ESPN is coming to your city

Buckle up. 

According to a source, ESPN’s popular College GameDay program will be in Ames on Jan. 17 for Iowa State vs. Kansas, a battle between Big 12 rivals that will tip at 8 p.m. 

ESPN began running a GameDay show for basketball in 2005. This is the program’s first trip to Ames. 

The stars of ESPN’s College GameDay are Rece Davis (host), Jay Williams, Jay Bilas and Seth Greenberg. 

Expect an official announcement on the decision to bring the show to Ames sometime in the near future. 

UPDATE: Below is Iowa State’s press release on the announcement that was made at 10 a.m.

AMES, Iowa – Cyclone fans, the news you have been waiting for has finally arrived! For the first time in school history, Iowa State has been picked to host ESPN College GameDay Covered by State Farm on Saturday, Jan. 17, prior to the Cyclones’ home game with Kansas. The game will be scheduled to start at 8 p.m. CT.

ESPN GameDay, the station’s signature college basketball pregame show, begins at 9 a.m. CT on ESPNU, continuing at 10 a.m. CT on ESPN with an evening edition leading into Iowa State’s Big 12 showdown with Kansas. Doors will open for the event at 7 a.m.

Iowa State and Kansas have combined to record a 21-4 mark to start the year and have been ranked in the top 25 every week of the 2014-15 campaign.

ESPN’s College GameDay Covered by State Farm boasts some new faces this season as analysts Seth Greenberg and Jay Williams join the returning duo of host Rece Davis and analyst Jay Bilas on the eight-week Saturday morning and evening program that originates from the site of ESPN’s Saturday Primetime Presented by DIRECTV telecast.

Bilas will also serve as analyst for the game, alongside Dan Shulman and reporter Shannon Spake.

Check back to and follow Iowa State men’s basketball on Facebook and Twitter (@CycloneMBB) for future information on ESPN GameDay’s visit to Hilton Coliseum.


Chris Williams


Chris was hired as Cyclone Fanatic’s publisher in the fall of 2009. He is Iowa State football's postgame show host on the Cyclone Radio Network and can be heard daily from 4-7 on Des Moines' top-rated sports station, 1460 KXnO. Williams, a 2007 graduate of Iowa State’s Greenlee School of Journalism, is the former publisher of the old ( He has also written for the Des Moines Register, the Ames Tribune, and is the former sports director at KMA Radio. When Williams isn’t working, you can usually find him doing something outdoors with his wife Ashley, daughter Camryn, and Golden Retriever Dierks. He enjoys golfing, boating, country music, the Minnesota Vikings, Atlanta Braves and is passionate about any and all motor sports so finding Williams at a local dirt track is very common.