Fox Sports will ring out 2014 and tip off 2015 with a five-pack of Big East college basketball games.
The quintuple-header will feature all 10 men's teams opening their conference seasons, with five back-to-back games airing live on Fox Sports 1 on Dec. 31.
The New Year's Eve hardwood festivities begin at 11:30 a.m. (ET) with the Fox Sports 1 College Hoops Tip-Off pregame show hosted by Rob Stone with analysts Austin Croshere and Kevin O’Neill live from the Los Angeles studios. At noon, Fox Sports’ lead college basketball broadcast team of Gus Johnson and Bill Raftery call the opener as No. 15 St. John’s travels to Seton Hall.
At 2:30 p.m., No. 6 Villanova hosts Butler with Tim Brando and Ron Thompson courtside, followed by Marquette at DePaul at 5 p.m. with Dick Stockton and Donny Marshall behind the microphone. Come primetime, Aaron Goldsmith and Tarik Turner are on the ball call for Creighton at Providence at 7:30 p.m., and Joe Davis and Bob Wenzel bring fans into the New Year with No. 25 Georgetown at Xavier, tipping off at 10 p.m.
Multiple coaches will wear wireless microphones, and coaches’ audio, plus dedicated coaches’ cameras, will be used within the games. Throughout the day, FS1 will also showcase pregame speeches and halftime coaches meetings and goes inside the huddle during timeouts. In addition, each game features at least one hyper motion camera, providing super slow video replays, and above-the-rim cameras.
Stone, Croshere and O’Neill are in studio all day with halftime and between-games analysis, along with special features, interviews and behind-the-scenes access at each team’s practices leading up to the day’s games. In addition, BIG EAST coaches and players share their New Year’s resolutions.