For the third time in four seasons, the John Paul Jones Arena will host ESPN’s College Gameday Covered by State Farm. This time, host Rece Davis and analysts Jay Bilas, Seth Greenberg and Jay Williams will host the program on Saturday, February 10, ahead of Virginia men’s basketball’s home game versus in-state ACC rival Virginia Tech.
College Gameday airs on ESPN from 11 a.m. to noon and then leads into the 6:15 p.m. tip between the Cavaliers and Hokies. Dan Shulman will do the play-by-play with Bilas as the color analyst. Maria Taylor is the reporter.
Here is some noteworthy information from UVA’s official release …
– Admission and parking will be free for all fans attending the national pregame show Saturday morning. Gates will open at 9:30 a.m. and all seating at John Paul Jones Arena is general admission.
– The first 2,000 UVA students to enter JPJ will receive an official ESPN College GameDay t-shirt. All fans will have the opportunity to receive complimentary tickets to the men’s lacrosse home opener vs. Loyola at 1 p.m. on Saturday and one lucky fan in attendance will win a pair of lower level tickets to the Virginia-Virginia Tech game. Additional promotions and giveaways will be announced later this week.
– The clear bag policy and entry procedures in place for all home basketball games, will also be in effect for College GameDay.
College Gameday was last in Charlottesville when Virginia hosted North Carolina during the 2015/2016 season. The program also was in JPJ for UVA’s home clash with Duke in 2014/2015. The Hoos fell to Duke in 2015 but defeated UNC in 2016.
Virginia, ranked No. 2 in the country as of this writing, enters next week’s schedule with a 22-1 overall record, including a perfect 11-0 in conference play. The Cavaliers have a tough away contest versus Florida State on Wednesday, February 7 before the February 10 matchup with Virginia Tech. UVA defeated Tech, 78-52, when the two rivals played in Blacksburg on January 3, 2018.
So it’s back @JPJArena 4 @UVAMensHoops for @CollegeGameDay I have been telling everyone how great our past experiences have been in Charlottesville. Don’t disappoint me. Don’t get complacent and take another Gameday for granted. Set the standard for th rest of the season
— Seth Greenberg (@SethOnHoops) February 4, 2018
— Kyle Guy (@kylejguy5) February 4, 2018