Betting a College Basketball Marathon

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by - 11/17/2008 11:03 PM Share

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You have to hand it to the folks at ESPN, they have plenty of lame things they do with regular programming and senseless ideas with SportsCenter, but every now and again they sink a winner. There College Hoops Tip-Off Marathon, will feature 23 consecutive hours of college basketball-themed programming (their words), which begins tonight at 11:59p Eastern, with Massachusetts at No. 12 Memphis and concludes with Kentucky at No. 1 North Carolina at 9p Eastern on Tuesday. Games will be shown from five different time zones and include contests from 14 different conferences and other later games on ESPN2 make this extravaganza even longer.

How does one go about considering all the wagering possibilities hour after hour one this starts? Read ahead and make sure you have several liters of Mountain Dew, Red Bull and Visine available.

Monday 11:59p E - Massachusetts at Memphis (-14.5) ESPN

UMass has split its first two games, losing against a good Southern Illinois team 80-73 as five point underdogs. The Minutemen have two good guards in Chris Low and Ricky Harris and have covered last six games after a loss. Memphis doesn't figure to be as strong with too many NBA players lost, but Shawn Taggert, Antonio Anderson and Robert Dozier will be the leaders this season. The Tigers won home opener 90-63 and are 71-43 ATS off a home win by 10 points or more.

Tuesday 2:00a E - Fresno State at St. Mary's (-21.5) ESPN

This late night affair on the West Coast has two teams playing after initial victories on the season. St. Mary's figures to be contender in the West Coast Conference again with G Patrick Mills and F Diamon Simpson leading the way. After winning 86-55, they are 8-18 ATS after allowing 60 points or less. Fresno State doesn't figure to be a factor in the WAC and is 2-10 ATS after playing a game as a home favorite.

Tuesday 4:00a E - Idaho State at Hawaii (-6) ESPN

For those who can't sleep or rise early, this matches a Hawaii team that could struggle again after losing four seniors and starting 0-2. Idaho State is believed to be a middle of the road team in the Big Sky and is led by Matt Stucki. Tough game to call with Hawaii not covering last four home games and Bengals 2-9 ATS in non-conference action.

Tuesday 10:00a E - Penn at Drexel (-2) ESPN

Drexel is very inexperienced and has few countable weapons to rely on. Perennial power Penn doesn't have the usual star power of the past, but might be the deepest team in the Ivy League this year. Penn played well in losing at North Carolina by 15 points and is 5-2 ATS on the road. This is the Dragons first game of the new season and they are 16-35-4 ATS at home.

Tuesday 2:00p E - Liberty at UNC-Asheville

Second year coach Ritchie McKay has one of the most ballyhooed recruiting classes in the Big South in years, including Seth Curry, the younger brother of Stephen Curry. Liberty opens conference action at UNC-Ashville who is led by sophome stud John Williams.

Tuesday 4:00p E- Centenary at Baylor ESPN

Coach Scott Drew took what many believed was a dead-end job at Baylor and now they are presumed to be one of the best teams in the Big 12 this season. Few backcourts in the country will have the experience, depth and versatility of the Bears. Curtis Jerrells Henry Dugat are the ringleaders of a Baylor team that is 13-5 ATS off a win. Centenary was 10-21 last year and leading scorer Tyrone Hamilton transferred to NAIA school. Blowout.

Tuesday 6:00p E - Richmond at Syracuse (-16) ESPN

It's not easy to get a solid read on this year's Syracuse club, which might be a good for their fortunes. After suffering unprecedented injuries last season, many players who might not have seen much action like Jonny Flynn, welcome back Eric Devendorf and Andy Rautins. Richmond had the appearance of a comer in the A-10 until Dan Geriot tore ACL over the summer. The vast majority of the top line talent returns for the Spiders, only weaker in the frontcourt. The Orangemen are 1-10 ATS versus the Atlantic-10 and Richmond is 12-4-1 ATS on the road.

Tuesday 7:00p E - NIT Regional Final TBD ESPNU

Tuesday 7:30p E - NIT Regional Final TBD ESPN2

Tuesday 9:00p E - Kentucky at North Carolina (-16)

Tuesday 9:00p E - Florida GC at Kansas ESPNU

You'll need a preseason magazine to know any of the players that are from Kansas Jayhawks championship season. Sherron Collins and Cole Aldrich are the two remaining players that saw minutes last season. Florida Gulf Coast University is located in Fort Meyers. FL and is in second season of D-1 basketball residing in the Atlantic Sun Conference. They have one returning starter in Delvin Franklin and arguably the top recruiting class in school history. (Not sure what that means)

Tuesday 9:30p E - NIT Regional Final TBD ESPN2

Tuesday 11:30p E - NIT Regional Final TBD ESPN2

The completion of the schedule will be filled out once teams are set from Monday's results.

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