Villanova will host College GameDay Feb. 12

Villanova will be the first Big 5 school to host ESPN's "College GameDay" show. (Yong Kim/Staff file photo)

Villanova will host the ESPN "College GameDay" crew at the Pavilion on Feb. 12, 2011, for a primetime matchup with Big East opponent Pittsburgh.

"College GameDay Driven by State Farm" will air from 10 a.m. to noon at the Pavilion on ESPNU for the first hour and then move to ESPN for the second hour. At 8 p.m., ESPN will broadcast live from courtside before tipoff at 9 p.m.

Villanova has appeared on College GameDay just once before - last year's game at Syracuse. Pittsburgh will be making its fourth appearance. The Big East Conference as a whole has been featured on the program 13 times, the most of any conference since 2004.

Wildcats coach Jay Wright said in a Villanova press release that the team and university are "thrilled that ESPN has decided to bring 'College GameDay' to the Villanova campus for the first time."

"The entire country will get to see the great support we receive from the Nova Nation and our amazing student section," Wright said. "All of us at Villanova are excited about this opportunity." 

No other Big 5 teams are scheduled for the program. It's not the first time the Wildcats have been in the Saturday night prime time game - they were the visitors at Syracuse last season. But it's the first time GameDay has come to the Philadelphia area.

Maybe some day they'll get all the way to the Palestra. We can hope, right?

Here's the full schedule for the season. It includes the first ever men's-women's doubleheader. Unless otherwise noted, all GameDay broadcasts are 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. on ESPNU, 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. on ESPN and 8 p.m. to 9 p.m.)

January 15: Vanderbilt at Tennessee doubleheader (men at 12 p.m., GameDay at 7 p.m., women at 8 p.m.)
January 22: Michigan State at Purdue
January 29: Kansas State at Kansas (GameDay at 6 p.m., game at 7 p.m.)
February 5: Kentucky at Florida
February 12: Pittsburgh at Villanova
February 19: Illinois at Michigan State
February 26: Duke at Virginia Tech
March 5: Texas at Baylor