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Marathon chat: Who knows how ugly this will get

Posted on: November 14, 2011 5:46 pm
Edited on: November 15, 2011 10:31 am

While the college basketball season technically started a week ago with a smattering of underwhelming games, most casual college basketball fans will not start paying even remote attention until tonight. The 24-hour marathon on ESPN puts college basketball in the limelight in November, stealing the attention away from the NFL, college football and the NBA (well, the labor negotiations) for at least one day. The Carrier Classic was fantastic and two top 25 teams have already lost, but the 24-hour marathon will jumpstart everything.

We’re sure you’re not going to watch all 24 hours, but we have you covered here at Throughout the entire day, we will have a live chat and live blog going on right here. Jeff Borzello will be on couch patrol for the entire day, presumably with well-coiffed hair and house music in the background, while Matt Norlander will also hop in for much of the afternoon and night to talk Nate Wolters and music that's diametrically opposed to the beats Borzello is already blasting. Jeff Goodman and Gary Parrish will also make appearances, provided Goodman is done doing up-close interviews with Robbie Hummel and Parrish isn't unreachable at an NYC bar. 

Check back here at midnight, and join us for a tremendous 24 hours. Come for the hoops, stay for the jokes -- and chip in for the pizza.


Since: Dec 15, 2010
Posted on: November 15, 2011 3:50 am

Marathon chat: Who knows how ugly this will get

I think, going by last years showing, it'll be interesting to see how New Mexico/BYU/St. Marys/VCU do in addition to Butler now that all the big name players from the back-to-back title game teams are gone (with the exception of VanZant i believe...)

As for dark horses this year....Long Beach St, Cleveland St, North Dakota St. all have a chance at being considered for the final 8 even though the schedules arent really up there in terms of stregnth, there are still a few good non-conference tests that will be interesting to watch later this year......I'm also going to go out on a limb and say that the Ivy League will get 2 teams in the tournament this year with Princeton and Harvard

Since: Dec 14, 2007
Posted on: November 15, 2011 12:23 am

Marathon chat: Who knows how ugly this will get

Belmont is a popular pick, and Gonzaga and Butler are entrenched. Who are three other mid-majors to watch?

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