NEW YORK (Feb.25) – SHOWTIME Sports® presents HOOPS U, an exclusive behind-the-scenes documentary special featuring the University of Notre Dame Fighting Irish and University of Maryland Terrapins as the teams vie for a spot in the men’s national college basketball tournament. HOOPS U, a 90-minute special, is produced by SHOWTIME Sports and IMG and premieres on Wednesday, March 18 at 9 p.m. ET/PT on SHOWTIME.
From the classroom to the locker room, from film study to tip-off and beyond, HOOPS U gives viewers backstage access into the world of Division I college basketball. SHOWTIME, along with executive producers Steve Mayer of IMG and 52-time Emmy Award winner Ross Greenburg (Against The Tide; Magic and Bird: A Courtship of Rivals), peel back the curtain on the Fighting Irish and Terrapins’ men’s basketball programs, offering viewers a front-row seat to the final month of conference play and the conference tournaments through Sunday, March 15, when the national tournament bracket and seeding are announced.
“HOOPS U is yet another example of our commitment to delivering diverse and dramatic sports programming,” said Stephen Espinoza, Executive Vice President & General Manager, SHOWTIME Sports. “With the addition of DEAN SMITH premiering on March 25, we are presenting two very different, yet equally compelling looks at college basketball, which has provided some of the most exciting and memorable sports moments of this era.”
“This will give viewers a unique insight into what really goes on behind the scenes at a premier college basketball program,” said Steve Mayer, Executive Producer & Head, IMG. “Our production team is receiving unparalleled access from both universities and the result will be a fascinating look at the preparations, personalities and pressures associated with college basketball at the highest level.”
HOOPS U promises a deep look inside the life of players, coaches and team personnel, revealing the joys and struggles associated with life as a collegiate athlete and the fierce battle to earn a coveted spot in the national tournament.
Led by head coach Mike Brey, the Irish have risen to become a top-10 team in just their second season in the Atlantic Coast Conference, a league many believe to be one of the toughest in college basketball. Under the senior leadership of Pat Connaughton and Jerian Grant, Notre Dame is poised and confident on its journey to the tournament.
In its first season in the Big Ten, Maryland has burst on to the national scene and has been ranked for 14 consecutive weeks in the Associated Press Poll. With a savvy group of veteran leaders and an electrifying freshman class, Maryland head coach Mark Turgeon has the Terps poised for a memorable and exciting 2014-15 season.
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