Rhode Island/Valpo Game to Be Featured on ESPN Tip-Off Marathon

Rhode Island/Valpo Game to Be Featured on ESPN Tip-Off Marathon

KINGSTON, R.I. -- The Nov. 17 Rhode Island/Valparaiso game will be part of the 2015 ESPN College Basketball Tip-Off Marathon, with the game between the Rams and Crusaders set to start at 10 a.m. ET and air live on ESPN2.

Head coach Dan Hurley and the Rams went 23-10 a season ago, advancing to the second round of the NIT before falling at eventual champion Stanford.  Rhody returns four starters, including All-Atlantic 10 honorees E.C. Matthews, Hassan Martin, and Jared Terrell.

Last season, Valpo captured the Horizon League title and narrowly missed upsetting Maryland in the second round of the NCAA Tournament.  Head coach Bryce Drew's Crusaders squad finished the 2014-15 season with a 28-6 overall record and return virtually its entire roster from a year ago.

In all, ESPN's eighth annual College Hoops Tip-Off Marathon will feature 16 men's and women's college basketball games beginning on Monday, Nov. 16 and continuing Tuesday, Nov. 17, across ESPN, ESPN2 and ESPNU bringing more than 24 hours of game action to mark the start of the 2015-16 season. The schedule includes 15 men's games and a top-25 women's matchup concluding with the fifth annual State Farm Champions Classic from the United Center in Chicago.

Sixteen conferences are represented in the Marathon, including four appearances from the Southeastern Conference (SEC) and three appearances each from the Atlantic 10, Big Ten, Big 12 and Pac-12.  In the A-10, George Washington will host Virginia on Monday, Nov. 16 at 7:30 p.m. on ESPN2, while Dayton hosts Alabama on Tuesday, Nov. 17 at 1 p.m. on ESPN.

All telecasts will also be available through WatchESPN, accessible online at WatchESPN.com, on smartphones and tablets via the WatchESPN app, and streamed on televisions through Amazon Fire TV and Fire TV Stick, Apple TV, Chromecast, Roku, Xbox 360 or Xbox One to fans who receive their video subscription from an affiliated provider.