ESPN ThisWeek — February 25, 2013

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LeBron James, Kevin Durant, Carmelo Anthony Highlight ESPN’s Four-Game NBA Slate
contacts: ben.cafardo@espn.com and kristen.m.hudak@espn.com
ESPN will present two doubleheaders this week, beginning Wednesday, Feb. 27, when the Golden State Warriors and Stephen Curry visit the New York Knicks and Carmelo Anthony. The game tips at 8 p.m. ET on ESPN with Mark Jones and Doris Burke providing commentary. In the nightcap, the Portland Trail Blazers and LaMarcus Aldridge host the Denver Nuggets and Andre Iguodala at 10:30 p.m. Terry Gannon has the call with analyst Jon Barry.

On Friday, a star-studded doubleheader matches the Memphis Grizzlies with Zach Randolph against the defending NBA Champion Miami Heat – led by Lebron James – at 8 p.m. In the second game, the Nuggets and Kenneth Faried host the defending Western Conference champion Oklahoma City Thunder and Kevin Durant at 10:30 p.m.

KIA NBA Countdown – with Magic Johnson, Jalen Rose and Michael Wilbon – precedes both doubleheaders at 7:30 p.m. ESPN NBA games and Countdown are available on computers, smartphones and tablets via WatchESPN.

Date Time (ET) Game/Commentators Networks
Wed, Feb 27 7:30 p.m. KIA NBA Countdown
Magic Johnson, Jalen Rose, Michael Wilbon
ESPN, WatchESPN
8 p.m. Golden State Warriors at New York Knicks Presented by State Farm
Mark Jones, Doris Burke
ESPN, WatchESPN
10:30 p.m. Denver Nuggets at Portland Trail Blazers Presented by State Farm
Terry Gannon, Jon Barry
ESPN, WatchESPN
Fri, Mar 1 7:30 p.m. KIA NBA Countdown
Magic Johnson, Bill Simmons, Michael Wilbon
ESPN, WatchESPN
8 p.m. Memphis Grizzlies at Miami Heat Presented by State Farm
Mike Breen, Jeff Van Gundy, Lisa Salters
ESPN, WatchESPN
10:30 p.m. Oklahoma City Thunder at Denver Nuggets Presented by State Farm
Mike Tirico, Jon Barry
ESPN, WatchESPN

ABC’s NBA Sunday Showcase: Heat at Knicks; Thunder at Clippers
contacts: ben.cafardo@espn.com and kristen.m.hudak@espn.com
ABC will present a blockbuster NBA Sunday Showcase doubleheader, March 3, beginning at 1 p.m. when the defending NBA champion Miami Heat and LeBron James visit the New York Knicks and Carmelo Anthony. Mike Breen has the call with analyst Jeff Van Gundy and reporter Lisa Salters.

At 3:30 p.m., the defending Western Conference champion Oklahoma City Thunder – led by superstars Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook – against the Los Angeles Clippers and the dynamic duo of Blake Griffin and Chris Paul. Mike Tirico will be joined by analyst Hubie Brown and reporter Chris Broussard for the telecast.

KIA NBA Countdown – with Magic Johnson, Jalen Rose and Michael Wilbon – precedes the doubleheader at 12:30 p.m. on ABC.

Later Sunday on ESPN, a divisional battle between the Central division-leading Indiana Pacers – led by David West – and the second-place Chicago Bulls and Joakim Noah tips at 8 p.m. with Dave Pasch and Doris Burke providing commentary.

Date Time (ET) Game/Commentators Networks
Sun, Mar 3 12:30 p.m. KIA NBA Countdown
Magic Johnson, Jalen Rose, Bill Simmons, Michael Wilbon
ABC
1 p.m. Miami Heat at New York Knicks Presented by State Farm
Mike Breen, Jeff Van Gundy, Lisa Salters
ABC
3:30 p.m. Oklahoma City Thunder at Los Angeles  Clippers Presented by State Farm
Mike Tirico, Hubie Brown, Heather Cox
ABC
8 p.m. Chicago Bulls at Indiana Pacers Presented by State Farm
Dave Pasch, Doris Burke
ESPN, WatchESPN

Women’s College Hoops: No. 2 Notre Dame Hosts No. 3 UConn, BIG EAST Title Likely at Stake
contact: rachel.l.margolis@espn.com
The 2012-13 women’s basketball regular season comes to a close with a BIG EAST duel — No. 3 Connecticut at No. 2 Notre Dame — to close the seventh season of the Big Monday Presented by Bud Light series on ESPN2 on Monday, March 4, at 7 p.m. With likely wins in their midweek and Saturday games, the top two teams would be playing for the league’s regular-season title and No. 1 seed in the upcoming BIG EAST Championship.

Additional schedule highlights:

  • ESPNU will be the home to a top-10 SEC showdown between No. 8 Tennessee at No. 10 Kentucky at 3:30 p.m. on Sunday, March 3 – which could also be for the league’s top spot heading into the championship
  • Earlier on ESPNU, Vanderbilt travels to No. 11 Georgia at 1:30 p.m.
  • On ESPN2, No. 15 North Carolina will play at No. 5 Duke in an ACC matchup at 4 p.m.
  • No. 9 Maryland will travel to No. 24 Florida State on Thursday, for a 7 p.m. tilt on ESPN3
Date Time (ET) Games/Commentators Networks
Thu, Feb 28 6 p.m. Jacksonville at Lipscomb ESPN3
  6:30 p.m. Central Arkansas at Lamar ESPN3
  7 p.m. No. 9 Maryland at No. 24 Florida State ESPN3
Sat, Mar 2 1 p.m. UNC Asheville at Winthrop ESPN3
  2 p.m. UMBC at Binghamton
Ed Cohen & Leah Secondo
ESPN3
  4 p.m. No. 2 Notre Dame at Providence
Bob Picozzi & LaChina Robinson 
BIG EAST Network / ESPN3
Sun, Mar 3 1:30 p.m. Vanderbilt at No. 11 Georgia
Melissa Lee & Steffi Sorenson
ESPNU / WatchESPN
  2 p.m. Saint Joseph’s at No. 12 Dayton
Pam Ward & Swin Cash
ESPN2 / WatchESPN
  2 p.m. LSU at No. 13 Texas A&M
Cara Capuano & Nell Fortner 
SEC Network / ESPN3
  3:30 p.m. No. 8 Tennessee at No. 10 Kentucky
Sam Gore & Maria Taylor
ESPNU / WatchESPN
  4 p.m. No. 15 North Carolina at No. 5 Duke
Brenda VanLengen & Carolyn Peck
ESPN2 / WatchESPN
Mon, Mar 4 7 p.m. Big Monday Presented by Bud Light (South Bend, Ind.): No. 3 Connecticut at No. 2 Notre Dame
Pam Ward & Rebecca Lobo
ESPN2 / WatchESPN
  DePaul at St. John’s
Ralph Bednarczyk & Julianne Viani
ESPN3

UCLA Hosts College GameDay Covered by State Farm
contact: rachel.l.margolis@espn.com
ESPN’s College GameDay Covered by State Farm visits to UCLA for the just the second time the weekly show stops at historic Pauley Pavilion in advance of the Saturday Primetime presented by DIRECTV matchup between No. 11 Arizona and UCLA on Saturday, March 2, 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. The show was previously at UCLA in 2008.

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: Bracket Builder Week Continues Highlighted by Miami at Duke
contact: michael.c.humes@espn.com
ESPN’s first annual men’s college basketball Bracket Builder Week – highlighting teams attempting to build upon a résumé for a bid to the NCAA Championship or improve their seeding – will continue this weekend. ESPN’s Joe Lunardi projects the seeding for the NCAA Championship as part of his Bracketology on ESPN.com, including his teams on the bubble and his picks for the last four teams in, the first four out and the next four out.

The schedule for Saturday, March 2, is highlighted by:

  • No. 5 Miami at No. 3 Duke in a matchup of the top two programs in the ACC at 6 p.m. Then-No. 25 Miami defeated then-No. 1 Duke 90-63 on January 23.
  • ESPN2 will televise No. 20 Butler at Virginia Commonwealth – the two new members of the Atlantic-10 that joined in 2012, at noon.
  • ESPN will cover No. 21 Notre Dame at No. 22 Marquette in a matchup of ranked BIG EAST teams at 2 p.m., followed by a Big 12 tilt featuring Texas at No. 15 Oklahoma State at 4 p.m.
  • Wichita State at Creighton in a showdown between the top teams in the Missouri Valley Conference on ESPN2 at 2 p.m.
  • ESPN’s Saturday Primetime Presented by DIRECTV telecast will feature No. 11 Arizona at UCLA in a Pac-12 matchup at 9 p.m. and is available on ESPN 3D.

The schedule also includes No. 2 Gonzaga at BYU in a West Coast Conference matchup on Thursday, Feb. 28, at 11 p.m. on ESPN2.

ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU and ESPN3 schedule through March 3

Date Time (ET) Matchup/Commentators Network
Thu, Feb 28 7 p.m. North Carolina at Clemson
Mark Jones & Paul Biancardi
ESPN
  7 p.m. No. 16 Ohio State at Northwestern
Joe Tessitore & Sean Farnham
ESPN2
  7 p.m. Morehead State at Tennessee State
Rich Hollenberg & Adrian Branch
ESPNU
  7 p.m. St. Peter’s at Canisius
Bob Huessler & Rob Kennedy
ESPN3
  7 p.m. Detroit at Temple
Scott Graham & John Celestand
ESPN3
  8 p.m. Utah State at No. 25 Louisiana Tech
Trey Bender & Stephen Howard
ESPN3 *
  8:15 p.m. Jacksonville at Lipscomb ESPN3
  8:30 p.m. Central Arkansas at Lamar ESPN3
  9 p.m. No. 3 Duke at Virginia
Dave O’Brien & Dino Gaudio
ESPN
  9 p.m. Missouri at South Carolina
Rece Davis & Bob Knight
ESPN2
  9 p.m. Utah at California
Roxy Bernstein & Miles Simon
ESPNU
  11 p.m. No. 2 Gonzaga at BYU
Dave Flemming & TBD
ESPN2
  11 p.m. Oregon State at No. 24 Oregon
Tom Hart & Darrin Horn
ESPNU
Fri, Mar 1 7 p.m. Loyola (Md.) at Iona
Doug Sherman & Dereck Whittenburg
ESPN2
  7 p.m. Harvard at Princeton
Bram Weinstein & Malcolm Huckaby
ESPNU
  9 p.m. Fairfield at Manhattan
Bob Picozzi & Tim McCormick
ESPNU
Sat, Mar 2 Noon Alabama at No. 8 Florida
Mark Jones & Jimmy Dykes
ESPN
  Noon No. 20 Butler at VCU
Carter Blackburn, Stephen Bardo & Andy Katz
ESPN2
  Noon Maryland at Wake Forest ESPN3 * & ACC Network
  1 p.m. Jacksonville State at Belmont
Adam Amin & Brooke Weisbrod
ESPNU
  1:30 p.m. Iowa State at Oklahoma
Dave Armstrong & Bryndon Manzer
ESPN3 * & Big 12 Network
  1:30 p.m. Tennessee at Georgia
Dave Baker & Joe Dean
ESPN3 & SEC Network
  2 p.m. No. 21 Notre Dame at No. 22 Marquette
Mike Patrick & Len Elmore
ESPN
  2 p.m. Wichita State at Creighton
Rich Hollenberg & Mark Adams
ESPN2
  2 p.m. Connecticut at Cincinnati
Anish Shroff & Bob Wenzel
ESPN3 * & BIG EAST Network
  3 p.m. Valparaiso at Green Bay
Jim Barbar & Bob Valvano
ESPNU
  4 p.m. Texas at No. 15 Oklahoma State
Jon Sciambi & Fran Fraschilla
ESPN
  4 p.m. UNC Asheville at Winthrop ESPN3
  4 p.m. TCU at Texas Tech
Mitch Holthus & Dan Hughes
ESPN3 * & Big 12 Network
  4 p.m. LSU at Missouri
Clay Matvick & Jon Sundvold
ESPN3 & SEC Network
  5 p.m. Colorado at California
Dave Flemming & Sean Farnham
ESPNU
  6 p.m. No. 5 Miami (Fla.) at No. 3 Duke
Dave O’Brien, Dick Vitale & Doris Burke
ESPN
  6 p.m. New Mexico State at Denver
Trey Bender & Stephen Howard
ESPN3 *
  7 p.m. No. 13 Kansas State at Baylor
Mark Neely & Bob Knight
ESPN2
  7 p.m. South Carolina at Texas A&M
Tom Hart & Matt Doherty
ESPNU
  8 p.m. Toyota CIAA Tournament: Championship ESPN3
  8 p.m. St. John’s at Providence
Eric Frede & Ron Perry
ESPN3 * & BIG EAST Network
  8 p.m. Clemson at Virginia Tech ESPN3 * & RSN ^
  9 p.m. No. 11 Arizona at UCLA
Dan Shulman, Jay Bilas & Samantha Ponder
ESPN, ESPN 3D
  9 p.m. Vanderbilt at Auburn
Dave Lamont & Kara Lawson
ESPN2
  9 p.m. Rutgers at No. 7 Georgetown
Lou Canellis & Tim Welsh
ESPNU
  11 p.m. BYU at Loyola Marymount
Roxy Bernstein & Danny Schayes
ESPNU
Sun, Mar 3 Noon Villanova at No. 23 Pittsburgh
Kevin Connors & John Celestand
ESPN3 * & RSN
  1 p.m. Purdue at Wisconsin
Bob Wischusen & Dan Dakich
ESPN
  2 p.m. Fairfield at Marist
Doug Sherman & Rob Kennedy
ESPN3
  2 p.m. Albany at Stony Brook
Ed Cohen & Frank Sullivan
ESPN3
  2 p.m. DePaul at South Florida
Rich Hollenberg & Paul Biancardi
ESPN3 * & BIG EAST Network
  4 p.m. Virginia at Boston College ESPN3 * & ACC Network
  6 p.m. NC State at Georgia Tech
Carter Blackburn, Jay Williams & Allison Williams
ESPNU

* Local blackout may apply


ESPN’s Baseball Tonight Goodyear Express Tour Continues
contact: ben.cafardo@espn.com and kristen.m.hudak@espn.com
ESPN’s 2013 Baseball Tonight Goodyear Express Tour moves to Florida to continue the journey through MLB Spring Training sites. Each visit will include 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 generally airs weekdays at 3 p.m. on ESPN2 and via WatchESPN with additional SportsCenter segments each day.

Throughout the week, Tim Kurkjian will be joined by new Sunday Night Baseball analyst John Kruk for visits to the Toronto Blue Jays, Philadelphia Phillies, Baltimore Orioles, Tampa Bay Rays and Boston Red Sox.

Date Time (ET) Show/Commentators Team/Site Network
Mon, Feb 25 2:30 p.m. Baseball Tonight
Tim Kurkjian, John Kruk        
Toronto Blue Jays
Dunedin, Fla.
ESPN2, WatchESPN
Tues, Feb 26 3 p.m. Baseball Tonight
Kurkjian, Kruk              
Philadelphia Phillies
Clearwater, Fla.
ESPN2, WatchESPN
Wed, Feb 27 3 p.m. Baseball Tonight
Kurkjian, Kruk                           
Baltimore Orioles
Sarasota, Fla.
ESPN2, WatchESPN
Thu, Feb 28 3 p.m. Baseball Tonight
Kurkjian, Kruk                               
Tampa Bay Rays
Port Charlotte, Fla.
ESPN2, WatchESPN
Fri, March1 3 p.m. Baseball Tonight
Kurkjian, Kruk                               
Boston Red Sox
Fort Myers, Fla.
ESPN2, WatchESPN

NASCAR Nationwide Series at Phoenix on ESPN2
contact: andy.hall@espn.com
The NASCAR Nationwide Series moves to Phoenix International Raceway this weekend for a 200-mile race and ESPN2 will have a live telecast on Saturday, March 2, from the 1-mile oval. NASCAR Countdown begins at 4 p.m. with the green flag at 4:45 p.m. The race telecast is presented by Kawasaki.

Announcers:

Booth: Lap-by-Lap announcer Allen Bestwick; analysts Dale Jarrett, Andy Petree
Pit reporters: Dave Burns, Jamie Little, Dr. Jerry Punch, Vince Welch
NASCAR Countdown: Nicole Briscoe (host); Rusty Wallace, Ricky Craven, Brad Daugherty (analysts)


ATP:  60 Hours on ESPN3 This Week; Djokovic, Federer Lead the Field in Dubai; Ferrer, Nadal in Mexico
contact:  dave.nagle@espn.com
ESPN3 will provide 60 hours of live ATP matches this week, 40 from the ATP Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships in Dubai and 20 from the ATP Abierto Mexicano Telcel in Acapulco, Mexico.  Both events will conclude with championship matches Saturday, March 2.

In Dubai, Novak Djokovic and defending champion Roger Federer lead the field, which also includes No. 3 seed Tomas Berdych, No. 4 Juan Martin Del Potro and No. 5 Jo-Wilfried Tsonga.  Defending champion David Ferrer, last week’s winner in Argentina, holds the top seed in Acapulco while Rafael Nadal continues his return to tennis as the No. 2 seed.

Date Time (ET) Event Match
Tue, Feb 26 5 – 9 a.m. ATP Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships Second Round
  10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Second Round
Wed, Feb 27 5 – 9 a.m. Round of 16
  10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Round of 16
  7 – 9 p.m. ATP Abierto Mexicano Telcel Round of 16
  11 p.m. – 1 a.m. Round of 16
Thur, Feb 28 5 – 7 a.m. ATP Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships Quarterfinal #1
  8 a.m. – 2 p.m. Quarterfinals #2-4
  5 p.m. – MID ATP Abierto Mexicano Telcel Quarterfinals
Fri, March 1 8 a.m. – 1 p.m. ATP Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships Semifinals
  7 – 12:30 1.m. ATP Abierto Mexicano Telcel Semifinals
Sat, March 2 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. ATP Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships Championship
  10 p.m. – 1 a.m. ATP Abierto Mexicano Telcel Championship

Lacrosse Action Heats Up
contact: rachel.l.margolis@espn.com
ESPNU and ESPN3’s college lacrosse schedule picks up steam with several games each week across the networks through the end of the regular season.

Starting the week’s action is a top-15 matchup between No. 12 Princeton at No. 3 Johns Hopkins on Friday, March 1, at 5 p.m. on ESPNU. The following day, top-ranked Maryland travels to No. 19 Duke for an 11 a.m. faceoff, also on ESPNU. After the Duke men’s game, the No. 6-ranked women take to the field against Vanderbilt at 2 p.m. on ESPN3.

The 2013 college lacrosse schedule across ESPNU and ESPN3 includes a minimum 55 total games – 44 regular season, 48 men’s and seven women’s – including the crowning of the ACC, BIG EAST, America East and Ivy League tournament champions. Full Schedule

Date Time (ET) Games/Commentators Networks
Tue, Feb 26 3 p.m. Stony Brook at St. John’s ESPN3
Fri, Mar 1 5 p.m. No. 12 Princeton at No. 3 Johns Hopkins
Booker Corrigan & Ryan Boyle 
ESPNU / WatchESPN
Sat, Mar 2 11 a.m. No. 1 Maryland at No. 19 Duke
Eamon McAnaney, Quint Kessenich & Ryan Flanagan 
ESPNU / WatchESPN
  2 p.m. Vanderbilt Women at No. 6 Duke Women
Eamon McAnaney & Courtney Martinez-Connor
ESPN3

espnW.com: Women’s College Hoops Player of the Week, Sarah Spain Chronicles the Oscars and Summer on the Run
contact: amanda.decastro@espn.com
espnW.com continues naming its national player of the week every Monday throughout the women’s college basketball season. Vanderbilt senior forward Tiffany Clarke receives this week’s top honor after her performance against Florida last Thursday and Sunday’s victory over Texas A&M. Other highlights include contributor Graham Hays’ weekly wrap, Sarah Spain chronicles highlights from the Oscars in “That’s What She Said,” and Summer Sanders wraps up her Summer on the Run series after completing the Disney’s Princess Half Marathon on Feb. 24. 

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