College GameDay (basketball)

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College GameDay
College Gameday in Ames, Iowa
College Gameday crew visiting Ames, Iowa
Starring Rece Davis
Jay Williams
Seth Greenberg
Jay Bilas
Country of origin United States
Running time 120 minutes
Original channel ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU
Original release January 22, 2005 (2005-01-22) – present

College GameDay is an ESPN program that covers college basketball and is a spin-off of the successful college football version. Since debuting on January 22, 2005, it airs on ESPN Saturdays in the college basketball season at 11am ET and 8pm ET at a different game site each week. One difference between the two versions is that the college basketball version always appears at the ESPN Saturday Primetime game location, which is the ESPN college basketball game of the week and appears at 9pm ET Saturdays on ESPN. This program has also appeared at the site of the Final Four. The first two years of the show, it went to seven sites in seven weeks, but starting in 2007, it has been expanded to eight sites in eight weeks. The official name of the show is College GameDay Covered by State Farm.

In 2005, the host of the show the first four weeks was Rece Davis, but then the last four weeks Chris Fowler hosted the show, but since 2006, Rece Davis has been the exclusive host of the show. Since the show debuted, Davis has been joined by Digger Phelps, Jay Bilas and since 2007, Hubert Davis has been on the team on the set with Dick Vitale contributing. In 2008 during Championship Week, Bob Knight joined the cast, where he remained until 2012. Andy Katz has also served as a feature reporter giving up to the minute news and reports. Saturday Primetime is called by Dan Shulman and Dick Vitale along with Shannon Spake as sideline reporter.

College GameDay is broadcast live twice, both for one hour from 11 am–noon ET and from 8–9 pm ET, respectively.

When College GameDay tipped off its 7th season on January 15, 2011, the show expanded to two hours, with the first hour airing on ESPNU, followed by the second hour on ESPN. The first game of the 2011 schedule marked the first time the show has originated from a site that has featured a men’s and women’s game played in the same day.


The program has appeared in many different spots throughout each basketball arena. At Kansas, they were in the program's museum; at Kentucky, they were at the entrance of the arena; at UConn, they were on the concourse; at Gonzaga, Florida, and Marquette, they were on the court; and at Duke, they were in Krzyzewskiville, the tent village outside Cameron Indoor Stadium. It is also worth noting that in recent years (except for the Final Four), the morning airings of this program have taken place on the court.

Through the end of the 2012-2013 basketball & football seasons, 21 schools (Boston College, Clemson, Florida, Florida State, Kansas, Kansas State, Kentucky, LSU, Michigan State, North Carolina, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Pittsburgh, Purdue, Tennessee, Texas, UCLA, Virginia Tech, West Virginia and Wisconsin) have hosted College GameDay for both basketball and football events. On January 22, 2011, Purdue became the 19th school to reach that mark, having hosted for football in 2004. On February 26, 2011, Virginia Tech was the 20th school to be added to the list as they hosted for football in 2007. Colorado could be added to this list in 2014 if they are selected to host when they play Arizona on February 22. Colorado hosted in Football in 1995 twice and once in 1996.

Starting with the fourth season (2008), the basketball version of GameDay is broadcast in high-definition on ESPN HD.

On January 16, 2010, the 6th season premiere of College GameDay, the show was broadcast live from the site of a women's college basketball game for the first time ever as it made an appearance at Gampel Pavilion in Storrs, Connecticut. The show covered the women's college basketball game between Notre Dame Fighting Irish and the Connecticut Huskies.

On March 9, 2013, College GameDay had a men's doubleheader from 2 different sites (Washington, DC and Chapel Hill, NC) for the first time in the show's history. On January 18, 2014, College GameDay opened its tenth season with another men's doubleheader, this time, at The Palestra in Philadelphia, PA and at Gampel Pavilion in Storrs, CT.

For the 2013 and 2014 seasons, the intro for College GameDay was Macklemore's 2013 hit, Can't Hold Us. Macklemore also appeared in the intro for the football version of the show, starting with the 2014 season.

On April 7, 2014, longtime analyst Digger Phelps announced his retirement and would not return for the 2015 season.[1] That summer, Jalen Rose announced he would not return due to his priorities with NBA Countdown. As a result of the two departures, ESPN announced that Seth Greenberg and Jay Williams would be analysts for 2015 and beyond.[2]

On September 30, 2014, ESPN announced that College GameDay would no longer have a set schedule, just like the football version of the show. Instead, the location will be chosen the week before to give the network a better opportunity to pick games with ranked teams and interesting story lines.[3]
















°ESPN will televise the first hour and ESPNU will continue coverage at 11 a.m.
^Site was announced during the evening GameDay broadcast on Feb. 18.


°Evening show will begin at 6 p.m.
^Site for Feb. 9 will be announced closer to the game
†ESPN GameDay will air from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. on ESPNU and from 11 a.m. to noon on ESPN




Appearances by school[edit]

Through the 2014–15 Season

School Appearances Hosted
Arizona 4 2
Boston College 1 1
Baylor 1 1
Butler 1 1
California 1 1
Clemson 1 1
Colorado 1 1
Connecticut (Women's) 1 1
Connecticut (Men's) 8 2
Creighton 1 0
Duke 12 5
Florida 5 3
Florida State 1 1
Georgetown 3 1
Georgia Tech 1 0
Gonzaga 3 2
Illinois 2 1
Indiana 3 2
Iowa State 1 1
Kansas 11 6
Kansas State 3 1
Kentucky 8 3
LaSalle 1 1
Louisiana State 1 1
Louisville 6 2
Marquette 1 1
Maryland 1 1
Memphis 3 2
Miami (FL) 1 0
Michigan 4 2
Michigan State 6 3
Mississippi State 1 0
Missouri 2 1
North Carolina 7 3
North Carolina State 1 1
Northern Iowa 1 0
Notre Dame (Men's) 2 1
Notre Dame (Women's) 1 0
Ohio State 3 1
Oklahoma 2 1
Oklahoma State 1 1
Pittsburgh 5 2
Purdue 1 1
Southern Illinois 1 1
Stanford 1 0
Syracuse 6 4
Temple 1 0
Tennessee 4 2
Tennessee (Women's) 1 1
Texas 7 2
Texas A & M 1 0
UCLA 4 2
Vanderbilt 2 1
Vanderbilt (Women's) 1 0
Villanova 2 1
Virginia 1 1
Virginia Tech 1 1
Washington 2 1
West Virginia 1 1
Wichita State 1 1
Wisconsin 2 1

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