ESPN ThisWeek — November 19, 2012

NBA

COLLEGE HOOPS, JIMMY V, COLLEGE FOOTBALL & MORE


Los Angeles Clippers at Oklahoma City Thunder on ESPN on Thanksgiving Eve
contact: ben.cafardo@espn.com and kristen.m.hudak@espn.com
ESPN will present a Thanksgiving Eve showdown Wednesday, Nov. 21, when the defending Western Conference Champion Oklahoma Thunder and its backcourt duo of Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook host the Los Angeles Clippers and Chris Paul and Blake Griffin at 7:30 p.m. ET. Mike Breen will provide commentary with analyst Hubie Brown and reporter Chris Broussard. The game is also available via WatchESPN on computers, smartphones and tablets. KIA NBA Countdown will precede the game at 7 p.m. with analysts Bill Simmons, Jalen Rose and Michael Wilbon.


Men’s College Hoops: Feast Week Continues with Early Season Tournaments & Non-Conference Matchups

contact: michael.c.humes@espn.com

ESPN will serve up a meal of basketball tournaments and non-conference matchups with its Feast Week Presented by LOWE’S lineup beginning Wednesday, Nov. 21, through Sunday, Nov. 25. The schedule – 52 games over all ESPN networks — includes games from five early season tournaments: EA SPORTS Maui Invitational, NIT Season Tip-Off, Old Spice Classic, DIRECTV Classic and Continental Tire Las Vegas Invitational.

Date Time (ET) Game / Commentators Network(s)
Wed, Nov 21 2:30 p.m. EA SPORTS Maui Invitational (7th Place Game):
TBD
Dave O’Brien & Jimmy Dykes 
ESPNU
  4 p.m. Auburn at Boston College
John Brickley & Malcolm Huckaby
ESPN3
  5 p.m. EA SPORTS Maui Invitational (5th Place Game):
TBD
Dave O’Brien & Jimmy Dykes 
ESPN2
  7 p.m. NIT Season Tip-Off (Semifinal #1):
Delaware vs. Kansas State (New York City)
John Saunders, Dan Dakich & Andy Katz
ESPNU
  7 p.m. George Washington at Notre Dame
Shawn Kenney & Sean Kearney
ESPN3
  7:30 p.m. EA SPORTS Maui Invitational (3rd Place Game): TBD
Sean McDonough, Jay Bilas & Bill Raftery 
ESPN2
  7:30 p.m. Holy Cross at St. John’s
Ed Cohen & Jim Spanarkel
ESPN3 & BIG EAST Network
  9:30 p.m. NIT Season Tip-Off (Semifinal #2):
Pittsburgh vs. No. 4 Michigan (New York City)
John Saunders, Dan Dakich & Andy Katz 
ESPN2
  10 p.m. EA SPORTS Maui Invitational (Championship):
TBD
Sean McDonough, Jay Bilas & Bill Raftery 
ESPN
Thu, Nov 22 Noon Old Spice Classic (Quarterfinal):
West Virginia vs. Marist (Orlando)
Rich Hollenberg & Len Elmore
ESPN2 & ESPN 3D
  2 p.m. Old Spice Classic (Quarterfinal):
Vanderbilt vs. Davidson (Orlando)
Rich Hollenberg & Len Elmore 
ESPN2 & ESPN 3D
  2 p.m. DIRECTV Classic (Quarterfinal):
Pacific vs. Xavier (Anaheim)
Roxy Bernstein & Stephen Bardo
ESPNU
  4:30 p.m. DIRECTV Classic (Quarterfinal):
Drexel vs. Saint Mary’s (Anaheim)
Roxy Bernstein & Stephen Bardo 
ESPN2
  7 p.m. Old Spice Classic (Quarterfinal):
UTEP vs. Oklahoma (Orlando)
Jon Sciambi & Fran Fraschilla
ESPN2 & ESPN 3D
  9 p.m. Old Spice Classic (Quarterfinal):
Clemson vs. No. 17 Gonzaga (Orlando)
Jon Sciambi & Fran Fraschilla 
ESPN2 & ESPN 3D
  9 p.m. DIRECTV Classic (Quarterfinal):
Rice vs. Georgia Tech (Anaheim)
Dave Flemming & Sean Farnham
ESPNU
11:30 p.m. DIRECTV Classic (Quarterfinal):
Drake vs. California (Anaheim)
Dave Flemming & Sean Farnham 
ESPN2
Fri, Nov 23 12:30 p.m. Old Spice Classic (Semifinal #1):
TBD (Orlando)
Rich Hollenberg & Len Elmore 
ESPN & ESPN 3D
  2 p.m. Appalachian State at Virginia Tech
John Sadak & Nate Ross
ESPN3
  2:30 p.m. NIT Season Tip-Off (3rd Place Game):
TBD (New York City)
Marc Kestecher & Doris Burke
ESPN
  3 p.m. Old Spice Classic (Consolation):
TBD (Orlando)
Rich Hollenberg & Len Elmore 
ESPNU & ESPN 3D
  3:30 p.m. DIRECTV Classic (Semifinal #1):
TBD (Anaheim)
Roxy Bernstein & Stephen Bardo 
ESPN2
  4:30 p.m. NIT Season Tip-Off (Championship):
TBD (New York City)
Marc Kestecher, Doris Burke & Dan Dakich
ESPN
  5:30 p.m. Old Spice Classic (Consolation):
TBD (Orlando)
Jon Sciambi & Fran Fraschilla 
ESPN2 & ESPN 3D
  6 p.m. DIRECTV Classic (Consolation):
TBD (Anaheim)
Roxy Bernstein & Stephen Bardo 
ESPNU
7 p.m. Continental Tire Las Vegas Invitational:
Arizona State vs. Arkansas
Danny Lee & Corey Williams
ESPN3
  7 p.m. William & Mary at Wake Forest
Walter Storholt & Stan Lewter
ESPN3
  7 p.m. UNC Asheville at No. 16 NC State
Roy Philpott & Paul Biancardi
ESPN3
  7:30 p.m. Old Spice Classic (Semifinal #2):
TBD (Orlando)
Jon Sciambi & Fran Fraschilla 
ESPN2 & ESPN 3D
  9:30 p.m. DIRECTV Classic (Consolation):
TBD (Anaheim)
Dave Flemming & Sean Farnham 
ESPNU
  10 p.m. Continental Tire Las Vegas Invitational:
No. 14 Creighton vs. Wisconsin
TBD & Miles Simon
ESPN2
Sat, Nov 24 Midnight DIRECTV Classic (Semifinal #2):
TBD (Anaheim)
Dave Flemming & Sean Farnham 
ESPN2
  Noon Mount St. Mary’s at Georgetown
Dave Leno & Cory Alexander
ESPN3
  1 p.m. St. Francis (Pa.) at Notre Dame
Mike Couzens & Sean Kearney
ESPN3
  2 p.m. Detroit at Miami (Fla.)
Drew Fellios & Mark Wise
ESPN3
  7 p.m. Georgia Southern at Maryland
Dave Weekley & Glenn Consor
ESPN3
  7:30 p.m. Florida Gulf Coast at St. John’s
TBD
ESPN3
  8 p.m. Continental Tire Las Vegas Invitational (3rd Place Game):
TBD
Danny Lee & Corey Williams
ESPN3
  8 p.m. Old Dominion at Murray State
Darrin Goldwater & Barry Booker
ESPN3
  9 p.m. College of Charleston at No. 24 Baylor
Jonathan Yardley & Stephen Howard
ESPN3
  11 p.m. Continental Tire Las Vegas Invitational (Championship):
TBD
TBD & Miles Simon 
ESPNU
Sun, Nov 25 11:30 a.m. Old Spice Classic (5th Place Game):
TBD (Orlando)
Rich Hollenberg & Len Elmore 
ESPNU & ESPN 3D
  Noon Louisiana-Lafayette at No. 15 Michigan State
Mike Couzens & Sean Kearney
ESPN3
  1:30 p.m. DIRECTV Classic (5th Place Game):
TBD (Anaheim)
Roxy Bernstein & Stephen Bardo 
ESPNU
  2 p.m. Old Spice Classic (7th Place Game):
TBD (Orlando)
Rich Hollenberg & Len Elmore 
ESPN3 & ESPN 3D
  2 p.m. Bryant at Boston College
Eric Frede & Malcolm Huckaby
ESPN3
4 p.m. DIRECTV Classic (7th Place Game):
TBD (Anaheim)
Roxy Bernstein & Stephen Bardo 
ESPN3
  4 p.m. Stony Brook at No. 21 Connecticut
Kevin Connors & Tim Welsh
ESPN3 & BIG EAST Network
  4:30 p.m. Old Spice Classic (3rd Place Game):
TBD (Orlando)
Jon Sciambi & Fran Fraschilla 
ESPNU & ESPN 3D
  6:30 p.m. DIRECTV Classic (3rd Place Game):
TBD (Anaheim)
Dave Flemming & Sean Farnham 
ESPNU
7 p.m. Old Spice Classic (Championship):
TBD (Orlando)
Jon Sciambi & Fran Fraschilla 
ESPN2 & ESPN 3D
  9 p.m. DIRECTV Classic (Championship):
TBD (Anaheim)
Dave Flemming & Sean Farnham 
ESPN2

Sixth Annual Jimmy V Week for Cancer Research Begins November 27
contacts: ben.cafardo@espn.com and kristen.m.hudak@espn.com
The sixth annual Jimmy V Week for Cancer Research will launch Tuesday, Nov. 27, at 7 p.m. with a simulcast of former NC State coach Jim Valvano’s 1993 ESPYs speech across ESPN domestic media networks, as well as on the ABC SuperSign in Times Square. The 13-minute speech will be seen simultaneously on ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU, ESPNEWS, ESPN Classic, ESPN3, ESPN Deportes, Longhorn Network and ESPN 3D. The weeklong initiative will also include:

  • Jimmy V Women’s and Men’s Classic doubleheaders on December 3 and fourth, respectively;
  • Features, vignettes and public service announcements in game and studio programming across platforms;
  • Social activation across ESPN and The V Foundation social platforms;
  • Special graphics, including the Jimmy V Week logo and the on-screen watermark.

For more details on Jimmy V Week for Cancer Research, please visit espnmediazone.com.


22nd Annual College Football Award Nomination Special Tuesday
contact: gracie.blackburn@espn.com
Today, the 27 finalists will be named for The Home Depot College Football Awards, which will air on ESPN on Thursday, Dec. 6, at 7:30 p.m. ESPNU will highlight those nominees with player interviews and analysis tomorrow, Nov. 20, at 6 p.m. during The Home Depot College Football Awards: CFA Nomination Special.


ESPNU Tuesday: Arkansas State Coach, Iowa State and Harvard-Yale Rivalry
contact: gracie.blackburn@espn.com
ESPNU’s college football programming from the weekend continues with an extra dose of pigskin pieces Tuesday. In addition to the College Football Awards Nomination Special on Nov. 20, at 6 p.m., the network will showcase special guest Arkansas State head coach Guz Malzahn during The Experts (1 p.m.); Cyclone coaches are wired during ESPNU All-Access: Iowa State (6;30 p.m.); and both sides of one of the oldest rivalries with ESPNU Road Trip: Yale vs. Harvard (7 p.m.) are examined.


ESPN NFL Conference Call with Ron “Jaws” Jaworski on Tuesday
contact:  mac.nwulu@espn.com
ESPN analyst Ron Jaworski,  one of the most popular and knowledgeable television NFL, will be available to answer media questions about the NFL – teams, matchups, personnel, etc. – during a conference call Tuesday, Nov. 20, at 11 a.m. To RSVP:  mac.nwulu@espn.com


Canadian Football League: 100th Anniversary of The Grey Cup Live on ESPN3
contact: kristie.chong@espn.com
The CFL season draws to a conclusion this weekend with the 100th anniversary of The Grey Cup, the league’s championship between the East and West Division champions.  ESPN3 will deliver exclusive coverage on digital platforms Sunday, Nov. 25, at 6 p.m.

Presented live from Rogers Centre in Toronto, the Western Divisional Champions, the Calgary Stampeders, will face off against Eastern Divisional Champions, the Toronto Argonauts.  In addition to the game, ESPN3 will deliver live coverage from the countdown show, halftime show headlined by Justin Bieber and Carly Rae Jespen, as well as the post-game show.

ESPN’s live multi-screen sports network is accessible online at WatchESPN.com, on smartphones and tablets via the WatchESPN app and through ESPN on Xbox LIVE to Gold members.


espnW.com: Women’s College Hoops Player of the Week, Brittney Griner Breaks NCAA Women’s Record and The Word
contact: amanda.decastro@espn.com
Throughout the women’s college basketball season, espnW is naming a national player of the week each Monday. Stanford’s Chiney Ogwumike, who helped the Cardinal end Baylor’s 42-game winning streak Friday in Hawaii, earned the inaugural honor. Other highlights on espnW.com this week include Baylor center Brittney Griner’s eighth career dunk, and Julie Foudy, Ramona Shelburne and Michele Steele discuss the in-house vs. in-arena sports experience and the economic impact of both on The Word.

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