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ESPN College Gameday Details

ESPN College Gameday Details

By Adam Lucas

Carolina hosts a unique ESPN Gameday tomorrow when the Bristol crew comes to the Smith Center for the 8 p.m. show prior to the 9 p.m. tipoff of the UNC-Duke game. It's the first time that the popular show will do a split broadcast; the 10 a.m. show will originate from Georgetown, where the Hoyas host future ACC member Syracuse.

Then, the crew will travel to Chapel Hill to host the 8 p.m. show live from the Smith Center. Doors to the building open at 7:30, so fans are invited--and encouraged--to wear blue and be in your seats in time for the beginning of the show at 8:00. For details on the mechanics of the split show and when the crew will be where, check out this Q&A from ESPN (which includes the news that the Gameday bus will be in Chapel Hill this evening).

The game will mark the tenth Tar Heel appearance on the sports network's signature basketball show, but just the third time that Gameday has come to Chapel Hill. The past College Gameday games involving North Carolina are:

March 4, 2006: Carolina 83, Duke 76-In a game that the Tar Heels involved still call one of their favorite memories of their college careers, Carolina went into Cameron Indoor Stadium and spoiled senior night for J.J. Redick and Shelden Williams.

January 20, 2007: Carolina 77, Georgia Tech 61-Tyler Hansbrough scored 18 of his 24 points in the second half, and the fourth-ranked Tar Heels cruised past the Jackets. The game marked the 1,900th victory for the Carolina basketball program.

February 17, 2007: Carolina 77, Boston College 72-In a sneakily good battle in Chestnut Hill, Ty Lawson had 13 points, seven assists and six rebounds to help the Tar Heels survive the 21st-ranked Eagles. The win stopped a two-game BC winning streak against Carolina.

March 8, 2008: Carolina 76, Duke 68-In an emotional game at Cameron Indoor Stadium played in the wake of student body president Eve Carson's murder, Tyler Hansbrough had a double-double (16 points/15 rebounds) and top-ranked Carolina beat No. 6 Duke for the third straight year in Durham. The game also included Danny Green's legendary dunk over Greg Paulus.

January 17, 2009: Carolina 82, Miami 65-This might have been the game that started Wayne Ellington on the path to eventually become the Final Four Most Outstanding Player. The junior recovered from a shooting slump to drill seven three-pointers and score 23 points.

March 6, 2010: Duke 82, Carolina 50-In a game that was over at halftime, the fourth-ranked Blue Devils had a 31-8 first-half run, led by 30 points in the first 20 minutes and were never really challenged.

January 14, 2012: Florida State 90, Carolina 57-In the second straight Gameday disappointment, Deividas Dulkys torched the Tar Heels for 32 points (8 of 10 from three-point range) and Florida State hit 12 of 27 trifectas to rout third-ranked Carolina.

March 3, 2012: Carolina 88, Duke 70-Carolina won the ACC regular-season championship with a solid performance in Durham. Kendall Marshall had a double-double (20 points/10 assists), and the Tar Heels won their second straight winner-take-all season finale against Duke.

January 26, 2013: NC State 91, Carolina 83-In a game not as close as the final score indicated, the No. 18 Wolfpack got a cathartic win over the Tar Heels at PNC Arena. The State win snapped a 13-game UNC winning streak in the series.

Adam Lucas is the publisher of Tar Heel Monthly and the author or co-author of seven books on the Tar Heels.