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Sweet -- the 24-hour hoops marathon returns

Get the Red Bull out and prep the coffee pot -- College basketball’s delightful day is back for the third straight year.

ESPN’s 24-hour hoops marathon schedule is slated for Tuesday, Nov. 16. This year’s telecast features 20 live games (19 men’s and one women’s) broadcast on ESPN, ESPN2 and ESPNU, while also will have two games. And it’s a helluva slate, perhaps the best ever in college hoops’ unofficial kickoff.

It features three teams from the 2010 Final Four, the debut of Louisville’s new KFC Yum! Center (I can’t type that enough) and Steve Lavin’s St. John’s debut.

The primetime games - Ohio State at Florida and Butler at Louisville - are can’t-miss matchups, though Virginia Tech at Kansas State and San Diego State at Gonzaga both feature NCAA tournament-worthy teams. If your schedule’s limited, tune in between 4 and 1 a.m. ET. That’s four games with highlights that’ll get you in the mood for hoops.

A complete schedule is below.

Time Matchup Network
Midnight Miami at Memphis ESPN/
2 a.m. St. John’s at St. Mary’s SPN/
4 a.m. Central Michigan at Hawaii ESPN/
6 a.m. Stony Brook at Monmouth SPN/
8 a.m. Robert Morris at Kent State ESPN/
10 a.m. Northeastern at So. Illinois ESPN/
Noon Oral Roberts at Tulsa ESPN/
2 p.m. La Salle at Baylor ESPN/
4 p.m. Virginia Tech at Kansas State ESPN/
5:30 p.m. NIT Season Tip-Off: Marist at Villanova ESPNU
6 p.m. Ohio State at Florida ESPN/
6 p.m. Women’s Tip-Off Classic: Baylor at Connecticut ESPN2/
7:30 p.m. CBE Classic: Miami (Ohio) at Duke ESPNU
8 p.m. Butler at Louisville ESPN/
9:30 p.m. NIT Season Tip-Off: Belmont at Tennessee ESPNU
10 p.m. South Carolina at Michigan St. ESPN/
11 p.m. CBE Classic: San Diego State vs. Gonzaga ESPN3/
11:30 p.m. NIT Season Tip-Off: Nevada or Pacific at UCLA ESPNU
TBD St. Joseph’s at Penn St.
TBD North Dakota at Wisconsin

Mike Miller’s also on Twitter @BeyndArcMMiller, usually talkin’ hoops. Click here for more.