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Wednesday Night Hoops
Format College basketball
Country of origin United States
Production
Running time 120 minutes
Broadcast
Original channel ESPN
Original run 2003 (2003) – present

Wednesday Night Hoops appears every Wednesday with the biggest college basketball games in the Atlantic Coast Conference, Big East Conference, and Big 12 Conference in primetime during the regular season on ESPN. The official name is Wednesday Night Hoops presented by Disney Parks. Wednesday Night Hoops is similar to Thursday Night Showcase, Super Tuesday and Big Monday, but unlike the others, Wednesday Night Hoops only has one game on ESPN due to an NBA game as part of NBA Wednesday immediately following the game, although on occasion the NBA Wednesday game will be preempted as there will be a Wednesday Night Hoops doubleheader.

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Commentators

The ACC game of the week usually starts at 7 p.m. ET with play-by-play commentator Mike Patrick and analyst Dick Vitale announcing the game. On occasion Len Elmore or Jay Bilas serves as game analyst in place of Vitale. At 7 p.m. on ESPN2, Either Dave Pasch or Dave O'Brien calls the Big East game with Len Elmore or Doris Burke as analyst. The Big 12 game, shown at 9 p.m., is called by Ron Franklin, with either Fran Fraschilla or Hubert Davis. For major games, the ACC telecast often moves to 9 p.m., particularly if ESPN is not carrying an NBA game that night. In that case, the Big East game moves to ESPN.

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Studio hosts and analysts

The studio host is usually either Scott Reiss or Karl Ravech along with analysts Steve Lavin and Jimmy Dykes. They also appear on College GameNight later that night. Both the game and in-studio reports are presented in high definition on ESPN HD and ESPN2HD.

Blackouts

In the Southern United States and parts of New England, ACC Wednesday Night Hoops games are often blacked out due to ACC coverage provided on local television stations by Raycom Media. ESPN sublicenses the rights to ACC games from Raycom, which retains exclusive in-market rights to a certain number of regular season games and the entire conference tournament.

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