Top 30 Plays of the Last 30 Years Highlights Beginning of Men’s College Basketball Conference Action
Nightly Franchises Begins January 12
In connection with ESPN’s 30th season of men’s college basketball coverage, the network will countdown the top 30 plays of the last 30 years beginning Monday, Jan. 12, which also marks the start of regular weekday and Saturday time slots. The Top 30 Plays of the Last 30 Years Presented by Buffalo Wild Wings will count down the top plays from all of college basketball since 1979 with a play revealed in select game telecasts through the remainder of the season beginning with 30-26 during the week of January 12 (all on ESPN): January 12 at 7 p.m. ET and 9 p.m., January 14 at 9 p.m., January 15 at 7 p.m. and January 17 at 9 p.m. The top play will be announced during the ACC Championship Sunday, March 15 at 1 p.m. on ESPN.
The list was compiled by a panel of ESPN college basketball staff, including announcers, programmers, producers and executives, as well as college sports information directors, college basketball experts and fan voting via ESPN.com.
ESPN and ESPN2 will combine to offer top games in regular conference driven weekday time slots and Saturday action highlighted by the game-of-the-week Saturday Primetime series, every Saturday at 9 p.m.:
- Big Monday Presented by Bud Light: A weekly ESPN doubleheader featuring the BIG EAST and Big 12 at 7 p.m. and 9 p.m., respectively.
- Super Tuesday Presented by KFC: An ESPN Big Ten, SEC doubleheader as well as a weekly ESPN2 primetime matchup featuring various conferences.
- Wednesday Night Hoops Presented by Disney Parks: A weekly Big 12 game on ESPN2 as well as weekly conference games featuring additional conferences such as the ACC and BIG EAST.
- Thursday Night Showcase Presented by T. Rowe Price: An expanded Thursday night schedule with an additional 11 p.m. ESPN2 window featuring a WCC or WAC game in addition to a BIG EAST and Big Ten matchup every week on ESPN or ESPN2 as well as action from the ACC, Atlantic 10, Pac-10 and SEC.
- Saturdays: Afternoon and evening games across ABC, ESPN, ESPN2 and ESPNU from top conferences including ACC, BIG EAST, Big Ten, Big 12, SEC and Conference USA as well as Saturday Primetime.
The fifth consecutive season of ESPN’s College GameDay Driven by State Farm, ESPN’s weekly college basketball road show, will originate from the site of the Saturday Primetime telecasts beginning January 17. College GameDay will feature two one-hour shows each Saturday: 11 a.m. and 8 p.m. The schedule (all Saturday Primetime telecasts at 9 p.m. except for January 24 which will begin at 7 p.m.):
January 17 Miami at North Carolina
January 24 Connecticut at Notre Dame
(GameDay begins at 6 p.m.; game
at 7 p.m.)
January 31 Florida at Tennessee
February 7 Memphis at Gonzaga
February 14 Ohio State at Wisconsin
February 21 Oklahoma at Texas
February 28 UCLA at California
March 7Louisville at West Virginia
The schedule through January 14:
Date Time (ET) Network Matchup
|Mon., Jan. 12||7 p.m.||ESPN / ESPN360.com||#13 Notre Dame at #21 Louisville|
|Sean McDonough, Jay Bilas and Bill Raftery|
|7 p.m.||ESPNU||Hampton at Florida A&M|
|Dave Weekley and Mark Wise|
|9 p.m.||ESPN / ESPN360.com||#7 Texas at #6 Oklahoma|
|Ron Franklin, Fran Fraschilla and Holly Rowe|
|9 p.m.||ESPNU||Southern at Jackson State|
|Trey Bender and Bob Weltlich|
|Tue., Jan. 13||7 p.m.||ESPN / ESPN360.com||Indiana at Ohio State|
|Brent Musburger, Steve Lavin and Erin Andrews|
|7 p.m.||ESPNU||Florida State at North Carolina State|
|Sam Gore and Fred Barakat|
|7:30 p.m.||ESPN2 / ESPN360.com||Memphis at Tulsa|
|Bob Wischusen, Doug Gottlieb and Tom Brennan|
|9 p.m.||ESPN / ESPN360.com||Kentucky at #25 Tennessee|
|Brad Nessler, Jimmy Dykes and Jeannine Edwards|
|9 p.m.||ESPNU||Georgia State at Old Dominion|
|John Castleberry and Joe Cantafio|
|Wed., Jan. 14||7 p.m.||ESPN / ESPN360.com||#2 Duke at Georgia Tech|
|Brad Nessler and Jay Bilas|
|7 p.m.||ESPNU||South Florida at #1 Pittsburgh|
|Dan McLaughlin and Mike Kelley|
|7:30 p.m.||ESPN2 / ESPN360.com||#9 Syracuse at #10 Georgetown|
|Dave O’Brien and Doris Burke|
|9 p.m.||ESPNU||Colorado at Missouri|
|Doug Bell and Jon Sundvold|
|9:30 p.m.||ESPN2 / ESPN360.com||#23 Baylor at Texas A&M|
|Terry Gannon and Stephen Bardo|
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