NEW YORK – FOX Sports once again rings in the New Year with a marathon of BIG EAST hoops stretching from Noon to Midnight ET on Wednesday, Dec. 31. All 10 men’s teams open their conference seasons on New Year’s Eve with five back-to-back games live on FOX Sports 1.
The festivities begin at 11:30 AM ET with the FOX SPORTS 1 COLLEGE HOOPS TIP-OFF pregame show hosted by Rob Stone with analysts Austin Croshere and Kevin O’Neill live from the Los Angeles studios. Then at 12:00 PM ET, FOX Sports’ lead college basketball broadcast team of Gus Johnson and Bill Raftery call the action in the first game of the quintuple-header as No. 15 St. John’s travels to Seton Hall.
At 2:30 PM ET, No. 6 Villanova hosts Butler with Tim Brando and Ron Thompson courtside, followed by Marquette at DePaul at 5:00 PM ET with Dick Stockton and Donny Marshall behind the microphone. In prime time, Aaron Goldsmith and Tarik Turner have the call for Creighton at Providence at 7:30 PM ET, and Joe Davis and Bob Wenzel bring fans into the New Year with No. 25 Georgetown at Xavier, tipping off at 10:00 PM ET.
All five games feature exclusive insider access, providing the most comprehensive coverage of BIG EAST basketball ever. Multiple coaches will wear wireless microphones, and coaches’ audio, plus dedicated coaches’ cameras, will be used within the games. Throughout the day, FOX Sports 1 also showcases pregame speeches and halftime coaches meetings and goes inside the huddle during timeouts. In addition, each game features at least one hyper motion camera, providing super slow video replays, and above-the-rim cameras.
Stone, Croshere and O’Neill are in studio all day with halftime and between-games analysis, along with special features, interviews and behind-the-scenes access at each team’s practices leading up to the day’s games. In addition, BIG EAST coaches and players share their New Year’s resolutions.
FOX Sports’ coverage of BIG EAST basketball presented by New York Life includes more than 150 men’s games on the FOX broadcast network, FOX Sports 1, FOX Sports 2, FOX Sports Regional Networks and FOX College Sports, including the entire BIG EAST Men’s Basketball Tournament Presented by New York Life from Madison Square Garden in New York City on FOX Sports 1.
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