24 Consecutive Hours of Live College Basketball Games on ESPN on November 17
Additional Matchups 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. 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 matchups in 30 years. 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.
- A women’s doubleheader will feature defending National Champion Connecticut against Texas at 9:30 p.m. on ESPN2 in the ESPNU Road to the Championship from San Antonio. The first game will pit Tennessee against Texas Tech at 7 p.m. on ESPNU.
- In addition to Tennessee vs. Texas Tech, ESPNU will televise Duquesne at Iowa in an O’Reilly Auto Parts CBE Classic men’s matchup at 9 p.m.
- ESPN2 will televise four consecutive games beginning at 5:30 p.m. with Binghamton at Pittsburgh in an O’Reilly Auto Parts CBE Classic contest and conclude with a Dick’s Sporting Goods NIT matchup from Arizona State at 11:30 p.m.
- Multiple teams on the ESPN.com preseason polls by Katz and Vitale will participate:
- Five overall, including the top two, by ESPN.com’s Katz: No. 1 Kansas, No. 2 Michigan State, No. 18 Georgetown, No. 20 Siena and No. 21 Tulsa.
- Eleven of Vitale’s Top 40, including two of the top five: No. 1 Kansas, No. 3 Michigan State, No. 10 Illinois, No. 19 Louisville, No. 25 Georgetown, No. 29 Clemson, No. 31 Pittsburgh, No. 34 Gonzaga, No. 35 Siena, No. 37 Tulsa and No. 40 Memphis
2009-10 College Hoops Tip-Off Marathon Schedule for ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU and ESPN360.com
|Tue, Nov 17||12 a.m.||Cal State Fullerton at UCLA||ESPN / 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|
|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 Road to the Championship: Tennessee vs. Texas Tech (women’s game from San Antonio)||ESPNU|
|7:30 p.m.||Hall of Fame Showcase: 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 Road to the Championship: 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 from Tempe, Ariz. (Arizona State University)*||ESPN2 / ESPN360.com|
* Matchup determined November 16
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