ESPN Tip-off Marathon 2013 Schedule: Full Breakdown for Slate of Games

Donald WoodFeatured ColumnistNovember 8, 2013

INDIANAPOLIS, IN - MARCH 31:  The mascot for the Duke Blue Devils performs against the Louisville Cardinals during the Midwest Regional Final round of the 2013 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at Lucas Oil Stadium on March 31, 2013 in Indianapolis, Indiana.  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
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The 2013 college basketball regular season is officially underway, but the excitement won't reach its peak until ESPN's Tip-Off Marathon takes place on Monday, Nov. 11 and Tuesday, Nov. 12.

The event's schedule consists of 24 straight hours of college hoops and features several excellent matchups. If you love basketball, you won't want to miss the non-stop action to officially kick the season off right!

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2013 ESPN College Basketball Tip-Off Marathon Schedule
DateMatchupTime (ET)ChannelPrediction
Nov. 11Kent State at Temple7 p.m.ESPNUTemple
Nov. 11Colorado at Gonzaga9 p.m.ESPN2 Gonzaga
Nov. 11BYU at Stanford11 p.m.ESPN2 BYU
Nov. 12Western Kentucky at Wichita State1 a.m.ESPN2 Wichita State
Nov. 12Akron at Saint Mary's3 a.m.ESPN2 Saint Mary's
Nov. 12New Mexico State at Hawaii5 a.m.ESPN2 New Mexico State
Nov. 12Hartford at Florida Gulf Coast7 a.m.ESPN2 Florida Gulf Coast
Nov. 12Quinnipiac at La Salle9 a.m.ESPN2 La Salle
Nov. 12LSU at Massachussetts11 a.m.ESPN2 LSU
Nov. 12West Virginia at Virginia Tech1 p.m.ESPNWest Virginia
Nov. 12South Carolina at Baylor 3 p.m.ESPNBaylor
Nov. 12N.C. State at Cincinnati5 p.m.ESPNN.C. State
Nov. 12VCU at Virginia7 p.m.ESPN2 VCU
Nov. 12Michigan State vs. Kentucky*7:30 p.m.ESPNKentucky
Nov. 12Florida at Wisconsin9 p.m.ESPN2 Florida
Nov. 12Kansas vs. Duke*10 p.m.ESPNDuke

 * Games played in Chicago.


Breaking Down Matchups You Can't Miss

INDIANAPOLIS, IN - MARCH 29:  Head coach Mike Krzyzewski of the Duke Blue Devils talks with his players during a timeout against the Michigan State Spartans during the Midwest Region Semifinal round of the 2013 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at Lucas Oi
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Kansas vs. Duke, 10 p.m. ET, ESPN

In what should be the most intriguing matchup of the entire opening week of games, the Kansas Jayhawks will square off against the Duke Blue Devils in a bitter battle of traditional college basketball powerhouses.

While the focus on these two teams will always be centered on head coaches Mike Krzyzewski and Bill Self and the kind of programs both are currently building, this particular game features the two top prospects in the sport with Andrew Wiggins (Kansas) and Jabari Parker (Duke).

It's not often that two players of this caliber go head-to-head, but with the matchup happening this early in the season, the expectations for the battle are through the roof. Both college and NBA fans have a vested interest in this game.

Predicted Final Score: Duke 80, Kansas 76


LEXINGTON, KY - NOVEMBER 01:  John Calipari the head coach of the Kentucky Wildcats gives instructions to his team during the exhibition game against the Transylvania Pioneers at Rupp Arena on November 1, 2013 in Lexington, Kentucky.  (Photo by Andy Lyons
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Michigan State vs. Kentucky, 7:30 p.m. ET, ESPN

The 2013 Champions Classic features the Michigan State Spartans going up against the talented Kentucky Wildcats in a matchup that has the potential to be a national championship preview.

Michigan State comes into this season with a talented roster full of experience—senior guard Keith Appling, senior forward Adreian Payne and Big Ten freshman of the year Gary Harris—and will push the always young Wildcats to their limit.

Kentucky coach John Calipari is a master on the recruiting trail and once again proved his worth by landing five of the top nine players in this year's class, which includes Julius Randle, Andrew and Aaron Harrison, Dakari Johnson, James Young and Marcus Lee.

Both teams must build chemistry early to find a rhythm and make a run at another national championship, but each program has the leadership and talent to make that dream come to fruition.

Predicted Final Score: Kentucky 73, Michigan State 63