It’s never too early to start looking ahead to the upcoming college basketball season. With today’s release of ESPN’s 2014 College GameDay schedule, fans wills get a glimpse of what some of the featured games will be next season. Here’s the complete schedule:
Jan. 18: Morning – Temple vs. La Salle; Evening – Louisville at UConn
Jan. 25: Michigan at Michigan State
Feb. 1: Duke at Syracuse
Feb. 8: Gonzaga at Memphis
Feb. 15: Florida at Kentucky
Feb. 22: Arizona at Colorado or UCLA at Stanford
March 1: Kansas at Oklahoma State
March 8: North Carolina at Duke
As always, GameDay has done a great job selecting matchups that will intrigue fans. The season kicks off with a double-header and then goes right into a great rivalry the following week. Michgan/Michigan State is getting bigger and bigger by the year and the national spotlight on January 25th will help elevate the rivalry even more. It’s been awhile since both teams have been regular contenders in the B1G.
Then the following week fans will get a look at a new great ACC rivalry. This will mark the first time Duke has traveled to take on Syracuse in an ACC matchup. This game will be absolutely huge for both schools and will get tons of national attention. It will help those upset with the breakup of the old Big East move on and help them see the positives of the ACC.
As the schedule progresses, there’s a little bit of something for everybody. KU at Okla St. should be a good late-season matchup to watch. Kansas will in theory be tuning up for another run at a national championship and they’ll be presented with a tough road test just before postseason play begins.
There’s really no other game to finish the schedule than college basketball’s marquee rivalry – UNC/Duke. This one will never get old and you can’t blame CGD for going to these games year in and year out. Love or hate the schools, they’re both national powers that draw people and money.