If You Like College Basketball, You Should Probably Call in Sick Tomorrow

God'sgift Achiuwa #3 of the St. John's Red Storm takes a shot against Talib Zanna #42 of the Pittsburgh Panthers during their first round game of the 2012 Big East Men's Basketball Tournament at Madison Square Garden on March 6, 2012 in New York City.
God’sgift Achiuwa.

Every once in a while, ESPN — the $40 billion media giant responsible for, among other things, beaming Skip Bayless into your home on a regular basis and providing wall-to-wall coverage of Tim Tebow’s every boring move this summer — does something kind of neat. Broadcasting 24 straight hours of college basketball to help usher in the new season is one of those things.

The Tip-Off Marathon, as they call it, happens tomorrow, and honestly, it’s a pretty terrific way to kick off the college-hoops season. (We know, we know — the season’s already begun, but just barely.) Some local teams are involved this year: Stony Brook takes on Rider at 6 a.m., and St. John’s hosts Detroit at 2 p.m. (That game features a Johnnie-centric broadcast crew, with former coach Fran Fraschilla and legendary former player Chris Mullin joining John Saunders.) And sure, a 2 p.m. start time is inconvenient for a lot of people — particularly since college students can’t cut class, ever — but for anyone with access to a TV during the day, it’s pretty cool. The first game, by the way, starts in less than seven hours: West Virginia–Gonzaga, at midnight Eastern.

Tomorrow’s a Fun Day for College-Basketball Fans