Sept. 16, 2009
Bristol, CT - Cal State Fullerton's non-conference men's basketball game at UCLA on Nov. 16 will tip off a 24-hour marathon of collegiate basketball televised live nationally on ESPN.
The game in Pauley Pavilion will begin at 9 p.m. Pacific time, which is midnight on Nov. 17 in ESPN's home base of Bristol, Connecticut, and 18 more games will follow to complete a full day of college hoops on the ESPN Family which includes ESPN2, ESPNU and ESPN360.com. Two women's games will be included and several games will overlap.
Last year's inaugural Opening Day marathon did not include games between 6 and 10 a.m. Eastern time but those slots will be filled this year by Monmouth at St. Peter's at 6 a.m. and Drexel at Niagara at 8 a.m.
Last year's midnight (EST) game was Massachusetts vs. Memphis and it produced ESPN's highest non-conference game rating of the year.
The Fullerton game is UCLA's season opener. The Titans open on Nov. 14 at home vs. Hope International.
The Marathon schedule with Eastern times:
Midnight - Cal State Fullerton at UCLA on ESPN and ESPN360.com
2 a.m. - San Diego State at Saint Mary's on ESPN and ESPN360.com
4 a.m. - Northern Colorado at Hawaii on ESPN and ESPN360.com
6 a.m. - Monmouth at St. Peter's on ESPN and ESPN360.com
8 a.m. - Drexel at Niagara on ESPN and ESPN360.com
10 a.m. - Clemson at Liberty on ESPN and ESPN360.com
Noon - Northeastern at Siena on ESPN and ESPN360.com
2 p.m. - Arkansas-Little Rock at Tulsa on ESPN and ESPN360.com
4 p.m. - Temple at Georgetown on ESPN and ESPN360.com
5:30 p.m. - Binghamton at Pittsburgh on ESPN2 and ESPN360.com
6 p.m. - TBD (NIT) at Duke on ESPN and ESPN360.com
7 p.m. - Tennessee vs. Texas Tech women's game on ESPNU
7:30 p.m. - Arkansas vs. Louisville on ESPN2 and ESPN360.com
8 p.m. - Gonzaga at Michigan State on ESPN and ESPN360.com
8 p.m. - Northern Illinois at Illinois on ESPN360.com
9 p.m. - Duquesne at Iowa on ESPNU
9:30 p.m. - Connecticut vs. Texas women's game on ESPN2 and ESPN360.com
10 p.m. - Memphis vs. Kansas on ESPN and ESPN360.com
11:30 p.m. - TBD (NIT) at Arizona State on ESPN2 and ESN360.com