Mizzou Basketball to Host ESPN College GameDay Against Kansas
COLUMBIA - The college basketball world will focus on Columbia on February 4th when the popular College GameDay Driven By State Farm will air live from Mizzou Arena before the Tigers square off against rival Kansas that night at 8 p.m. in ESPN's Saturday Primetime Presented by DIRECTV telecast.
The meeting will be GameDay's first look inside the country's most heated series. Missouri and Kansas will meet for the 266th time in a rivalry between two states that dates back to the Civil War.
"What an honor to have GameDay come to Columbia," Mizzou Head Coach Frank Haith said. "We are obviously proud of what we have to showcase here. We are incredibly excited about our current team and the future of this program. We have the finest on-campus basketball facility in America and we have an incredible fan base that will create great excitement around this event and this rivalry. This is a great opportunity for the nation to see what the Mizzou experience is all about."
Columbia will be one of eight stops for the College GameDay crew this season and five of those eight (Mizzou, Arizona, Florida State, Michigan and Vanderbilt) are first-time hosts. Host Rece Davis is joined on the program by former Notre Dame head coach Digger Phelps, former Duke player and assistant coach Jay Bilas, former North Carolina standout Hubert Davis and former Indiana and Texas Tech head coach Bob Knight.
Live coverage of the two hour show begins at 9 a.m. CT on ESPNU and doors to Mizzou Arena will open at 8 a.m. Coverage picks up on ESPN at 10 a.m. CT. Tiger fans and students have enjoyed a successful history showing up in huge numbers for GameDay, including ESPN's estimate of 18,000 fans before Mizzou Football's Homecoming win over No. 1 Oklahoma in 2010. Admission to the GameDay morning festivities will be free.
"What another great opportunity for us to showcase our university and our athletics programs," Director of Athletics Mike Alden said. "I know Frank (Haith) and his team will be excited to have the GameDay crew at Mizzou Arena and I know our university community and the entire City of Columbia will be just as welcoming and enthusiastic as when we hosted football GameDay last year for Homecoming."
GameDay coverage will return later that night for a primetime hour from 7-8 p.m. While broadcast pairings have not been set for the game, the trio of Dan Shulman, Dick Vitale and Erin Andrews has typically been the Saturday evening crew.