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ESPN College GameDay and Finebaum Show coming to Rupp Arena for Kentucky vs Kansas

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All eyes will be centered on Kentucky vs Kansas next week, so it’s no surprise to see ESPN College GameDay coming back to Rupp Arena for the big game.

This will be the first time since the 2013-14 season that ESPN’s traveling college hoops gameday show will venture to UK, and they picked a great game to do so. In addition to ESPN College GameDay, The Paul Finebaum Show will also be in town Friday to broadcast live from the Rupp Arena lobby, just off High Street from 3-7 p.m.

Both the Wildcats and Jayhawks could enter their highly-anticipated matchup ranked in the top five, not to mention this is one of the best blue-blooded rivalries in the sport.

The ESPN College GameDay crew will include Rece Davis, Jay Bilas, Jay Williams and Seth Greenberg, who will be in Lexington on Saturday morning to broadcast its popular pregame show. The show will air live at 11 a.m. inside Rupp Arena and will air on ESPN.

Fans are encouraged to attend the event. Admission is free for students and for the general public. Doors will open at 9:30 a.m. with paid parking available in the High Street and Manchester Street parking lots. Students in line for the eRUPPtion Zone will receive a wristband to keep their place in line. Fans may begin lining up no earlier than five hours prior to doors opening.

The GameDay crew will broadcast live with the UK-Kansas game as the evening’s main event. Bilas, Dan Schulman and Maria Taylor will be on the call for the 6:15 p.m. game on ESPN.

This will be UK’s 13th ESPN College GameDay appearance, behind only North Carolina (15), Duke (14) and Kansas (14). The show also featured last year’s game in Lawrence, Kansas.