College GameDay broadcast from the Dome for Syracuse vs Duke game

If Syracuse University is going to move a basketball game to the center of the Carrier Dome this year, the logical candidate just got a little more obvious.

ESPN announced Wednesday morning that its popular College GameDay broadcast will originate from the Dome on Saturday, February 1 when the Orange host new ACC rival Duke. The event is one of eight weeks' worth of College GameDays on campuses across the country.

Syracuse hosts Duke in a 6:30 p.m. tipoff that evening. There has been speculation for months that the University would move one game this coming season to the middle of the football field in order to break its own on-campus attendance record for a basketball game. The University has been non-committal about such an event, only saying that they plan something out of the ordinary for a Duke visit to the Hill.

ESPN says the GameDay visit to Syracuse is in conjunction with NBA games in New York State during Super Bowl week. ESPN also televises the NBA and the SU-Duke game will lead into the Miami Heat at New York Knicks (and former SU great Carmelo Anthony). Super Bowl XLVII will be held the next day at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey.

Last week ESPN announced that it will show two other SU basketball games as part of its annual "Big Monday" package. SU will host Notre Dame two days after the Duke game on Feb. 3, then will travel to Maryland on Feb. 24. Both of those games will tip off at 7:00 p.m.

This is the tenth season of College GameDay for ESPN. Rece Davis, Jay Bilas, Digger Phelps and Jalen Rose are the hosts and analysts.

"Over the past ten years, College GameDay and the Saturday Primetime series have become a weekly showcase of the best the sport has to offer and this year's schedule promises to deliver a collection of the biggest and best games from across the country," said Nick Dawson of ESPN. "There is no sport with more passionate fans than college basketball and there is no more passionate setting than a Saturday on-campus with GameDay and Saturday Primetime on-site."

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