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ESPN's 24 Hours of Hoops: Viewers Guide, Part One

Major Kelchner@choopsdailyCorrespondent INovember 17, 2009

LAS VEGAS - MARCH 14:  Head coach Steve Fisher of the San Diego State Aztecs yells to his players as they take on the Utah Utes during the championship game of the Conoco Mountain West Conference tournament at the Thomas & Mack Center March 14, 2009 in Las Vegas, Nevada. The Utes won the title 52-50.  (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
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ESPN's 24-hour Tip Off Marathon starts at Midnight Tuesday (Monday night). It's exciting, but the amount of exciting games isn't over the top. For a college hoops junkie, it's like the fix you've been waiting for.

Here is a link to the schedule over at the Worldwide Leader.

Midnight
(ESPN and ESPN360.com)

Cal State Fullerton vs. UCLA

Most years this one would be a yawner. Sleep through it and watch the highlights. This year, maybe not so much.

No doubt UCLA is far more talented that Cal State Fullerton on paper, but UCLA is young and inexperienced. They don't return a double digit scorer. They are looking for leadership.

Does this mean Ben Howland won't have them ready? No way. He's a good coach.

CSF did pound Hope International (WHO?) 93-57 and scored 93 points.

Ok, maybe UCLA will win this one.

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2am
(ESPN and ESPN360.com)

San Diego State vs. Saint Mary's

This could be the best dish in the whole 24-hour buffet.

Mountain West vs. West Coast.

Gaels vs. Aztecs.

If not for the game, these two offer the best mascot matchup of the night.

Saint Mary's was a WCC powerhouse last year, somehow missing the field of 65 after compiling a record of 25-6 in the regular season, losing to Gonzaga in the WCC tournament. They lost super guard Patrick Mills to the Association but return some good players but will be young.

San Diego State has enough talent that they are expected to battle a loaded BYU team for the MWC title. Steve Fisher is their coach and they have a talented roster. Fisher also coached the Fab Five at Michigan; he's proven he can do some coaching.

Outcome? San Diego State should win this game, but Saint Mary's was well-coached, talented, and entertaining last season, so this should be a good one

4am
(ESPN and ESPN360.com)

Northern Colorado vs. Hawaii

This game is just to get you through the night. Sit back, relax, veg out, take a nap. The only mildly-exciting thing is Roderick Flemings who turned out to be a second team All-Wac selection last year.

6am
(ESPN and ESPN360.com)

Monmouth vs. St. Peters

St. Peters played a pretty good Seton Hall team tough to open the season, losing just 53-51. The Peacocks finish in the top half of the MAAC but could be the surprise of the conference. With proven scorers in Wesley Jenkins and big man Ryan Bacon they should be pretty solid.

Chances are St. Peters destroys Monmouth, but stranger things have happened. Monmouth did hang 99 on Isiah Thomas' powerhouse Florida International Team.

8am
(ESPN and ESPN360.com)

Drexel vs. Niagara

Snoozer . Drexel is big and tough up front; Niagara will just outscore them. If Drexel surprises and someone can score 30 points, it might be different. This is a good game to catch up on the sleep you missed the night before.

It's too bad the Hawaii game and this game isn't back to back, that would be four solid hours of sleep.

Part 2 coming soon...

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