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17 Top Recruits Set to Announce on ESPNU National Signing Day Special
ESPN has expanded the ESPNU National Signing Day Special to more than 11 hours to accommodate a record number of on-air commitments, including No.1 recruit Robert Nkemdiche. Seventeen players in the ESPN 150 will announce their college decision live on the show which will now begin at 7:30 a.m. ET on Wednesday, Feb. 6. The special will also be available on WatchESPN and ESPN3, in addition to being simulcast on ESPN from 3:30-4 p.m. and live look-ins from SportsCenter throughout the day.

The nation’s most highly touted recruit, defensive end Nkemdiche will kick-off the day’s wall-to-wall coverage by choosing Florida, LSU or Ole Miss during the first half-hour. Five undecided players in the Top 10 – No.2, No. 4, No. 5 and No. 6 – will also announce live during ESPNU’s National Signing Day coverage. In addition to interviewing the undecided recruits live, ESPNU will also speak with some of the nation’s elite committed players, like No. 2 Carl Lawson, on how they made their decision. Full Schedule

Signing Day Conference Call Transcript: Tom Luginbill
ESPN national recruiting director Tom Luginbill, on a conference call with media on Monday, Feb. 4,  shared many thoughts on the upcoming Signing Day, including: highly-touted recruits, the coaching pressures of recruiting, recruiting in various parts of the country, technology’s effect on the game, loosening of NCAA regulations on recruiting in 2014 and the classes of: Alabama, Auburn, Arizona, Arizona State, Clemson, Georgia, Florida, Maryland, Miami, Michigan, Northwestern, Notre Dame, Oklahoma, Ole Miss, Oregon, Penn State, South Carolina, Virginia, Virginia Tech and Washington.

ESPNU will air more than 11 hours of live election-style coverage for the eighth annual ESPNU National Signing Day Special on Wednesday, Feb. 6, starting at 7:30 a.m.

Full Transcript; Audio Replay

#ESPN1Day1Game to Go In-Depth with Michigan Men’s Basketball
ESPN The Magazine’s
next “One Day, One Game” issue – on newsstands Friday, March 8 – focuses on both the University of Michigan and Ohio State University’s basketball programs as they prepare for tonight’s match-up in Ann Arbor, Mich. Provided with unprecedented extensive access, more than 36 photographers, writers, and editors will document the days and key moments leading up to the 9 p.m. showdown on ESPN and WatchESPN.

To further involve fans in the experience of 1Day1Game, ESPN is asking followers to send game-day experience photos on Facebook, Twitter & Instagram using the #ESPN1Day1Game hashtag for an opportunity to be in the issue. In addition fans are being asked use their phones to record the tip-off no matter where they are watching & tweet the videos using the hashtag for a chance to end up on ESPNU &

Dick Vitale to Call NCAA Final Four Games
For the first time in his career, legendary ESPN college basketball analyst Dick Vitale will call NCAA Men’s Division I Basketball Tournament Final Four games this year. Vitale will serve as the analyst on Final Four telecasts from Atlanta, calling a semifinal and the championship for ESPN International. Longtime ESPN college basketball analyst Jay Bilas will work the semifinal telecast not called by Vitale. Brad Nessler will call play-by-play on all three Final Four games. Full Release

Downloadable photos of Vitale; Downloadable photos of Bilas; Vitale bio; Bilas Bio; Nessler bio; ESPN Front Row Retrospective 

North Carolina Women’s Basketball Game Added to Thursday’s ESPN3 Schedule
North Carolina’s Sylvia Hatchell will be looking for her 900th career win as a head women’s basketball coach on Thursday, Feb. 7. The game will exclusively be shown on ESPN3 at 7 p.m., as the Tar Heels face Boston College from Conte Forum in Chestnut Hill, Mass. Eric Frede and Steffi Sorensen will have the call of the game.

With a win, ESPN3 will also provide coverage of the postgame press conference to capture the legendary coach moments after.

Hatchell enters Thursday’s game with a career record of 899-317 in 38 seasons. Legends Pat Summitt and Jody Conradt are the only two coaches in women’s basketball history have reached this milestone –with both Hatchell and Rutgers head coach C. Vivian Stringer (897 wins) on pace to hit the mark in 2013.

Full Weekly Women’s Basketball Schedule

ESPN’s Farnham is Nothing But Net
ESPN analyst Sean Farnham sank this beauty on his fourth try from the second level of Michigan State’s Breslin Center hours before calling the Illinois at MSU game on ESPN’s Thursday Night Showcase Presented by T. Rowe Price on Jan. 31. Farnham says he usually efforts half-court shots, but felt like getting creative. Nothing but net! Video

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. The weekly show returns to Notre Dame for only the second time and first since 2009. Show details to follow later this week.

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; College GameDay Images

Top Five Men’s Basketball Teams & Matchups between Ranked Teams
ESPN platforms will cover the top five teams plus games between ranked opponents 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. Full Schedule

ESPN’s Ramada Worldwide BracketBusters Games Announced
ESPNU announced the matchups for the 11th Ramada Worldwide BracketBusters – a two-day men’s college basketball event pitting potential NCAA Championship hopefuls against each other Friday, Feb. 22 and Saturday, Feb. 23 – on the Ramada Worldwide BracketBusters Selection Show hosted by Matt Schick, with analysts Andy Katz and Joe Lunardi on Monday, Feb. 4. All games on ESPN, ESPN2 and ESPNU will also be available on WatchESPN. A schedule of game commentators will be announced at a later date. Full Release

2013 Ramada Worldwide BracketBusters Schedule (All times are Eastern and subject to change)

Date Time (ET) Game Network(s)
Fri, Feb 22 7 p.m. North Dakota State at Akron ESPN2 / WatchESPN
  9 p.m. Stephen F. Austin at Long Beach State ESPNU / WatchESPN
Sat, Feb 23 11 a.m. Iona at Indiana State ESPNU / WatchESPN
  1 p.m. Eastern Kentucky at Valparaiso ESPNU / WatchESPN
  Canisius at Vermont ESPN3
  2 p.m. Pacific at Western Michigan ESPN3
  3 p.m. Montana at Davidson ESPNU / WatchESPN
  Northwestern State at Niagara ESPN3
  4 p.m. Detroit at Wichita State ESPN or ESPN2 / WatchESPN
  6 p.m. No. 16 Creighton at Saint Mary’s (Calif.) ESPN or ESPN2 / WatchESPN
  8 p.m. South Dakota State at Murray State ESPN2 / WatchESPN
  Denver at Northern Iowa ESPN3
  10 p.m. Ohio at Belmont ESPN2 / WatchESPN

2013 Lacrosse Season Starts Friday
The 2013 college lacrosse season begins Friday, Feb. 8 – a schedule that 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.

The No. 5 Johns Hopkins men’s team will face-off at home against Siena on Friday, at 5 p.m. on ESPNU. The No. 5 Florida women will travel to No. 3 North Carolina on Saturday, for a noon start on ESPN3.

Full Season Schedule

Date Time (ET) Game / Commentators Networks
Fri, Feb 8 5 p.m. Siena at No. 5 Johns Hopkins
Eamon McAnaney & Jamie Munro
Sat, Feb. 9 noon No. 5 Florida at No. 3 North Carolina ESPN3