ThisWeek – February 4, 2013




Spurs Face Timberwolves Wednesday; Clippers-Heat, Bulls-Jazz Friday
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On Wednesday, the league-leading San Antonio Spurs and All-Stars Tony Parker and Tim Duncan take on the Minnesota Timberwolves and Ricky Rubio at 9 p.m. ET on ESPN. Mark Jones will handle the call with analyst Jon Barry and reporter Heather Cox. 

Friday’s doubleheader will begin with the Los Angeles Clippers and All-Stars Chris Paul and Blake Griffin – visiting the defending NBA Champion Miami Heat and All-Stars LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh at 8 p.m. In the nightcap, the Utah Jazz and Al Jefferson will host the Chicago Bulls and All-Stars Joakim Noah and Luol Deng 10:30 p.m. KIA NBA Countdown will preview the doubleheader at 7:30 p.m. with NBA Hall of Famer Earvin “Magic” Johnson, Bill Simmons and Michael Wilbon.  

NBA Countdown and ESPN games are available on computers, tablets and smartphones through WatchESPN. 

DateTime (ET)GameCommentatorsNetwork
Wed, Feb 69 p.m.San Antonio Spurs at Minnesota Timberwolves Mark Jones, Jon Barry, Heather CoxESPN / WatchESPN
Fri, Feb 87:30 p.m.KIA NBA Countdown Magic Johnson, Bill Simmons, Michael WilbonESPN / WatchESPN


8 p.m.Los Angeles Clippers at Miami Heat Mike Breen, Jeff Van Gundy, Lisa SaltersESPN / WatchESPN


10:30 p.m.Chicago Bulls at Utah Jazz Mark Jones, Jon BarryESPN / WatchESPN



ABC NBA Sunday Showcase: Clippers-Knicks, Lakers-Heat; Mike Tirico to Call Two NBA Games Sunday
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ABC will broadcast an All-Star-studded doubleheader as part of its NBA Sunday Showcase, February 10, when the New York Knicks and All-Stars Carmelo Anthony and Tyson Chandler host the Los Angeles Clippers and All-Stars Chris Paul and Blake Griffin. The game tips off at 1 p.m. with Mike Tirico – calling his first of two Sunday NBA games – providing commentary with analyst Hubie Brown and reporter Doris Burke. 

In the second game, the defending NBA Champion Miami Heat hosts the Los Angeles Lakers and All-Stars Kobe Bryant and Dwight Howard. The broadcast will begin at 3:30 p.m. with commentary by Mike Breen, analyst Jeff Van Gundy and reporter Lisa Salters.  

KIA NBA Countdown will preview the doubleheader at 12:30 p.m. with Basketball Hall of Famer Earvin “Magic” Johnson, Jalen Rose, Bill Simmons and Michael Wilbon.  

Additionally, ESPN will televise a Sunday prime-time game as the San Antonio Spurs – owners of the NBA’s best record — visit the Brooklyn Nets and All Star Brook Lopez at 8 p.m. Tirico will call his second game of the day in New York, where he will be joined by analyst Jon Barry. 

Time (ET)GameCommentatorsNetwork
12:30 p.m.KIA NBA CountdownMagic Johnson, Jalen Rose, Bill Simmons, Michael WilbonABC
1 p.m.NBA Sunday Showcase: Los Angeles Clippers at New York KnicksMike Tirico, Hubie Brown, Heather CoxABC
3:30 p.m.NBA Sunday Showcase: Los Angeles Lakers at Miami HeatMike Breen, Jeff Van Gundy, Lisa SaltersABC
8 p.m.San Antonio Spurs at Brooklyn Nets Mike Tirico, Jon BarryESPN / WatchESPN



Notre Dame Chosen as Site for College GameDay Covered by State Farm

ESPN’s College GameDay Covered by State Farm will stop in South Bend, Ind., and the campus of the University of Notre Dame, in advance of the Saturday Primetime presented by DIRECTV matchup between BIG EAST foes – No. 11 Louisville at No. 25 Notre Dame on Saturday, Feb. 9, 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. GameDay returns to Notre Dame for only the second time and first since 2009. Show details to follow later this week. 

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: Top Five Teams & Matchups between Ranked Teams

ESPN platforms will cover the top five teams and plus games between ranked teams in the upcoming men’s college basketball schedule. ESPN’s Thursday Night Showcase Presented by T. Rowe Price doubleheader will tip-off with No. 1 Indiana against Illinois at 7 p.m. 

All five of ESPN’s telecasts on Saturday, Feb. 9, will involve at least one ranked team with the final two matching teams in the Associated Press Top 25. The day will tip off at noon with No. 3 Michigan at Wisconsin followed by No. 8 Miami against North Carolina at 2 p.m. and No. 5 Kansas at Oklahoma at 4 p.m. The action will conclude with No. 23 Pittsburgh at No. 17 Cincinnati at 6 p.m. and No. 11 Louisville at No. 25 Notre Dame, which will also be on ESPN 3D, as part of the weekly Saturday Primetime Presented by DIRECTV series at 9 p.m. 

The ESPNU ACC Sunday Night Basketball game February 10, at 6 p.m. will pit No. 4 Duke at Boston College. 

DateTime (ET)Matchup/CommentatorsNetwork
Thu, Feb 77 p.m.No. 1 Indiana at Illinois

Joe Tessitore & Sean Farnham

  Clemson at Virginia

Dave O’Brien & TBD

  Canisius at Manhattan

Bob Huessler & Rob Kennedy

 8 p.m.Belmont at Murray State

Rich Hollenberg & Adrian Branch

  Arkansas State at Middle TennesseeESPN3
 8:45 p.m.McNeese State at Sam Houston StateESPN3
 9 p.m.Washington at UCLA

Dave Pasch & Bill Walton

  No. 21 Missouri at Texas A&M

Rece Davis & Bob Knight

  NC State at No. 4 DukeESPN3 * & ACC Network
  Maryland at Virginia TechESPN3 * & ACC Network
 10 p.m.Colorado at No. 19 Oregon

Roxy Bernstein & Miles Simon

 11 p.m.St. Mary’s (Calif.) at Santa Clara

Dave Flemming & TBD

Fri, Feb 87 p.m.UNC Asheville at Virginia Military Institute

Jim Barbar & Malcolm Huckaby

 9 p.m.Siena at Loyola (Md.)

Doug Sherman & Tim McCormick

Sat, Feb 911 a.m.Temple at Dayton

Jason Benetti & Bob Valvano

 NoonNo. 3 Michigan at Wisconsin

Bob Wischusen & Dan Dakich

  Florida State at Wake Forest

Carter Blackburn & TBD

  No. 20 Georgetown at Rutgers

Anish Shroff & Bob Wenzel

ESPN3 * & BIG EAST Network
 1 p.m.Akron at Miami (Ohio)

Adam Amin & Brooke Weisbrod

 1 p.m.Georgia Tech at Virginia TechESPN3 * & RSN ^
 1:30 p.m.No. 22 Oklahoma State at Texas

Dave Armstrong & Reid Gettys

ESPN3 & Big 12 Network
 1:30 p.m.Arkansas at Vanderbilt

Clay Matvick & Joe Dean

ESPN3 & SEC Network
 2 p.m.North Carolina at No. 8 Miami

Dave O’Brien, Doris Burke & Jeannine Edwards

  St. Joseph’s at Massachusetts

Marc Kestecher & Stephen Bardo

  DePaul at No. 24 Marquette

Quint Kessenich & John Celestand

 3 p.m.South Florida at Villanova

Beth Mowins & Tim Welsh

 4 p.m.No. 5 Kansas at Oklahoma

Jon Sciambi, Fran Fraschilla & Holly Rowe

  Valparaiso at Cleveland State

Mike Crispino & TBD

  Texas Tech at Baylor

Brad Sham & Stephen Howard

ESPN3 * & Big 12 Network
  West Virginia at TCU

Mitch Holthus & Dan Hughes

ESPN3 * & Big 12 Network
  Auburn at Kentucky

Dave Baker & Kara Lawson

ESPN3 & SEC Network
 5 p.m.Texas A&M at Georgia

Tom Hart & Matt Doherty

  Mississippi State at No. 2 FloridaESPN3 * & FSN
 6 p.m.No. 23 Pittsburgh at No. 17 Cincinnati

Mike Patrick & Len Elmore

  Iowa State at No. 13 Kansas State

Mark Neely & TBD

 7 p.m.Stanford at Arizona State

Dave Flemming & Sean Farnham

  Rider at Iona

Doug Sherman & Rob Kennedy

  Liberty at Gardner-WebbESPN3
  Stony Brook at Hartford

Eric Frede & Frank Sullivan

 7:30 p.m.USC Upstate at Florida Gulf CoastESPN3
 8 p.m.LSU at Alabama

Mark Jones & Jimmy Dykes

 8 p.m.The Citadel at SamfordESPN3
 9 p.m.No. 11 Louisville at No. 25 Notre Dame

Dan Shulman, Dick Vitale & Samantha Ponder

  Penn State at Nebraska

Dan Gutowsky & Sean Harrington

 10 p.m.Illinois State at No. 16 Creighton

Rich Hollenberg & Mark Adams

 11 p.m.St. Mary’s (Calif.) at San Diego

Roxy Bernstein & Corey Williams

Sun, Feb 10NoonConnecticut at Seton Hall

Eamon McAnaney & Bob Wenzel

ESPN3 * & BIG EAST Network
 1 p.m.NC State at ClemsonESPN3 * & ACC Network
  Virginia at MarylandESPN3 * & ACC Network
 3 p.m.St. John’s at No. 9 Syracuse

Dave Pasch & Dan Dakich

  Northern Iowa at BradleyESPN3
 6 p.m.No. 4 Duke at Boston College

Carter Blackburn, Jay Williams & Allison Williams

 8 p.m.Drake at Evansville

Mitch Holthus & Mark Adams


* Local blackout may apply



Sunday Women’s College Basketball Action Dominates ESPN2 and ESPNU

A tripleheader on ESPNU on Sunday, Feb. 10, represents this week’s top women’s college basketball games. Tipping off the day – No. 16 North Carolina travels to ACC opponent Georgia Tech at 11:30 a.m., followed by No. 9 Georgia at SEC rival LSU at 1:30 p.m. and a BIG EAST matchup between DePaul at No. 3 Connecticut at 3:30 p.m. On ESPN2, a doubleheader showcases Big Ten foes Michigan State at No. 8 Penn State at 2 p.m. and SEC rivals No. 10 Kentucky at Vanderbilt at 4 p.m. 

Additional highlights:

  • Big Monday presented by Bud Light series continues on Feb. 11 – a top-10 matchup between ACC teams No. 7 Maryland at No. 5 Duke at 7 p.m., followed by a BIG EAST game of No. 10 Louisville at No. 2 Notre Dame at 9 p.m.
  • ESPN3 has a slew of early week games, including No. 5 Duke at Virginia on Friday, Feb. 8, at 7 p.m.
  • All games on ESPN2 and ESPNU can also be seen on WatchESPN. 
DateTime (ET)GamesNetwork
Thu, Feb 76:30 p.m.McNeese State at Sam Houston StateESPN3
Fri, Feb 87 p.m.No. 5 Duke at Virginia
Michele Smith & Swin Cash
Sat, Feb 92 p.m.Georgetown at St. John’sESPN3
 4 p.m.Rider at Iona
Dean Darling & Phyllis Mangina
  UNC Greensboro at SamfordESPN3
 4:30 p.m.Charleston Southern at Gardner-WebbESPN3
 5:15 p.m.USC Upstate at Florida Gulf CoastESPN3
 6 p.m.Cincinnati at Rutgers
Bob Picozzi & Steffi Sorensen
BIG EAST Network / ESPN3
Sun, Feb 1011:30 a.m.No. 16 North Carolina at Georgia Tech
Michele Smith & LaChina Robinson
 1:30 p.m.No. 9 Georgia at LSU
Melissa Lee & Maria Taylor
 2 p.m.Michigan State at No. 8 Penn State
Adam Amin & Swin Cash
  Mississippi State at Missouri
Cara Capuano & Nell Fortner
SEC Network / ESPN3
 3:30 p.m.DePaul at No. 3 Connecticut
Bob Picozzi & Brooke Weisbrod
 4 p.m.No. 10 Kentucky at Vanderbilt
Pam Ward & Rosalyn Gold-Onwude
Mon, Feb 117 p.m.Big Monday presented by Bud Light (Durham, N.C.): No. 7 Maryland at No. 5 Duke
Pam Ward & Rebecca Lobo
 9 p.m.Big Monday presented by Bud Light (South Bend, Ind.): No. 11 Louisville at No. 2 Notre Dame
Beth Mowins & Stephanie White
ESPN2 / WatchESPN Women’s College Hoops Player of the Week, and Super Bowl XLVII Wrap
contact: continues naming its national player of the week every Monday throughout the women’s college basketball season. Delaware senior guard Elena Delle Donne receives this week’s top honor after scoring 35 points on 10-of-20 shots and grabbing nine rebounds against Hofstra. Other highlights include contributor Graham Hays’ weekly wrap, and a complete wrap from Super Bowl XLVII with photos, blogs from nine-year-old football all-star Sam Gordon (who received VIP treatment as the guest of NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell),  videos, and a spotlight on Ravens’ Brendon Ayanbadejo.



Three FIFA Matches on ESPN Platforms on Wednesday, February 6

On Wednesday, Feb. 6, ESPN platforms will present a tripleheader of FIFA matches, highlighted by Mexico vs. Jamaica in Mexico City on ESPN2 at 9:30 p.m., the first of 10 matches for each team in the final round of qualifying for the 2014 FIFA World Cup. 


  • Play-by-play commentator Fernando Palomo, analyst Alejandro Moreno and reporters Bernardo Osuna and John Sutcliffe will provide commentary for Mexico vs. Jamaica, live from the historic Estadio Azteca in Mexico City.
  • ESPN 3D, the world’s first 24/7 all-sports 3D channel, will present its first international friendly match, FIFA-ranked No. 17 France vs. No. 2 Germany, live from Stade de France in Paris at 2:55 p.m.
  • ESPN Deportes, ESPN’s 24-hour Spanish-language sports network, will present the contest between No. 8 Netherlands and No. 4 Italy, live from the Amsterdam Arena, at 1:25 p.m. 
DateTime (ET)MatchNetworks
Wed, Feb 61:25 p.m.Netherlands vs. Italy ESPN Deportes / WatchESPN
 2:55 p.m.France vs. GermanyESPN2 / ESPN 3D / WatchESPN
 9:30 p.m.Mexico vs. Jamaica (FIFA World Cup Qualifying)
Fernando Palomo, Alejandro Moreno, Bernardo Osuna & John Sutcliffe



2013 Africa Cup of Nations: Semifinal Matches
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Coverage of the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations, the premier championship for national soccer teams in Africa, continues on ESPN3 this week with semifinal matches: Mali vs. Nigeria and Burkina Faso vs. Ghana. Both matches will air live on ESPN3 and on delay on ESPN Deportes.

This year’s Africa Cup of Nations is the 29th edition of the tournament. Teams representing 16 nations have been competing in the tournament, following a qualification process among the 54 member nations of the Confederation of African Football (CAF), the governing body for the sport of soccer in Africa.  The winner of the tournament will represent Africa in the 2013 FIFA Confederations Cup in Brazil, June 15-30, competing in Group B along with Spain (Europe), Uruguay (South America) and Tahiti (Oceana).

DateTime (ET)GameNetwork
Wed, Feb 610 a.m.Semifinal 1: Mali vs. Nigeria ESPN3 /*ESPN Deportes (2/7 at 1 p.m.)
 1:30 p.m.Semifinal 2: Burkina Faso vs. GhanaESPN3 /*ESPN Deportes (2/8 at 1 p.m.)