'Who's Next' on college hoops project?
ESPN is showcasing music from 12 local artists in select men's college basketball telecasts and giving the opportunity to determine the next band that should garner a national following.
The "Who's Next" project will feature a bracket tournament format with the winning band unveiled on Saturday, March 3. The field and matchups began on Jan. 21 and will run until Feb. 18, with four bands receiving a first-round bye as voted on by the fans. The head-to-head tournament will begin the week of Feb. 20 with the opening round between eight bands followed by the quarterfinals, semifinals and championship throughout the week of February 27. The winning band's music will be used as a part of ESPN's Championship Week Presented by DICK'S Sporting Goods coverage.
Saturday's matchups include:
• "Fire" by Pennsylvania's Viv and The Revival (Georgetown at Pittsburgh at 4 p.m. on ESPN)
• "Hometown" by Tennessee's Parachute Musical (Auburn vs. Tennessee at 6 p.m. on ESPN2)
ESPN worked with Ourstage.com -- a destination for music listening, discovery, and content -- to secure the bands for participation and handle the voting. Fans will vote on the artists' original song by logging onto the ESPN Home Court Facebook page.
Each of the participating 12 bands recorded a remix of ESPN's college basketball theme song and provided one of their original songs for use in a selected game telecast. The remixed theme song will be used when the game goes to and comes from commercial breaks during the telecast while the original music will be used as the soundtrack of a halftime highlights package.
Each of the bands will originate from the home state of the host team of that game telecast.
Voting has wrapped up for Jan. 21's matchup, featuring "Got it Made" by Ohio's 2nd Half vs. "Remember Me" by Indiana's Thank You & Goodnight. The winner will be revealed Friday at noon on the Home Court page.
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