La Salle coach John Giannini has been a big proponent of having all Big 5 games in the Palestra.
"All college basketball fans watch College GameDay," Giannini said. "It's a great honor and opportunity to be chosen from all the nation's games to have ESPN's coverage. The nation will see a great game in the most historic building in all of college basketball between two strong and tradition-rich rivals. It will also show fans everywhere the unmatched uniqueness of Philadelphia Big 5 basketball."
La Salle and Temple shared the Big 5 title last season with 3-1 records. This will be the first Temple-La Salle game in the Palestra since 1989.
Temple coach Fran Dunphy played at the Palestra for La Salle and had the keys to the building for nearly 2 decades as Penn's coach.
"This is a great opportunity to showcase Temple basketball and the Philadelphia Big 5 to a national television audience," Dunphy said. "It is a win-win for the city, as well as for both programs."
Rece Davis is the GameDay host. ESPN analysts Jay Bilas, Digger Phelps and Jalen Rase will be on the set. GameDay has been to 44 different campuses and has made 71 stops since it began in 2005.