Sept. 24, 2008
BRISTOL, Conn. - The West Coast Conference and Saint Mary's College will be represented in ESPN's College Hoops Tip-Off Marathon, featuring 23 consecutive hours of live college basketball game and studio programming on Tuesday, Nov. 18. The new event is a creative way to celebrate the opening of the 2008-09 college basketball season and will feature Saint Mary's hosting Fresno State at McKeon Pavilion at 11:00 p.m. PT.
This is another collaboration between the West Coast Conference and ESPN, which is the exclusive national broadcast provider of WCC men's basketball. The Fresno State at Saint Mary's game is the first of at least 19 WCC games that ESPN will broadcast on its family of networks.
It will begin at midnight ET with a tripleheader of live games: Massachusetts at Memphis followed by Fresno State at Saint Mary's at 2 a.m. and Idaho State at Hawaii at 4 a.m. Coverage will conclude with Kentucky at North Carolina at 9 p.m.
ESPN, ESPN2 and ESPNU will offer 33 total hours of coverage overall highlighted by 14 game telecasts, including defending National Champion Kansas on ESPNU at 9 p.m. ESPN360.com will offer a simulcast of every ESPN and ESPN2 telecast.
ESPN's College Hoops Tip-Off Marathon highlights include:
College Hoops Tip-Off Marathon Schedule for ESPN, ESPN2 and ESPNU
Tue., Nov. 18 midnight ESPN/ESPN360.com Massachusetts at Memphis 2 a.m. ESPN/ESPN360.com Fresno State at Saint Mary's 4 a.m. ESPN/ESPN360.com Idaho State at Hawaii 6 a.m. ESPN College Hoops Tip-Off Special 10 a.m. ESPN/ESPN360.com Penn at Drexel noon ESPN/ESPN360.com Liberty at UNC-Asheville 2 p.m. ESPN/ESPN360.com Iowa at Kansas (women) 4 p.m. ESPN/ESPN360.com Centenary at Baylor 6 p.m. ESPN/ESPN360.com CBE Classic: Richmond at Syracuse 7 p.m. ESPNU NIT Regional Final (from Purdue) 7:30 p.m. ESPN2/ESPN360.com NIT Regional Final (from Boston College) 8 p.m. ESPN College GameDay (from Chapel Hill) 9 p.m. ESPN/ESPN360.com Kentucky at North Carolina 9 p.m. ESPNU CBE Classic: Florida Gulf Coast at Kansas 9:30 p.m. ESPN2/ESPN360.com NIT Regional Final (from Oklahoma) 11:30 p.m. ESPN2/ESPN360.com NIT Regional Final (from Arizona)