Saturday Primetime

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Saturday Primetime
Format College basketball
Starring Dan Shulman
Dick Vitale
Shannon Spake
Samantha Ponder
Holly Rowe
Jay Bilas
Bob Knight
Country of origin United States
No. of episodes 79 (List of episodes)
Running time 2 hours
until conclusion of game
Original channel ESPN
Original run January 22, 2005 (2005-01-22) – present

Saturday Primetime is an American television program that appears every Saturday during the college basketball regular season. It is the ESPN game of the week as part of College GameDay. Started in 2005, the game is featured wherever Rece Davis, Hubert Davis, Digger Phelps and Jay Bilas are for the college basketball version of College GameDay. The official name is Saturday Primetime presented by DirecTV. The previous title sponsor was Cisco Systems.

The game of the week airs every Saturday at 9 p.m. ET during the regular season with a one-hour pre-game show as part of College GameDay. The game is also seen in high definition on ESPNHD. Like Sunday Night Baseball, scheduling conflicts can result in the game being shown on ESPN2 and ESPN2HD. In 2005 and 2006, Brad Nessler had called play-by-play, but in 2007, Dan Shulman took over for Nessler along with college basketball guru Dick Vitale with color commentary and Erin Andrews with the sideline reports. Occasionally, Bilas and Bob Knight fill in for Vitale and join Shulman on the broadcast. Games are shown from a variety of conferences. Starting in 2013 Shannon Spake will serve as sideline reporter.


On March 4, 2006, the one year anniversary of ESPNU, Saturday Primetime was seen on six different stations on the ESPN Family of Networks including ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU, ESPN360, ESPN HD and ESPN2 HD. This was as part of the premiere of ESPNU's Full Circle series. On ESPN2 it was seen from the above the rim cam, on ESPNU it was seen on the Cameron Crazies Cam, on ESPN HD and ESPN2 HD it was seen in its normal high definition and on ESPN and ESPN 360 it was seen regularly.

On-air staff[edit]

Some of the current and former on-air staff on Saturday Primetime have included:



See also[edit]


  • 2007 GameDay/Saturday Primetime lineup [1]

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