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College GameDay Arrives: Your Guide To This Weekend

Feb 8, 2013, 6:09 PM EDT

It’s been quite a day here at Notre Dame. After the equipment trucks arrived yesterday, ESPN has been getting set up and preparing for College GameDay throughout the afternoon. While it’s not quite the spectacle that came in October for the football edition, there’s still a ton of equipment, and there’s no doubt that the circus has come to South Bend.

The show’s host Rece Davis and analysts Jay Bilas, Digger Phelps and Jalen Rose have been busy preparing for tomorrow, shooting a couple of segments on the Purcell Pavilion court and turning the Monogram Room into the team’s personal “war room.”

Rece sat down separately with Irish players Jack Cooley and Jerian Grant, getting ready for the “Know Your Teammate” portion of the show.

The GameDay gang also spoke with Fighting Irish Digital Media in Heritage Hall. Check back later to for some great footage with Rece, Jay, Digger and Jalen.

Throughout the day tomorrow, we plan to bring you the inside scoop on all the action at Purcell Pavilion, so make sure you’re keeping an eye on Twitter. Here’s a quick list of the accounts you should follow:

  • @NDmbb – official Notre Dame men’s basketball account
  • @FightingIrish – official Fighting Irish athletics account
  • @NDSportsBlogger – my account (shameless plug)
  • @LepLegion – official voice of the Notre Dame student body

We’ll post a few photos on Instagram (@TheFightingIrish), and you’ll also want to keep an eye on the various ESPN accounts and personalities who will be on campus.

If you were at the Michigan football game this past fall, you might remember the special gigapixel that allowed fans to zoom in and find themselves in Notre Dame Stadium. The folks from Blakeway are back on campus this weekend, and will be taking similar photos at tonight’s hockey game, as well as tomorrow’s hoops showdown. The basketball gigapixel will be available at You can visit the site now to sign up for an email notification when the photo is ready.

It’s an early morning on Saturday, as the doors open for students at 8:15 am and 8:30 am for the general public. The show begins at 10 am on ESPNU before switching to ESPN at 11, but there will also be a live Sportscenter hit during the 9 o’clock hour.

Rest up between noon and 7 pm because the action all starts back up with another hour of GameDay at 8, before the #25 Fighting Irish and #11 Cardinals tip-off just after 9 pm ET.

First, here’s a look back at some of the fun from this afternoon.

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