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LU Hoops to Appear in ESPN's Tip-Off Marathon

September 16, 2009  Lynchburg, Va.  RSS
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Kyle Ohman and the Liberty Flames will host ACC foe Clemson as part of ESPN's second annual College Hoops Tip-Off Marathon.  The Flames took part in the first event as well in 2008.

Kyle Ohman and the Liberty Flames will host ACC foe Clemson as part of ESPN's second annual College Hoops Tip-Off Marathon. The Flames took part in the first event as well in 2008.

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. For the second consecutive season, Liberty has been selected to participate in the event.

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, a time frame covering more than 8,200 live matchups in 30 years.

Liberty's home contest against ACC foe Clemson on Nov. 17 was selected as one of the 12 live telecasts and will fill the 10 a.m. ET time slot. The contest will be broadcasted on ESPN with a simulcast on ESPN360.com. The Flames participated in the inaugural event last season when they faced the UNC Asheville Bulldogs in the earliest Big South Conference game ever.

The Liberty vs. Clemson game will be the first time ESPN has televised a Liberty men's basketball game inside the Vines Center since the 2004 Big South Championship game against the High Point Panthers.

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

Date

Time (ET)

Matchup

Network

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