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by Mel Bracht Published: September 26, 2008
•Hoops marathon includes early morning games

ESPN will celebrate the start of the college basketball season with a new "College Hoops Tip-Off Marathon,” featuring 23 consecutive hours of live college basketball game and studio programming Nov. 18. The marathon will begin at 11 p.m. Nov. 17 with a tripleheader of live games: Massachusetts at Memphis, Fresno State at St. Mary's at 1 a.m. and Idaho State at Hawaii at 3 a.m. Other games include Iowa at Kansas (women) at 1 p.m., Centenary at Baylor at 3 p.m. and Kentucky at North Carolina at 8 p.m. ESPN2 and ESPNU also will offer have coverage, including an NIT regional final from OU at 8:30 p.m. on ESPN2.

Big 12 Classics: FSN Southwest will begin airing "Big 12 Football Classics,” a package of 22 Big 12 games, at 7 p.m. Monday with Texas A&M's 47-45 triple-overtime victory over Fresno State last season. FSN has condensed the games to two hours and added player interviews. Colorado's 27-24 upset of OU in 2007 will air at 7 p.m. Tuesday, and the Sooners' 37-30 double-overtime win over Baylor in 2005 will air at 8 p.m. Wednesday. On Thanksgiving, three Bedlam games will air — OSU's 16-13 victory in 2001, OSU's 38-28 victory in 2002 and OU's 27-21 victory in 2006.

by Mel Bracht
Copy Editor, Sports Media
Mel Bracht is a copy editor on the presentation desk and also covers sports media. A 1978 graduate of Indiana University, Bracht has been a print journalist for 34 years. He started his career as sports editor of the Rensselaer (Ind.) Republican...
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