ESPN’s Inaugural Week-Long College Basketball Season Tip-Off Opens 2010-11 Year

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ESPN’s Inaugural Week-Long College Basketball Season Tip-Off Opens 2010-11 Year

college_basketball_minnesotaFirst 21 Games of Season Exclusively on ESPNU & ESPN3.com beginning Nov. 8; Schedule Includes Five of Top Six Teams  

ESPN’s 2010-11 men’s college basketball coverage – featuring more than 1,200 games across ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU, ESPN3.com, ESPN Mobile TV, ESPN Regional Television and ESPN FULL COURT — will begin Monday, Nov. 8 with the inaugural week-long College Basketball Season Tip-Off. The week marking the opening of the season will conclude with the third annual College Hoops Tip-Off Marathon, a unique event highlighted by 21 live games in a minimum of 25.5 consecutive hours. The extensive schedule features game telecasts on ESPNU and ESPN3.com, and season preview shows, reports and news across multiple ESPN platforms, including ESPNU, ESPN.com, SportsCenter, ESPN Classic, ESPN The Magazine and more.

ESPNU and ESPN3.com will combine to present exclusive coverage of the first 21 games of the season beginning with three games from the 2K Sports Classic Benefiting Coaches vs. Cancer, each involving a team in the ESPN/USA Today poll: Rhode Island at No. 4 Pittsburgh at 7 p.m. ET followed by Navy at No. 25 Texas at 9 p.m. on ESPNU and UC Irvine at No. 16 Illinois at 8 p.m. on ESPN3.com. It will mark ESPNU’s sixth consecutive year offering the first nationally televised games of the season.

The first week of action on the networks will be highlighted by coverage of five of the top six teams and 10 ranked teams overall: No. 1 Duke, No. 3 Kansas State, No. 4 Pittsburgh, No. 5 Ohio State, No. 6 Villanova, No. 13 Syracuse, No. 16 Illinois, No. 21 Georgetown, No. 24 Wisconsin and No. 25 Texas.

ESPNU and ESPN3.com schedule through Nov. 15 (additional College Basketball Season Tip-Off details below)

Date Time (ET) Game Network
Mon, Nov 8 7 p.m. 2K Sports Classic Benefiting Coaches vs. Cancer: Rhode Island at No. 4 Pittsburgh
Dan Shulman, Doris Burke & Andy Katz
ESPNU
  8 p.m. 2K Sports Classic Benefiting Coaches vs. Cancer: UC Irvine at No. 16 Illinois
Dave Weekley & Dickey Simpkins
ESPN3.com
  9 p.m. 2K Sports Classic Benefiting Coaches vs. Cancer: Navy at No. 25 Texas
Carter Blackburn & Reid Gettys
ESPNU
  11 p.m. ESPNU BIG EAST College Basketball Preview Show ESPNU
  11:30 p.m. ESPNU Big 12 College Basketball Preview Show ESPNU
Tue, Nov 9 4:30 p.m. ACC Coaches Roundtable ESPNU
  6:30 p.m. ACC Coaches Roundtable ESPNU
  7 p.m. Don Meyer Classic: Northern State at Belmont
Dave O’Brien, Fran Fraschilla & Buster Olney
ESPNU
  9 p.m. ESPNU All-Access: Training Days with the Duke Blue Devils ESPNU
  11 p.m. ESPNU ACC College Basketball Preview Show ESPNU
  11:30 p.m. ESPNU SEC College Basketball Preview Show ESPNU
Wed, Nov 10 7 p.m. 2K Sports Classic Benefiting Coaches vs. Cancer: College of Charleston at Maryland
Rob Stone & Jay Williams
ESPNU
  7 p.m. 2K Sports Classic Benefiting Coaches vs. Cancer: Illinois-Chicago at No. 4 Pittsburgh
John Sanders & TBD
ESPN3.com
  8 p.m. 2K Sports Classic Benefiting Coaches vs. Cancer: Toledo at No. 16 Illinois
Dave Weekley & Dickey Simpkins
ESPN3.com
  9 p.m. 2K Sports Classic Benefiting Coaches vs. Cancer: Louisiana Tech at No. 25 Texas
Carter Blackburn & Reid Gettys
ESPNU
  11 p.m. ESPNU Big Ten College Basketball Preview Show ESPNU
  11:30 p.m. ESPNU Pac-10 College Basketball Preview Show ESPNU
Thu, Nov 11 11:30 p.m. ESPNU Men’s College Basketball Preview Show ESPNU
Fri, Nov 12 7 p.m. North Carolina A&T at No. 5 Ohio State
Jim Barbar & Anthony Buford
ESPN3.com
  7 p.m. Northern Iowa at No. 13 Syracuse
Chris Watson & Rob Kennedy
ESPN3.com
  8 p.m. Bucknell at No. 6 Villanova
Doug Sherman & Dereck Whittenberg
ESPN3.com
  9 p.m. O’Reilly Auto Parts CBE Classic: James Madison at No. 3 Kansas State
Mitch Holthus & Miles Simon
ESPNU
  9 p.m. Oakland at West Virginia
John Sanders & Dino Gaudio
ESPN3.com
Sun, Nov 14 3 p.m. Canisius at No. 13 Syracuse
Beth Mowins & Mike Kelley
ESPNU
  5 p.m. O’Reilly Auto Parts CBE Classic: Princeton at No. 1 Duke
Mark Jones & Len Elmore
ESPNU
  6 p.m. Prairie View A&M at No. 24 Wisconsin
Jim Barbar & Dickey Simpkins
ESPN3.com
  7 p.m. Wright State at Indiana
Dave O’Brien & Dan Dakich
ESPNU
Mon, Nov 15 7 p.m. DICK’S Sporting Goods NIT Season Tip-Off: Hampton at Wake Forest
Doug Sherman & Dereck Whittenberg
ESPNU
  7 p.m. Tulane at No. 21 Georgetown
Quint Kessenich & Nate Ross
ESPN3.com
  9 p.m. Siena at Minnesota
Clay Matvick & Dickey Simpkins
ESPNU
  11 p.m. DICK’S Sporting Goods NIT Season Tip-Off: Pepperdine at UCLA
Terry Gannon & Miles Simon
ESPNU

Studio Content
College basketball features, reports and analysis will be shown across multiple ESPN platforms, including several original programs on ESPNU, ESPN and ESPN2; SportsCenter, ESPNEWS, ESPN Radio and more. Details: 

ACC Coaches Roundtable: The special two-part program hosted by Jay Bilas will air Tuesday, Nov. 9 at 4:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. on ESPNU. The first edition will feature a discussion on multiple topics with coaches Brad Brownell (Clemson), Jeff Bzdelik (Wake Forest), Steve Donahue (Boston College), Mike Krzyzewski (Duke), Sidney Lowe (N.C. State) and Roy Williams (North Carolina). The second will include coaches Tony Bennett (Virginia), Seth Greenberg (Virginia Tech), Frank Haith (Miami), Leonard Hamilton (Florida State), Paul Hewitt (Georgia Tech) and Gary Williams (Maryland) at the table.

College Basketball Season Preview Special Driven by State Farm: Rece Davis will host the two-hour season preview show with analysts Bilas, Digger Phelps, Hubert Davis, Doug Gottlieb and Andy Katz Monday, Nov. 15, at 10 p.m. on ESPN2.

ESPNU All-Access: Training Days with the Duke Blue Devils: The one-hour show will provide a never-before seen, in-depth look at one of the most successful athletic programs in college sports as they prepared for the season as defending NCAA Champions. The program will premiere Tuesday, Nov. 9, at 9 p.m. on ESPNU with an encore presentation on ESPN2 Thursday, Nov. 11, at 8 p.m. Select segments will be showcased on various editions of SportsCenter Monday, Nov. 8 to Thursday, Nov. 11.

ESPNU conference preview shows: ESPNU will offer individual season preview shows for the BIG EAST (Nov. 8 at 11 p.m.), Big 12 (Nov. 8 at 11:30 p.m.), ACC (Nov. 9 at 11 p.m.), SEC (Nov. 9 at 11:30 p.m.), Big Ten (Nov. 10 at 11 p.m.) and Pac-10 (Nov. 10 at 11:30 p.m.). The ESPNU Men’s College Basketball Preview Show, offering a preview of the top storylines of the season, will air Thursday, Nov. 11, at 11:30 p.m. on ESPNU.

ESPN.com
ESPN.com will offer extensive news, previews, analysis, stories, reports, chats and more Monday, Nov. 8 through Friday, Nov. 12, including daily video reports from Andy Katz, Dana O’Neil, Diamond Leung and Eamonn Brennan. Day-by-day content includes:

Monday, Nov. 8: ESPN.com’s panel of experts puts together the season’s first Power Rankings; analyst Fran Fraschilla provides the games he is most looking forward to and participates in a fan chat; analyst Doug Gottlieb offers 15 offbeat predictions; Katz reports from Rhode Island at Pittsburgh; top analysts, including Jay Bilas, preview what they are most looking forward to for the season; an ode to the new college basketball season by O’Neil; a National Signing Day primer; and a preview of the BIG EAST and Big 12 conferences.

Tuesday, Nov. 9: Bilas answers 10 burning questions about the season; Brennan ranks the 32 conferences; a new Forde Minutes from Pat Forde; Katz chats with fans; Chad Ford breaks down the potential players that will leave for the NBA after one year; and a preview of the ACC and SEC. 

Wednesday, Nov. 10: A preseason Bracketology includes a projected 2011 NCAA Tournament and Joe Lunardi provides a look behind the bracket, gives his top bracket-changing games and chats with fans; predictions and analysis for every mid-major conference; a breakdown of the best and worst nonconference schedules; National Signing Day content and a chat with Dave Telep; and a preview of Big Ten and Pac-10 conferences.

Thursday, Nov. 11: Katz gives his 25 must-see games this season and Leung offers up 10 programs on the rise; Gottlieb provides his coaches on the hot seat entering the season; and O’Neil lists her Who’s Hot and Who’s Not and chats with fans.

Friday, Nov. 12: Top analysts will provide their predictions for the season, including conference winners, Final Four picks and Player of the Year selections; SportsNation’s eight burning questions are answered; Katz on what to watch during the first weekend of games; a breakout of top players this season; a look at the All-American teams; and Bilas chats with fans.

ESPN The Magazine
ESPN The Magazine’s College Basketball Season Tip-Off issue – on newsstands now – features stories on the loudest college basketball arena; a series of first-person accounts from some of the best hearing-impaired athletes in the world; a college basketball confidential featuring 150 players answering questions such as who will win the NCAA title, the last player anybody would want to fight and more; and an examination of why college basketball coaches take screaming to new heights.

ESPN Classic
ESPN Classic will offer a 28-hour college basketball marathon leading up to the College Hoops Tip-Off Marathon beginning Sunday, Nov. 14, at 8 p.m.

Date Time Game
Nov 14 8 p.m. 2010 NCAA Sweet 16: Xavier vs. Kansas State
  10 p.m. 2010 NCAA second round: Northern Iowa vs. Kansas
Nov 15 midnight 2009 Memphis vs. UTEP
  2 a.m. 2010 NCAA second round: Saint Mary’s vs. Villanova
  4 a.m. 2010 Western Athletic Conference semifinal: New Mexico State vs. Nevada
  6 a.m. 2007 Georgetown vs. Memphis
  8 a.m. 2010 NIT second round: North Carolina vs. Mississippi State
  10 a.m. 2006 NCAA regional final: George Mason vs. Connecticut
  Noon 2010 NIT first round: Jacksonville vs. Arizona State
  2 p.m. 2010 NIT semifinal: North Carolina vs. Rhode Island
  4 p.m. 2010 NIT championship: North Carolina vs. Dayton
  6 p.m. 2010 Kansas vs. Kansas State
  8 p.m. 2010 NCAA Elite 8: West Virginia vs. Kentucky
  10 p.m. 2010 National Championship: Duke vs. Butler

ESPN and ESPN2’s coverage will begin with the third annual College Hoops Tip-Off Marathon, featuring 12 consecutive game telecasts in 24 hours Tuesday, Nov. 16, on ESPN. Games are scheduled to tip off every two hours beginning at midnight with Miami at Memphis. Overall, ESPN’s celebration of the opening of the college basketball season will include 21 live games – 20 men’s and one women’s — in a minimum of 25.5 hours across ESPN, ESPN2 and ESPNU. ESPN3.com will offer two exclusive games as well as a simulcast of every ESPN and ESPN2 telecast.

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