ESPN College GameDay host Rece Davis is making himself right at home on the University of Texas campus in Austin.
Davis and two of his co-hosts, Jay Bilas and Seth Greenberg, ventured around the campus on Friday ahead of the show’s Saturday morning broadcast at Frank Erwin Center for the Texas-Oklahoma men’s basketball game.
And with Texas often not being regarded as a “basketball school,” Davis was determined to get students pumped up for the Big 12 showdown between the Longhorns and Sooners.
In a live Twitter video, Davis was seen handing out flyers and free sunglasses to students passing by — encouraging them to attend the show and the game.
— Rece Davis (@ESPN_ReceDavis) February 2, 2018
So it turns out that not every Texas student, as Davis feared, is that into basketball. Nor were they able to instantly recognize the College GameDay host.
But interacting with them is at least a step in the right direction as far as growing interest surrounding coach Shaka Smart’s team.
The Longhorns are off to a 4-5 start in Big 12 play, but Saturday will mark the first time that one of college basketball’s biggest stars, Oklahoma freshman point guard Trae Young, plays against Texas. That combined with all of the extra festivities for College GameDay might be enough for even the most casual fans to check it out.
College GameDay will air live at 10 a.m. CT. Texas and Oklahoma will tip off at 5:15 p.m. CT, also on ESPN.