ESPN To Air A Marathon Of Hoops To Start The College Basketball Season

Wednesday, September 24, 2008


ESPN has always done a great job when covering the opening of the College Basketball season. There are multiple "Midnight Madnesses" and a bunch of good tournaments and matchups. Well they're trying something different this year and they've dubbed it the "College Hoops Tip-Off Marathon". What is it? Well it's basically 14! College Basketball games in 23 hours starting at midnight on November 18th. Here's the background from ESPN....

The games open at midnight ET with national championship game runner-up Memphis hosting Massachusetts, where Tigers head coach John Calipari once coached. It wraps up with the two winningest programs in college hoops history -- Kentucky and North Carolina -- meeting in Chapel Hill at 9 p.m. ET.

There are games featuring teams in 14 conferences and one women's game (Iowa at Kansas, 2 p.m. ET on ESPN). It also includes four NIT semifinals and two games in the CBE Classic, including defending national champion Kansas hosting Florida Gulf Coast (9 p.m. ET, ESPN U).

Every game on ESPN and ESPN2 will be simulcast on ESPN360.com.

There will be two studio shows, including a four-hour special beginning at 6 a.m. ET. College GameDay will be in Chapel Hill at 8 p.m. ET.
That is just about the greatest (and craziest) idea I've ever heard. The whole event even gets a lead-in from Monday Night Football. The matchup that night isn't the best in the Browns and Bills, but it should still keep some East Coasters up well into the night. Here's the schedule and I'm seriously considering a 24-hour live-blog for this thing....

Tuesday, November 18th:

Midnight: UMass at Memphis (ESPN)
2 am: Fresno St. at St. Mary's (ESPN)
4 am: Idaho St. at Hawaii (ESPN)
6 am: College Hoops Tip-Off Special (ESPN)
10 am: Penn at Drexel (ESPN)
Noon: Liberty at UNC-Asheville (ESPN)
2 pm: Iowa at Kansas (women) (ESPN)
4 pm: Centenary at Baylor (ESPN)
6 pm: Richmond at Syracuse (ESPN)
7 pm: NIT Regional Final-Purdue (ESPNU)
7:30 pm: NIT Regional Final-Boston College (ESPN2)
8 pm: College GameDay-Chapel Hill (ESPN)
9 pm: Kentucky at North Carolina (ESPN)
9 pm: Florida Gulf Coast at Kansas (ESPNU)
9:30 pm: NIT Regional Final-Oklahoma (ESPN2)
11:30 pm: NIT Regional Final-Arizona (ESPN2)

13 Comments:

I know I can find it elsewhere, but a date would help.

Sep 24, 2008, 11:19:00 AM  

Damn....my fault. Tuesday, November 18th.

Sep 24, 2008, 11:24:00 AM  

24 hour live blog would be great. You should break into shifts though I would hate to get stuck with the 10AM to 4 shift with Penn, UNC Asheville (no kenny george) and a women's game.

rs27 said...
Sep 24, 2008, 11:47:00 AM  

That's quite a lot of highliter pointing for Digger.

GMoney said...
Sep 24, 2008, 11:50:00 AM  

This just may be the craziest thing ESPN has ever done, and I do mean that in a good way. There's just something about watching Hawaii basketball at 4 AM that is appealing to me in an odd way. Is Hawaii basketball any good anyway?

Anonymous said...
Sep 24, 2008, 11:51:00 AM  

That Penn-Drexel game will be at The Palestra on Penn's campus...and they're going to have a Schhol Day Special for that game from what I understand.

JamesCraven said...
Sep 24, 2008, 12:03:00 PM  

this would be better if it were a friday/saturday or a saturday/sunday.

cool - no word verification wednesday is back!

-dan

-dan said...
Sep 24, 2008, 12:05:00 PM  

Dan- Sssshhhhhhh!

Sep 24, 2008, 12:06:00 PM  

UMass @ Memphis - Dribble Drive Motion vs. Dribble Drive Motion, Calipari vs. Kellogg and Walberg ... that'll be sick

Anonymous said...
Sep 24, 2008, 2:49:00 PM  

Why did they have to throw a women's game in there to ruin it?

Anonymous said...
Sep 24, 2008, 5:59:00 PM  

Wow - I think I just ejaculated.

Anonymous said...
Sep 24, 2008, 7:19:00 PM  

This is an outstanding idea. Anytime there's college basketball going on in the middle of the night, there's something about it that makes it compelling no matter what type of game it is. The late night/early morning matchups actually look halfway decent, better than some of the matchups of middling Mountain West teams that I stayed up for several years ago.

Anonymous said...
Sep 24, 2008, 9:25:00 PM  

Time to make a run to the store and purchase all my food I normally get for the first weekend of March Madness.

I am so ready for College basketball!

Taylor said...
Sep 24, 2008, 11:24:00 PM  

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