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UH hoops will play 11 p.m. during ESPN Tip-Off Marathon

By Star-Advertiser staff

LAST UPDATED: 11:48 a.m. HST, Sep 22, 2010


Late-night basketball will return again this season for the University of Hawaii team, which will participate in ESPN's College Hoops Tip-Off Marathon.

UH's game against Central Michigan will tip off at 11 p.m. Hawaii time Nov. 15.

It will be the third of 12 live games that ESPN will telecast over 24 consecutive hours to celebrate the start of the season. It will begin midnight Eastern time Nov. 16 with Miami at Memphis, followed by St. John's at St. Mary's (2 a.m. ET) and Central Michigan-UH (4 a.m. ET).

In all, ESPN's celebration of the opening of the college basketball will include 20 live games — 19 men's and one women's — in a minimum of 25.5 hours across ESPN, ESPN2 and ESPNU. will offer two exclusive games as well as a simulcast of every ESPN and ESPN2 telecast.

The schedule will include three teams from last year's men's NCAA Tournament Final Four (defending National Champion Duke, Butler and Michigan State) and defending women's NCAA National Champion Connecticut. ESPN's coverage will include games from four different United States time zones -- Eastern, Central, Pacific and Hawaii-Aleutian – and from 17 states.

The Rainbow Warriors have had the same late-night affair the last two years, pulling off a dramatic overtime win versus Idaho State in 2008. Last year, Hawai'i and Northern Colorado squared off in the championship of the Rainbow Classic, with the Bears holding off the Rainbow Warriors.

UH has at least three nationally televised games this season, with the possibility of a nearly doubling those appearances throughout the year. UH's will have its first two games in the Hawaiian Airlines Diamond Head Classic on the ESPN family of networks, and could also have additional games telecast during the final day of the Diamond Head Classic, the ESPNU BracketBusters event and the 2011 Western Athletic Conference Tournament.

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