What to know about ESPN's basketball 'College GameDay' coming to Knoxville

College GameDay is back in Knoxville!

The college basketball version, that is.

ESPN's traveling college basketball pregame show makes its first stop of the season at Thompson-Boling Arena on Saturday ahead of No. 4 Tennessee basketball's showdown with No. 10 Texas as a part of the SEC/Big 12 Challenge.

It'll be the lone top-10 matchup of the day and of the series between the two conferences this season.

ESPN's broadcast will begin at 11 a.m. Saturday.

Here's what you need to know about College GameDay:

What's different about the show than the football version?

It's inside Thompson-Boling Arena, which means fans will come in and leave before game time. It's also shortened to an hour of air time on ESPN, though there will be cut-ins throughout the morning after the arena gates open at 9:30 a.m.

There is no mascot head, either.

Rece Davis is the host (like the football version) with Jay Bilas, Seth Greenberg and LaPhonso Ellis co-hosting.

When can fans arrive to Thompson-Boling Arena?

As mentioned earlier, gates open at 9:30 a.m. The school said fans will be able to lineup outside Thompson-Boling Arena at 7 a.m. Saturday.

Do you need tickets to the Texas game to attend College GameDay?

No, you do not. The arena will clear out afterward for the 6 p.m. tipoff later that day.

If looking for game tickets: Tennessee is calling Saturday's game a sell-out, though resale tickets on Ticketmaster start at $53 before fees.


The G10 garage will be available for free parking on Saturday morning. But vehicles must be removed by 1 p.m.

When was the last time ESPN hosted College GameDay in Thompson-Boling Arena?

Jan. 15, 2011. The Vols won 67-64 over Vanderbilt that day following the show. It was the second time GameDay had been at Thompson-Boling, with the other being on Jan. 31, 2009 before a UT victory over Florida.

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