20 Games Part of ESPN’s Eighth Annual College Hoops Tip-Off Marathon

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20 Games Part of ESPN’s Eighth Annual College Hoops Tip-Off Marathon

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Culminates from United Center with the State Farm Champions Classic in Chicago

MarathonESPN will celebrate the start of the 2015-16 college basketball season with the eighth annual Tip-Off Marathon presented by Constant Contact, nearly 31 consecutive hours of men’s and women’s game and studio programming, Monday, Nov. 16 through Tuesday, Nov. 17.

The Marathon – 20 games and a special edition of College GameDay Covered by State Farm across ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU and SEC Network – will tip off with a quadruple header at 5:30 p.m. ET featuring three-time defending national champion UConn women at No. 6 Ohio State. ESPN’s schedule of five consecutive games starts at 1 p.m. on Tuesday and concludes with the State Farm Champions Classic from Chicago. ESPN2 will also televise a Tuesday men’s primetime game showcasing No. 3 Maryland against Georgetown at 9 p.m.

The neutral-site, early-season men’s doubleheader that matches four of the winningest programs against each other will begin with College GameDay from inside the arena at 7 p.m. with Rece Davis, along with analysts Jay Bilas, Seth Greenberg and Jay Williams. The games commence at 7:30 p.m. with No. 2 Kentucky vs. No. 5 Duke, followed by No. 4 Kansas vs. No. 13 Michigan State – all on ESPN.

Davis will then host College Football Playoff: Top 25 – ESPN’s exclusive reveal of the College Football Playoff weekly rankings – live onsite in between games with analysts Kirk Herbstreit, Joey Galloway and David Pollack.

Announcer highlights

  • ESPN2’s Big Monday team of Beth Mowins and Stephanie White will call top-ranked UConn women at No. 6 Ohio State to tip-off the Marathon Monday, at 5:30 p.m.
  • Hall of Fame coach Jim Calhoun takes to the road, after spending most of last season in studio, to call No. 6 Virginia at George Washington on ESPN2 with Jason Benetti on Monday, at 7:30 p.m.
  • Chris Spatola makes his SEC Network debut for the Oral Roberts at South Carolina tilt on Monday, at 7:30 p.m., pairing with Dave Neal.
  • Fellow New Englanders Sean McDonough and Tim Welsh join together to call Valparaiso at Rhode Island on Tuesday, at 10 a.m. on ESPN2.
  • ESPN NBA analyst Jeff Van Gundy will call his third Marathon game (2014 & 2011), when he pairs with ESPN Radio’s Ryan Ruocco for the Alabama at Dayton matchup Tuesday, at 1 p.m. to start ESPN’s coverage.
  • Bilas, along with Dan Shulman and Shannon Spake, will call the first game of the Champions Classic featuring No. 2 Kentucky vs. No. 5 Duke at 7:30 p.m. on ESPN, with Dick Vitale joining Shulman and Spake for No. 4 Kansas vs. No. 13 Michigan State.
  • Mike Tirico will call a rare November game, in addition to his Monday Night Football duties, a beltway showdown between Georgetown and No. 3 Maryland with Dan Dakich on Tuesday, at 9 p.m. on ESPN2.

Scott Van Pelt Brings SportsCenter to his Alma Mater
The new midnight edition of SportsCenter with Scott Van Pelt will go “on the road” for the first time with a live show following the Georgetown-Maryland game on Tuesday, from Xfinity Center in College Park, Md. Van Pelt, who never hides his love for his alma mater and the Maryland Terrapins sports teams, hosts the program with his unique perspective on the world of sports. The show will air on ESPN2 immediately following the game, at approximately 11 p.m.

Marathon highlights

  • The men’s 2015 Wooden Award Watch List will be part of the noon SportsCenter on Tuesday with the full list available immediately after on ESPN.com.
  • 10 men’s teams in the preseason Associated Press poll: No. 2 Kentucky, No. 3 Maryland, No. 4 Kansas, No. 5 Duke, No. 6 Virginia, No. 8 Oklahoma, No. 13 Michigan State, No. 16 Utah, No. 21 LSU and No. 22 Baylor.
  • Three women’s teams in the preseason Associated Press poll: No. 1 UConn, No. 6 Ohio State and No. 7 Florida State.
  • Sixteen conferences are represented including seven appearances from the Southeastern Conference (SEC), four from the Atlantic Coast and Big Ten and three appearances each from the Atlantic 10, Big 12 and Pac-12.
    • Additional conferences featured: American (2), BIG EAST (2), Big West (2), Horizon (2), Mountain West (2), Southland (2), Atlantic Sun (1), Missouri Valley (1), Southern (1) and West Coast (1).

All telecasts will be streamed live on WatchESPN, accessible on computers, smartphones, tablets and connected devices to fans who receive their video subscription from an affiliated provider.

2015 College Hoops Tip-Off Marathon Schedule (subject to change)

Date Time (ET) Game Network
Mon, Nov 16 5:30 p.m. No. 1 UConn at No. 6 Ohio State (women)
Beth Mowins, Stephanie White
  No. 7 Florida State at Florida (women)
Brenda VanLengen, Carol Ross
SEC Network
  7 p.m. Tennessee at Georgia Tech
Tom Hart, Cory Alexander
  7:30 p.m. No. 6 Virginia at George Washington
Jason Benetti, Jim Calhoun
  Oral Roberts at South Carolina
Dave Neal, Chris Spatola
SEC Network
  9 p.m. Legends Classic: Kennesaw State at No. 21 LSU
Mark Jones, Daymeon Fishback
  9:30 p.m. San Diego State at No. 16 Utah
Dave Pasch, Sean Farnham
  11:30 p.m. No. 22 Baylor at Oregon
Dave Flemming, Corey Williams
Tue, Nov 17 1:45 a.m. BYU at Long Beach State
Steve Quis, Brad Daugherty
  4 a.m. Nevada at Hawaii
Kanoa Leahey, Adrian Branch
  6 a.m. Green Bay at East Tennessee State
Allen Bestwick, Brooke Weisbrod
  8 a.m. Stephen F. Austin at Northern Iowa
Rich Hollenberg, Mark Adams
  10 a.m. Valparaiso at Rhode Island
Sean McDonough, Tim Welsh
  1 p.m. Alabama at Dayton
Ryan Ruocco, Jeff Van Gundy
  3 p.m. Colorado at Auburn
Jon Sciambi, Fran Fraschilla
  5 p.m. No. 8 Oklahoma at Memphis
Dave O’Brien, Miles Simon
  Gavitt Tipoff Games: DePaul at Penn State
Clay Matvick, Sean Harrington
  7 p.m. College GameDay Covered by State Farm (United Center, Chicago)
Rece Davis, Jay Bilas, Seth Greenberg, Jay Williams
  7:30 p.m. State Farm Champions Classic (United Center, Chicago): No. 2 Kentucky vs. No. 5 Duke
Dan Shulman, Jay Bilas, Shannon Spake
  9 p.m. Gavitt Tipoff Games: Georgetown at No. 3 Maryland
Mike Tirico, Dan Dakich
  10 p.m. State Farm Champions Classic (United Center, Chicago): No. 4 Kansas vs. No. 13 Michigan State
Dan Shulman, Dick Vitale, Shannon Spake





Rachel Margolis Siegal

As part of the College Sports PR team at ESPN, it has been an exciting adventure for me since I joined the worldwide leader in July 2010, working on college football, college basketball, college lacrosse and WNBA properties. I began my love of sports as the manager of several high school sports teams and continued that hobby into college. While at Quinnipiac, I worked in the Sports Information Department, which led me to a summer internship at the New Haven Ravens, a AA baseball team, and an eventual job with the Athletic Communications Department at the University of Connecticut. After my five-year stint at Connecticut, I spent six years as Director of Communications at the BIG EAST Conference in Providence, R.I. before joining ESPN.
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