Mike Davis and the Illini host Michigan State on Feb. 6 at 8 p.m. as ESPN's College GameDay driven by State Farm makes its first appearance at the Assembly Hall.
Aug. 18, 2009
Champaign, Ill. - ESPN College Basketball GameDay driven by State Farm will make its first appearance at the University of Illinois' Assembly Hall on Feb. 6, 2010, when the Fighting Illini host Big Ten rival Michigan State.
The popular network show will feature a pair of one-hour telecasts, at 10 a.m. CT and 7 p.m., followed by the 8 p.m. tip-off of the Illini and Spartans in ESPN's Saturday Primetime Game of the Week.
"We are thrilled to have College GameDay coming to the Assembly Hall," head coach Bruce Weber said. "We have watched the show at various college sites the past few seasons and have been anticipating the opportunity to host it on our campus. There are so many factors that make this a perfect fit. We enjoy a tremendous relationship with both ESPN and State Farm, we have high expectations for the upcoming season, and we are facing an outstanding opponent in Michigan State. I'm sure the Orange Krush and Illini Nation will be out in full force as we showcase our program to a national audience that day, and for what should be an incredible game-time atmosphere that evening."
ESPN's College GameDay Driven by State Farm and Saturday Primetime Game of the Week telecasts return for a sixth consecutive season, with the series running for eight straight weeks. The complete schedule is as follows:
Jan. 16 - Notre Dame at Connecticut (women's)
Jan. 23 - Duke at Clemson
Jan. 30 - Kansas at Kansas State
Feb. 6 - Michigan State at Illinois
Feb. 13 - Tennessee at Kentucky
Feb. 20 - UCLA at Washington
Feb. 27 - Villanova at Syracuse
March 6 - North Carolina at Duke.
"We obviously feel the choice of Illinois men's basketball and Assembly Hall, which is consistently ranked as one of the nation's great home court atmospheres, create a great match with the College GameDay brand," said Chris Hanna, Illinois Assistant Athletics Director for Sales and Marketing. "We take great pride in our ongoing relationships with State Farm, the sponsor of College GameDay and a long-time Illinois corporate partner, and ESPN through our Big Ten Conference television agreement. We will approach this event with the intention of establishing a new attendance record for College GameDay in addition to filling Assembly Hall with 16,618 orange-clad fans for the Illinois-Michigan State game."