Saturday, August 24, 2013

Duke on tap for at least TWO College Gameday appearances

DURHAM, N.C. -- Led by Hall of Fame head coach Mike Krzyzewski, the Duke men's basketball team has been selected for a pair of ESPN College GameDay appearances this season as announced by ESPN Tuesday. The Blue Devils face Syracuse on Feb. 1 with the GameDay crew on hand and then host the event on March 8 prior to its season finale against North Carolina.

 Entering its 10th season, ESPN’s College GameDay Covered by State Farm – the eight-week Saturday morning and evening college basketball program originating from the site of ESPN’s Saturday Primetime Presented by DIRECTV telecast – begins Saturday, Jan. 18 with a special split-site show. The first hour begins at 10 a.m. ET on ESPNU, continuing at 11 a.m. on ESPN with a one-hour evening edition leading into the Saturday Primetime game-of-the-week on ESPN.

Duke has appeared on ESPN College GameDay nine times, including the 2005 ACC Tournament semifinals, while hosting the festivities in 2006, 2008, 2010 and 2012. The Blue Devils are 4-5 overall with a 3-2 mark in their last five College GameDay appearances.

The ACC is the only conference with two games featured among the slate of nine Saturday contests, which begins Jan. 18 and runs through March 8.

“Over the past ten years, College GameDay and the Saturday Primetime series have become a weekly showcase of the best the sport has to offer and this year’s schedule promises to deliver a collection of the biggest and best games from across the country,” said Nick Dawson, Senior Director, Programming & Acquisitions. “There is no sport with more passionate fans than college basketball and there is no more passionate setting than a Saturday on-campus with GameDay and Saturday Primetime on-site.”

Super Bowl Week
College GameDay’s visit to Syracuse on February 1 is in conjunction with NBA games in the state of N.Y. during Super Bowl week and will lead into the Miami Heat at the New York Knicks NBA game at 8:30 p.m. that day. Super Bowl XLVIII is scheduled to be held on Sunday, Feb. 2, at MetLife Stadium at the Meadowlands Sports Complex in East Rutherford, N.J.
HostsFor the 10th year, Rece Davis will serve as host for College GameDay. He will be joined by analysts Jay Bilas, Digger Phelps and Jalen Rose to preview all the day’s action and discuss the biggest storylines in college basketball. 

Additional highlights•Fifteen schools, including nine of the top 10, on the Saturday Primetime schedule are top 25 picks in writer Jason King’s preseason top 25 poll: No. 1 Kentucky, No. 2 Louisville, No. 3 Michigan State, No. 4 Arizona, No. 5 Kansas, No. 6 Duke, No. 7 Florida, No. 9 Syracuse, No. 10 Michigan, No. 11 Oklahoma State, No. 12 North Carolina, No. 15 Memphis, No. 18 Gonzaga, No. 21 Connecticut and No. 23 UCLA.

•Kentucky will host for the second-straight year and for a record-tying fifth time at Rupp Arena when it plays SEC opponent Florida on Feb. 15.

•Duke will make two GameDay appearances and host at Cameron Indoor Stadium for a record-tying fifth time prior to its ACC matchup against North Carolina on March 8.

•Syracuse will face Duke for the first time as ACC opponents in the primetime game on Feb. 1.

•A special 30-minute College GameDay will be live from the third-installment of the State Farm Champions Classic on Tuesday, Nov. 12, at 7 p.m. – prior to the Michigan State vs. Kentucky (7:30 p.m.) and Kansas vs. Duke (9:30 p.m.).
WatchESPNAll telecasts will be available through WatchESPN, accessible online at, on smartphones and tablets via the WatchESPN app, through ESPN on Xbox LIVE to Gold members and on Apple TV to fans who receive their video subscription from an affiliated provider.

ESPN College GameDay ScheduleDate - Site - Tip Time - Game
Jan. 18 - Philadelphia, Pa. - Noon - Temple vs. LaSalle
              Storrs, Conn. - 9:00 p.m. - Louisville at Connecticut
Jan. 25 - East Lansing, Mich. - 7:00 p.m. - Michigan at Michigan State
Feb. 1 - Syracuse, N.Y. - 6:30 p.m. - Duke at Syracuse
Feb. 8 - Memphis, Tenn. - 9:00 p.m. - Gonzaga at Memphis
Feb. 15 - Lexington, Ky. - 9:00 p.m. - Florida at Kentucky
Feb. 22* - Boulder, Colo. - 9:00 p.m. - Arizona at Colorado
   or          Palo Alto, Calif. - 9:00 p.m. - UCLA at Stanford
March 1 - Stillwater, Okla. - 9:00 p.m. - Kansas at Oklahoma State
March 8 - Durham, N.C. - 9:00 p.m. - North Carolina at Duke

*Site for Feb. 22 will be announced closer to the game; game not selected will air at 6 p.m. on ESPN or ESPN2

Duke's ESPN College GameDay ResultsFeb. 12, 2005 - at Maryland - L, 99-92
**March 12, 2005 - vs. N.C. State - W, 76-69
March 4, 2006 - North Carolina - L, 83-76
March 8, 2008 - North Carolina - L, 76-68
Jan. 23, 2010 - at Clemson - W, 60-47
March 6, 2010 - North Carolina - W, 82-50
Feb. 26, 2011 - at Virginia Tech - L, 64-60
March 3, 2012 - North Carolina - L, 88-70
March 9, 2013 - at North Carolina - W, 69-53

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