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Your 2015 ESPN Tip Off Marathon/Gavitt Tipoff Games Live Blog/Open Thread

It's a highlight of every season, and it's back again.

Kansas has the last game of the broadcast window on Tuesday, so they get the mascot pic.
Kansas has the last game of the broadcast window on Tuesday, so they get the mascot pic.
Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

ESPN brings back their 24+ hour Tip Off Marathon for another season, and as such, we're giving you a space to talk about everything that's going on.  We'll also keep you up to speed with any interesting tweets or vines and so forth that may transpire through the course of the marathon.

In addition, Tuesday night is also the first night of the Gavitt Tipoff Games, so we'll just fold that bad boy right into the whole shebang for you, too.

I'm calling this thing a live blog, but I make no guarantees about coming anywhere close to watching the overnight games.  BYU might hold my attention for a while, but Nevada-Hawaii holds no interest for me, and with Brian Wardle no longer coaching Green Bay, East Tennessee State hosting the Phoenix isn't doing anything for me, either.  We'll see what happens, though.

Here's your schedule for the marathon and the Gavitt Tipoff Games, plus anything on a national broadcast on Monday or Tuesday night:

Time (CT) Game Network
4:30pm Women's BB: #1 Connecticut at #6 Ohio State ESPN2
6pm Tennessee at Georgia Tech ESPNU
6pm Austin Peay at #14 Indiana BTN
6pm UMBC at St. John's
6:30pm #6 Virginia at George Washington ESPN2
8pm Kennesaw State at #23 LSU ESPNU
8pm IUPUI at Marquette
8:30pm San Diego State at #16 Utah ESPN2
10:30pm #20 Baylor at #25 Oregon ESPN2
12:45am BYU at Long Beach State ESPN2
3am Nevada at Hawaii ESPN2
5am Green Bay at East Tennessee State ESPN2
7am Stephen F. Austin at Northern Iowa ESPN2
9am Valparaiso at Rhode Island ESPN2
12pm Alabama at Dayton ESPN
2pm Colorado at Auburn ESPN
4pm DePaul at Penn State ESPNU
4pm #8 Oklahoma at Memphis ESPN
Missouri at Xavier
6:30pm #2 Kentucky vs #5 Duke ESPN
7pm UTSA at Creighton
7:30pm Nebraska at #11 Villanova FS1
8pm Georgetown at #3 Maryland ESPN2
9pm #5 Kansas vs #13 Michigan State ESPN

11:35pm: Look, it's not from a game that's officially in the Tipoff Marathon, but I'm including it anyway because it's BANANAS.

11:41pm: Also not part of the marathon, but also insane.

Although UNLV needs to stop playing chump schools like that.

2:14am: I'm really impressed with the number that Long Beach is doing on BYU.  Just outclassing them all over the floor.  ADDED BONUS: I forgot that Gabe Levin ended up at Long Beach!

8:31am: Yep, sleep won last night, and easily.  Sorry, Nevada-Hawaii.  You look like you had an interesting ending, but I would have given up on you at the half anyway.  UWGB-ETSU had a high flying ending, and that looked like fun.

9:44am: Neither Valpo nor Rhode Island are not going to break 20 points in the first half.  They aren't even at 30 combined points with 3 minutes left.

9:53am: I was wrong! A buzzer beater three gives Rhody the 20-18 halftime lead! wheeeeeeeeeee

10:00am: OH MY GOD ESPN is still running the same halftime package they were running nine hours ago.  IS NO ONE AT WORK THIS MORNING?

11:08am: Rhode Island gets two solid looks at a three to send their game to overtime, but Valpo prevails 58-55.  Now we have to wait 52 minutes before Alabama-Dayton starts. *sigh*

1:13pm: After a run and a lunch break, WE'RE BACK! And Alabama's down 20 to Dayton.


1:52pm: PBP guy for Dayton-Alabama: "Got a text from a friend saying it was a great day to be a stay at home dad."  As someone who works a non-traditional work schedule, I can't argue with that.


Yup, it is totally bananas in that building, and given that it's the middle of the afternoon there, that's pretty impressive.

3:10pm: I'm watching through WatchESPN on my desktop computer.  I just watched a MetroPCS ad that ran on a loop at least six times in row.  It was not a positive experience.