ESPN releases GameDay schedule; debuting at The Palestra
It's a robust schedule with a lot of really good-looking games. The GameDay slate will hit up the usual college hoops hotspots -- with a few new locales, too.
So, which eight spots will ESPN's GameDay hit next season in college hoops? We found out Wednesday. I won't delay the details by fluffing the intro.
|Date||GameDay Site||Show Times (ET)*||Game||Time (ET)|
|January 18||Philadelphia, Pa.
|Temple vs. La Salle
Louisville at Connecticut
|January 25||East Lansing, Mich.||10 a.m. & 6 p.m.||Michigan at Michigan State||7 p.m.|
|February 1||Syracuse, N.Y.||10 a.m. & 6 p.m.||Duke at Syracuse||6:30 p.m.|
|February 8||Memphis, Tenn.||10 a.m. & 8 p.m.||Gonzaga at Memphis||9 p.m.|
|February 15||Lexington, Ky.||10 a.m. & 8 p.m.||Florida at Kentucky||9 p.m.|
|February 22||Boulder, Colo. or
Palo Alto, Calif.^
|10 a.m. & 8 p.m.||Arizona at Colorado or
UCLA at Stanford
|March 1||Stillwater, Okla.||10 a.m. & 8 p.m.||Kansas at Oklahoma State||9 p.m.|
|March 8||Durham, N.C.||10 a.m. & 8 p.m.||North Carolina at Duke||9 p.m.|
CBSSports.com told you in July about that Gonzaga-Memphis game, which is the only one here that's inter-conference aside from the intra-city American/A-10 battle between Temple and La Salle. Speaking of that: The Palestra gets to open up the tour! That's really nice. I might have to make a return trip there; it's hallowed hoops ground, after all. That's the headliner to me, even if the teams involved aren't the best. Like last year, the GameDay will have travel to two sites in one day. It closed its slate with double duty in 2013, while it will inaugurate the proceedings this year with two games.
In general, this a strong, good-looking schedule, as you'd expect -- right now. The college basketball schedule can change things. For instance, it's good ESPN is giving itself wiggle room regarding the dubious Pac-12. All four of those teams should be good, but who knows what will happen. But of the 20 teams listed above, it's hard to believe at least 75 percent of them won't make the NCAA tournament.
ESPN notes the Feb. 1 Duke-Syracuse game is in conjunction with the Super Bowl weekend gala of basketball taking place in New York. That Saturday should be a great one for college basketball.
Kentucky and Duke are getting their fifth hosting duties, the most of all programs.
Believe it or not, this is the 10th season already that ESPN's done its GameDay version of hoops.
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