ESPN College GameDay Coming to Ann Arbor for Michigan-Ohio State Game

Aug. 11, 2011

BRISTOL, Conn. -- ESPN College Basketball GameDay will make its first trip to Ann Arbor when the University of Michigan men's basketball team hosts Ohio State on Saturday, Feb. 18, the cable sports network announced today (Thursday, Aug. 11).

"College GameDay has continued to provide quality analysis, insight and features on the game of college basketball," said U-M head coach John Beilein. "It is an exciting opportunity for both our program and university to serve as host. With the Crisler Arena updates as well as the addition of the Player Development Center our fans, especially the Maize Rage, will be eager to provide an electric atmosphere. It's another very positive step in the rebuilding of Michigan basketball."

The match-up between the Wolverines and Buckeyes will tip off at 9 p.m. and be televised on ESPN as part of the Saturday Primetime game, which is called by Dan Shulman and Dick Vitale along with Erin Andrews as sideline reporter.

Beginning its eighth season, College GameDay features show host Rece Davis returning with analysts Jay Bilas, Digger Phelps, Hubert Davis and Bob Knight. The program concentrates on analysis, news and features for the college basketball season, including reports from Andy Katz.

ESPNU will air the first hour of College GameDay at 10 a.m., followed with ESPN continuing the second hour of coverage at 11 a.m. The GameDay lineup will air its third hour as part of the Saturday Primetime game at 8 p.m. before tipoff at 9 p.m.

The Wolverines are the only Big Ten team to be featured this season. Overall, Big Ten schools have hosted College GameDay eight times since the show began in 2005.

The exact location, details and times of the College Basketball Game Day will be announced at a future date.

2011-12 ESPN College GameDay Schedule

Saturday, Jan. 14 North Carolina at Florida State     2 p.m.
Saturday, Jan. 21 Louisville at Pittsburgh 9 p.m.
Saturday, Jan. 28 Washington at Arizona 7 p.m.
Saturday, Feb. 4 Kansas at Missouri 9 p.m.
Saturday, Feb. 11 Kentucky at Vanderbilt 9 p.m.
Saturday, Feb. 18     Ohio State at Michigan 9 p.m.
Saturday, Feb. 25 Syracuse at Connecticut 9 p.m.
Saturday, March 3 Flex Pick*  

* Either North Carolina at Duke (7 p.m.) or Texas at Kansas (9 p.m.). Site to be determined and announced on Saturday, Feb. 25.

The Big Ten and ESPN's College GameDay

Jan. 27, 2007 Ohio State (host) vs. Michigan State
Feb. 24, 2007     Michigan State (host) vs. Indiana
Feb. 16, 2008 Indiana (host) vs. Michigan State
Feb. 14, 2009 Wisconsin (host) vs. Ohio State
Feb. 10, 2010 Illinois (host) vs. Michigan State
Jan. 22, 2011 Purdue (host) vs. Michigan State
Feb. 19, 2011 Michigan State (host) vs. Illinois
Feb. 18, 2012 Michigan (host) vs. Ohio State

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