Sept. 24, 2012
Columbia, Mo. - Mizzou Madness on Oct. 12 at Mizzou Arena will be televised live nationally on ESPN3 starting at 7 p.m. CT.
Missouri is one of just seven schools across the country with its event being aired on ESPN3 in its entirety, and live excerpts of Mizzou Madness will air on ESPNU's seventh annual Midnight Madness Tip off event.
Missouri joins Florida State, Kentucky, North Carolina State, North Carolina, Pittsburgh and Syracuse with live telecasts on ESPN3. Mitch Holthus and Stephen Bardo will call the action in Columbia.
ESPN3 will continue complete live coverage of seven school sites throughout the evening. ESPNU studio will provide fans with a "whip-around" look at highlighted teams coast-to-coast from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m.. The madness coverage will extend into its final hour on ESPNU's nightly entertainment show, UNITE, with its inaugural Midnight Madness Special.
"What a great complement to our fans and our basketball program," Head Coach Frank Haith said. "Mizzou Arena is one of the toughest home courts in college basketball and to open our season with ESPN in the house is a great way to showcase everyone involved with our programs."
Tiger fans will see a number of new faces on Oct. 12. Missouri has one of the country's top four-year transfer classes entering the program, but also return key letter winners Laurence Bowers, Michael Dixon and Phil Pressey. Among the newcomers joining the fray in 2012 are Keion Bell, Jabari Brown, Alex Oriakhi and Earnest Ross.
Doors to Mizzou Arena open at 6 p.m. and both the men's and women's teams will be on the concourse signing autographs. Tickets and parking to Mizzou Madness are free.
ESPNU Midnight Madness 2012 highlights: In-studio coverage and analysis provided by ESPNU host Dari Nowkhah and college basketball analyst Jay Bilas, Jalen Rose, Katz, as well as contributions from Dick Vitale.
On-site commentators will provide coverage of various elements including scrimmages, player introductions, skill and dunk contests, team skits, head coach and player interviews, along with season previews. ESPN analysts on-site: Stephen Bardo, Doris Burke, Jimmy Dykes, Sean Farnham, Fran Fraschilla, Len Elmore, Miles Simon, Tim Welsh and more.
The 24-hour college sports television network airs more than 650 live events annually and offers over 600 original studio shows. ESPNU has seen a steady increase since its inception on March 4, 2005 and is now in over 73 million households. The brand is also available in high definition on ESPNUHD, now in over 20 million homes. The network has long-term carriage agreements with all 10 of the top multichannel TV providers - Cablevision, Charter, Comcast, Cox, DirecTV (Channel 208), DISH Network (Channel 141), Mediacom, Time Warner Cable, Verizon FiOS TV and AT&T U-verse.
ESPN3 is ESPN's live multi-screen sports network, a 24/7 destination that delivers thousands of global sports events annually and accessible online via WatchESPN.com, on smartphones and tablets via the WatchESPN app and through ESPN on Xbox LIVE to Gold level members. It is currently available to 73 million homes at no additional cost to fans who receive their high-speed Internet connection or video subscription from an affiliated service provider. The network is also available at no cost to approximately 21 million U.S. college students and U.S.-based military personnel via computers connected to on-campus educational networks and on-base military networks.
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