ESPN ThisWeek — January 14, 2013

AUSTRALIAN OPEN UNDERWAY

NBA, COLLEGE HOOPS, MEL KIPER TALKS DRAFT & MORE


Australian Open Underway on ESPN2, ESPN3
contact:  dave.nagle@espn.com
Tennis’ first major of 2013 – the Australian Open presented by Franklin Templeton Investments – is underway with more than 100 live hours on ESPN2 and 600+ on ESPN3.  Daily action includes marathon sessions each night and afternoon reairs totaling more than 50 additional hours.  Live telecasts continue through the women’s championship Saturday, Jan 26, and the men’s championship Sunday, Jan. 27, both at 3 a.m. with reairs later each day at 9 a.m. and in prime time.  The telecasts – plus other courts on ESPN3 – are available through WatchESPN online at WatchESPN.com and on smartphones and tablets via the WatchESPN app.  Expanded digital coverage on ESPN3 includes the option for users to choose among action on seven courts with all matches available on-demand after completion.

This week’s schedule (For these charts, all times are Eastern, and each day “begins” at 6 a.m. ET.  Therefore, the listing Sun., Jan. 20, at 3:30 a.m. ET is actually very late on Sunday night.)

DateTime (ET)Event 
Mon, Jan 142 – 5 p.m.Early Round ActionSame-day
 9 p.m. – 7 a.m.LIVE
Tue, Jan 152 – 5 p.m.Same-day
 9 p.m. – 7 a.m.LIVE
Wed, Jan 162 – 5 p.m.Same-day
 11 p.m. – 7 a.m.LIVE
Thur, Jan 172 – 5 p.m.Same-day
 11 p.m. – 7 a.m.LIVE
Fri, Jan 182 – 5 p.m.Same-day
 9 p.m. – 7 a.m.LIVE
Sat, Jan 197 – 9:55 a.m.Same-day
 9 p.m. – 2 a.m.Round of 16LIVE
 3 – 7 a.m.LIVE
Sun, Jan 209 p.m. – 2 a.m.LIVE
 3:30 – 6 a.m.LIVE

NBA Doubleheader: Showdown Deep in the Heart of Texas; Star-Studded Heat Visit Warriors
contact: ben.cafardo@espn.com and kristen.m.hudak@espn.com
ESPN will present two NBA doubleheaders this week, beginning Wednesday, Jan 16, with a Texas showdown between Houston Rockets with Jeremy Lin and the Dallas Mavericks with Dirk Nowitzki at 8 p.m. Mike Breen will handle the call with analyst Hubie Brown and reporter Lisa Salters.

In the nightcap, the Miami Heat – led by superstars LeBron James and Dwyane Wade – face the Golden State Warriors with Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson at 10:30 p.m. Dave Pasch will call the game with analyst Jon Barry.

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

DateTime (ET)Game / CommentatorsNetwork
Wed, Jan 167:30 p.m.KIA NBA Countdown
Magic Johnson, Michael Wilbon, Jalen Rose
ESPN / WatchESPN
8 p.m.Houston Rockets at Dallas Mavericks Presented by State Farm
Mike Breen, Hubie Brown, Lisa Salters
ESPN / WatchESPN
 10:30 p.m.Miami Heat at Golden State Warriors Presented by State Farm
Dave Pasch, Jon Barry
ESPN / WatchESPN
Fri, Jan 187 p.m.Chicago Bulls at Boston Celtics Presented by State Farm
Mike Breen, Hubie Brown, Chris Broussard
ESPN / WatchESPN
9:30 p.m.Oklahoma City Thunder at Dallas Mavericks Presented by State Farm
Dave Pasch, Jeff Van Gundy, Lisa Salters
ESPN / WatchESPN

Celtics’ Rondo Stars in Latest This is SportsCenter Spot
contact: amy.phillips@espn.com or ben.cafardo@espn.com
ESPN’s latest This is SportsCenter spot launches Monday, Jan. 14, starring Boston Celtics point guard Rajon Rondo. In the spot, SportsCenter’s Steve Levy advises fellow anchor John Anderson not to look directly at Rondo’s larger-than-life hands, which according to ESPN Sport Science measure 9.5 inches long. The spot also stars SportsCenter’s Sage Steele and “Wildcat,” the mascot of Rondo’s alma mater, the University of Kentucky. Wieden + Kennedy New York serves as the agency for this campaign. Photos are available courtesy of ESPN Images.


College GameDay Covered by State Farm Heads to Butler for First Road Trip of the Season
contact: rachel.l.margolis@espn.com
ESPN’s College GameDay Covered by State Farm will make its first stop of the 2013 season, visiting Indianapolis for the No. 13 Butler vs. No. 8 Gonzaga at 9 p.m. matchup Saturday, Jan. 19. In its ninth season, the first hour GameDay begins at 10 a.m. on ESPNU and continues at 11 a.m. on ESPN, plus a one-hour edition at 8 p.m. on ESPN. GameDay is also available on ESPN 3D and WatchESPN.

In GameDay’s first visit to Hinkle Fieldhouse and Butler University, Saturday’s show will see the return of “Know Your Teammate,” featuring two Butler players and a tribute to the movie “Hoosiers,” which was filmed at Hinkle.

Rece Davis will serve as host for College GameDay, and will be 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


Full Slate of Women’s College Basketball Games on ESPN3
contact: rachel.l.margolis@espn.com
ESPN3 is the home to several women’s college basketball games this week, including a BIG EAST tilt with Pittsburgh at St. John’s on Wednesday, Jan. 16, at 7 p.m. The Red Storm is 2-0 in league play, while the Panthers are looking for their first conference win of the year.

Also on tap for Wednesday is New Hampshire at Albany at noon and Arkansas Little Rock at Middle Tennessee State at 8 p.m. Thursday’s schedule on ESPN3 includes Siena at Saint Peter’s at 6 p.m. and Nicholls State at Northwestern State at 6:30 p.m.

DateTime (ET)Game / CommentatorsNetworks
Mon, Jan 144:30 p.m.Norfolk State at Howard
Michele Smith & Christy Winters Scott
ESPNU / WatchESPN
Wed, Jan 16noonNew Hampshire at Albany
Eric Frede & LaChina Robinson
ESPN3
 7 p.m.Pittsburgh at St. John’s
Ralph Bednarczyk & Julianne Viani
ESPN3
 8 p.m.Arkansas-Little Rock at Middle Tennessee StateESPN3
Thu, Jan 176 p.m.Siena at Saint Peter’s
Dean Darling & Phyllis Mangina
ESPN3
 6:30 p.m.Nicholls State at Northwestern StateESPN3

 


Men’s College Hoops: Five Matchups between Ranked Teams Highlighted by No. 6 Syracuse at No. 1 Louisville
contact: michael.c.humes@espn.com
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. 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

DateTime (ET)Matchup/CommentatorsNetwork
Thu, Jan 177 p.m.No. 5 Michigan at No. 9 Minnesota
Joe Tessitore, Sean Farnham & Andy Katz
ESPN
 7 p.m.Florida at Texas A&M
Rece Davis & Bob Knight
ESPN2
 7 p.m.Valparaiso at Detroit
Dan Gutowsky & Adrian Branch
ESPNU
 7 p.m.East Tennessee State at MercerESPN3
 7 p.m.Idaho at Louisiana Tech
Trey Bender & Stephen Howard
ESPN3 *
 8 p.m.Arkansas-Little Rock at Middle TennesseeESPN3
 8 p.m.Youngstown State at Green BayESPN3
 8:30 p.m.Rider at St. Peter’s
Doug Sherman & Rob Kennedy
ESPN3
 8:30 p.m.Nicholls State at Northwestern StateESPN3
 9 p.m.Georgia Tech at No. 3 Duke
Dave O’Brien & Doris Burke
ESPN
 9 p.m.South Florida at Rutgers
Bram Weinstein & Dereck Whittenburg
ESPN2
 9 p.m.Oregon State at No. 24 UCLA
Dave Pasch & Bill Walton
ESPNU
 11 p.m.No. 21 Oregon at USC
Roxy Bernstein & Miles Simon
ESPNU
Fri, Jan 187 p.m.Stony Brook at Vermont
Jim Barbar & Malcolm Huckaby
ESPNU
 9 p.m.Fairfield at Iona
Doug Sherman & Tim McCormick
ESPNU
Sat, Jan 1911 a.m.Virginia Military Institute at Coastal Carolina
Adam Amin & Brooke Weisbrod
ESPNU
 NoonMaryland at North Carolina
Dave O’Brien & Doris Burke
ESPN
 NoonConnecticut at Pittsburgh
John Saunders & Dereck Whittenburg
ESPN2
 NoonSt. John’s at DePaul
Anish Shroff & Bob Wenzel
ESPN3 * & BIG EAST Network
 1 p.m.Nebraska at Penn State
Mike Crispino & Bob Valvano
ESPNU
 1 p.m.Winthrop at CampbellESPN3
 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
ESPN
 2 p.m.Texas Tech at Oklahoma State
Jon Sciambi & Fran Fraschilla
ESPN2
 2 p.m.Wake Forest at Virginia TechESPN3 * & ACC Network
 3 p.m.Akron at Kent State
Dan Gutowsky & Darrin Horn
ESPNU
 3:15 p.m.Lipscomb at StetsonESPN3
 4 p.m.No. 6 Syracuse at No. 1 Louisville
Mike Patrick & Len Elmore
ESPN
 4 p.m.No. 12 Creighton at Wichita State
Rich Hollenberg & Mark Adams
ESPN2
 4 p.m.Florida State at VirginiaESPN3 * & 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
ESPNU
 6 p.m.No. 11 Ohio State at No. 18 Michigan State
Bob Wischusen & Dan Dakich
ESPN
 6 p.m.Texas A&M at AlabamaESPN3 * & 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
ESPNU
 7 p.m.Saint Peter’s at Marist
Doug Sherman & Rob Kennedy
ESPN3
 8 p.m.LSU at Georgia
Matt Stewart & Daymeon Fishback
ESPN3 * & CSS
 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
ESPN & ESPN 3D
 9 p.m.Kentucky at Auburn
Tom Hart & Matt Doherty
ESPNU
 11 p.m.Utah at Washington
Dave Flemming & Sean Farnham
ESPNU
Sun, Jan 203 p.m.Drake at Northern IowaESPN3
 6 p.m.Clemson at No. 14 NC State
Carter Blackburn, Jay Williams & Allison Williams
ESPNU
 8 p.m.Illinois State at Southern Illinois
Mitch Holthus & Mark Adams
ESPNU

* Local blackout may apply


NCAA Men’s Basketball Coaches Put Their Fundraising Skills to Work in the Infiniti Coaches’ Charity Challenge
contact: kristie.chong@espn.com
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 ESPN.com/Infiniti. 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 ESPN.com/Infiniti 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.


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, Jan. 16, at 11 a.m. To participate, please RSVP to Allie Stoneberg.


London Fletcher of the Washington Redskins Visits ESPN This Week
contact: allison.r.stoneberg@espn.com
Washington Redskins linebacker London Fletcher will visit ESPN’s Bristol, Conn., campus Wednesday, Jan. 16, and Thursday, Jan. 17, as a guest analyst on SportsCenter and NFL studio shows. Fletcher’s anticipated schedule is as follows:

DateTime (ET)ShowNetwork
Wed, Jan 164-5 p.m.NFL LiveESPN
5-6 p.m.NFL32ESPN2
Thu, Jan 1712-1 p.m.SportsCenterESPN
5-6 p.m.NFL32ESPN2

SportsCenter to Present Live the First Pick of 2013 MLS SuperDraft
contact:  mac.nwulu@espn.com
The first overall selection in Major League Soccer’s 2013 SuperDraft will be shown live on SportsCenter on Thursday, Jan. 17, at noon, marking the first time the league’s player-selection process will be featured live on the ESPN flagship program.  The rest of the MLS SuperDraft (12 – 4 p.m.), live from the Indiana Convention Center in Indianapolis, will be carried on ESPN3 and ESPNFC, the company’s sole soccer destination.

ESPN’s MLS soccer play-by-play voice Adrian Healey, analysts Taylor Twellman and Alexi Lalas, will be joined by reporter Mónica González to provide commentary for live coverage of the SuperDraft.


espnW.com: Women’s College Hoops Player of the Week and Weekly Wrap, and Venus Williams’ Return
contact: amanda.decastro@espn.com
espnW.com continues naming its national player of the week every Monday throughout the women’s college basketball season. Maryland junior forward Alyssa Thomas receives this week’s top honor after her performance against Virginia Tech on Sunday — scoring 26 points, 18 rebounds, six assists and three blocks. Other highlights include contributor Graham Hays’ weekly wrap, Cal’s victory over Stanford’s Pac-12 win streak, and from the Aussie Open, a post from Bonnie Ford marking Venus Williams’ return.

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