESPN or ESPN2 at 6:00 pm that evening.
ESPN College GameDay will visit eight schools throughout the ’12-’13 season. Once again, the BIG EAST will be the only conference to have its member schools play host to the Saturday festivities on more than one occasion. Georgetown will serve as host to GameDay Saturday, March 9 against Syracuse.
No conference in the country has hosted College GameDay more times than the BIG EAST. The BIG EAST and its member institutions previously have been host to College GameDay on 16 occasions.
Notre Dame has hosted the Saturday morning show and primetime basketball contest on one other time — Jan, 24, 2009 when the Irish played Connecticut.
ESPN GameDay covered by State Farm airs on Saturday mornings on ESPNU from 10:00-11:00 am (ET) and on ESPN from 11:00 am to noon (ET). A one-hour edition airs at 8:00 pm (ET) prior to ESPN’s Saturday Primetime presented by DIRECTV telecast at 9:00 pm (ET).
New to the schedule this year is a split site for the eighth and final week on March 9. College GameDay will begin the morning at 10 a.m. in Washington, D.C., at the site of the Syracuse at Georgetown game (noon, ESPN). The crew will then travel to Chapel Hill, N.C., for the evening show at 8 p.m., prior to the start of the Duke at North Carolina matchup (9 p.m., ESPN).
Also new this season, Jalen Rose joins the College GameDay crew, replacing Hubert Davis behind the desk. Rose will be a featured analyst on GameDay, as well as additional college basketball studio programming and games. Rose has been ESPN NBA analyst, primarily as part of the network’s studio coverage since 2007, and will continue NBA studio analysis during the Playoffs.
For the ninth year, Rece Davis will serve as host for College GameDay, and will be joined by analysts Jay Bilas, Digger Phelps and Rose to preview all the day’s action and discuss the biggest storylines in college basketball.
This year’s ESPN College GameDay schedule is as follows: Jan. 19 (Gonzaga at Butler); Jan. 25 (North Carolina at North Carolina State); Feb. 2 (Michigan at Indiana); Feb. 9 (Louisville at Notre Dame or Pittsburgh at Cincinnati); Feb. 16 (Texas at Kansas); Feb. 23 (Missouri at Kentucky); March 9 (Syracuse at Georgetown and Duke at North Carolina).