ESPNU to Tip Off College Basketball Season with Expanded Midnight Madness Coverage on Oct. 17
Oct. 9, 2008
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - ESPNU will televise four hours of Midnight Madness coverage beginning at 9 p.m. ET on Friday, Oct. 17, expanding its coverage 30 minutes from last season and showcasing more schools. The network will present extensive whip-around coverage of several Midnight Madness events, including those at Davidson, Kansas, Georgetown, Gonzaga and Indiana, which will be the five primary men's basketball programs highlighted. Several of ESPN's top men's college basketball analysts will be on hand at each of the sites, such as Jay Bilas, Fran Fraschilla, Bill Raftery, Stephen Bardo and Steve Lavin, providing practice coverage, analysis, and courtside interviews with the head coach and key players from each team.
All five schools appeared in the 2008 NCAA Division I Championship. This season, Kansas will defend its National Championship, while Davidson is coming off its first Elite Eight NCAA Tournament appearance, and will be once again be led by top junior point guard Stephen Curry. Georgetown, Gonzaga and Indiana all look to improve upon last year's NCAA Tournament runs.
Through ESPNU's Campus Connection, students will contribute to the Midnight Madness coverage with reaction and perspective from their respective institutions, including Maryland, the birthplace of Midnight Madness, Kentucky, North Carolina and more.
Complementing on-site coverage, ESPNU signature anchor Lowell Galindo will be joined in studio by college basketball analyst Adrian Branch and ESPN.com senior writer Andy Katz, who will preview the season and respond to viewer e-mails and comments. In addition, the show will feature interviews with UNLV head coach Lon Kruger, Siena head coach Fran McCaffrey and hall of fame Tennessee Lady Vols head coach Pat Summitt, plus "Katz Corners" with Andy Katz talking to several coaches about the upcoming season. Some of the schools will include UCLA, Pittsburgh, Wake Forest, Wisconsin, Alabama, Notre Dame, Baylor and Miami.
ESPNU Video-on-Demand will also offer coverage of Midnight Madness with four 20-minute segments featuring Georgetown, Gonzaga, Kansas and Davidson.
This season, ESPNU will televise more than 200 men's and women's college basketball games combined, including coverage from a variety of Division I conferences, such as the ACC, Atlantic 10, Big 12, BIG EAST, Big South, Big Ten, Big West, CAA, Horizon League, Mid-American Conference, MEAC, Missouri Valley Conference, Ohio Valley Conference, Southland, SWAC, WAC, WCC and more.
ESPNU Midnight Madness On-Site Commentator Teams
Davidson College - Gary Williams and Jay Bilas
The Big Ten Network will also be on hand to provide coverage of Hoosier Hysteria. More information on their coverage will be available next week.
ESPNU also offers comprehensive studio programming, including live simulcasts of ESPN Radio's The Herd with Colin Cowherd, and replays the best games of the week from ABC, ESPN, ESPN2 and ESPN Regional Television. The brand is also available in high definition on ESPNU HD and online at ESPNU.com. In addition, ESPNU Campus Connection, a multi-platform student-generated content initiative, was introduced in August 2007.
ESPNU is available nationwide in 21 million households and has long-term carriage agreements with several top 10 providers, including Charter, Cox, DIRECTV (Channel 614), DISH Network (Channel 148), Insight Communications, Mediacom, Suddenlink, and Time Warner. ESPNU is also available on Verizon FIOS TV and AT&T U-verse.
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