Huskies to host ESPN's College Gameday on Jan. 18 against Louisville
Published: Wednesday, August 14, 2013
Updated: Friday, August 23, 2013 16:08
For the second time in three years, the UConn men’s basketball team will be featured on ESPN’s College Gameday.
The Worldwide Leader released its slate of games that will be featured on the Gameday program Wednesday afternoon. That list included a stop in Connecticut on Jan. 18.
UConn will play host to American Athletic Conference-rival Louisville in the final conference matchup between the two teams before the Cardinals leave for the ACC.
Unlike in past years when College Gameday has visited UConn, the school will not host ESPN’s morning show in 2014.
Instead, ESPN will be splitting the Jan. 18 programming between two games – the first of which features Temple and La Salle at The Palestra in Philadelphia. The Temple-La Salle matchup will be the site of the network’s morning preview show, which has run from 10 a.m. to noon in past years.
The Gameday crew will then migrate north to host the evening show, which typically begins at 6 p.m., in Connecticut.
ESPN’s release did not specify where the game will be played, though past installments of UConn-hosted games featured by Gameday have always been played in Gampel Pavilion.
This will be the fourth time the Huskies host College Gameday. UConn hosted the first-ever installment of the show in 2005, followed by return trips from the crew in 2010 and 2012.
The 2010 visit was the first ESPN used the site of a women’s basketball game for the show.
In that game, the No. 1 Huskies knocked off No. 3 Notre Dame handily, 70-46.
The UConn men have not fared as well when hosting the show. The Huskies lost to Pittsburgh, 76-66, in 2005 and lost a heartbreaker to Syracuse in 2012, 71-69.
This year’s matchup between UConn and Louisville pits perhaps the two strongest teams in the American Athletic Conference.
The Cardinals, who won the 2013 national championship, are early contenders to repeat, while the Huskies have been mentioned among the nation’s top-25 entering the season.
College Gameday-featured games typically begin at 9 p.m., but the specifics about the venue and time of the game should become clearer within the next few weeks when UConn releases its full schedule.