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College GameDay
College GameDay Bball.jpg
Format College Basketball
Starring Rece Davis
Digger Phelps
Jay Bilas
Hubert Davis
Bob Knight
Country of origin United States
Production
Running time 60 minutes
Broadcast
Original channel ESPN and ESPN2
Original run January 22, 2005 (2005-01-22) – present

College GameDay is an ESPN program that covers college basketball and is a spin-off of the successful college football version. Since debuting on January 22, 2005, it airs on ESPN Saturdays in the college basketball season at 11am ET and 8pm ET at a different game site each week. One difference between the two versions is that the college basketball version always appears at the ESPN Saturday Primetime game location, which is the ESPN college basketball game of the week and appears at 9pm ET Saturdays on ESPN. This program has also appeared at the site of the Final Four. The first two years of the show, it went to seven sites in seven weeks, but starting in 2007, it has been expanded to eight sites in eight weeks. The official name of the show is College GameDay Driven by State Farm.

In 2005, the host of the show the first four weeks was Rece Davis, but then the last four weeks Chris Fowler hosted the show, but since 2006, Rece Davis has been the exclusive host of the show. Since the show debuted, Davis has been joined by Digger Phelps, Jay Bilas and since 2007, Hubert Davis has been on the team on the set with Dick Vitale contributing. In 2008 during Championship Week, Bob Knight joined the cast, where he remains to this day. Andy Katz has also served as a feature reporter giving up to the minute news and reports. Saturday Primetime is called by Dan Shulman and Dick Vitale along with Erin Andrews as sideline reporter.

College GameDay is broadcast live twice, both for one hour from 11am-noon ET and from 8-9pm ET, respectively. The series will begin its 6th season on January 16, 2010 from Storrs, Connecticut, where, for the first time ever, it will be on site for a women's college basketball game.

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History

The program has appeared in many different spots throughout each basketball arena. At Kansas, they were in the program's museum; at Kentucky, they were at the entrance of the arena; at UConn, they were on the concourse; at Gonzaga, Florida, and Marquette, they were on the court; and at Duke, they were in Krzyzewskiville, the tent village outside Cameron Indoor Stadium. It is also worth noting that in recent years (except for the Final Four), the morning airings of this program have taken place on the court.

College GameDay originally was just for football, but the raging and expanding popularity of college basketball led to the initiation of the basketball version of the show.

As of current, only fifteen schools (Boston College, Florida, Kentucky, LSU, Michigan State, North Carolina, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Pittsburgh, Tennessee, Texas, UCLA, and Wisconsin) have hosted College GameDay for both basketball and football events. Clemson and Kansas State will join the list in 2010.

The show's current intro and theme music is Kevin Rudolf's 2008 hit, Let It Rock.

Starting with the fourth season (2008), the basketball version of GameDay is broadcast in high-definition on ESPN HD.

GameDay's appearance at the Coliseum in Morgantown, West Virginia for the West Virginia/#6 Louisville game on March 7, 2009 marked the largest crowd to ever attend a GameDay broadcast in the program's 5 year history.

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Former

Locations

2005

2006

2007

2008

2009

[10]

2010

[11]

Appearances by School

Through the 2009-10 Season.

School Appearances Hosted
Arizona 1 0
Boston College 1 1
California 1 1
Clemson 1 1
Connecticut (Women's) 1 1
Connecticut (Men's) 4 1
Creighton 1 0
Duke 5 3
Florida 4 2
Georgetown 2 0
Georgia Tech 1 0
Gonzaga 2 2
Illinois 1 1
Indiana 2 1
Kansas 5 3
Kansas State 2 1
Kentucky 5 3
Louisville 5 2
LSU 1 1
Marquette 1 1
Maryland 1 1
Memphis 3 2
Miami (FL) 1 0
Michigan State 4 1
North Carolina 5 2
Notre Dame (Men's) 2 1
Notre Dame (Women's) 1 0
Ohio State 2 1
Oklahoma 2 1
Oklahoma State 1 1
Pittsburgh 3 1
Southern Illinois 1 0
Stanford 1 0
Syracuse 3 3
Tennessee 3 1
Texas A&M 1 0
Texas 5 2
UCLA 3 1
Villanova 1 0
Washington 1 1
West Virginia 1 1
Wisconsin 1 1

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