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Three Programs Part of ESPN Midnight Madness
October 05, 2011
ESPNU Midnight Madness tips off the basketball season for the sixth year on Friday, Oct. 14 and three Big 12 schools will take part in the festivities. Baylor, Kansas and Texas A&M will all be part of the broadcasts on ESPNU. The three men's squads are ranked in the preseason top 25 of ESPN college basketball reporter Andy Katz.

Beginning at 8 p.m. CT on ESPNU, the four-hour special will preview top college programs in whip-around coverage of 11 basketball events across the nation. In addition, seven sites will be featured live on ESPN3. Highlights include:

- In-studio coverage and analysis provided by ESPNU host Dari Nowkhah, college basketball analysts Hubert Davis, Doug Gottlieb and Andy Katz, as well as contributions from Dick Vitale and Jay Bilas

- ESPN analysts on-site: Stephen Bardo, Doris Burke, Dan Dakich, Jimmy Dykes, Sean Farnham, Fran Fraschilla, Carolyn Peck, Bill Raftery and more.

- On-site commentators will provide coverage of various elements including scrimmages, player introductions, skill and dunk contests, team skits, head coach and player interviews, along with season previews

ESPNU Midnight Madness In The Big 12 - Commentators, Site & Networks

Baylor (Men's Basketball, Ferrell Center) - Fran Fraschilla on ESPNU
Kansas (Men's Basketball, Allen Fieldhouse) - Sean Farnham on ESPNU
Texas A&M (Men's & Women's Basketball, Kyle Field) - Dave Armstrong and Carolyn Peck on ESPNU, ESPN3

ESPNU coverage will air from 8 p.m. - Midnight CT.

The 24-hour college sports television network airs more than 650 live events annually and offers over 600 original studio shows. ESPNU has seen a steady increase since its inception on March 4, 2005 and is now in over 73 million households. The brand is also available in high definition on ESPNUHD, now in over 20 million homes. The network has long-term carriage agreements with all 10 of the top multichannel TV providers - Cablevision, Charter, Comcast, Cox, DirecTV (Channel 208), DISH Network (Channel 141), Mediacom, Time Warner Cable, Verizon FiOS TV and AT&T U-verse.

ESPN3 is ESPN's live multi-screen sports network, a 24/7 destination that delivers thousands of global sports events annually and accessible online via It is currently available to approximately 70 million homes at no additional cost to fans who receive their high-speed Internet connection or video subscription from an affiliated service provider. The network is also available at no cost to approximately 21 million U.S. college students and U.S.-based military personnel via computers connected to on-campus educational networks and on-base military networks. It is also accessible through ESPN on Xbox LIVE to Gold members and on smartphones and tablets via the WatchESPN app through an affiliated provider.


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