Jan. 11, 2012
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — The Florida State men’s basketball team will be at the center of the college basketball universe as ESPN College GameDay Driven by State Farm – the widely popular live college basketball preview show – will come to the Donald L. Tucker Center for the Seminoles’ game against North Carolina on Jan. 14, 2012. Both the Seminoles and the Tar Heels were picked as two of the top three teams in the ACC and both are expected to be at their best when ESPN begins eight consecutive weeks of on-campus basketball excitement.
Doors will open at 8:30 a.m. for the 10:00 a.m. show.
“To serve as a host for ESPN and College Basketball GameDay is certainly a huge honor and we are thankful to ESPN for giving our program this opportunity,” head coach Leonard Hamilton said. “ESPN has played such a large role in the growth of college basketball on television and this is one of the great things the network does for college basketball. Having College GameDay at Florida State is a special tribute to our players – current and past – who have helped build this program into a GameDay-worthy destination.”
The Seminoles’ first ever appearance on College GameDay will be highlighted by its 2:00 p.m. game against the Tar Heels.
College GameDay made its debut on Jan. 22, 2005. 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, college basketball’s all-time winningest coach Bobby Knight and college basketball senior writer Andy Katz.
“Being selected to host College GameDay is something every college basketball player hopes happens during his career,” senior guard Luke Loucks said. “Our coaches have done an exceptional job of moving this program toward elite status in college basketball. This is another example of where our program is headed. We are also excited for our fans and hope to see a loud and rowdy crowd when GameDay and North Carolina comes to the Tucker Center.
The executives at ESPN echo Loucks’ sentiments.
“With College GameDay and the Saturday Primetime franchise, we want to feature games that have conference championship and national implications,” said Nick Dawson, Director of Programming and Acquisitions at ESPN. “This game fits that bill. Florida State is known for having passionate fans and a great atmosphere for college basketball, so we’re excited to launch the eighth season of ESPN College GameDay from Tallahassee.”