Warriors get late-night ESPN game again
The Hawai’i basketball team has once again been selected to host a game for the ESPN College Hoops Tip-Off Marathon.
The Warriors’ game against Houston Baptist will start at 11 p.m. (Hawai’i time) on November 12 to accommodate the made-for-TV event. It will be one of 11 games that will be televised nationally over a 24-hour period.
This is the fifth consecutive year that Hawai’i has been selected to host a game in the Tip-Off Marathon.
The game against Houston Baptist will also be part of the Outrigger Hotels Rainbow Classic, and will be the Warriors’ third game of the 2012-13 season. Hawai’i will open the season against Maryland-Eastern Shore on November 9, followed by a game against Arkansas-Pine Bluff on November 11.
Here is the official announcement from the UH media relations department:
For the fifth straight year, the University of Hawai`i men’s basketball team will participate in ESPN’s College Hoops Tip-Off Marathon. UH’s Outrigger Hotels Rainbow Classic match-up against Houston Baptist on Nov. 12 will be broadcast live on ESPN at 11:00 p.m. HT.
ESPN’s fifth annual College Hoops Tip-Off Marathon—consecutive live college basketball games to celebrate the start of the season—will be highlighted by 11 live games in 24 hours on ESPN beginning Tuesday, Nov. 13. The Marathon will conclude with a doubleheader as Michigan State takes on Kansas and Duke faces defending champion Kentucky in the Champions Classic at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta.
UH’s game, as in year’s past, will be the third game in the marathon. The event begins at midnight ET on Nov. 13 with West Virginia at Gonzaga, followed by Davidson at New Mexico (2 a.m. ET) and Houston Baptist at Hawai`i (4 a.m. ET).
“This event has become an exciting tradition in such a short time here at UH,” head coach Gib Arnold said. “We really love the atmosphere of the late-night tip-off. Our fans really get us going and the student section is awesome. We look forward to another great game this year.”
The Rainbow Warriors have had the same late-night affair the last four years and have gone 3-1 in those contests, including an 86-67 season-opening win over Cal State Northridge last year. UH’s match-up with Houston Baptist will be the final game of the season-opening Outrigger Hotels Classic. Maryland-Eastern Shore and Arkansas-Pine Bluff are the other teams in the round-robin tournament, which enters its 48th year.