ESPN ThisWeek — December 17, 2012

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Nets, Knicks Meet Again in Big Apple Matchup
contact: ben.cafardo@espn.com and kristen.m.hudak@espn.com
On Wednesday, the NBA’s budding New York rivalry will take center stage as the Brooklyn Nets and Brook Lopez visit the Eastern Conference-leading New York Knicks and Carmelo Anthony at Madison Square Garden at 7 p.m. ET on ESPN. Mike Breen will call the game with analyst Jeff Van Gundy and reporter Chris Broussard. In the nightcap, the Memphis Grizzlies will host the Milwaukee Bucks at 9:30 p.m. with Mark Jones and Jon Barry providing commentary.  For ESPN’s detailed Christmas Day lineup, please visit ESPN Media Zone.

Date Time (ET) Game / Commentator Network
Wed, Dec 19 7 p.m. Brooklyn Nets at New York Knicks Presented by State Farm
Mike Breen, Jeff Van Gundy, Chris Broussard
ESPN, WatchESPN
9:30 p.m. Milwaukee Bucks at Memphis Grizzlies Presented by State Farm
Mark Jones, Jon Barry
ESPN, WatchESPN

Extensive College Football Bowl Coverage Continues
contact: michael.c.humes@espn.com
ESPN’s extensive college football bowl coverage – 34 bowl games, highlighted by all five of the Bowl Championship Series (BCS) matchups, including the Discover BCS National Championship (No. 1 Notre Dame vs. No. 2 Alabama) – will continue this week.

Beginning Thursday, Dec. 20, an ESPN outlet will offer coverage of at least one game for 16 out of the 19 days through January 7. A complete schedule with commentator assignments is available on ESPN Media Zone.


Men’s College Hoops: Seven of Top 10 Teams in Action
contact: michael.c.humes@espn.com
ESPN’s Holiday Hoops Presented by Kay Jewelers will conclude Sunday, Dec. 23, and includes telecasts of seven of the top 10 ranked teams in the final four days. As part of the action involving teams from the top 10, ESPN2 will televise No. 12 vs. No. 10 Illinois in the Bud Light Braggin Rights matchup from St. Louis on Saturday, Dec. 22, at 6 p.m.

In addition, ESPNU will televise the first eight games of the Hawaiian Airlines Diamond Head Classic from Saturday, Dec. 22, to Sunday, Dec. 23. Participating teams include No. 4 Arizona, No. 18 San Diego State, San Francisco, Ole Miss, Miami, Hawaii, Indiana State and East Tennessee State.

ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU and ESPN3 schedule through December 23

Date Time (ET) Game / Commentators Network
Thu, Dec 20 7 p.m. Elon at No. 1 Duke
Tom Hart & Jay Williams
ESPNU
Fri, Dec 21 7 p.m. Florida Atlantic at No. 6 Indiana
Dave Pasch & Len Elmore
ESPN2
  7 p.m. Niagara at No. 22 Notre Dame
Adam Amin & LaPhonso Ellis
ESPNU
  7 p.m. Fordham at Connecticut
Doug Sherman & Bob Valvano
ESPN3 & BIG EAST Network
  8 p.m. Stony Brook at Maryland
Byron Kerr & Glenn Consor
ESPN3
  9 p.m. BYU at Baylor
Mark Neely & Bruce Pearl
ESPN2
  9 p.m. Middle Tennessee at Vanderbilt
Rich Hollenberg & Carolyn Peck
ESPNU
Sat, Dec 22 Noon No. 3 Syracuse vs. Temple (New York, N.Y.)
Bob Wischusen & Doris Burke
ESPN2
  Noon McNeese State at No. 23 North Carolina
Tom Hart & Jay Williams
ESPNU
  2 p.m. Texas at No. 20 Michigan State
Dave O’Brien & Jay Bilas
ESPN2
  2 p.m. LSU at Marquette
Adam Amin & Brooke Weisbrod
ESPNU
  2 p.m. Providence at Boston College
Ryan Ruocco & Malcolm Huckaby
ESPN3
  2:30 p.m. Wake Forest at UNC Greensboro ESPN3
  3 p.m. St. Bonaventure at No. 25 NC State
Ryan Rose & Nate Ross
ESPN3
  4 p.m. Marshall at Kentucky
Mark Jones & Kara Lawson
ESPN2
  4 p.m. Hawaiian Airlines Diamond Head Classic (Quarterfinal): Ole Miss vs. Indiana State
Kanoa Leahey & Sean Farnham
ESPNU
  6 p.m. Bud Light Braggin Rights: No. 12 Missouri vs. No. 10 Illinois (St. Louis)
Dave Flemming & Jimmy Dykes
ESPN2
  6 p.m. Hawaiian Airlines Diamond Head Classic (Quarterfinal): No. 18 San Diego State vs. San Francisco
Kanoa Leahey & Sean Farnham
ESPNU
  7 p.m. Villanova at Monmouth
Dave Popkin & Rob Kennedy
ESPN3
  8 p.m. No. 8 Florida vs. Kansas State (Kansas City)
Mitch Holthus & Fran Fraschilla
ESPN2
  8:30 p.m. Western Kentucky vs. No. 5 Louisville (Nashville)
TBD & Bob Knight
ESPNU
  10:30 p.m. Hawaiian Airlines Diamond Head Classic (Quarterfinal): No. 4 Arizona vs. East Tennessee State
Roxy Bernstein & Miles Simon
ESPNU
Sun, Dec 23 12:30 a.m. Hawaiian Airlines Diamond Head Classic (Quarterfinal): Miami (Fla.) vs. Hawaii
Roxy Bernstein & Miles Simon
ESPNU
  2 p.m. South Carolina State at Clemson
Danny Reed & Nate Ross
ESPN3
  3 p.m. Hawaiian Airlines Diamond Head Classic (Consolation): TBD
Kanoa Leahey & Sean Farnham
ESPNU
  5 p.m. Hawaiian Airlines Diamond Head Classic (Semifinal): TBD
Kanoa Leahey & Sean Farnham
ESPNU
  9 p.m. Hawaiian Airlines Diamond Head Classic (Consolation): TBD
Roxy Bernstein & Miles Simon
ESPNU
  11:30 p.m. Hawaiian Airlines Diamond Head Classic (Semifinal): TBD
Roxy Bernstein & Miles Simon
ESPN2

 

Women’s College Basketball: Top 10 Matchup on ESPN
contact: rachel.l.margolis@espn.com
Women’s college basketball resumes with a top 10 matchup between No. 10 Tennessee and defending national champion No. 3 Baylor on Tuesday, Dec. 18, at 8 p.m. on ESPN and WatchESPN as part of Holiday Hoops presented by Kay Jewelers. On Friday, Washington travels to Georgia Tech for a noon game on ESPN3.

Date Time (ET) Game/Commentator Networks
Tue, Dec 18 8 p.m. No. 10 Tennessee at No. 3 Baylor
Pam Ward & Kara Lawson
ESPN / WatchESPN
Fri, Dec 21 Noon Washington at Georgia Tech ESPN3

Pardon the Interruption Special: Notre Dame Timeline to air Tuesday on ESPN, Released Online via Grantland.com
contact: bill.hofheimer@espn.com
Pardon the Interruption Special: Notre Dame Timeline will air Tuesday, Dec. 18, at 7:30 p.m. on ESPN. The 30-minute special will document the past decade of Notre Dame football through 10 years of PTI conversations between hosts Tony Kornheiser and Michael Wilbon, beginning with the decision to fire head coach Bob Davie in 2001 and culminating with this season’s No. 1 ranking and berth in the BCS Championship Game. The Notre Dame PTImeline follows the retrospective of LeBron James’ basketball career, which debuted three weeks ago and has received over 270,000 YouTube views at the Grantland Channel. More on PTImeline.


Lions Wide Receiver Nate Burleson to Appear on ESPN as NFL Guest Analyst
contact: mac.nwulu@espn.com
Detroit Lions wide receiver Nate Burleson will join ESPN as a guest analyst on several shows Wednesday, Dec. 19, and Thursday, Dec. 20.  Burleson, the Lions No. 2 receiver before he suffered a season-ending broken leg in Week 7, will appear on First Take (ESPN2, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.) on Wednesday and SportsCenter (ESPN, 12 – 3 p.m.) and NFL Live (ESPN, 4 p.m.) on Wednesday and Thursday.  On NFL Live, Burleson will be paired with Jerry Rice, the current NFL single-season receiving record-holder, to discuss Burleson’s teammate Calvin Johnson, who is 181 yards from breaking Rice’s single-season receiving record, the Detroit Lions season, and preview Saturday’s special Atlanta at Detroit Monday Night Football game.


Ray Rice and Ahmad Bradshaw Visit Bristol for a Game of ESPN Sports Connection
contact: kristie.chong@espn.com
The newly released ESPN Sports Connection game for Nintendo Wii U will bring Sunday’s NFL match-up five days early for a carwash on ESPN’s various programs and platforms. Baltimore Ravens and New York Giants running backs Ray Rice and Ahmad Bradshaw will make live appearances Tuesday, Dec. 18, on SportsCenter, Mike & Mike in the Morning, SVP & Russillo, The Herd with Colin Cowherd, Fantasy Focus, First Take, a taping of NFL Live, and a special SportsNation takeover show live at 4 p.m. on ESPN2.  Additionally, they will be part of a live chat on ESPN.com.

 

As part of their visit, fans will be able to interact with Rice and Bradshaw via social media with a chance to win giveaways and prizes.  Throughout the day, anytime Rice or Bradshaw say “Sports Connection” on-air, ESPN will give away a copy of the family friendly sports game to fans that tweet at the show’s Twitter handle with “ESPN Sports Connection” and hashtag #BradshawandRice.  The star running backs will interact with fans throughout the day using the same hashtag, and a randomly selected winner that tweets within 15 minutes of each mention will be awarded.

 

ESPN Sports Connection marks ESPN’s debut presence in the casual multi-sport gaming space and its first collaboration with Ubisoft.  ESPN Sports Connection exclusively for Nintendo Wii U is in stores now.


No. 2 Jabari Parker Live College Announcement Thursday
contact: gracie.blackburn@espn.com
The No. 2 college basketball recruit Jabari Parker will make his college decision live Thursday, Dec. 20, at 4 p.m. during ESPN Recruiting Nation on ESPNU. Parker had final visits at Michigan State, Duke, BYU and Florida and coaches Mike Krzyzewski (Duke), Tom Izzo (Michigan State) and Dave Rose (BYU) attended his ESPN High School Showcase game against DeSoto last week. Parker is one of four players in the ESPN 100 Top Ten unsigned. Other Top Ten players in the 2013 class have committed to Kentucky, Indiana and Florida. Dari Nowkhah will host with ESPN recruiting analysts Paul Biancardi and Dave Telep.


espnW.com: Women’s College Hoops Player of the Week and Weekly Wrap, and espnW Headliners
contact: amanda.decastro@espn.com
espnW.com continues naming its national player of the week every Monday throughout the women’s college basketball season. Colorado senior guard Chucky Jeffery receives this week’s honor based on her performance against No. 8 Louisville that led the Buffaloes to a 9-0 record. Other highlights include contributor Graham Hays’ weekly wrap, a blog post from Stanford’s Chiney Ogwumike, and the 12-part series, espnW Headliners, continues highlighting up-and-coming athletes who embody confidence, strength and talent in their respective sports.

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