No. 2 Virginia hosts Georgia Tech on Thursday and visits Virginia Tech on Sunday before returning home to prepare for a potential showdown of top-5 teams when Duke visits John Paul Jones Arena on Jan. 31. The rematch of last year’s ACC tournament title game will feature even more fanfare with the news that ESPN’s “College GameDay” will be in Charlottesville for the occasion.
An ESPN spokesperson confirmed Tuesday that the popular pregame show is headed to U-Va. after ESPN studio host Karl Ravech let the cat out of the bag during a discussion of Duke’s upcoming schedule at halftime of Monday’s Florida State-Clemson game.
“And the next one is at U-Va., too, that’s on the road,” analyst Jason Williams said. “U-Va. is still undefeated.”
“That’s a road game you guys are going to be at,” Ravech said.
“Yes, GameDay, yeah,” Williams said.
“Maybe,” analyst and former Virginia Tech coach Seth Greenberg interjected. “We don’t know. Maybe.”
Nice try, Seth. The ESPN spokesperson said more details are expected to be released on Wednesday. (Update: Virginia’s official site posted information about parking and admission for GameDay, which starts at 10 a.m. Tip-off is at 7 p.m.)
The Duke-Virginia game will mark the first time that Charlottesville has hosted the “College GameDay” crew for football or basketball. ESPN began traveling to different campuses to host its pregame football show in 1993. The basketball edition of GameDay began in 2005.
Maryland hosted “GameDay” once, in February 2005, before a 99-92 overtime win over Duke. After the game, Terrapins coach Gary Williams said the crowd was the loudest he had ever heard in College Park.