Dec. 27, 2013
Ring in the New Year with a new season of BIG EAST basketball from Noon to Midnight on Tuesday, Dec. 31. All 10 conference men’s teams open their seasons on New Year’s Eve, with all five games live on FOX Sports 1.
The FOX Sports lead college basketball broadcast team of Gus Johnson and Bill Raftery pull double duty, calling the first game of the day, St. John’s at Xavier from Cincinnati at 12:00 PM ET, and then No. 8 Villanova at Butler at 7:30 PM ET from historic Hinkle Fieldhouse in Indianapolis. Johnson and Raftery are bussing from Cincinnati to Indianapolis and are accompanied by Nick C. (@vuwildcat07), the lucky winner of FOX Sports 1’s New Year’s Eve Road Trip Twitter contest, and a guest, who receive the ultimate BIG EAST basketball experience including VIP status and courtside seats.
At 2:30 PM ET, the rare all-female broadcast team of Tiffany Greene and LaChina Robinson call Seton Hall at Providence, followed by Dick Stockton and Bob Wenzel on DePaul at Georgetown at 5:00 PM ET. Justin Kutcher and Donny Marshall wrap up the opening day marathon with Marquette at Creighton tipping off at 10:00 PM ET.
All BIG EAST games on New Year’s Eve feature special production enhancements, including Above the Rim, Phantom and X-Mo cameras.
Pregame coverage begins at 11:30 AM ET with host Rob Stone, analysts Austin Croshere and Tarik Turner and college basketball insider Reid Forgrave, who are in studio all day to provide analysis at halftimes and between games. Studio features throughout the day include behind-the-scenes access from earlier practices this season and Raftery’s sit-down interview with Creighton Player of the Year candidate Doug McDermott. In addition, Johnson and Raftery check in with the studio team on the road from Cincinnati to Indianapolis.
FOX Sports is home to BIG EAST basketball with more than 100 men’s games on FOX Sports 1 this season, including the entire BIG EAST Men’s Basketball Tournament from Madison Square Garden in New York City.