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ESPN releases sixth annual 'College Hoops Tip-Off Marathon' schedule

For the sixth straight year, ESPN will broadcast more than 24 straight hours of college basketball across ESPN, ESPN2, and ESPNU beginning on Monday, November 11th.

Some of the highlights in this year’s event includes the Champions Classic at the United Center in Chicago, where four of the top six teams in ESPN’s preseason top 25 will play. Michigan State takes on Kentucky in the early game and Kansas and Duke will square off in the nightcap.

Other teams highlighted in the event are Gonzaga, Wichita State, Florida Gulf Coast, Baylor, VCU, and Florida. The backend of the schedule, beginning with the South Carolina/Baylor matchup, is loaded with very interesting games.

Some traditions have stayed the same with Saint Mary’s and Hawaii hosting during the overnight hours. What’s different compared to previous years is when it starts. No longer billed as just a 24-hour marathon, the event begins with two big women’s matchups the night before at 7:00 pm ET. Usually the event began at midnight on the east coast, now the men’s games begin at 11:00 pm ET.

Here’s the full slate of games from the official ESPN press release:

Date Time (ET) Game Network
Mon, Nov 11 7 p.m. No. 4 Stanford at No. 1 Connecticut (women’s) ESPN2
  Kent State at Temple ESPNU
  9 p.m. No. 3 Tennessee at No. 7 North Carolina (women’s) ESPN2
  Colorado State at No. 18 Gonzaga ESPNU
  11 p.m. BYU at Stanford ESPN2
Tues, Nov 12 1 a.m. Western Kentucky at No. 13 Wichita State ESPN2
  3 a.m. Akron at Saint Mary’s ESPN2
  5 a.m. New Mexico State at Hawaii ESPN2
  7 a.m. Hartford at Florida Gulf Coast ESPN2
  9 a.m. Quinnipiac at LaSalle ESPN2
  11 a.m. LSU at UMass ESPN2
  1 p.m. West Virginia at Virginia Tech ESPN
  3 p.m. South Carolina at No. 19 Baylor ESPN
  5 p.m. NC State at Cincinnati ESPN
  7 p.m. College GameDay (United Center, Chicago) ESPN
  No. 14 VCU at Virginia ESPN2
  7:30 p.m. Champions Classic (United Center, Chicago)
No. 3 Michigan State vs. No. 1 Kentucky
  9 p.m. No. 7 Florida at Wisconsin ESPN2
  9:30 p.m. Champions Classic (United Center, Chicago)
No. 5 Kansas vs. No. 6 Duke

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