The University of Colorado will host ESPN College GameDay on Feb. 22 in advance of the men's basketball game that night against Arizona at the Coors Events Center. The Wildcats are currently ranked No. 1 in the major polls.

The program tips off each Saturday's slate of college basketball games around the country from a campus site. Colorado's rise to prominence on the hardwood in recent years made it a candidate to finally play host this season.

It is somewhat of a surprise that ESPN chose to come to Boulder consider coach Tad Boyle's program is in a major slump after losing its best player, point guard Spencer Dinwiddie, to a season-ending knee injury earlier this month.

The Buffs were ranked No. 15 in the nation at the time of Dinwiddie's injury and have lost three of the four games they have played without him and fallen out of the polls. At 15-6 overall and 4-4 in Pac-12 Conference play, the Buffs are seventh in the conference standings and in need of winning streak to get back on track toward and third consecutive trip to the NCAA tournament.

ESPN will televise three separate one-hour shows from the Coors Events Center that day, starting at 8 a.m. on ESPNU. At 9 a.m., the program will move to ESPN and another hour-long segment on ESPN begins at 6 preceeding the CU-Arizona game at 7 p.m.

“Huge for the program (and) great for the University of Colorado," Boyle said in a press release.


"It's great for Boulder, it's great for our state. All the eyes in college basketball that day will be focused on Boulder, Colorado.”

CU will announce at a later date what time the arena will open to fans that morning and procedures for attending.