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Previewing the ESPN 24-Hour Tip-Off Marathon

Grayson Allen, Marshall Plumlee, and the Duke Blue Devils take on Kentucky as a part of the State Farm Champions Classic and the 24-Hour Tip-Off Marathon on ESPN Tuesday night.
Grayson Allen, Marshall Plumlee, and the Duke Blue Devils take on Kentucky as a part of the State Farm Champions Classic and the 24-Hour Tip-Off Marathon on ESPN Tuesday night.

The 2015-16 college basketball regular season is in full-swing, and what a weekend it was. Upsets were scattered about, mixed in with record-breaking performances from some of the nation’s best programs.

After the first weekend is in the books, basketball fans from across the nation get geared up for a full 24 hours of top-notch college basketball action, in the form of the ESPN 24-Hour Tip-Off Marathon. From Monday, November 16th at 5:30pm until Tuesday, November 17th at 10:00pm, there are basketball games all throughout. Yes, that means even in the wee hours of the morning, there are basketball games (we see you, Nevada and Hawaii).

The event brings together a handful of the country’s best games over that time frame and all of the games are showcased on ESPN networks. To get you ready for this year’s festivities, we have previewed all of the games for you in one convenient location.

Take a scroll down to read a bit about each game that will take place over the 2015 ESPN 24-Hour Tip-Off Marathon. Grab some caffeine, get comfortable, and get ready for a crazy 24 hours. Continue reading Previewing the ESPN 24-Hour Tip-Off Marathon

Looking Ahead: Five Underrated Mid-Major Stars to Keep an Eye on in 2015-16

Through hard work and determination, Kris Yanku has become an important piece of the Northern Arizona Lumberjacks. In 2015-16, Yanku will look to have a breakout season and lead Northern Arizona to an NCAA Tournament berth. (Source: Mid-Major Madness)
Through hard work and determination, Kris Yanku has become an important piece of the Northern Arizona Lumberjacks. In 2015-16, Yanku will look to have a breakout season and lead Northern Arizona to an NCAA Tournament berth. (Source: Mid-Major Madness)

Division I men’s basketball is composed of 351 teams, meaning that there are more than 4,000 players in the country (based on an approximation of 12 players per roster x 351 teams = 4,212). With this, many of the standout talents excel on the courts and can remain relatively anonymous.

For players at smaller schools, it usually takes a Herculean performance in the regular season, or a splash in the NCAA Tournament, to garner any sort of regular attention on the national stage.

They put up better stat lines than many players who play at some of the power conferences, albeit against weaker competition, but it’s as though these players don’t exist until they do something “big”.

One would call these so-called underrated players stars of the mid-major conferences. Just because they play in smaller conferences doesn’t mean they don’t have the talents to succeed and play at a high level.

We have compiled a list of our Top Five Underrated Mid-Major Stars that you need to keep an eye on for the 2015-16 season. The players on the list have put up big-time numbers and are integral pieces for their respective teams, but they simply do not garner the attention they deserve.
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