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ESPN is (slowly) releasing the Tip-Off Marathon schedule today


ESPN’s annual Tip-Off Marathon is always one of my favorite events of the college basketball season.

If you don’t know what it is ... well ... you truly are missing out.

For about 28 straight hours, ESPN airs college basketball games, with games tipping all the way in Hawaii in the wee hours of the morning. It’s a chance for us college hoop junkies to huddle around our twitter feeds, arguing through sleep deprivation about such important matters as who should be coming off the bench for Cal St.-Northridge, which caffeinated beverages are the best for pulling an all-nighter, and what snacks are craved for at 6 a.m.

Today, ESPN is releasing the schedule for the Tip-Off Marathon in Marathon fashion: by announcing each games that will be played at the time that it will be played. Festivities get started at 7 p.m. with a double-header featuring Kent State-Temple and Colorado State-Gonzaga.

The official start of the marathon is at 11 p.m., when BYU visits Stanford. Wichita State will be hosting Western Kentucky at 1 a.m. -- a midnight tip local time for the Shockers. That will be followed by Akron-St. Mary’s and New Mexico State-Hawaii before two NCAA tournament darlings, Florida-Gulf Coast and La Salle, will host Hartford and Quinnipiac, respectively.

If you can manage to survive this far, the nightcap will be well worth the wait, as four of the top five teams in the country will be headed to the United Center, as Kansas takes on Duke and Michigan State squares off with Kentucky.

Every two hours, another game will be announced. You can follow along with the schedule release here.

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