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Two WCC Teams To Be Featured On ESPN's College Hoops Tip-Off Marathon

Sept. 17, 2009

Two West Coast Conference men's basketball teams will be featured in ESPN's second annual College Hoops Tip-Off Marathon. Saint Mary's home game against San Diego State on Monday, November 16th, and Gonzaga's game at Michigan State on Tuesday, November 17th, highlight ESPN's tip-off coverage of the college basketball season.

ESPN's 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 ESPN College Hoops Tip-Off Marathon Schedule
    Monday, Nov. 16 9:00 PM
    Cal State Fullerton at UCLA
    Monday, Nov. 16 11:00 PM San Diego State at SAINT MARY'S
    Tuesday, Nov. 17 1:00 AM
    Northern Colorado at Hawaii
    Tuesday, Nov. 17 3:00 AM
    Monmounth at St. Peter's
    Tuesday, Nov. 17 5:00 AM Drexel at Niagara ESPN/ESPN360.com
    Tuesday, Nov. 17 7:00 AM
    Clemson at Liberty ESPN/ESPN360.com
    Tuesday, Nov. 17 9:00 AM Northeastern at Siena ESPN/ESPN360.com
    Tuesday, Nov. 17 11:00 AM Arkansas Little-Rock at Tulsa ESPN/ESPN360.com
    Tuesday, Nov. 17 1:00 PM Temple at Georgetown ESPN/ESPN360.com
    Tuesday, Nov. 17 2:30 PM Binghamton at Pittsburgh (O'Reilly Auto Parts CBE Classic) ESPN2/ESPN360.com
    Tuesday, Nov. 17 3:00 PM Dick's Sporting Goods NIT from Durham, N.C. (Duke University)* ESPN/ESPN360.com
    Tuesday, Nov. 17 4:00 PM ESPNU Road to the Championship: Tennessee vs. Texas Tech (women's game from San Antonio) ESPNU
    Tuesday, Nov. 17 4:30 PM Hall of Fame Showcase: Arkansas vs. Louisville (from St. Louis) ESPN2/ESPN360.com
    Tuesday, Nov. 17 5:00 PM GONZAGA at Michigan State ESPN/ESPN360.com
    Tuesday, Nov. 17 5:00 PM Northern Illinois at Illinois ESPN360.com
    Tuesday, Nov. 17 6:00 PM Duquesne at Iowa (O'Reilly Auto Parts CBE Classic) ESPNU
    Tuesday, Nov. 17 6:30 PM ESPNU Road to the Championship: Connecticut vs. Texas (women's game from San Antonio) ESPN2/ESPN360.com
    Tuesday, Nov. 17 7:00 PM Hall of Fame Showcase: Memphis vs. Kansas (from St. Louis) ESPN/ESPN360.com
    Tuesday, Nov. 17 8:30 PM Dick's Sporting Goods NIT from Tempe, Ariz. (Arizona State University)* ESPN2/ESPN360.com

    * Matchup determined November 16