ESPN Plans Extensive Coverage of UConn's Record Run to 89

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December 19th, 2010

via press release:

ESPN Plans Extensive Coverage of UConn’s Record Run to 89

ESPN2 to Televise Connecticut in Historic Attempt Tuesday at 7 p.m.

ESPN2 will be the home to UConn’s Record Run as the Huskies look to surpass Coach John Wooden’s and UCLA’s record 88-game win streak in a battle against No. 14 Florida State from the XL Center in Hartford, Conn., Tuesday, Dec. 21, at 7 p.m. ET.

Highlights include:

  • The Final Four announcing team of Dave O’Brien and Doris Burke will call the game, with reporting by Rebecca Lobo;
  • Originally scheduled to air on ESPNU, the game will be shown on ESPN2 at 7 p.m. from the XL Center in Hartford, Conn.;
  • The Final Four studio team of Trey Wingo, Kara Lawson and Carolyn Peck will host an hour-long pregame show on Tuesday beginning at 6 p.m., and additional postgame segments – all from the XL Center;
  • ESPNU will conduct five consecutive hours of UConn programming leading up to the ESPN2 pregame special Tuesday:
  • UConn’s Record Run: The Climb – UConn’s Quest for Perfection at1p.m. The four part, two-hour series was a behind-the-scenes look into the 2009-10 season and was televised during the 2010 postseason;
  • UConn’s Record Run: Baylor vs. UConn – Breakdown with Geno Auriemma at 3 p.m. The veteran coach sat down with Doris Burke to analyze Connecticut’s 65-64 win over then-No. 2 Baylor on Nov. 16;
  • UConn’s Record Run: UConn Legends Roundtable, a half-hour show starting at 5 p.m. Doris Burke hosts a forum with former Connecticut All-Americans – Rebecca Lobo, Jen Rizzotti and Sue Bird, in addition to current UConn All-American Maya Moore. The group will discuss UConn’s Record Run, Auriemma’s coaching style and much more;
  • UConn’s Record Run: Debating the Streak, a half-hour special beginning at 5:30 p.m. Hosted by Trey Wingo, the show will contain segments featuring discussion topic about UConn’s streak from some of ESPN’s most popular daytime programming – PTI, First Take, SportsNation, Mike & Mike and Jim Rome is Burning.

Segment highlights include:

  • Former Division I head coach Bob Knight saw numerous student-athletes compete during his 35-year coaching career. Knight took time to analyze Maya Moore’s signature moves from a recent game and said – “Maya Moore is as complete a basketball player, as in my experience, I have ever seen.”;
  • A feature comparing Auriemma and Wooden, using Coach Wooden’s “Pyramid of Success”;
  • A SportsScience piece dealing with the numbers of the streak and the many surprises surrounding those figures;
  • An abbreviated version of the Outside the Lines that was aired during last season highlighting Auriemma and his background;
  • Several sound bytes featuring coaches and former athletes that have been involved in monumental streaks, including Penn State volleyball head coach Russ Rose and former UCLA players Jamaal Wilkes and Marques Johnson;
  • Additional sound bytes from men’s and women’s basketball head coaches, including UConn’s Jim Calhoun and Notre Dame men’s coach Mike Brey and women’s coach Muffet McGraw;
  • Clips from Auriemma’s SportCenter appearance on Thursday, Dec. 16 and Ohio State head coach Jim Foster’s First Take segment on Friday, Dec. 17.
  • Several SportsCenter hits running Sunday-Tuesday, including spots from UConn campus in Storrs, Conn.

ESPN.com’s comprehensive coverage of UConn’s Record Run will be highlighted by in-game blogging, chats and tweeting leading up to and during the No. 1 Connecticut vs. No. 14 Florida State game. Details include:

  • An extensive preview of the game and several feature articles by ESPN.com writer Mechelle Voepel, including a feature on UConn’s Maya Moore’s impact during the streak;
  • Voepel (@MechelleV), along with ESPN.com writers Charlie Creme (@CharlieCreme), Melanie Jackson (@ESPN_WomenHoop) and Graham Hays (@grahamhays) will be active on Twitter and report in the Cover It Live chat room – blogging and answering fans questions;
  • Hays will be onsite for the Florida State game describing the atmosphere and action throughout the night;
  • Statistics, analysis and charts from every game during the streak to be featured on ESPN.com;
  • Ramona Shelburne, a writer for ESPNLosAngeles.com, will follow the streak through UCLA’s perspective.

espnW.com will have several features surrounding UConn’s Record Run. NYC-based writer Amanda Rykoff will add content on the streak, while ESPN analyst Carolyn Peck will also have a written piece featured on espnW.com.

ESPN Classic will feature various reairs of telecasts surrounding UConn’s Record Run. Highlights include:

  • The series of The Climb: UConn’s Quest for Perfect Monday, Dec. 20, starting at 3 p.m. , showing the four episodes in consecutive timeslots;
  • Connecticut’s 88th win of the streak – a victory over No. 10 Ohio State at the Maggie Dixon Classic on Sunday, Dec. 19. The reairs will begin Sunday, Dec. 19 at 10 p.m.;
  • UConn’s national championship wins over Stanford (2010) and Louisville (2009) will be aired several times on Wednesday, Dec. 22, in addition to the Huskies’ games from this season vs. Baylor (original airdate Nov. 16), vs. Ohio State (Dec. 19) and vs. Florida State (Dec. 21);
  • A milestone day of programming Thursday, Dec. 23, including Eddie Robinson’s 400th win, Joe Paterno’s 400th win, SportsCentury: John Wooden, Penn State women’s volleyball national championship title and streak, and several additional moments.

ESPN Classic schedule

Date Time (ET) Program
Sun, Dec 19 10 p.m. Game #88: No. 1 Connecticut vs. No. 10 Ohio State
Mon, Dec 20 1 p.m. Game #88: No. 1 Connecticut vs. No. 10 Ohio State
3 p.m. The Climb: UConn’s Quest for Perfection – Episode 1
3:30 p.m. The Climb: UConn’s Quest for Perfection – Episode 2
4 p.m. The Climb: UConn’s Quest for Perfection – Episode 3
4:30 p.m. The Climb: UConn’s Quest for Perfection – Episode 4
5 p.m. Ohio State vs. Connecticut – Dec. 19, 2010
Wed, Dec 22 Midnight 2010 National Championship Game – Connecticut vs. Stanford
2 a.m. Game #89: No. 1 Connecticut vs. No. 14 Florida State
7 a.m. Game #80: No. 1 Connecticut vs. then-No. 2 Baylor
9 a.m. 2009 National Championship Game – Connecticut vs. Louisville
11 a.m. 2010 National Championship Game – Connecticut vs. Stanford
1 p.m. Game #88: No. 1 Connecticut vs. No. 10 Ohio State
3 p.m. Game #89: No. 1 Connecticut vs. No. 14 Florida State
5 p.m. 2009 National Championship Game – Connecticut vs. Louisville
7 p.m. Game #89: No. 1 Connecticut vs. No. 14 Florida State
9 p.m. 2010 National Championship Game – Connecticut vs. Stanford
11 p.m. Game #89: No. 1 Connecticut vs. No. 14 Florida State
Thur, Dec 23 11 a.m. Eddie Robinson’s 400th win
1 p.m. Joe Paterno’s 400th win
3 p.m. Barry Bonds passes Hank Aaron
5 p.m. Cal Ripken passes Lou Gehrig
7 p.m. SportsCentury: John Wooden
7:30 p.m. Game #89: No. 1 Connecticut vs. No. 14 Florida State
9:30 p.m. Up Close Classics: John Wooden
10 p.m. Jimmie Johnson’s 5th NASCAR Sprint Cup title
Fri, Dec 24 1 a.m. Penn State Volleyball National Championship Game
3 a.m. ESPN Films: The Streak

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