That is one BIG Monday

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Don’t make any plans the night of Jan. 17. You’ll have hoops to watch.

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ESPN released its Big Monday schedule for the Big East, which features the conference each week from Dec. 27 to Feb. 28. The usual suspects are involved – Georgetown, Notre Dame, Syracuse and Villanova each have three appearances – but the marquee night is Jan. 17, when everything switches to ESPN.

It’s also when the Big 12 Big Monday slate starts.

That means ESPN is showing four games starting at 3:30 p.m. ET, back-to-back-to-back-back. The four: Villanova at UConn (3:30), Kansas State at Missouri (5:30), Syracuse at Pitt (7:30) and Kansas at Baylor (9:30). That’s a slate featuring potentially all Top 25 teams, and possibly four in the Top 10.

Like I said, don’t make plans.

(All times ET and all games on ESPN except where noted)

Big East schedule
Dec. 27 Connecticut at Pittsburgh 8:30 p.m. (ESPN2) 
Jan. 3 Georgetown at St. John’s 7 (ESPN2)
Jan. 10 Notre Dame at Marquette  7 (ESPN2)
Jan. 17 Villanova at Connecticut 3:30 p.m. 
           Syracuse at Pittsburgh  7:30 p.m.
Jan. 24 Notre Dame at Pittsburgh 7 p.m.
Jan. 31 Louisville at Georgetown 7 p.m.
Feb. 7 Pittsburgh at West Virginia 7 p.m.
Feb. 14 West Virginia at Syracuse 7 p.m.
Feb. 21 Syracuse at Villanova  7 p.m.
Feb. 28 Villanova at Notre Dame  7 p.m.

Big 12 schedule
Jan 17 Kansas State at Missouri, 5:30 p.m.
           Kansas at Baylor, 9:30 p.m.
Jan 24 Baylor at Kansas State, 9 p.m.
Jan 31 Texas at Texas A&M, 9 p.m.
Feb 7 Missouri at Kansas, 9 p.m.
Feb 14 Kansas at Kansas State, 9 p.m.
Feb 21 Oklahoma State at Kansas, 9 p.m.
Feb 28 Kansas State at Texas, 9 p.m.  
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Sweet — the 24-hour hoops marathon returns

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Get the Red Bull out and prep the coffee pot — College basketball’s delightful day is back for the third straight year.

ESPN’s 24-hour hoops marathon schedule is slated for Tuesday, Nov. 16. This year’s telecast features 20 live games (19 men’s and one women’s) broadcast on ESPN, ESPN2 and ESPNU, while also will have two games. And it’s a helluva slate, perhaps the best ever in college hoops’ unofficial kickoff.

It features three teams from the 2010 Final Four, the debut of Louisville’s new KFC Yum! Center (I can’t type that enough) and Steve Lavin’s St. John’s debut.

The primetime games – Ohio State at Florida and Butler at Louisville – are can’t-miss matchups, though Virginia Tech at Kansas State and San Diego State at Gonzaga both feature NCAA tournament-worthy teams. If your schedule’s limited, tune in between 4 and 1 a.m. ET. That’s four games with highlights that’ll get you in the mood for hoops.

A complete schedule is below. 

Time Matchup Network
Midnight Miami at Memphis ESPN/
2 a.m. St. John’s at St. Mary’s SPN/
4 a.m. Central Michigan at Hawaii ESPN/
6 a.m. Stony Brook at Monmouth SPN/
8 a.m. Robert Morris at Kent State ESPN/
10 a.m. Northeastern at So. Illinois ESPN/
Noon Oral Roberts at Tulsa ESPN/
2 p.m. La Salle at Baylor ESPN/
4 p.m. Virginia Tech at Kansas State ESPN/
5:30 p.m. NIT Season Tip-Off: Marist at Villanova ESPNU
6 p.m. Ohio State at Florida ESPN/
6 p.m. Women’s Tip-Off Classic: Baylor at Connecticut ESPN2/
7:30 p.m. CBE Classic: Miami (Ohio) at Duke ESPNU
8 p.m. Butler at Louisville ESPN/
9:30 p.m. NIT Season Tip-Off: Belmont at Tennessee ESPNU
10 p.m. South Carolina at Michigan St. ESPN/
11 p.m. CBE Classic: San Diego State vs. Gonzaga ESPN3/
11:30 p.m. NIT Season Tip-Off: Nevada or Pacific at UCLA ESPNU
TBD St. Joseph’s at Penn St.
TBD North Dakota at Wisconsin

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Cure those summer hoops blues

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Lack of college hoops got you down? CBS College Sports has you covered. (At least for the next week or so.)

The network is replaying the entire 2010 NCAA tournament through next Monday. (Complete schedule is here.) That means games like Butler-Duke, Kansas-Northern Iowa and Maryland-Michigan State can seen again, which is good news for the likes of you and me.

The one you probably shouldn’t miss? Kansas State vs. Xavier at 11:30 a.m. ET on July 25. Nobody except fans of both teams will remember it in five years, but I thought it was the tournament’s best game.

(H/T: Rush the Court).

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Big 12, Pac-10 taking TV revenue notes

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Let’s run some numbers.

Big Ten schools make about $22 million annually from TV and bowl revenue. Roughly $9 million comes from ABC/ESPN deals, and $7-$8 million comes from the Big Ten network.

The SEC will get $205 million a year from its new deal with CBS and ESPN, or just over $17 million a school.

The ACC’s new contract will be $155 million a year, or nearly $13 million a school. (You can read the specifics on the conference’s new contract here.)

So if you’re the Big 12 or Pac-10 – both of which will be negotiating new deals when theirs expire in 2012 – what kind of money do you deserve? (Barring any major changes by the Big Ten’s likely expansion.)

If you have Texas football and Kansas basketball, or USC football and UCLA basketball, do those give you bigger bargaining chips than the ACC? Or will the networks point to less desirable TV markets and offer up less, say $10 or $11 million a school?

And if it comes down to spending more on one league than the other, which one wins out? Do you value the West Coast more than a Texas-driven Big 12?

How about an added wrinkle? Say Texas develops its own network specifically for showing Longhorn events. Does that diminish the Big 12’s value?

TV revenue. It’s just funny money. I just want a place I can watch some hoops.

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