Aug. 25, 2010
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Just over two years after Vanderbilt’s football team was put in front of a national audience by hosting College GameDay in 2008, both of Vanderbilt’s basketball teams will share a similar stage on Jan. 15 when the Commodores play a doubleheader in Knoxville, where ESPN’s College GameDay will be held.
A spin-off of its successful college football version, College GameDay will begin its eight-week schedule by broadcasting live from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. CT Saturday morning as a lead up to Vanderbilt’s men’s team facing Tennessee at 11 a.m. CT.
Following the men’s game, the women will play the Lady Vols in primetime at 7 p.m. CT. GameDay will air again at 6 p.m. CT leading up to the women's game. ESPN College GameDay debuted on Jan. 22, 2005, but the meeting between the Commodores and Vols will mark the first time the show has aired a men’s and women’s double-header between the same two schools.
The matchup between the women’s teams will be just the second time a women’s game has been a part of ESPN’s College GameDay. Last year, UConn hosted Notre Dame in the first-ever women’s game to be showcased on College GameDay.
"We are looking forward to the opportunity to represent Vanderbilt University and women's basketball on such a national stage," Head Coach Melanie Balcomb said. "This is an outstanding opportunity to showcase our program to the country, and we are thrilled to be a part of just the second women's game featured on ESPN's College GameDay."
Vanderbilt will be one of just 16 universities that will be featured live on College GameDay. Other games that will air on College GameDay include, Michigan State at Purdue (Jan. 22), Kansas State at Kansas (Jan. 29), Kentucky at Florida (Feb. 5), Pittsburgh at Villanova (Feb. 12), Illinois at Michigan State (Feb. 19), Duke at Virginia Tech (Feb. 26) and Texas at Baylor (March 5).
Host Reece 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, college basketball announcer Doris Burke and college basketball writer Andy Katz.
Season tickets for Vanderbilt’s men’s and women’s games are currently on sale. The most convenient way to order tickets is online at www.vucommodores.com . Tickets may also be purchased in person at the Vanderbilt ticket office inside the McGugin Center or by calling 615-322-GOLD.
For more information on Gameday in Knoxville, click here to read ESPN’s release.