Sept. 28, 2012
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (seminoles.com) - Defending ACC Champion Florida State will be featured on the family of ESPN networks as one of 13 college basketball teams featured on ESPN's Midnight Madness coverage Oct. 12 beginning at 6 p.m. ET.
Seminole Madness will begin at 7 p.m. and will be broadcast live on ESPN3 from the Donald L. Tucker in Tallahassee.
Florida State head coach Leonard Hamilton -- the 2012 ACC Coach of the Year -- will unvail his 15 member team to the nation as the Seminoles begin practice for the 2012--13 season.
It marks the seventh year ESPN will tip off the nation's college basketball season with more than four hours of Midnight Madness coverage. This year's programming will once again include both the men's and women's defending NCAA National Champions, Florida State and eight teams in ESPN.com senior writer Andy Katz's Preseason Top 25.
The night begins with an in-depth look at what Katz put as the No.1 team in his super-early rankings last April, with ESPNU Midnight Madness: Indiana Practice at 5 p.m. on ESPNU. For the first time, the network will air a Hoosiers' practice live and in full with commentary from college basketball analysts Jay Williams and Dan Dakich.
ESPN3 will continue complete live coverage of seven school sites throughout the evening. ESPNU studio will provide fans with a "whip-around" look at highlighted teams coast-to-coast from 9 p.m. to midnight. The madness coverage will extend into its final hour on ESPNU's nightly entertainment show, UNITE, with its inaugural Midnight Madness Special.
ESPNU Midnight Madness 2012 highlights: In-studio coverage and analysis provided by ESPNU host Dari Nowkhah and college basketball analyst Jay Bilas, Jalen Rose, Katz, as well as contributions from Dick Vitale.
On-site commentators will provide coverage of various elements including scrimmages, player introductions, skill and dunk contests, team skits, head coach and player interviews, along with season previews. ESPN analysts on-site: Stephen Bardo, Doris Burke, Jimmy Dykes, Sean Farnham, Fran Fraschilla, Len Elmore, Miles Simon, Tim Welsh and more.
No.4 Kentucky, No.6 NC State, No.14 Syracuse, No.11 North Carolina, No. 25 Missouri, Pitt and Florida will all be featured live and in their entirety on ESPN3 with additional highlights and analysis on ESPNU throughout the evening
In addition, Katz will conduct interviews with various top teams' head coaches throughout the evening.
The Seminoles will begin their season on ESPN3 against South Alabama in their season opener on Nov. 9 at the Tucker Center.
ESPNU will begin coverage of the 2012-13 college basketball season games with a doubleheader on Friday, Nov. 9, at 7 p.m. with Georgia State at Duke followed by the 2K Sports Classic with South Dakota State at Alabama.
ESPNU will air more than 350 men's and women's basketball games, including action from more than 25 NCAA Division I conferences in the 2012-13 season. ESPN3 will have over 300 exclusive games this season, more than double the number from 2011-2012.