No. 12 Florida will visit the Carrier Dome to take on No. 4 Syracuse on Friday, Dec. 2 at 6:30 p.m. ET. The game will be televised nationally on ESPN. This will mark the third time in four years the two squads have met. The Orange topped the Gators 89-83 in the 2008 CBE Classic semifinal and won 85-73 in Tampa the following season as part of the 2009 SEC/Big East Invitational.
ESPN analyst Paul Carcaterra will be providing commentary on Saturday when UMASS meets Hofstra at 3:00 p.m. and Syracuse faces Rutgers at 5:30 p.m. in the ESPNU Warrior Classic. Carcaterra played as a Syracuse midfielder from 1994-1997, serving as the team’s captain and earning a spot on the all-American team. He was also a member of Syracuse’s 1995 NCAA championship team. We recently spoke to Carcaterra and got his take on the 2011 lacrosse season.
Jay Bilas joined ESPN as a college basketball analyst in 1995, and provides courtside analysis on more than 40 games a year, and as a studio analyst for ESPN’s weekly College GameDay and College Gamenight shows. He recently sat down and spoke to members of the media in a conference call to discuss the 2011 NCAA tournament. Here’s what he had to say.
Bo Garrett is currently a producer at ESPN where he has produced some of the hallmark moments in recent Big East Tournament history. Garrett was on hand for Syracuse’s six overtime victory over Connecticut in 2009, as well as Gerry McNamara’s run in the 2006 tournament as Syracuse captured the Big East championship. He recently spoke to me about his experiences as an ESPN producer.