ESPN College Basketball Pairings For The 2007-2008 College Basketball Season

Thursday, November 01, 2007


ESPN released the teams for this upcoming College Basketball season and proceeded to confuse the hell out of me for a good 30 minutes. It was almost impossible to decipher their release, but I think I finally got it right after a couple of reads. I'm not sure if they've done this before but most commentators will stay within the same conferences throughout the year, and be on multiple times a week. There are a few new additions which you'll notice with the main one being the addition of sideliner Doris Burke to a few broadcasts.

Most of the teams are pretty solid with the one exception being the ACC coverage. If you're a fan of the conference like me you're stuck with Patrick and Vitale for the whole year. Here are the rest of the teams

Saturday Primetime:

Jan. 6-March 3- Dan Shulman, Dick Vitale, and sideliner Erin Andrews

Saturday Day Games:

BIG EAST- Dave Pasch and Len Elmore or Dave O’Brien and Doris Burke
Big Ten- Dave O’Brien and Doris Burke
Big 12- Ron Franklin and Fran Fraschilla

ABC Saturday:

Various Games- Brent Musburger and Steve Lavin or Brad Nessler and Jimmy Dykes or Terry Gannon and Fran Fraschilla

Big Monday:

BIG EAST- Sean McDonough, Jay Bilas, and Bill Raftery
Big 12- Ron Franklin, Fran Fraschilla, and sideliner Holly Rowe
West Coast- Terry Gannon, Stephen Bardo

Super Tuesday:

Big Ten- Brent Musburger, Steve Lavin, and sideliner Erin Andrews
SEC- Brad Nessler, Jimmy Dykes, and sideliner Jeannine Edwards
Various Games- Bob Wischusen and Doug Gottlieb

Wednesday Night:

ACC- Mike Patrick and Dick Vitale or Len Elmore with sideliner Stacey Dales
BIG EAST- Dave O’Brien and Doris Burke or Dave Pasch and Len Elmore
Big 12- Ron Franklin and Fran Fraschilla or Dave Barnett and Stephan Bardo

Thusday Showcase:

ACC- Mike Patrick and Len Elmore with sideliner Stacey Dales
BIG EAST- Dave O’Brien and Doris Burke with sideliner Allen Hopkins or Dave Pasch and Len Elmore
Big Ten- Brent Musburger and Steve Lavin or Dave O’Brien and Dorris Burke
Atlantic 10- Jon Sciambi and Hubert Davis

ESPN U:

PBP- Dave Armstrong, Clay Matvick, Jim Barbar, Quint Kessenich, Steve Physioc, Anthony Calhoun and Michael Reghi
Analysts- Bob Wenzel, Mike Kelley, and Mark Adams.

ESPN 360:

Frank Giardina, John Sanders, Dave Kaplan, Lou Canellis, Mark Adams, John Celestand, Dave Popkin and Scott Graham.

Studio Shows:

Hosts- Rece Davis, Karl Ravech, John Saunders, Scott Reiss, Dari Nowkhah, Lowell Galindo and Ryan Burr
Analysts- Digger Phelps, Jay Bilas, Hubert Davis, Steve Lavin, Fran Fraschilla, Len Elmore, Stephen Bardo, Tom Brennan, Doug Gottlieb, Andy Katz, Adrian Branch, and Stacey Dales

16 Comments:

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odessasteps said...
Nov 1, 2007, 6:28:00 PM  

Bill Raftery owns 'em all.

Kyle said...
Nov 1, 2007, 6:29:00 PM  

Sweet - Erin Andrews is back in the Big Ten!

I'm wondering though - whatever happened to Jon Sundvold. I thought he was pretty good when he worked in the Big 12.

keyser soze said...
Nov 1, 2007, 6:36:00 PM  

Steve Physioc? Did he get fired from Fox Sports Net and had to start back at the bottom of ESPN?
I think Jon Sundvold still does Big 12 regional games for ESPN Plus, if I'm not mistaken.
He's way better than Fran Fraschilla.

Anonymous said...
Nov 1, 2007, 8:25:00 PM  

So, ESPN will be showing Big East basketball on Saturday, some Sundays, Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays.

And they will the show the Big East Tournament in its entirety?

That's more than the SEC and Big 12 combined.

Anonymous said...
Nov 2, 2007, 9:52:00 AM  

One more note: I wonder if UConn's AD will complain about ESPN's Big East basketball coverage.

The funny thing is that he probably thinks there is no relationship between the rise of Connecticut as a sports power and the fact the school is commuter distance from ESPN headquarters.

Anonymous said...
Nov 2, 2007, 10:03:00 AM  

Go figure, anonymous complains about a conference being overexposed. Is the Big East the new NFC East or AL East???

GMoney said...
Nov 2, 2007, 10:44:00 AM  

Well, there is a common denominator there.

And I didn't complain. I just stated facts. You can interpret them any way you want.

You know, if you lived anywhere but the East Coast and wanted to see your teams play, but ESPN was giving you a Rutgers/Providence basketball game instead, you'd understand.

Anonymous said...
Nov 2, 2007, 11:57:00 AM  

Dari Nokwah is terrible

Anonymous said...
Nov 2, 2007, 1:05:00 PM  

Dari Nokwah is the worst.

rs27 said...
Nov 2, 2007, 1:16:00 PM  

The Big 12, Pac-10, and ACC all have contracts with Fox Sports. The Big Ten has it's own network so naturally the Big East will be shown prominently on ESPN.

Anonymous said...
Nov 2, 2007, 3:55:00 PM  

Hang on, they replaced Rick Majerus as a color commentator with Doris Burke????? Are they running out of money at the WWL?

Anonymous said...
Nov 5, 2007, 11:59:00 AM  

The Big 12, Pac-10, and ACC all have contracts with Fox Sports. The Big Ten has it's own network so naturally the Big East will be shown prominently on ESPN.

Still doesn't explain the SEC, which not coincidentially, is the only Big Six conference whose tournament semifinals are not available nationally, as of last year. But rumor has it the SEC will get its own network too after contract renegotiations next year.

Morgan Wick said...
Nov 5, 2007, 8:31:00 PM  

I could do without Fran Fraschilla. He sure let's me know about where a kid went to high school. I bet he will tell me the same thing about Michael Beasley in the last game as he does the first game. No sense of history or tradition in the Big 12/8. Guess that's what you get with an old Big East coach. Sure hope he doesn't drop his pants on TV as he did in the St. Johns locker room. He's bush league to me.

Anonymous said...
Dec 5, 2007, 1:42:00 PM  

Anthony Calhoun is the sports anchor in Indy. Very solid, I look forward to seeing him doing PBP.

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