Weekly Updates

ESPN ThisWeek- February 7, 2016

Posted by







NBA Saturday Primetime on ABC: Kevin Durant’s First Game at Oklahoma City Since Joining Golden State; The Jump Hits the Road to Oklahoma City on Friday
contact: [email protected]; [email protected]
NBA Saturday Primetime on ABC presented by Verizon Wireless on February 11 has the Golden State Warriors and Kevin Durant visiting the Oklahoma City Thunder and Russell Westbrook at 8:30 p.m. ET, Durant’s first game at Oklahoma City since joining the Warriors. Mike Breen, analysts Jeff Van Gundy and Mark Jackson, officiating analyst Steve Javie (from New Jersey) and reporter Lisa Salters will provide game commentary.

The Naismith Basketball Hall of Famer Earvin “Magic” Johnson will join host Sage Steele and Michael Wilbon for NBA Countdown presented by Straight Talk Wireless at 8 p.m. on ABC ahead of the Warriors-Thunder game.

NBA Sunday Showcase presented by Verizon Go90 on ABC continues on February 12 with the spotlight on the San Antonio Spurs and Kawhi Leonard visiting the New York Knicks and Carmelo Anthony at 3:30 p.m. Mark Jones, Hall of Famer and analyst Hubie Brown, Javie and reporter Israel Gutierrez will provide game commentary.

NBA Countdown presented by Straight Talk Wireless will precede the Spurs-Knicks game with Steele and analyst Jalen Rose at 3 p.m. on ABC.

Earlier in the week, ESPN has a doubleheader on Wednesday, Feb. 8, starting with the New York Knicks hosting the LA Clippers and DeAndre Jordan at 8 p.m. on ESPN. Breen, analyst Jon Barry and reporter Doris Burke will call the game. Later that night, the Chicago Bulls and Jimmy Butler will visit the Warriors at 10:30 p.m. on ESPN. Dave Pasch, Jackson and reporter Tom Rinaldi will be on the call. The Bulls-Warriors game will be subject to local blackout in the Golden State Warriors’ television territory.

NBA Friday presented by State Farm will have another doubleheader on February 10 beginning with the Indiana Pacers and Paul George visiting the Washington Wizards and John Wall at 8 p.m. on ESPN with Jones and Brown courtside. Later that night, the Bulls will visit the Phoenix Suns and Eric Bledsoe at 10:30 p.m. on ESPN. Pasch and analyst Doug Collins will provide game commentary.

NBA Countdown charged by Mountain Dew will precede Wednesday’s and Friday’s doubleheader with hour-long episodes at 7 p.m. on ESPN. Host Michelle Beadle will be joined by analysts Rose and Chauncey Billups. Analyst Tracy McGrady will join the crew on Wednesday.

The Jump— ESPN’s daily NBA studio show hosted by Rachel Nichols— airs weekdays at 3:30 p.m. on ESPN with various NBA analysts/insiders. The show will be on the road in Oklahoma City on Friday, Feb. 10.

Date Time (ET) Telecast/Commentators Network(s)
Tue, Feb 7 3:30 p.m. The Jump
Rachel Nichols, Amin Elhassan, Scottie Pippen
Wed, Feb 8 3:30 p.m. The Jump
Rachel Nichols, Tracy McGrady, Byron Scott
  7 p.m. NBA Countdown charged by Mountain Dew
Michelle Beadle, Jalen Rose, Chauncey Billups, Tracy McGrady
  8 p.m. NBA Wednesday presented by State Farm
LA Clippers at New York Knicks
Mike Breen, Jon Barry, Doris Burke
ESPN, ESPN Deportes
  10:30 p.m. NBA Wednesday presented by State Farm
Chicago Bulls at Golden State Warriors
Dave Pasch, Mark Jackson, Tom Rinaldi
ESPN, ESPN Deportes
Thu, Feb 9 3:30 p.m. The Jump
Rachel Nichols, Tracy McGrady, Chauncey Billups, Ramona Shelburne
Fri, Feb 10 3:30 p.m. The Jump (in Oklahoma City)
Rachel Nichols, Tracy McGrady, Brian Windhorst
  7 p.m. NBA Countdown charged by Mountain Dew
Michelle Beadle, Jalen Rose, Chauncey Billups
  8 p.m. NBA Friday presented by State Farm
Indiana Pacers at Washington Wizards
Mark Jones, Hubie Brown
  10:30 p.m. NBA Friday presented by State Farm
Chicago Bulls at Phoenix Suns
Dave Pasch, Doug Collins
ESPN, ESPN Deportes
Sat, Feb 11 8 p.m. NBA Countdown presented by Straight Talk Wireless
Sage Steele, Magic Johnson, Michael Wilbon
  8:30 p.m. NBA Saturday Primetime on ABC presented by Verizon Wireless
Golden State Warriors at Oklahoma City Thunder
Mike Breen, Jeff Van Gundy, Mark Jackson, Steve Javie, Lisa Salters
ABC, ESPN Deportes, ESPN Radio
Sun, Feb 12 3 p.m. NBA Countdown presented by Straight Talk Wireless
Sage Steele, Jalen Rose
  3:30 p.m. NBA Sunday Showcase presented by Verizon Go90
San Antonio Spurs at New York Knicks
Mark Jones, Hubie Brown, Steve Javie, Israel Gutierrez
ABC, ESPN Deportes, ESPN Radio

ESPN.com MLB Writers Discuss if 2016 Standouts Can Repeat Their Success; Players’ First Full MLB Season Results Projected
contact: [email protected]
Throughout the week ESPN.com MLB writers will be discussing players who excelled in 2016 and whether or not they will repeat it this season. The series began on Monday with a piece highlighting Rick Porcello and his 22-win, American League Cy Young Award-winning 2016 season.

Repeating Success Schedule
Monday: Boston Red Sox pitcher Rick Porcello
Tuesday: Atlanta Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman
Wednesday: Toronto Blue Jays Pitcher Aaron Sanchez and Chicago Cubs’ pitcher Kyle Hendricks
Thursday: Cleveland Indians third baseman Jose Ramirez
Friday: Washington Nationals second baseman Daniel Murphy

Scott Lauber (@ScottLauber), Andrew Marchand (@AndrewMarchand) and Eddie Matz (@ESPNeddiematz) will be projecting the results of the first full season of key MLB players this week.

First Season Projection Schedule
Tuesday: Lauber on Red Sox outfielder Andrew Benintendi
Wednesday: Marchand on New York Yankees’ catcher Gary Sanchez
Friday: Matz on Nationals’ centerfielder Trea Turner

Additionally, Bradford Doolittle (@bbdoolittle) will highlight what teams in different categories need to do to succeed this season*. David Schoenfield (@dschoenfield) makes early All-Star and team MVP selections and more.

Additional Content Highlights



  • Schoenfield predicts the MVP hope for every team.
  • Jim Bowden (@JimBowden_ESPN) awards final offseason grades for every team.**


  • Doolittle provides a comeback candidate on every team
  • Schoenfield discusses the World Baseball Classic rosters after they are announced.


  • Schoenfield provides his early All-Star selections.
  • Mark Saxon (@markasaxon) speaks with St. Louis Cardinals’ manager Mike Matheny.


  • Doolittle explains how certain teams can make a comeback in 2017.
  • Bowden outlines major spring training question marks.**


  • Schoenfield highlights the most interesting invites to spring training.

*Rescheduled from last week
**ESPN.com MLB Insider subscription required



Women’s College Basketball: Sunday’s Slate Features Rivalry Week Matchups; UConn Could Reach 100 Consecutive Wins on Big Monday
contact: [email protected]
UConn continues to be the top-ranked women’s college basketball team, and is chasing a milestone that no other basketball team has ever reached—100 consecutive wins. The Huskies have not lost a game since 2014, and currently have 97 consecutive wins, with matchups against Cincinnati and SMU this week. Dave O’Brien, Doris Burke, Kara Lawson and Holly Rowe will be on the call as UConn hosts No. 6 South Carolina on Feb. 13 (9 p.m. ET, ESPN2) as part of Big Monday presented by eBay, which could be a historic night for the UConn Huskies. The Big Monday studio crew — Maria Taylor, Andy Landers and Rebecca Lobo — will also be live from Gampel Pavilion in Storrs, Conn.

Sunday’s slate will include several matchups as part of Rivalry Week presented by Wendy’s, including Tulane at No. 22 USF, Dayton at George Washington, No. 3 Maryland at Michigan State and Texas A&M at No. 24 Tennessee.

WNBA Washington Mystics head coach Mike Thibault will serve as a guest analyst for the Dayton/George Washington matchup, which tips off at noon on ESPNU. Former UConn and WNBA star Sue Bird will also serve as a guest analyst, and will be on the call for the Tulane/USF game (noon, ESPN2).

This week’s content includes:

  • Charlie Creme Bracketology and column
  • With Morgan Tuck, Breanna Stewart and Moriah Jefferson gone, the Huskies weren’t the overwhelming favorites to win a championship. But here they are, riding an NCAA-record win streak. Players Katie Lou Samuelson and Napheesa Collier have stepped up statistically, but Kia Nurse – a three-year starter – has helped fill the leadership void. (Katie Barnes)
  • espnW Voices: How growing up around female athletes built her to be a feminist (Alyssa Auriemma)
  • Game-by-game recap of UConn’s win streak
  • A’ja Wilson’s journey to South Carolina: Signature athlete and societal change (Mechelle Voepel, with video from Lynn Olszowy)

Weekly Schedule (Wed-Tue)

Date Time (ET) Matchup/Commentators Network
Wed, Feb 8 7 p.m. No. 22 USF at East Carolina ESPN3
Thu, Feb 9  7 p.m. Missouri at No. 24 Tennessee
Paul Sunderland, Gail Goestenkors, Steffi Sorensen
SEC Network
  Wake Forest at No. 5 Florida State ACC Network Extra
  Virginia at No. 16 Miami (Fla.) ACC Network Extra
  No. 12 Louisville at Virginia Tech ACC Network Extra
  No. 17 NC State at Georgia Tech ACC Network Extra
  Auburn at No. 6 South Carolina SEC Network +
  9 p.m. Vanderbilt at No. 4 Mississippi State
Courtney Lyle, Deb Antonelli
SEC Network
Fri, Feb 10 7 p.m. No. 20 Syracuse at No. 14 Duke ACC Network Extra
Sat, Feb 11 2:30 p.m. Kansas at No. 11 Texas
Lowell Galindo, Nell Fortner, Ahmad Brooks
Longhorn Network
Sun, Feb 12 Noon Tulane at No. 22 USF
Jenn Hildreth, Sue Bird
  Dayton at George Washington
Fran Harris, Mike Thibault
  2 p.m. No. 3 Maryland at Michigan State
Pam Ward, Gail Goestenkors
  Texas A&M at No. 24 Tennessee
Paul Sunderland, Nell Fortner
  Florida at Alabama
Roy Philpott, Brooke Weisbrod
SEC Network
  Clemson at No. 16 Miami ACC Network Extra
  Virginia Tech at No. 17 NC State ACC Network Extra
  Pittsburgh at No. 14 Duke ACC Network Extra
  4 p.m. No. 2 Baylor at TCU
Brenda VanLengen, Katie Smith
  No. 4 Mississippi State at Ole Miss
Bob Picozzi, Dan Hughes
SEC Network
  6 p.m. Arkansas at Missouri
Melissa Lee, Steffi Sorensen
SEC Network
Mon, Feb 13 7 p.m. Big Monday presented by eBay
Texas at No. 5 Florida State
Beth Mowins, Deb Antonelli
  LSU at Vanderbilt
Brenda VanLengen, Carol Ross
SEC Network
  9 p.m. Big Monday presented by eBay
No. 6 South Carolina at No. 1 UConn
Dave O’Brien, Doris Burke, Kara Lawson, Holly Rowe
Tue, Feb 14 7 p.m. UCF at No. 22 USF ESPN3


Men’s College Basketball: Top-20 Sonic Blockbuster Matchups Highlight Rivalry Week
contact: [email protected]
Two top-20 Sonic Blockbuster games highlight ESPN’s Rivalry Week presented by Wendy’s on Thursday, Feb. 9 – when No. 8 North Carolina plays at No. 18 Duke and No. 5 Oregon travels to No. 10 UCLA – both on ESPN, ESPN3 Surround and ESPN3 in Spanish. College GameDay Covered by State Farm leads into the UNC-Duke game with an hour-long show beginning at 7 p.m. ET.

College GameDay will also make a first-time stop on Saturday, Feb. 11 (ESPN, 11 a.m. & 8 p.m. ET), heading to McKeon Pavilion on the campus of Saint Mary’s in Moraga, Calif., originating from the site of the Saturday Primetime presented by AT&T matchup, No. 18 Saint Mary’s vs. No. 1 Gonzaga (ESPN, 8:15 p.m.).

After the conclusion of Rivalry Week, teams are in the throes of the conference season with just three weeks remaining before Championship Week commences. The week of Monday, Feb. 13, includes early week action during Big Monday presented by EBay and Super Tuesday presented by CenturyLink.

  • Big Monday showcases a top-15 showdown between No. 13 West Virginia and No. 3 Kansas (ESPN, 9 p.m.)
  • The Super Tuesday slate includes No. 15 Kentucky at home against Tennessee (ESPN / ESPN3 Surround, 7 p.m.)

Additional schedule highlights:

  • Several top-10 teams are in action Saturday at 2 p.m.: No. 3 Kansas at Texas Tech (ESPN), No. 4 Louisville at home against Miami (ESPN2) and No. 6 Baylor against TCU (ESPNU)
  • A top-25 American Athletic matchup featuring No. 11 Cincinnati at No. 25 SMU (ESPN, 4 p.m.) is a designated Journey to the Tourney game
  • Also in action across the schedule is No. 9 Arizona, No. 12 Virginia, No. 14 Florida State, No. 16 Purdue, No. 17 Florida, No. 19 South Carolina and No. 21 Maryland
  • ESPN Buzzer Beater network will offer live cut-ins and highlights from numerous top college basketball games on Saturday from 1-9 p.m. and Wednesdays from 8-11 p.m.

Weekly Schedule (Wednesday-Tuesday); Full Season Schedule

Date Time (ET) Matchup / Commentators Network
Rivalry Week presented by Wendy’s from Feb. 6-12 (ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU, ESPNEWS)
 Wed, Feb 8 7 p.m. NC State at No. 14 Florida State
Karl Ravech, LaPhonso Ellis
  No. 6 Baylor at Oklahoma State
Clay Matvick, Tim Welsh
  9 p.m. No. 13 West Virginia at Oklahoma
Bob Wischusen, Fran Fraschilla
  UCF at No. 11 Cincinnati
Bernie Guenther, Mark Wise
 Thu, Feb 9 7 p.m. No. 16 Purdue at Indiana
Dave O’Brien, Dick Vitale
  8 p.m. Sonic Blockbuster: No. 8 North Carolina at No. 18 Duke
Dan Shulman, Jay Bilas, Maria Taylor
ESPN/ESPN3 Surround/ESPN3 in Spanish
  9 p.m. No. 25 SMU at Temple
Adam Amin, Len Elmore
  10 p.m. Sonic Blockbuster: No. 5 Oregon at No. 10 UCLA
Dave Pasch, Bill Walton, Molly McGrath
ESPN/ESPN3 Surround/ESPN3 in Spanish
Sat, Feb 11 Noon Kansas State at No. 13 West Virginia
Mark Neely, Mark Plansky
  Texas A&M at No. 17 Florida
Tom Hart, Kara Lawson
  2 p.m. No. 3 Kansas at Texas Tech
Rich Hollenberg, Miles Simon
  Miami at No. 4 Louisville
Mike Couzens, Cory Alexander
  TCU at No. 6 Baylor
Dave Armstrong, Bryndon Manzer
  4 p.m. Ohio State at No. 21 Maryland
Dave Flemming, Dan Dakich
  6 p.m. No. 14 Florida State at Notre Dame
Dave O’Brien, Dick Vitale, Allison Williams
  8 p.m. No. 19 South Carolina at Mississippi State
Beth Mowins, Dalen Cuff
  8:15 p.m. Saturday Primetime presented by AT&T: No. 1 Gonzaga at No. 20 Saint Mary’s
Dan Shulman, Jay Bilas, Maria Taylor
ESPN/ESPN3 Surround
  10 p.m. California at No. 9 Arizona
Dave Pasch, Bill Walton
Sun, Feb 12 4 p.m. Journey to the Tourney: No. 11 Cincinnati at No. 25 SMU
Jason Benetti, Miles Simon
  6:30 p.m. ACC Sunday Night Basketball: No. 12 Virginia at Virginia Tech
Anish Shroff, Cory Alexander
Mon, Feb 13 Big Monday presented by EBay (ESPN, ESPNU)
  7 p.m. Journey to the Tourney: No. 4 Louisville at Syracuse
Sean McDonough, Fran Fraschilla, Allison Williams
  No. 6 Baylor at Texas Tech
Brendan Fitzgerald, Paul Biancardi
  9 p.m. No. 13 West Virginia at No. 3 Kansas
Bob Wischusen, Dick Vitale, Kaylee Hartung
  Morgan State at Howard
Kevin Brown, Stan Lewter
Tue, Feb 14 Super Tuesday presented by CenturyLink (ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU, ESPNEWS)
  7 p.m. Tennessee at No. 15 Kentucky
Joe Tessitore, Sean Farnham, Kaylee Hartung
ESPN/ESPN3 Surround
  Virginia Tech at Pittsburgh
Jason Benetti, Jason Capel
  Notre Dame at Boston College
Rich Hollenberg, Dino Gaudio
  Tulsa at UCF
Allen Bestwick, Mark Wise
  No. 17 Florida at Auburn
Adam Amin, Jon Sundvold, Kris Budden
SEC Network
  9 p.m. Ohio State at Michigan State
Dan Shulman, Dan Dakich, Molly McGrath
  Texas at Oklahoma
Jon Sciambi, Miles Simon
  Mississippi State at Georgia
Mike Couzens, Brooke Weisbrod


Men’s College Lacrosse Coverage Begins Tuesday on ESPNU
contact: [email protected]
ESPNU’s coverage of the 2017 men’s college lacrosse regular season begins today, Feb. 7, at 5 p.m. when No. 11 Navy takes on No. 9 Johns Hopkins. This year’s coverage includes more 25 televised games, with additional coverage on ESPN3 and ACC Network Extra. A complete schedule is available here.

Date Time (ET) Matchup Network
Tue, Feb 7 5 p.m. No. 11 Navy at No. 9 Johns Hopkins
Quint Kessenich, Paul Carcaterra
Sat, Feb 11 1 p.m. UMBC at No. 9 Johns Hopkins ESPN3^

^ – tape delay on ESPNU (Sun, Feb. 12 at 10 a.m.)



IHRA Drag Racing Action Airs Saturday, Sunday from Palm Beach
contact: [email protected]
The IHRA Summit Sportsman National Championship season continues this weekend with two days of action at Palm Beach (Fla.) International Raceway and drag racing fans will be able to watch up to eight hours of racing on both Saturday and Sunday on ESPN3. Live streaming from the track begins at 1 p.m. ET on Saturday, Feb. 11, and noon on Sunday, Feb. 12.


Former NBA Player Greg Oden Sits Down with Outside the Lines on Sunday
contact: [email protected]
Greg Oden was the top pick in the 2007 NBA draft, ahead of Kevin Durant, but after a short-lived pro career, he’s back in school. In his first extensive television interview, Oden opens up about everything from his knee injuries to his alcohol abuse and domestic violence charge. Now he’s starting over again at Ohio State.  Plus, Durant explains why he thinks it’s unfair that some consider Oden the league’s biggest bust. Jeff Goodman reports this Sunday, Feb. 12 on Outside the Lines (9 a.m., ESPN).

New Weekday Afternoon Lineup for ESPN, ESPN2; SportsNation Expands to One Hour
contact:  [email protected]
Beginning this week with the start of the football off-season, the weekday afternoon programming lineup on ESPN and ESPN2 has changed, notably with ESPN’s SportsNation expanding to one hour at 3:30 p.m. ET and ESPN’s The Jump moving a half hour earlier to 3 p.m.  The new lineup:

Noon                            SportsCenter
1 p.m.                           Outside the Lines
1:30 p.m.                      NFL Insiders
2 p.m.                           NFL Live
3 p.m.                           The Jump
3:30 p.m.                      SportsNation
4:30 p.m.                      Highly Questionable
5 p.m.                           Around the Horn
5:30 p.m.                      Pardon the Interruption

Noon                            The Dan LeBatard Show
1 p.m.                           First Take (r)
3 p.m.                           NFL Live (r)
4 p.m.                           The Jump (r)
4:30 p.m.                      SportsNation (r)
5:30 p.m.                      Highly Questionable (r)
6 p.m.                           Around the Horn (r)
6:30 p.m.                      Pardon the Interruption (r)

SportsCenter:AM hits One-Year Anniversary Wednesday
contact: [email protected]
SportsCenter:AM, which launched on February 8, 2016, will celebrate its one-year anniversary on Wednesday. Starting earlier than a live SportsCenter ever has on a regular basis, the program airs from 7-10 a.m. ET on weekdays. SportsCenter:AM’s original crew included anchors Jay Harris, Kevin Negandhi and Jaymee Sire, with contributions from Sarina Morales. Anchor Randy Scott joined the program at the end of August at the beginning of football season.