ESPN ThisWeek — February 11, 2013

NBA ALL-STAR GAME

SPRING TRAINING BEGINS, COLLEGE HOOPS, MOTORSPORTS & MORE


ESPN to Present Star-Studded 2013 Sprint NBA All-Star Celebrity Game
contacts: ben.cafardo@espn.com and kristen.m.hudak@espn.com
ESPN will present the 2013 Sprint NBA All-Star Celebrity Game on Friday, Feb. 15, at 7 p.m. ET, from the George R. Brown Convention Center in Houston. Mark Jones will provide commentary with analyst Jon Barry and reporter Chris Broussard. The game will also be available via ESPN Mobile TV and on computers, tablets and smartphones via WatchESPN.  NBA All-Stars Russell Westbrook (Oklahoma City Thunder) and James Harden (Houston Rockets) will serve as the head coaches during the Celebrity Game. ESPN’s Bruce Bowen (NBA analyst) and Ryen Russillo (ESPN Radio’s SVP & Russillo) are among the celebrity participants. The full list is available on ESPN Media Zone.


ESPN’s Baseball Tonight Goodyear Express Tour Begins in Arizona
contacts: ben.cafardo@espn.com and kristen.m.hudak@espn.com
ESPN’s 2013 Baseball Tonight Goodyear Express Tour will begin its journey through MLB Spring Training sites in Arizona and Florida today, Monday, Feb. 11, with a visit to the defending World Champion San Francisco Giants in Scottsdale, Ariz. Each visit includes player and manager interviews, in-depth perspective on the team’s camp and discussion of off-season storylines in advance of the 2013 MLB season. Tour content will be featured in Baseball Tonight, which airs weekdays generally at 3 p.m. on ESPN2 and via WatchESPN with additional SportsCenter segments each day.

This week, veteran ESPN MLB Insider Tim Kurkjian will be joined by ESPN MLB commentators Curt Schilling, Rick Sutcliffe and Karl Ravech to visit the Giants, Los Angeles Dodgers, Los Angeles Angels, Texas Rangers and Oakland Athletics.

Date Time (ET) Program Team
Mon, Feb 11 2:30 p.m. Baseball Tonight
Karl Ravech, Tim Kurkjian, Curt Schilling, Rick Sutcliffe
San Francisco Giants –Scottsdale, Ariz.
Tues, Feb 12 3 p.m. Baseball Tonight
Ravech, Kurkjian, Schilling, Sutcliffe
L.A. Dodgers –Glendale, Ariz.
Wed, Feb 13 3 p.m. Baseball Tonight
Ravech, Kurkjian, Schilling
L.A. Angels –Tempe, Ariz.
Thurs, Feb 14 3 p.m. Baseball Tonight
Ravech, Kurkjian, Schilling, Sutcliffe
Texas Rangers –Surprise, Ariz.
Fri, Feb 15 3 p.m. Baseball Tonight
Ravech, Kurkjian, Schilling
Oakland Athletics –Phoenix, Ariz.

College GameDay Covered by State Farm Returns to No. 14 Kansas and Allen Fieldhouse
contact: rachel.l.margolis@espn.com
ESPN’s College GameDay Covered by State Farm will stop at the University of Kansas and Allen Fieldhouse for a fifth time, the most of any school for the show, in advance of the Saturday Primetime presented by DIRECTV matchup between Texas at No. 14 Kansas on Saturday, Feb. 16, at 9 p.m. on ESPN. GameDay’s first hour begins at 10 a.m. on ESPNU, continuing at 11 a.m. on ESPN, plus a one-hour edition at 8 p.m. on ESPN. GameDay and the featured game are also available on ESPN 3D and WatchESPN. Previous GameDay visits include 2005, ’07, ’08 and ’11.

Rece Davis hosts for College GameDay, joined by analysts Jay Bilas, Digger Phelps and Jalen Rose to preview all the day’s action and discuss the biggest storylines in college basketball. Full College GameDay Schedule; College GameDay Images


 

Men’s College Hoops: Rivalry Week Continues with Six of Top Seven in Action
contact: michael.c.humes@espn.com
Rivalry Week Presented by Wendy’s – top rivalries in men’s college basketball from February 11-18 – will continue this week with telecasts involving six of the top-seven ranked teams. ESPN will televise the top two squads Saturday, Feb. 16: No. 1 Indiana against Purdue at 2 p.m. and No. 2 Duke at Maryland at 6 p.m. The weekly ESPNU ACC Sunday Night Basketball series February 17 will showcase No. 3 Miami at Clemson at 6 p.m.

In addition, Danny Kanell, Reese Waters and Marianela Pereyra – hosts of ESPNU’s weeknight UNITE program – will take the late-night show on the road to call Iona at Manhattan on Friday, Feb. 15, at 7 p.m. on ESPNU. UNITE often follows ESPNU’s games with Waters and Kanell providing analysis, highlights and interviews with the game’s coaches and players. Doug Sherman will call play-by-play with Kanell and Waters giving analysis and Marianela reporting.

ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU and ESPN3 schedule through February 17:

Date Time (ET) Matchup/Commentators Network
Thu, Feb 14 7 p.m. No. 20 Wisconsin at Minnesota
Joe Tessitore & Sean Farnham
ESPN
  7 p.m. LSU at South Carolina
Rece Davis & Kara Lawson
ESPN2
  7 p.m. Belmont at Tennessee State
Rich Hollenberg & Adrian Branch
ESPNU
  7 p.m. Clemson at Georgia Tech ESPN3 * & RSN ^
  8:30 p.m. Siena at Fairfield
Doug Sherman & Rob Kennedy
ESPN3
  8:30 p.m. Stephen F. Austin at Nicholls State ESPN3
  9 p.m. St. John’s at No. 12 Louisville
Mike Patrick & Jimmy Dykes
ESPN
  9 p.m. UCLA at California
Dave Pasch & Bill Walton
ESPN2
  9 p.m. Iowa at Penn State
Dan Gutowsky & Malcolm Huckaby
ESPNU
  11 p.m. No. 5 Gonzaga at St. Mary’s (Calif.)
Dave Flemming & Fran Fraschilla
ESPN2
  11 p.m. USC at Stanford
Roxy Bernstein & Miles Simon
ESPNU
Fri, Feb 15 7 p.m. Iona at Manhattan
Doug Sherman, Danny Kanell, Reese Waters & Marianela Peyeyra
ESPNU
  7 p.m. Vermont at Stony Brook
Eric Frede & Frank Sullivan
ESPN3
  8 p.m. Niagara at Marist
Bob Huessler & Rob Kennedy
ESPN3
  9 p.m. No. 15 Georgetown at Cincinnati
John Saunders & Bob Knight
ESPN
  9 p.m. Green Bay at Cleveland State
Jim Barbar & Malcolm Huckaby
ESPNU
Sat, Feb 16 11 a.m. Kent State at Ohio
Joe Davis & Brooke Weisbrod
ESPNU
  Noon Villanova at Connecticut
Mike Patrick & Len Elmore
ESPN
  Noon Xavier at Dayton
Mike Crispino & Stephen Bardo
ESPN2
  Noon No. 21 Notre Dame at Providence
Eamon McAnaney & Bob Wenzel
ESPN3 * & BIG EAST Network
  Noon Virginia at North Carolina ESPN3 * & ACC Network
  Noon Boston College at Florida State ESPN3 * & ACC Network
  1 p.m. Rutgers at DePaul
Beth Mowins & Tim Welsh
ESPNU
  1:30 p.m. Oklahoma at No. 17 Oklahoma State
Dave Armstrong & Bryndon Manzer
ESPN3 * & Big 12 Network
  1:30 p.m. TCU at Iowa State
Chad McKee & Kevin Lehman
ESPN3 * & Big 12 Network
  1:30 p.m. No. 7 Florida at Auburn
Clay Matvick & Joe Dean
ESPN3 & SEC Network
  2 p.m. Purdue at No. 1 Indiana
Bob Wischusen & Dan Dakich
ESPN
  2 p.m. Virginia Tech at NC State
Carter Blackburn & Fran Fraschilla
ESPN2
  2 p.m. Charleston Southern at UNC Asheville ESPN3
  2 p.m. Kennesaw State at USC Upstate ESPN3
  2 p.m. Georgia Tech at Wake Forest ESPN3 * & RSN ^
  3 p.m. Creighton at Evansville
Mitch Holthus & Mark Adams
ESPNU
  4 p.m. UCLA at Stanford
Dave Pasch & Bill Walton
ESPN or ESPN2
  4 p.m. Missouri at Arkansas
Mark Jones & Jimmy Dykes
ESPN or ESPN2
  4 p.m. Georgia Southern at College of Charleston ESPN3
  4 p.m. South Carolina at Alabama
Dave Baker & Jon Sundvold
ESPN3 & SEC Network
  4 p.m. Texas Tech at West Virginia
Mark Neely & Rich Zvosec
ESPN3 * & Big 12 Network
  5 p.m. Mississippi State at LSU
Tom Hart & Matt Doherty
ESPNU
  6 p.m. No. 2 Duke at Maryland
Dave O’Brien, Doris Burke & Jeannine Edwards
ESPN
  6 p.m. Detroit at Valparaiso
TBD
ESPN2
  7 p.m. Baylor at No. 10 Kansas State
Brad Sham & Bob Valvano
ESPNU
  8 p.m. Georgia at Ole Miss
TBD
ESPN2
  8 p.m. No. 6 Syracuse at Seton Hall
Mike Corey & Jim Spanarkel
ESPN3 * & BIG EAST Network
  9 p.m. Texas at No. 14 Kansas
Dan Shulman, Jay Bilas & Holly Rowe
ESPN / ESPN 3D
  9 p.m. Arizona State at Colorado
Dave Flemming & Sean Farnham
ESPNU
  11 p.m. New Mexico State at Utah State
Roxy Bernstein & Corey Williams
ESPNU
Sun, Feb 17 1 p.m. No. 12 Louisville at South Florida
Rich Hollenberg & Bob Wenzel
ESPN
  2 p.m. Green Bay at Youngstown State ESPN3
  4 p.m. Marist at Rider
Bob Huessler & Rob Kennedy
ESPN3
  6 p.m. No. 3 Miami at Clemson
Carter Blackburn, Jay Williams & Allison Williams
ESPNU
  8 p.m. Wichita State at Illinois State
Mitch Holthus & Mark Adams
ESPNU

* Local blackout may apply


Women’s College Basketball: 12-Game Play 4Kay Initiative Capped by No. 1 Baylor at No. 3 UConn
contact: rachel.l.margolis@espn.com
A full slate of games on ESPN3 and the annual Play 4Kay initiative round out ESPN’s women’s college basketball schedule this week.  Beginning Wednesday, Feb. 13, this week’s schedule will feature 13 exclusive games and culminate with No. 1 Baylor at No. 3 Connecticut on Monday, Feb. 18, at 9 p.m. as the last of 12 games in the two-day Play 4Kay initiative on ESPN2’s Big Monday Presented by Bud Light series.

Highlights:

  • Clemson travels to No. 7 Maryland in an ACC battle Thursday, Feb. 14, at 7 p.m. on ESPN3.
  • Pittsburgh takes on No. 23 Syracuse in a BIG EAST matchup Saturday, Feb. 16, at 2 p.m. on ESPN3 and the syndicated BIG EAST Network.
  • An SEC tilt between No. 16 South Carolina at Mississippi on Sunday, Feb. 17, at 2 p.m. on ESPN3 and the syndicated SEC Network.
  • Play 4Kay on Sunday, February 17, and Monday, February 18, features an event-high 24 teams across ESPN2, ESPNU and ESPN3 and includes 12 teams ranked in the Associated Press Poll. The schedule also includes six matchups featuring a top-10 team, three top 25 games and a powerhouse contest between No. 1 Baylor and No. 3 Connecticut.

Weekly Women’s Basketball Schedule (Subject to change)

Date Time (ET) Game/Commentators Network(s)
Wed, Feb 13 7 p.m. Maine at Hartford ESPN3
Thu, Feb 14 6 p.m. Canisius at Fairfield
Dean Darling & Julianne Viani
ESPN3
  6:30 p.m. Stephen F. Austin at Nicholls State ESPN3
  7 p.m. NC State at Florida State ESPN3
  7 p.m. Clemson at No. 7 Maryland
Michele Smith & Steffi Sorensen
ESPN3
Fri, Feb 15 5 p.m. Niagara at Marist
Ed Cohen & Julianne Viani
ESPNU / WatchESPN
Sat, Feb 16 noon Chattanooga at College of Charleston ESPN3
  2 p.m. Pittsburgh at No. 23 Syracuse
Bob Picozzi & LaChina Robinson
BIG EAST Network / ESPN3
  3 p.m. Radford at Liberty ESPN3
  4:30 p.m. Kennesaw State at USC Upstate ESPN3
  5 p.m. Florida Gulf Coast at Lipscomb ESPN3
Sun, Feb 17 1 p.m. Loyola (Md.) at Rider
Dean Darling & Phyllis Mangina
ESPN3
  2 p.m. Albany at Hartford
Eric Frede & Leah Secondo
ESPN3
  No. 16 South Carolina at Mississippi
Cara Capuano & Steffi Sorensen
SEC Network / ESPN3
Mon, Feb 18 4:30 p.m. Norfolk State at Hampton
Melissa Lee & Christy Winters Scott
ESPNU / WatchESPN
  7 p.m. Mercer at USC Upstate ESPN3
  9 p.m. Stetson at Lipscomb ESPN3

2013 Play 4Kay Schedule (Subject to change)

Date Time (ET) Game/Commentators Network(s)
Sun, Feb 17 1:30 p.m. DePaul at No. 10 Louisville
Jim Barbar & Sonya Beeler
ESPNU / WatchESPN
  2:30 p.m. **No. 2 Notre Dame at Marquette
Pam Ward &Stephanie White
ESPN2 / ESPN3
  **No. 22 Oklahoma at Kansas
Holly Rowe & Fran Fraschilla
ESPN2 / ESPN3
  **Georgia Tech at NC State
Joe Davis & Deb Antonelli
ESPN2 / ESPN3
  **Alabama at Auburn
Clay Matvick & Brooke Weisbrod
ESPN2 / ESPN3
  3:30 p.m. No. 4 Stanford at No. 15 UCLA
Rich Cellini & Rosalyn Gold-Onwude
ESPNU / WatchESPN
  5 p.m. **No. 7 Maryland at Virginia
Melissa Lee & LaChina Robinson
ESPN2 / ESPN3
  **Cincinnati at St. John’sBob Picozzi & Rebecca Lobo ESPN2 / ESPN3
  **Vanderbilt at No. 12 Tennessee
Adam Amin & Maria Taylor
ESPN2 / ESPN3
  **Iowa at No. 18 Purdue
Beth Mowins & Nell Fortner
ESPN2  / ESPN3
Mon, Feb 18 7 p.m. Big Monday Presented by Bud Light:
No. 9 Kentucky at No. 11 Texas A&M
Pam Ward & Stephanie White
ESPN2 / WatchESPN
  9 p.m. Big Monday Presented by Bud Light:
No. 1 Baylor at No. 3 Connecticut
Dave O’Brien, Doris Burke & Rebecca Lobo
ESPN2 / WatchESPN

** – Regionalized telecast


NASCAR Now Daytona Media Day Special Airs Thursday
contact: andy.hall@espn.com
ESPN’s daily NASCAR news and information program NASCAR Now will have a three-hour special Thursday, Feb. 14, at noon on ESPNEWS with interviews and analysis from Daytona 500 Media Day at Daytona International Speedway. Host Nicole Briscoe will be joined in the studio by ESPN NASCAR analyst Ricky Craven with Mike Massaro on-site in Daytona. Many of NASCAR’s top stars are expected to appear on the program.


NHRA Season Opener on ESPN2, ESPN3 from Pomona
contact: andy.hall@espn.com
The 2013 season for the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series kicks off this weekend in Pomona, Calif., with the O’Reilly Auto Parts NHRA Winternationals. Qualifying and eliminations will air on ESPN2 and ESPN3. Anchor Dave Rieff and analyst Mike Dunn will call the action. The schedule:

Date Time Event Network
Fri, Feb 15 5 p.m. Qualifying (live) ESPN3, WatchESPN
Sat, Feb 16 10 p.m. Qualifying ESPN2, WatchESPN
Sun, Feb 17 2 p.m. Eliminations (live) ESPN3, WatchESPN
8 p.m. Eliminations ESPN2, WatchESPN

 

BoyzIIMen and Sammi “Sweetheart” Guests on UNITE Valentine’s Day Special
contact: gracie.blackburn@espn.com
The first live show of Valentine’s Day at ESPN will feature two guests known for romance. UNITE, ESPNU’s late-night entertainment show, will include Sammi “Sweetheart” Giancola from MTV’s Jersey Shore and musical guest BoyzIIMen for the show’s inaugural Valentine’s Day special late Wednesday at midnight (9 p.m. PT, Thursday 12 a.m. ET).

Before gaining notoriety on the MTV reality show, Sammi played NCAA soccer for four years at William Paterson University in New Jersey and will be joining the show via Skype. BoyzIIMen, a staple soundtrack for Cupid’s holiday, will join the show from ESPN’s Los Angeles studio. Hosts Danny Kanell, Reese Waters and Marianela Pereyra will also look at the Top 25 Hoops Heartbreaks, failed athlete relationships of the past year and speak to additional guests Da’Shawn Butler and gambling expert Todd Furhman.


 

Jeremy Lin Helps Elevate SportsCenter‘s Game
contacts: amy.phillips@espn.com and ben.cafardo@espn.com
One year after the Linsanity craze took the sports world by storm, Houston Rockets guard Jeremy Lin stars in the latest installment from ESPN’s This is SportsCenter campaign. In the spot, the Harvard sensation shows off his Ivy League education to help SportsCenter’s Jay Crawford draft a more cerebral script. SportsCenter anchor Hannah Storm also makes an appearance in the spot, which debuts Monday, Feb. 11, online and on television.

For more than 18 years, This is SportsCenter has given fans and viewers an inside peek at ESPN’s Bristol, Conn., campus with a humorous spin on day-to-day life at ESPN. The network has produced more than 400 advertising spots in this signature franchise, in collaboration with Wieden + Kennedy New York.


ESPN Conference Call with NFL Draft Analyst Mel Kiper Jr.
contact: allison.r.stoneberg@espn.com
ESPN will host a media conference call with NFL Draft analyst Mel Kiper Jr. on Wednesday, Feb. 13, at 11 a.m. To participate, please RSVP to Allie Stoneberg.


espnW.com: Women’s College Hoops Player of the Week, LPGA Preview, and espnW Celebrates Black History Month
contact: amanda.decastro@espn.com
espnW.com continues naming its national player of the week every Monday throughout the women’s college basketball season. University of Kentucky senior guard A’dia Mathies receives this week’s top honor after scoring a season-high 28 points and five assists in the Wildcats’ 75-53 victory at Vanderbilt on Sunday. Other highlights include contributor Graham Hays’ weekly wrap, Mechelle Voepel previews the LPGA and 2012 Player of the Year Stacy Lewis, Sarah Spain reviews the Grammy Awards, and  espnW celebrates Black History Month by profiling black female athletes, starting with swimmer Maritza Correia.

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