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PITTSBURGH--For the second time in school history, the University of Pittsburgh, Petersen Events Center and the Oakland Zoo will host the popular ESPN College GameDay television show on Saturday, January 21 prior to its men's basketball game against Louisville. Doors open at 8:30 a.m. for the live national broadcast which will run from 10 a.m.-noon on the Petersen Events Center floor. Admission is free and open to the public.

All fans will have the opportunity to participate in the live national television broadcast. Fans are encouraged to design signs and posters, wear the popular Oakland Zoo tee-shirt and display as much school spirit as possible. Attendees will also have the chance to win a variety of free giveaways. One lucky student will be selected to participate in the State Farm Half-Court shot promotion for a chance at winning $18,000. Parking is available in the OC Lot. 

ESPN College GameDay is hosted by Rece Davis, along with college basketball analysts Jay Bilas, Hubert Davis and Digger Phelps. The national telecast begins at 10 a.m. on ESPNU then switches over to ESPN from 11 a.m.-noon. Dan Shulman, Dick Vitale and Erin Andrews will announce the game on ESPN at 9 p.m. ET.

Previously, Pitt hosted the show at the Petersen Events Center on January 13, 2007, prior to a 74-69 win over Georgetown. Over 3,000 members of the Oakland Zoo and general public attended the morning broadcast. Overall, Pitt has participated in four previous ESPN College GameDay broadcasts and owns a 3-1 record in those appearances. The Panthers were part of the first-ever ESPN College GameDay production on January 22, 2005 at Connecticut. The Panthers defeated UConn, 76-66. Pitt also has played in ESPN College GameDay telecasts at Marquette (March 3, 2007) and at Villanova (February 12, 2011). Pitt is one of only 19 schools nationwide to host the telecast for both football and basketball. 

At 2 p.m., the Pitt women's basketball team will play host to rival West Virginia in the program's annual "Girl Scout Day." Through a partnership with the Girl Scouts Western Pennsylvania and the Wounded Warrior Project, Wounded Warriors in attendance will be honored at halftime and presented with gift baskets prepared by Western PA Girl Scout troops. The scouts participating in the project and attending the game will receive a badge for the activity. Activities will take place on the Petersen Events Center Concourse and Club Levels. Admission to the game is a $1 for this special day.

Pitt is one of six different venues that ESPN GameDay will visit during the 2011-12 basketball season. Pitt will host the season's second show as Florida State hosted the telecast on January 14. The show will also make visits to Arizona (Jan. 28), Missouri (Feb. 4), Vanderbilt (Feb. 11), Michigan (Feb. 18), Connecticut (Feb. 25) and either Duke or Kansas (March 3). 


Saturday, Jan. 21, 2012, ESPN College GameDay at Pitt's Petersen Events Center

Time                 Event

8:30 a.m.          Doors open for ESPN College GameDay show

10:00 a.m.         Live College GameDay national broadcast on ESPNU

11:00 a.m.         Live College GameDay national broadcast on ESPN

12:30 p.m.        Doors open for Women's Basketball game

2:00 p.m.          Pitt Women's Basketball game vs. West Virginia (Big East TV)

6:15 p.m           Building closes for preparation for men's basketball game

7:30 p.m.          Doors open for men's basketball game vs. Louisville

8:00 p.m.          Live College GameDay national broadcast on ESPN

9:00 p.m.          Pitt Men's Basketball game vs. Louisville (ESPN)



Pitt to Host ESPN College GameDay on Saturday