It’s a battle of two Big 12 games for the first ESPN College GameDay show this season, and it looks like Iowa State will be the host when they take on the Kansas Jayhawks.
According to Cyclone Fanatic’s Chris Williams, a source of his confirms that ESPN will make their first of eight shows in 2015 in Ames.
West Virginia-Texas and Kansas-Iowa State both had a time and network to be determined because both of them were being considered for College GameDay. The game that made the cut would tipoff at 8:00 PM CT on ESPN. The other game likely starts at 5:00 PM CT on ESPN barring any further movement.
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Basketball’s edition of College GameDay has two shows — a two-hour edition in the morning (9-10 AM on ESPNU and 10-11 on ESPN) and a one-hour evening show after the quadroupleheader at 6:00 PM.
There’s two possible reasons why Ames won the vote to get GameDay. On Monday night, Texas got trucked by Oklahoma 70-48 at home and has raised some questions on the offensive side of the ball. The other has to be Fred Hoiberg’s dancing number. You can bet they’ll be asking Hoiberg to do an encore performance in the middle of Hilton Coliseum.
If the source holds, this would be a great moment for Iowa State. Anytime College GameDay comes into town they spend three hours in your environment to break down the college basketball landscape in addition to the two-hour event. It wins over potential recruits, not only for basketball, but for all sports.