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Posted by Michael Humes on November 7, 2012

Men’s College Basketball Season Tips Off with 54 Games in Six Days

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Armed Forces Classic, Champions Classic, Tip-Off Marathon & Six of Top 10 Teams

ESPN’s comprehensive coverage of the 2012-13 men’s college basketball season will tip off Friday, Nov. 9, with 54 games in the first six days. Highlights:

  • The season will open on Friday, Nov. 9, with 14 games across ESPN networks beginning with an ESPN doubleheader involving a game from Europe and the defending National Champion: No. 14 Michigan State vs. Connecticut in the Sears Armed Forces Classic from the Ramstein Air Base in Kaiserslautern, Germany, at 5:30 p.m. ET followed by Maryland vs. defending National Champion No. 3 Kentucky in the Barclays Center Classic Presented by Sheets from Brooklyn, N.Y., at 8:30 p.m.
  • ESPN’s fifth annual College Hoops Tip-Off Marathon – a season-opening celebration with a marathon of coverage across ESPN, ESPN2 and ESPNU on Tuesday, Nov. 13 – will include 11 men’s games over 24 consecutive hours on ESPN. The action, which includes matchups on ESPN2 and ESPNU, will begin at midnight with West Virginia at No. 21 Gonzaga in the Old Spice Classic.
  • For the second straight year, ESPN will showcase four of the all-time winningest programs in the State Farm Champions Classic doubleheader as part of the College Hoops Tip-Off Marathon on Tuesday, Nov. 13. The matchups from Atlanta’s Georgia Dome, site of this year’s Final Four, will pit No. 14 Michigan State vs. No. 7 Kansas at 7 p.m. and No. 8 Duke vs. No. 3 Kentucky at 9 p.m. Kentucky holds an 11-8 all-time series lead against Duke but lost the last meeting between the programs 95-92 in 2001. Michigan State has won five of the nine games against Kansas, including two victories in 2009. Both games will also be available on ESPN 3D.
  • ESPN2 will televise No. 23 Wisconsin at No. 10 Florida in an early non-conference showdown between ranked teams on Wednesday, Nov. 14, at 7 p.m.
  • 15 of the telecasts are part of five early-season tournaments: 2K Sports Classic, EA Sports Maui Invitational, Progressive Legends Classic, NIT Season Tip-Off and Old Spice Classic.
  • The networks will combine to televise six of the top 10 teams in the Associated Press preseason poll and 13 ranked teams overall: No. 3 Kentucky, No. 5 Michigan, No. 6 NC State, No. 7 Kansas, No. 8 Duke, No. 10 Florida, No. 11 North Carolina, No. 14 Michigan State, No. 21 Gonzaga, No. 22 Notre Dame, No. 23 Wisconsin, No. 24 Cincinnati and No. 25 Florida State.

Two Games and a Home Sweet Home Between
Analyst Fran Fraschilla will work two games and take a trip “home” to meet a friend between games as part of the Tip-Off Marathon on Tuesday, Nov. 13. Fraschilla, a native of Brooklyn, will begin his day working the Stony Brook at Rider telecast at 6 a.m. on ESPN. At the conclusion of the game, he will make his way to a basketball park in Brooklyn where he played pickup basketball. While there, he will meet up with St. John’s great Chris Mullin who often joined Fraschilla in the games. The two will then depart for Queens to call the Detroit at St. John’s game at 2 p.m. on ESPN. ESPN will cover their trek throughout the 8 a.m., 10 a.m. and noon games.

To Europe and Back Again
Analyst Jay Bilas, commentator Dan Shulman and reporter Andy Katz will work a game in Europe and the United States within five days. The trio will travel to Germany to call the No. 14 Michigan State vs. Connecticut matchup from the Ramstein Air Base in Kaiserslautern, Germany on Friday, Nov. 9, at 5:30 p.m. They will then fly back to the United States and work the Champions Classic doubleheader from Atlanta on Tuesday, Nov. 13. Shulman and Katz will call both games (No. 14 Michigan State vs. No. 7 Kansas at 7 p.m. and No. 8 Duke vs. No. 3 Kentucky at 9 p.m.). Bilas will serve as an analyst for the on-site College GameDay at 6 p.m. and pre-game, halftime and post-game segments as well as for No. 14 Michigan State vs. No. 7 Kansas.

ESPN’s 2012-13 men’s college basketball schedule will include more than 1,450 games across ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU, ESPN3, ESPN Regional Television, Longhorn Network and ESPN FULL COURT.

All live telecasts of college basketball games on ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU and ESPN Buzzer Beater as well as exclusive games on ESPN3 – ESPN’s live multi-screen sports network – will be available on computers at WatchESPN.com and on smartphones and tablets via the WatchESPN app.  WatchESPN is currently available in 40 million households nationwide to fans who receive their video subscription from Time Warner Cable, Bright House Networks, Verizon FiOS TV, Comcast Xfinity TV or Midcontinent Communications.

ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU, ESPN3 and Longhorn Network schedule through November 14

DateTime (ET)Matchup / CommentatorsNetwork
Fri, Nov 95:30 p.m.Sears Armed Forces Classic: No. 14 Michigan State vs. Connecticut (from Ramstein Air Base, Germany)
Dan Shulman, Jay Bilas & Andy Katz
ESPN
 5:30 p.m.Stetson at Miami
Drew Stellios & Daymeon Fishback
ESPN3
 5:45 p.m.Barclays Center Classic Presented by Sheets: Morehead State vs. Long Island University Brooklyn (Brooklyn, N.Y.)
Dave Popkin & Tim O’Toole
ESPN3
 6 p.m.Mount Saint Mary’s at Pittsburgh
Tim Neverett & Darrin Horn
ESPN3
 7 p.m.Georgia State at No. 8 Duke
Dave Flemming & Fran Fraschilla
ESPNU
 7 p.m.Miami (Ohio) at No. 6 NC State
 Booker Corrigan & Dino Gaudio
ESPN3
 7 p.m.Radford at Wake Forest
Roy Philpott & Stan Lewter
ESPN3
 7 p.m.South Alabama at No. 25 Florida StateESPN3
 7 p.m.St. Peter’s at Rutgers
Mike Corey & John Celestand
ESPN3 & BIG EAST Network
 7:30 p.m.Belmont @ Lipscomb   ESPN3
 8 p.m.Fresno State at TexasLonghorn Network
 8:30 p.m.Barclays Center Classic Presented by Sheets: Maryland vs. No. 3 Kentucky (Brooklyn, N.Y.)
Dave O’Brien & Dick Vitale
ESPN
 9 p.m.2K Sports Classic (Regional): South Dakota State at Alabama
Lou Canellis & Kara Lawson
ESPNU
 9 p.m.Denver at Iona
Doug Sherman & Rob Kennedy
ESPN3
Sat, Nov 102 p.m.East Tennessee State at Virginia Tech
John Sadak & Glenn Consor
ESPN3
 2 p.m.Evansville at No. 22 Notre Dame
Shawn Kenney & Sean Kearney
ESPN3
Sun, Nov 111 p.m.Marshall at Villanova
Dave Leno & John Celestand
ESPN3
 2 p.m.Southeastern Louisiana at No. 23 Wisconsin
Mike Couzens & Brooke Weisbrod
ESPN3
 2 p.m.Florida International at Boston College
Dave Popkin & Malcolm Huckaby
ESPN3
 2:30 p.m.EA Sports Maui Invitational (Maui on the Mainland): Florida Atlantic at No. 11 North Carolina
Mike Corey & Jimmy Dykes
ESPNU
 4:30 p.m.EA Sports Maui Invitational (Maui on the Mainland): Colgate at Marquette
Jim Barbar & Tim Welsh
ESPNU
 6:30 p.m.Progressive Legends Classic (Regional): Duquesne at Georgetown
Bob Picozzi & Bill Raftery
ESPNU
 9:30 p.m.2K Sports Classic (Regional): New Mexico State at Oregon State
Roxy Bernstein & Tim McCormick
ESPNU
Mon, Nov 126 p.m.NIT Season Tip-Off (Regional): Fordham at Pittsburgh
Tim Neverett & Mark Adams
ESPN3
 7 p.m.Progressive Legends Classic (Regional): Youngstown State at Georgia
Tom Hart & Matt Doherty
ESPNU
 7 p.m.NIT Season Tip-Off (Regional): Fairfield at Virginia
John Sadak & Cory Alexander
ESPN3
 7 p.m.Monmouth at No. 22 Notre Dame
Mike Couzens & Sean Kearney
ESPN3
 7 p.m.Buffalo at No. 25 Florida StateESPN3
 7 p.m.Rhode Island at Virginia Tech
Dave Nathan & Stan Lewter
ESPN3
 7 p.m.Presbyterian at ClemsonESPN3
 8 p.m.Coppin State at TexasLonghorn Network
 8 p.m.NIT Season Tip-Off (Regional): Lamar at Kansas StateESPN3
 8 p.m.St. Francis (NY) at Illinois
Jim Barbar & Brooke Weisbrod
ESPN3
 9 p.m.NIT Season Tip-Off (Regional): IUPUI at No. 5 Michigan
Jon Sciambi & Bruce Pearl
ESPNU
Tue, Nov 13MidnightTip-Off Marathon: Old Spice Classic: West Virginia at No. 21 Gonzaga
Dave Pasch & Sean Farnham
ESPN
 2 a.m.Tip-Off Marathon: Davidson at New Mexico
Dave Flemming & Miles Simon
ESPN
 4 a.m.Tip-Off Marathon: Houston Baptist at Hawaii
Kanoa Leahy & Bob Valvano
ESPN
 6 a.m.Tip-Off Marathon: Stony Brook at Rider
Bob Picozzi & Fran Fraschilla
ESPN
 8 a.m.Tip-Off Marathon: Northern Illinois at Valparaiso
Beth Mowins& LaPhonso Ellis
ESPN
 10 a.m.Tip-Off Marathon: Harvard at Massachusetts
Sean McDonough & Bill Raftery
ESPN
 NoonTip-Off Marathon: Temple at Kent State
Carter Blackburn & Mark Adams
ESPN
 2 p.m.Tip-Off Marathon: Detroit at St. John’s
John Saunders, Fran Fraschilla & Chris Mullin
ESPN
 4 p.m.Tip-Off Marathon: Butler at Xavier
Bob Wischusen & Dan Dakich
ESPN
 7 p.m.Tip-Off Marathon: State Farm Champions Classic: No. 14 Michigan State vs. No. 7 Kansas (from Atlanta)
Dan Shulman, Jay Bilas, Bob Knight & Andy Katz
ESPN & ESPN 3D
 7 p.m.Tip-Off Marathon: Wichita State at Virginia Commonwealth
Clay Matvick & Len Elmore
ESPNU
 7 p.m.NIT Season Tip-Off: TBD (from Charlottesville, Va.)
John Sadak & Cory Alexander
ESPN3
 7 p.m.Mississippi Valley State at No. 24 Cincinnati
Tom Gelehrter & Darrin Horn
ESPN3
 7 p.m.Vermont at Connecticut
Eamon McAnaney & Ron Perry
ESPN3 & BIG EAST Network
 8 p.m.Tip-Off Marathon: NIT Season Tip-Off: TBD (from Ann Arbor, Mich.)
Jon Sciambi & Bruce Pearl
ESPN2
 9 p.m.Tip-Off Marathon: State Farm Champions Classic: No. 8 Duke vs. No. 3 Kentucky (from Atlanta)
Dan Shulman, Dick Vitale, Bob Knight & Andy Katz
ESPN & ESPN 3D
 9 p.m.Tip-Off Marathon: NIT Season Tip-Off: TBD (from Pittsburgh)
Rich Hollenberg & Tim Welsh
ESPNU
 10 p.m.Tip-Off Marathon: NIT Season Tip-Off: TBD (from Manhattan, Kan.)
Mark Neely & Stephen Bardo
ESPN2
Wed, Nov 147 p.m.No. 23 Wisconsin at No. 10 Florida
Mark Jones & Jimmy Dykes
ESPN2
 7 p.m.Presbyterian at Georgia TechESPN3

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