Jan 18, 2013, 4:31 PM EST
While many sports fans might be focused on the NFL’s conference championship games this weekend, college basketball conference play is in full swing. In fact, the hoops edition of ESPN’s College GameDay makes its first appearance on the road, right here in the Hoosier State, when the show travels to Butler’s Hinkle Fieldhouse in Indianapolis for the #13 Bulldogs’ showdown against #8 Gonzaga.
In South Bend, both the Notre Dame men’s and women’s teams will take on BIG EAST conference foes at Purcell Pavilion.
The #20 men’s team (14-3 overall, 2-2 BIG EAST) will host Rutgers on Saturday evening at 8 pm ET. The Scarlet Knights (12-4, 3-2) are coming off a 70-67 victory over South Florida, while the Irish are looking to rebound from back-to-back losses.
Last year, Notre Dame and Rutgers split the season series, with each team winning on its home court. The Irish lead the all-time series, 18-13.
Among those who will be in attendance tomorrow night is New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, a longtime friend of head coach Mike Brey. Governor Christie will be accepting proceeds from the team’s recent auction to benefit victims of Hurricane Sandy.
On Sunday, head coach Muffet McGraw and the second-ranked women’s team will try to continue their winning ways when they take on St. John’s (9-6, 3-0) at noon ET on ESPNU.
Since losing to Baylor on Dec. 5, the Irish (15-1, 4-0) have won ten straight games, most recently against Georgetown on Tuesday.
With no tailgating or college football and no holiday shopping or decorating, it might be easy for weekends in January to feel a little empty. But whether you’re watching at home or here on campus, the countdown to March is on, and there’s a lot of college hoops action to enjoy.
About In The Paint
Women’s Basketball on YouTube
- RT @NDsidMasters: Reminder - enhanced parking plans in place for tonight's @ndwbb game with numerous athletic events on ND campus: http://t… 1 hour ago
- Happy birthday to our freshman @mycoool_ ! Great day to celebrate your bday!!!!🍀💚🎉 2 hours ago
- RT @NDsidMasters: .@ndwbb is back in friendly confines of Purcell Pavilion Friday at 5 pm (ET) to host Chattanooga live on @WatchND: http:/… 14 hours ago
- Spotlight game of the week! Call (574-631-7356) or visit @NDTIX for tickets to tomorrow's game! http://t.co/RSRcmcX7cJ 1 day ago
- Busy day in the Joyce Center tomorrow! Make sure you come by the Purcell Pavilion to catch #ndwbb take on Chattanooga at 5pm! #PACKEDhouse 1 day ago
Men’s Basketball on YouTube
- We got our first chance to take the floor at the @MoheganSun before the @HOF_Tipoff tourney begins on Saturday. 🍀🏀🍀 http://t.co/gtjRkInaD4 27 minutes ago
- To be the best, you have to eat at the steakhouse of the best. Time to eat at Michael Jordan's Steakhouse. 🏀🍴🍀 http://t.co/AnP3tgBILW 14 hours ago
- We announced earlier we would play in the 2015 @OrlandoClassic - let's throw it back to 2010 when we took the title: http://t.co/tOfn8y4SWE 20 hours ago
- We're about to hit the road for the Hall of Fame Tipoff Tournament - From the 574 to the 860. #MoheganSunBound http://t.co/oBYl5IzL0U 20 hours ago
- Looks like we are headed to the Sunshine State in 2015! @OrlandoClassic here we come! http://t.co/YFuAMRDdVb 1 day ago
- M. Ice Hockey. Irish Drop 3-1 Decision To UMass Lowell In Hockey East Action
- W. Basketball. #3/2 Irish Return Home Friday To Face Chattanooga
- W. Volleyball. Volleyball Welcomes No. 7 UNC And NC State To Purcell This Weekend
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