Basketball: ESPN descends upon Berkeley

The ESPN entourage has been trickling in the past few days. The big “Game Day” program will be held at Haas Pavilion on Saturday morning, from 8 to 9 a.m. Admission is free for fans who want to catch a glimpse of Bob Knight or Digger Phelps, and Cal is serving breakfast snacks for the first 500 and plans giveaways. Doors open at 6 a.m.

ESPN will broadcast the Cal-UCLA game at 6 p.m., with Dan Shulman joined by Knight, Erin Andrews and Jay Bilas.

I talked Friday with Bilas, who said he has done games at Haas Pavilion in the past and looks forward to his return visit. His day begins early with the “Game Day” broadcast, but also includes the game itself.

“A long day. A good day, though,” he said. “It’ll be a lot of fun.”

Jeff Faraudo