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GREENSBORO, N.C. - The Atlantic Coast Conference will tip off the 2011-12 ESPN College GameDay/Saturday Primetime schedule this college basketball season, as Florida State's home game against North Carolina on Jan. 14 will be the first of eight Saturday GameDay contests showcased by the network.
ESPN's College GameDay Driven by State Farm, the eight-week Saturday morning and evening college basketball program originating from the site of ESPN's Saturday Primetime Presented by DIRECTV telecast, will return for its eighth season, beginning Saturday, Jan. 14, at 10 a.m. ET from the campus of FSU in Tallahassee, Fla. In a one-time only switch, the season debut will be on ESPN with the second hour on ESPNU. Most other weeks, a two-hour show will air at 10 a.m. on ESPNU, continuing at 11 a.m. on ESPN with a one-hour edition at 8 p.m. on ESPN (except for Jan. 28 and March 3). The Saturday Primetime game-of-the-week series will generally be aired at 9 p.m. (exceptions noted below).
New to the schedule this year is the "flex pick" option for the March 3 game. College GameDay will either stop in Durham, N.C., for North Carolina at Duke in a 7 p.m. Saturday Primetime matchup or in Lawrence, Kan., for the Texas at Kansas 9 p.m. game.
Nick Dawson, director, ESPN programming & acquisitions, said, "We worked to assemble the most exciting conference matchups for Saturday Primetime at sites we are confident will be enthusiastic and welcoming hosts for College GameDay."
For the eighth year, Rece Davis will serve as point guard for the College GameDay desk, and will be joined by analysts Jay Bilas, Digger Phelps, Hubert Davis and Bob Knight to preview all the day's action and discuss the biggest storylines in college basketball.
Scheduled sites for College GameDay and Saturday Primetime: 2011-12 ESPN College GameDay/Saturday Primetime Schedule
|Jan. 14||North Carolina @ Florida State||(Game at 2pm ET)|
|Jan. 21||Louisville @ Pittsburgh||(Game at 9pm ET)|
|Jan. 28||Washington @ Arizona||(Game at 7pm ET)|
|Feb. 4||Kansas @ Missouri||(Game at 9pm ET)|
|Feb. 11||Kentucky @ Vanderbilt||(Game at 9pm ET)|
|Feb. 18||Ohio State @ Michigan||(Game at 9pm ET)|
|Feb. 25||Syracuse @ Connecticut||(Game at 9pm ET)|
|March. 3||Flex Pick (North Carolina @ Duke at 7pm ET -OR- Texas @ Kansas)||(Game at 9pm ET)|
**Site to be determined and announced on Sat, Feb 25