There's nostalgia, a chance at history, a few classic rivalries and a couple of meetings that could determine the hierarchy in top conferences.
The schedule, released by ESPN on Wednesday morning, is a tantalizing one for college basketball fans.
This is a stacked card without any filler, beginning with the Jan. 18 kickoff featuring La Salle vs. Temple at the Palestra. It should be a strong opening for GameDay, which will position its high-tech gadgets and cameras throughout a building that was constructed in the 1920s for the Big 5 rivalries in Philly. Perfect blend of the past and present. And that's what preserves this game's traditions.
Here is the full schedule. You will notice one thing - the Chianti Dan boondoggle aka Pauley under glass is missing from that schedule.
So ESPN is not all that anxious to check out UCLA. Bruins are listed as an "option" for one day as the network will pick from either "Arizona at Colorado" OR "UCLA at Stanford."
Once again - except for Chianti Dan and his Morgan Center and message board lapdogs - no one is impressed with UCLA off to a horrendous start under TRA from Iowa