ESPN College GameDay makes its first trip to Mizzou Arena on Feb. 4.
Aug. 11, 2011
Columbia, Mo. -
The college basketball world will focus on Columbia, Mo., on Feb. 4th when the popular College GameDay Driven By State Farm will air live from Mizzou Arena before the Tigers square off against rival Kansas that night at 8 p.m. in ESPN's Saturday Primetime Presented by DIRECTV telecast. The meeting will be GameDay's first look inside the country's most heated series. Missouri and Kansas will meet for the 266th time in a rivalry between two states that dates back to the Civil War. "What an honor to have GameDay come to Columbia," Mizzou Head Coach Frank Haith said. "We are obviously proud of what we have to showcase here. We are incredibly excited about our current team and the future of this program. We have the finest on-campus basketball facility in America and we have an incredible fan base that will create great excitement around this event and this rivalry. This is a great opportunity for the nation to see what the Mizzou experience is all about." Columbia will be one of eight stops for the College GameDay crew this season and five of those eight (Mizzou, Arizona, Florida State, Michigan and Vanderbilt) are first-time hosts. Host Rece Davis is joined on the program by former Notre Dame head coach Digger Phelps, former Duke player and assistant coach Jay Bilas, former North Carolina standout Hubert Davis and former Indiana and Texas Tech head coach Bob Knight.
Live coverage of the two hour show begins at 9 a.m. CT on ESPNU and doors to Mizzou Arena will open at 8 a.m. Coverage picks up on ESPN at 10 a.m. CT. Tiger fans and students have enjoyed a successful history showing up in huge numbers for GameDay, including ESPN's estimate of 18,000 fans before Mizzou Football's Homecoming win over No. 1 Oklahoma in 2010. Admission to the GameDay morning festivities will be free. "What another great opportunity for us to showcase our university and our athletics programs," Director of Athletics Mike Alden said. "I know Frank (Haith) and his team will be excited to have the GameDay crew at Mizzou Arena and I know our university community and the entire City of Columbia will be just as welcoming and enthusiastic as when we hosted football GameDay last year for Homecoming." GameDay coverage will return later that night for a primetime hour from 7-8 p.m. While broadcast pairings have not been set for the game, the trio of Dan Shulman, Dick Vitale and Erin Andrews has typically been the Saturday evening crew. For more information on Mizzou Athletics, please visit our website at mutigers.com. About College GameDay College GameDay Driven by State Farm debuted Jan. 22, 2005 from the University of Connecticut, the same season as the debut of the Saturday Primetime Presented by DIRECTV game of the week. The eight-week road show is hosted by Rece Davis (since 2005) with analysts Jay Bilas (2005), Hubert Davis (2007), Digger Phelps (2006) & Bob Knight (2009). Thirty-six different campuses have served as College GameDay sites, plus the ACC Tournament Semifinals (March 12, 2005), in a total of 56 stops through 2011. The largest crowd assembled for the show was 22,144 at Kentucky's Rupp Arena, Feb. 10, 2010.
2012 College GameDay Lineup
|Date||GameDay Site||Show Times (CT)||Game||Game Time (CT)|
|Jan. 14||Tallahassee, Fla.||9 a.m. & 10 a.m.||North Carolina at Florida State||1 p.m.|
|Jan. 21||Pittsburgh, Pa.||9 a.m. & 7 p.m.||Louisville at Pittsburgh||8 p.m.|
|Jan. 28||Tucson, Ariz.||9 a.m. & 5 p.m.||Washington at Arizona||7 p.m.|
|Feb. 4||Columbia, Mo.||9 a.m. & 7 p.m.||Kansas at Missouri||8 p.m.|
|Feb. 11||Nashville, Tenn.||9 a.m. & 7 p.m.||Kentucky at Vanderbilt||8 p.m.|
|Feb. 18||Ann Arbor, Mich.||9 a.m. & 7 p.m.||Ohio State at Michigan||8 p.m.|
|Feb. 25||Storrs, Conn.||9 a.m. & 7 p.m.||Syracuse at Connecticut||8 p.m.|
|March 3||^ Durham, N.C. - or -
|9 a.m. & 5 p.m.||North Carolina at Duke - or -
Texas at Kansas
|6 p.m. - or
ESPNU will televise the first hour of College GameDay with ESPN continuing coverage at 10 a.m. CT except Jan. 14 when ESPN will televise the first hour and ESPNU will continue coverage at 11 a.m. ESPN will televise the evening edition each week, except Jan. 14 when there is no evening show. ^ Site for March 3 will be determined and announced on the Feb. 25 morning GameDay show
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