Tip-Off Marathon

The entire list of games for the 2014 college basketball Tip-Off Marathon

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On Monday afternoon, ESPN released its schedule for its Tip-Off Marathon, more than 24 consecutive hours of college basketball to kick off the 2014-2015 season.

This field of games is headlined by the State Farm Champions Classic in Indianapolis. The doubleheader begins with Michigan State taking on Duke followed by a top-5 matchup between Kansas and Kentucky.

MORE: Viewer’s Guide breaking down the games

The marathon begins with Miami and Florida meeting for their first regular season matchup since 2005. It’s part of a home-and-home series between the two schools. Later that night is a big non-conference battle between SMU and Gonzaga. This would have been a game between two top-15 teams if Emmanuel Mudiay had enrolled at SMU.

Wichita State, which hasn’t lost a regular season game since March 2013, takes on Memphis in a game played in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. That is followed by a very good early evening game between Utah and San Diego State at 4 p.m.

Baylor vs. Kentucky and Stanford vs. the two-time reigning national champion UConn headline the pair of women’s basketball games.

Here is the entire list of games:

Monday, Nov. 17

  • Baylor vs. Kentucky (women), 7 p.m. (ESPN2)
  • Miami at Florida, 7 p.m. (ESPNU)
  • UConn vs. Stanford (women), 9 p.m. (ESPN2)
  • SMU vs. Gonzaga, 11 p.m. (ESPN2)
  • Detroit vs. Oregon (ESPNU) — Part of Legends Classic

Tuesday, Nov. 18

  • Auburn vs. Colorado, 1 a.m. (ESPN2)
  • New Mexico State vs. St. Mary’s, 3 a.m. (ESPN2)
  • High Point vs. Hawaii, 5 a.m. (ESPN2)
  • Iona vs. Wofford, 7 a.m. (ESPN2)
  • Northern Iowa vs. Stephen F. Austin (ESPN2)
  • Manhattan vs. UMass, 11 a.m. (ESPN2)
  • Baylor vs. South Carolina, noon (ESPN)
  • Wichita State vs. Memphis, 2 p.m. (ESPN) — Game played in Sioux Falls, South Dakota
  • Utah vs. San Diego State, 4 p.m. (ESPN)
  • Toledo vs. VCU, 6 p.m. (ESPNU) — Part of Legends Classic
  • Michigan State vs. Duke, 7 p.m. (ESPN) — Champions Classic played in Indianapolis
  • Marquette vs. Ohio State, 7:30 (ESPN2)
  • Kansas vs. Kentucky, 9:30 p.m. (ESPN) — Champions Classic played in Indianapolis
  • Texas Tech vs. LSU, 9:30 p.m. (ESPN2)

Louisville escort says she contacted NCAA in March

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Katina Powell, the Louisville madam, who co-authored the book “Breaking Cardinal Rules: Basketball and the Escort Queen,” released digitally this past weekend, made her second notable statement on Monday.

Earlier in the day, Powell, who claims Andre McGee, an ex-Louisville staffer, hired her repeatedly to provide strippers and prostitutes for Louisville players and recruits, says head coach Rick Pitino, “knew about everything.” In the evening, the Indianapolis Business Journal, sister company of the book’s publisher, posted a story in which Powell claims she reached out to the NCAA in mid-March.

“I called the NCAA in mid-March, I spoke with a young white guy, and I was telling him that I had a story about a college that was trading sex and all that stuff for money,” Powell told IBJ in September.

But her call to the NCAA’s main switchboard number at its headquarters was dismissed without action, she said.

“[The man who answered the phone] said he’s not allowed to take a story from somebody on the outside—you know, ‘It’s heresay, I’m not doing that, I’m not taking the story.’ I asked if there was anyone else I could possibly tell my story to, and he said, ‘No, there’s no one else. We can’t take outside stories.’ He hung up. I hung up.”

A week later, she reportedly contacted the IBJ about publishing the tell-all book.

Pitino said in a press conference on Friday evening, that he questioned current and former assistant coaches, grad assistants, video coordinators, etc., all of whom claimed to have no knowledge of the allegations made in the book. McGee, who is currently in his second season as an assistant coach at UMKC, has been put on administrative leave.

Chuck Smrt, who spent 17 years on the NCAA Enforcement Staff, has been hired by the university to conduct an independent investigation.

Ben Simmons has a minor injury, listed day-to-day

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LSU began practice on Monday with one notable absence.

Ben Simmons, one of the nation’s top recruits and the potential first overall pick in the 2016 NBA Draft, has suffered a minor ankle injury and is being listed as day-to-day, according to Sheldon Mickles of the Baton Rogue Advocate.

The Tigers do not open the season until Nov. 13 when they host McNeese State, plenty of time to recover from a sore ankle.

Simmons has already suited up for LSU, averaging 20.0 points, 9.0 rebounds, 5.4 assists, 3.6 steals and 2.2 blocks per game during the team’s foreign tour of Australia back in August.