The new way to mark the opening of the season will begin at 11:00 p.m. CT with a tripleheader of live games: Massachusetts at Memphis, followed by Fresno State at Saint Mary’s at 1 a.m., with Idaho State at Hawaii at 3 a.m.
ESPN, ESPN2 and ESPNU will offer 33 total hours of coverage overall highlighted by 14 game telecasts, including defending-National Champion Kansas on ESPNU at 8 p.m. CT. ESPN360.com will offer a simulcast of every ESPN and ESPN2 telecast.
Coverage will include the College Hoops Tip-Off Special, a live four-hour studio show originating from ESPN’s studios in Charlotte, N.C., beginning at 5 a.m. In addition to the College Hoops Tip-Off Marathon coverageon ESPN, ESPN2 will televise a tripleheader of 2008 NIT Season Tip-Off match-ups, including Oklahoma’s game at the Lloyd Noble Center in Norman. ESPNU will offer a doubleheader beginning with a NIT Season Tip-off game at 6 p.m. followed by a CBE Classic game at 8 p.m. featuring defending National Champion Kansas.
College Hoops Tip-Off Marathon Schedule for ESPN, ESPN2 and ESPNU (Times Central)
|11 p.m. CT||ESPN/ESPN360.com||Massachusetts at Memphis|
|1 a.m.||ESPN/ESPN360.com||Fresno State at St. Mary’s|
|3 a.m.||ESPN/ESPN360.com||Idaho State at Hawaii|
|5a.m.||ESPN||College Hoops Tip-Off Special|
|9 a.m.||ESPN/ESPN360.com||Penn at Drexel|
|11 a.m.||ESPN/ESPN360.com||Liberty at UNC-Asheville|
|1 p.m.||ESPN/ESPN360.com||Iowa at Kansas (women)|
|3 p.m.||ESPN/ESPN360.com||Centenary at Baylor|
|5 p.m.||ESPN/ESPN360.com||CBE Classic: Richmond at Syracuse|
|6 p.m.||ESPNU||NIT Regional Final (from Purdue)|
|6:30 p.m.||ESPN2/ESPN360.com||NIT Regional Final(from Boston College)|
|7 p.m.||ESPN||College GameDay (from Chapel Hill)|
|8 p.m.||ESPN/ESPN360.com||Kentucky at North Carolina|
|8 p.m.||ESPNU||CBE Classic: Florida Gulf Coast at Kansas|
|8:30 p.m.||ESPN2/ESPN360.com||NIT Regional Final (from Oklahoma)|
|10:30 p.m.||ESPN2/ESPN360.com||NIT Regional Final (from Arizona)|