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24 Consecutive Hours of Live College Basketball Games on ESPN

Additional Match-ups on ESPN2, ESPNU and ESPN360.com in Second Annual College Hoops Tip-Off Marathon.
 
ESPN’s second annual College Hoops Tip-Off Marathon – consecutive live college basketball games to celebrate the start of the season — will be highlighted by 12 live games in 24 consecutive hours on ESPN on Tuesday, Nov. 17. ESPN games are scheduled to tip off every two hours beginning at 12 a.m. ET with Cal State Fullerton at UCLA.

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The 6 and 8 a.m. telecasts mark the first time ESPN has televised live college basketball games in those time slots — more than 8,200 live match-ups in 30 years.  St. Peter’s and Monmouth will play a 6 a.m. game as part of ESPN’s “College Basketball Tip-off Marathon” coverage.

The Nov. 17 match-up will be played at the Yanitelli Center in Jersey City.

Highlights include:

In addition to ESPN’s 24 consecutive hours, ESPN2, ESPNU and ESPN360.com will offer an extensive lineup of action.

Combined, the networks will televise at least 38 total hours of coverage with 19 games — 17 men’s and two women’s – in a minimum of 25-and-a-half hours.

In addition to one exclusive matchup, ESPN360.com will offer a simulcast of every ESPN and ESPN2 telecast.

A minimum of 20 conferences will be represented:

ACC, Atlantic 10, America East, Big Ten, Big 12, BIG EAST, Big South, Big West, Big Sky, Conference USA, Colonial, Mid-American, Metro Atlantic Athletic, Mountain West, Northeast, Pac-10, Southeastern, Sun Belt, Western Athletic and West Coast. The Southern Conference could be added if Elon advances to the NIT regional final at Duke University, the host site.

ESPN’s coverage will include a game from five different United States time zones —

Eastern, Central, Mountain, Pacific and Hawaii-Aleutian – from 14 states, plus the District of Columbia: Arizona, California, Hawaii, Illinois, Iowa, Michigan, Missouri, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Texas and Virginia.

The final two ESPN telecasts will showcase Gonzaga at Michigan State, coming off a National Championship game appearance last year, at 8 p.m. and Memphis vs. Kansas from St. Louis in a Hall of Fame Showcase contest. Kansas is the No. 1 team in ESPN.com’s preseason polls by Andy Katz and Dick Vitale, and Michigan State is ranked second by Katz and third by Vitale.

2009-10 College Hoops Tip-Off Marathon Schedule:

Tuesday Nov 17th

12 a.m.            Cal State Fullerton at UCLA/ ESPN360.com

2 a.m.             San Diego State at St. Mary’s ESPN / ESPN360.com

4 a.m.             Northern Colorado at Hawaii  ESPN / ESPN360.com

6 a.m.             Monmouth at St. Peter’s  ESPN / ESPN360.com

8 a.m.             Drexel at Niagara  ESPN / ESPN360.com

10 a.m.             Clemson at Liberty  ESPN / ESPN360.com

12 noon             Northeastern at Siena  ESPN / ESPN360.com

2 p.m.             Arkansas Little-Rock at Tulsa  ESPN / ESPN360.com

4 p.m.             Temple at Georgetown  ESPN / ESPN360.com

5:30 p.m.             O’Reilly Auto Parts CBE Classic:

Binghamton at Pittsburgh  ESPN2 / ESPN360.com

6 p.m.             Dick’s Sporting Goods NIT from Durham, N.C.

(Duke University)  ESPN / ESPN360.com

7 p.m.             ESPNU – Tennessee vs. Texas Tech

(women’s game from San Antonio)

7:30 p.m.             Arkansas vs. Louisville (from St. Louis)  ESPN2 -ESPN360.com

8 p.m.             Gonzaga at Michigan State  ESPN / ESPN360.com

8 p.m.             Northern Illinois at Illinois  ESPN360.com

9 p.m.             O’Reilly Auto Parts CBE Classic: Duquesne at Iowa  ESPNU

9:30 p.m.             ESPNU – Connecticut vs. Texas

(women’s game from San Antonio)  ESPN2-ESPN360.com

10 p.m.             Hall of Fame Showcase:

Memphis vs. Kansas (from St. Louis)  ESPN-ESPN360.com

11:30 p.m.             Dick’s Sporting Goods NIT – Tempe, Ariz.

(Arizona State University)  ESPN2 / ESPN360.com

(press release courtesy of Mike Humes-ESPN, and VPHOOPS)

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