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Men’s College Hoops: Five Matchups between Ranked Teams; Coaches Put Their Fundraising Skills to Work


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ESPN’s upcoming men’s college basketball schedule of 49 games from Thursday, Jan. 17, to Sunday, Jan. 20, will include five matchups between ranked teams. The lineup is highlighted by two games pitting top ten teams against each other: No 6 Syracuse at No. 1 Louisville on Saturday, Jan. 19, at 4 p.m. ET on ESPN and No. 5 Michigan at No. 9 Minnesota on Thursday, Jan. 17, at 7 p.m. on ESPN.

ESPN will televise three additional games between ranked teams on Saturday, Jan. 19 — No. 17 Missouri at No. 10 Florida at 2 p.m., No. 11 Ohio State at No. 18 Michigan State at 6 p.m. and No. 8 Gonzaga at No. 13 Butler as part of the season debut of the Saturday Primetime Presented by DIRECTV at 9 p.m., which will also be offered on ESPN 3D.

ESPN’s week-long “My Home Court” (Twitter #MyHomeCourt) initiative celebrating some of the best and most historic venues in the sport will continue through Saturday, Jan. 19. As part of the week, telecasts will include vignettes and discussion on the home-team venue. Topics include the history, notable moments, great athletes and coaches who appeared in the arena, a look at the past and present, records made and broken in the facility, best and most unique seats in the building, and notable and passionate team fans who attend games.

ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU and ESPN3 schedule through January 20

Date Time (ET) Matchup/Commentators Network
Thu, Jan 17 7 p.m. No. 5 Michigan at No. 9 Minnesota
Joe Tessitore, Sean Farnham & Andy Katz
  7 p.m. Florida at Texas A&M
Rece Davis & Bob Knight
  7 p.m. Valparaiso at Detroit
Dan Gutowsky & Adrian Branch
  7 p.m. East Tennessee State at Mercer ESPN3
  7 p.m. Idaho at Louisiana Tech
Trey Bender & Stephen Howard
  8 p.m. Arkansas-Little Rock at Middle Tennessee ESPN3
  8 p.m. Youngstown State at Green Bay ESPN3
  8:30 p.m. Rider at St. Peter’s
Doug Sherman & Rob Kennedy
  8:30 p.m. Nicholls State at Northwestern State ESPN3
  9 p.m. Georgia Tech at No. 3 Duke
Dave O’Brien & Doris Burke
  9 p.m. South Florida at Rutgers
Bram Weinstein & Dereck Whittenburg
  9 p.m. Oregon State at No. 24 UCLA
Dave Pasch & Bill Walton
  11 p.m. No. 21 Oregon at USC
Roxy Bernstein & Miles Simon
Fri, Jan 18 7 p.m. Stony Brook at Vermont
Jim Barbar & Malcolm Huckaby
  9 p.m. Fairfield at Iona
Doug Sherman & Tim McCormick
Sat, Jan 19 11 a.m. Virginia Military Institute at Coastal Carolina
Adam Amin & Brooke Weisbrod
  Noon Maryland at North Carolina
Dave O’Brien & Doris Burke
  Noon Connecticut at Pittsburgh
John Saunders & Dereck Whittenburg
  Noon St. John’s at DePaul
Anish Shroff & Bob Wenzel
ESPN3 * & BIG EAST Network
  1 p.m. Nebraska at Penn State
Mike Crispino & Bob Valvano
  1 p.m. Winthrop at Campbell ESPN3
  1:30 p.m. Iowa State at TCU
Mitch Holthus & Reid Gettys
ESPN3 * & Big 12 Network
  1:30 p.m. Arkansas at Ole Miss
Dave Baker & Barry Booker
ESPN3 & SEC Network
  1:30 p.m. Vanderbilt at South Carolina
Dave Lamont & Kara Lawson
ESPN3 & SEC Network
  2 p.m. No. 17 Missouri at No. 10 Florida
Mark Jones & Jimmy Dykes
  2 p.m. Texas Tech at Oklahoma State
Jon Sciambi & Fran Fraschilla
  2 p.m. Wake Forest at Virginia Tech ESPN3 * & ACC Network
  3 p.m. Akron at Kent State
Dan Gutowsky & Darrin Horn
  3:15 p.m. Lipscomb at Stetson ESPN3
  4 p.m. No. 6 Syracuse at No. 1 Louisville
Mike Patrick & Len Elmore
  4 p.m. No. 12 Creighton at Wichita State
Rich Hollenberg & Mark Adams
  4 p.m. Florida State at Virginia ESPN3 * & ACC Network
  4 p.m. Oklahoma at No. 16 Kansas State
Dave Armstrong & Rich Zvosec
ESPN3 * & Big 12 Network
  4 p.m. Mississippi State at Tennessee
Clay Matvick & Joe Dean
ESPN3 & SEC Network
  4 p.m. Villanova at Providence
Don Orsillo & Ron Perry
ESPN3 * & BIG EAST Network
  5 p.m. Pennsylvania at St. Joseph’s
Scott Graham & Carolyn Peck
  6 p.m. No. 11 Ohio State at No. 18 Michigan State
Bob Wischusen & Dan Dakich
  6 p.m. Texas A&M at Alabama ESPN3 * & FSN
  6 p.m. Georgetown at South Florida
Jason Benetti & Mark Wise
ESPN3 * & BIG EAST Network
  7 p.m. No. 25 Marquette at Cincinnati
Beth Mowins & Tim Welsh
  7 p.m. Saint Peter’s at Marist
Doug Sherman & Rob Kennedy
  8 p.m. LSU at Georgia
Matt Stewart & Daymeon Fishback
  8 p.m. Rutgers at No. 20 Notre Dame
Lou Canellis & Sean Kearney
ESPN3 * & BIG EAST Network
  9 p.m. No. 8 Gonzaga at No. 13 Butler
Dan Shulman, Dick Vitale & Shannon Spake
  9 p.m. Kentucky at Auburn
Tom Hart & Matt Doherty
  11 p.m. Utah at Washington
Dave Flemming & Sean Farnham
Sun, Jan 20 3 p.m. Drake at Northern Iowa ESPN3
  6 p.m. Clemson at No. 14 NC State
Carter Blackburn, Jay Williams & Allison Williams
  8 p.m. Illinois State at Southern Illinois
Mitch Holthus & Mark Adams

* Local blackout may apply

NCAA Men’s Basketball Coaches Put Their Fundraising Skills to Work in the Infiniti Coaches’ Charity Challenge
ESPN kicks off the third annual Infiniti Coaches’ Charity Challenge on Tuesday, Jan. 15, by debuting four new integrated content pieces promoting fans to vote for their favorite coach’s charity on Voiced by Duke head coach Mike Krzyzewski, the pieces feature a who’s who of top level college coaches, including: Roy Williams (UNC), Mark Gottfried (North Carolina State), Tubby Smith (Minnesota), Tom Crean (Indiana), Brad Stevens (Butler), Matt Painter (Purdue), Bob Huggins (West Virginia) and Ron Hunter (Georgia State).  Fan voting among the 48 coaches from the nation’s top NCAA Division I men’s basketball programs begins today and runs over an eight-week period March 11, when the winning coach’s designated charity is announced. The winning charity will receive $100,000.

The first piece premieres Tuesday during the Tennessee vs. Kentucky game beginning at 7 p.m. on ESPN and will run during approximately 14 college hoops games on ESPN this season from now through early March.  Each offers a humorous take on how great coaches can still struggle with things like fundraising.  The pieces – available online at and Infiniti’s YouTube channel – shows the coaches selling cookies, hosting a car wash, running a marathon and playing a round of golf together.  ESPN CreativeWorks collaborated with creative agency TBA\Chiat\Day New York for the pieces.