UA basketball: ESPN's GameDay coming to McKale

2012-01-23T20:00:00Z UA basketball: ESPN's GameDay coming to McKaleBy Bruce Pascoe, Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star
January 23, 2012 8:00 pm  • 

After months of planning, three conference calls and an on-site walk-through with producers in December, Arizona is all but ready to host the ESPN GameDay crew Saturday for the first time ever in basketball.

Just about the only thing left to do is scoot the GameDay stage on to the center of Lute and Bobbi Olson Court and that can’t happen until well after the Wildcats face Washington State on Thursday night.

“Their stage sets up and goes out on the court pretty quickly,” said Suzy Mason, UA’s associate AD for event management.

The GameDay bus is scheduled to arrive Friday, and it will be parked on the north McKale Center lawn in order to maximize exposure for sponsor State Farm.

Inside McKale, ESPN will handle the setup and necessary backdrops. The stage will be at center court, facing west, and sections 2-4 will be the primary seating areas for fans.

The GameDay crew will have two rooms at McKale to use for interviews and other preparation. Also, since the UA women’s basketball team will be out of town, the crew will be able to rest in their locker room.

Arizona, which hosted GameDay in November 2009 for football, received the nod this time for basketball as a prelude for UA’s game with Washington. There will be a morning studio show and an afternoon pregame show aired Saturday from McKale.

Get more details in Tuesday's Arizona Daily Star.

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Pac-12 basketball standings

  Conference Overall
Team W L T PCT W L T PCT
Utah 6 1 0 0.857 16 3 0 0.842
Arizona 6 1 0 0.857 18 2 0 0.900
Stanford 5 2 0 0.714 14 5 0 0.737
Oregon State 5 2 0 0.714 13 5 0 0.722
Oregon 4 3 0 0.571 14 6 0 0.700
UCLA 3 4 0 0.429 11 9 0 0.550
Colorado 3 4 0 0.429 10 8 0 0.556
Washington 3 4 0 0.429 14 5 0 0.737
Washington State 3 4 0 0.429 9 10 0 0.474
Arizona State 2 5 0 0.286 11 10 0 0.524
California 1 6 0 0.143 11 9 0 0.550
USC 1 6 0 0.143 9 10 0 0.474

AP Top 25


Pac-12 basketball schedule

Teams Date Time
Washington at
Utah
1/25 56-77
Oregon State at
Arizona State
1/28 6:00 pm
Oregon at
Arizona
1/28 8:00 pm
Stanford at
Washington
1/28 9:00 pm
Colorado at
USC
1/29 7:30 pm
Utah at
UCLA
1/29 8:00 pm
California at
Washington State
1/29 9:00 pm
Oregon at
Arizona State
1/30 6:00 pm
Oregon State at
Arizona
1/30 8:00 pm
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