ESPN Tip Off Marathon 2016
By Tyler Smith
Mon, Nov 14
6 p.m. No. 4 UConn at No. 15 Florida State (women) ESPN2
If you are willing to bet against UConn? Be my guest.
8 p.m. No. 6 Texas at No. 10 Stanford (women) ESPN2
Stanford women have a good following. Will be a tough road atmosphere for the Longhorns.
10 p.m. Princeton at BYU ESPN2
Huge game for both teams that have March dreams. Give me Princeton in a mild upset.
Tue, Nov 15
Midnight San Diego State at Gonzaga ESPN2
Two of the best programs on the West Coast collide at midnight, how awesome is that? Two teams with a huge home court advantage. Zags are home, Zags win.
2 a.m. Green Bay at Pacific ESPN2
Green Bay will be at or near the top of the Horizon League. A Pacific win would give them confidence. I’ll take the Phoenix.
4:15 a.m. Florida Atlantic at Hawaii ESPN2
Two teams that we aren’t very impressed with heading into the season. FAU has a big time difference so I will lean Hawaii.
6:30 a.m. Niagara at Hartford ESPN2
Another Matchup of two teams we don’t project to have great seasons. Hartford though will pull this one out.
8:45 a.m. Winthrop at Manhattan ESPN2
If you have yet to see Keon Johnson play, tune in. Winthrop gets the win in the Big Apple.
11 a.m. Longwood at Stephen F. Austin ESPN2
Stephen F. Austin was everyone's favorite team last season. They come back still a good team but not quite at the level we are used to seeing them at. Jacks still get the win.
1:15 p.m. Dayton at Alabama ESPN2
Last season this game wasn’t even close. Dayton will go on the road this season and face a Crimson Tide team that is much improved. Still flying with the Flyers though.
3:30 p.m. No. 10 Oregon at Baylor ESPN2
Some have Oregon as a favorite to win it all this season. Baylor however continues to trend down. Oregon wins big.
7 p.m. State Farm Champions Classic (Madison Square Garden, New York): No. 3 Kentucky vs. No. 13 Michigan State ESPN
I am not sold on Michigan State just yet. Kentucky is very young but you can’t shy away from that talent. Cats win.
9:30 p.m. State Farm Champions Classic (Madison Square Garden, New York): No. 1 Duke vs. No. 4 Kansas ESPN
We get this matchup and we aren’t even a week into the season. The backcourt matchups will be amazing to watch. I’ll take Duke, but man, I really don’t know.
Ranking The Games
1. Duke vs. Kansas
2. Kentucky vs. Michigan State
3. San Diego State at Gonzaga
4. Princeton at BYU
5. Dayton at Alabama
6. Oregon at Baylor
7. UConn at Florida State (Women)
8. Winthrop at Manhattan
9. Green Bay at Pacific
10. Texas at Stanford (Women)
11. Longwood at Stephen F. Austin
12. Niagara at Hartford
13. FAU at Hawaii