For the seventh year, ESPNU will tip off the nation’s college basketball season with more than four hours of Midnight Madness coverage on Friday, Oct. 12 beginning at 5 p.m. ET. This year’s programming will feature defending national champion Kentucky and new SEC member Missouri along with six other teams in ESPN.com senior writer Andy Katz’s Preseason Top 25.
The night begins with an in-depth look at what Katz put as the No.1 team in his super-early rankings last April, with ESPNU Midnight Madness: Indiana Practice at 5 p.m. on ESPNU. Both Kentucky and Missouri’s events will be featured live and in their entirety on ESPN 3 additional highlights and analysis on ESPNU throughout the evening . ESPN announcer Jimmy Dykes will be in Lexington for Kentucky’s Midnight Madness at 7:30 p.m. ET. Mitch Holthus and Stephen Bardo will be in Columbia for Mizzou’s event that starts at 8 p.m. ET.
ESPN3 will continue complete live coverage of seven school sites throughout the evening. ESPNU studio will provide fans with a “whip-around” look at highlighted teams coast-to-coast from 9 p.m. to midnight. The madness coverage will extend into its final hour on ESPNU’s nightly entertainment show, UNITE, with its inaugural Midnight Madness Special.
Team/ Commentators Location Network (Time ET) (SEC Only)
No. 4 Kentucky
TBD & Jimmy Dykes Rupp Arena ESPN3 (7:30 p.m.)
Mitch Holthus & Stephen Bardo Mizzou Arena ESPN3 (8 p.m.)
ESPNU will begin coverage of the 2012-13 college basketball season games with a doubleheader on Friday, Nov. 9, at 7 p.m. with Georgia State at Duke followed by the 2K Sports Classic with South Dakota State at Alabama.
ESPNU will air more than 350 men’s and women’s basketball games, including action from more than 25 NCAA Division I conferences in the 2012-13 season. ESPN3 will have over 300 exclusive games this season, more than double the number from 2011-2012.