ESPN College GameDay to visit PMAC

It's official. ESPN has formally announced that College Basketball Gameday will be in Baton Rouge for the Jan. 6 men's basketball game against the University of Connecticut at the Pete Maravich Assembly Center.

The LSU-UConn game will be televised nationally by ESPN at 8 p.m. CST as the network's "Saturday Primetime Presented by DirecTV."


This will be earliest that ESPN's "College GameDay Driven by State Farm" has been held, usually starting the first of eight shows in mid-January. This year ESPN is planning 10 College GameDays for basketball running weekly through the Big East Championship game on March 10. The network will also make a Southeastern Conference stop on Feb. 10 when Florida hosts Kentucky at Rupp Arena.


There will be a one-hour Saturday session of Gameday conducted on the floor of the Maravich Assembly Center on Jan. 6 open free to the public at 10 a.m. featuring hosts Rece Davis, Jay Bilas and Digger Phelps with Dick Vitale and Andy Katz contributing features and reports. There will also be a one-hour lead-in show that will also be done in the arena from 7-8 p.m. prior to the LSU-UConn game.


Last year, LSU and the Huskies played in Hartford with UConn rallying to win by one point, 67-66.


LSU will also be involved in some of the other special ESPN franchise programming including the first of two "Sunday Showdowns" when the Tigers take on Texas at the Toyota Center in Houston on ESPN at 7 p.m., Dec. 10. The LSU-Tennessee game in Knoxville on Feb. 6 is being featured as part of ESPN's "Rivalry Week" while the Feb. 20 game in Lexington against the University of Kentucky will be part of the network's "Judgment Week" series of games.


In all this season, the Tigers will be featured on live or tape delayed regional or national television a minimum of 23 times during the 2006-07 season. Last year, LSU was on television a single season school record 26 times.


In addition to five appearances on the ESPN family of networks, LSU will be seen six times on Lincoln Financial Sports (the league syndicated package), five times on Fox Sports Net and CST and twice on CBS.

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