The time has come for a mid-November tradition unlike any other has come: me watching great to average to borderline unwatchable college basketball games for 24 hours straight and documenting the entire thing.
ESPN's six annual college hoops tip-off marathon technically got underway Monday night at 7, but since the whole foundation of the event is "24 straight hours of college hoops," we're going from 11 p.m Monday to 11 p.m. Tuesday.
While the belly of the event isn't quite as sexy as it was a year ago, a main of event of No. 1 Kentucky vs. No. 2 Michigan State and No. 4 Duke vs. No. 5 Kansas more than makes up for that.
Here's the full schedule for year six of the marathon and year three of the live blog:
BYU at Stanford | 11 p.m. on ESPN2
Western Kentucky at Wichita State | 1 a.m. on ESPN2
Akron at Saint Mary's | 3 a.m. on ESPN2
New Mexico State at Hawaii | 5 a.m. on ESPN2
Hartford at Florida Gulf Coast | 7 a.m. on ESPN2
Quinnipiac at La Salle | 9 a.m. on ESPN2
LSU at Massachussetts | 11 a.m. on ESPN2
West Virginia at Virginia Tech | 1 p.m. on ESPN
South Carolina at Baylor | 3 p.m. on ESPN
N.C. State at Cincinnati | 5 p.m. on ESPN
VCU at Virginia | 7 p.m. on ESPN2
Michigan State vs. Kentucky | 7:30 p.m. on ESPN
Florida at Wisconsin | 9 p.m. on ESPN2
Kansas vs. Duke | 10 p.m. on ESPN
I successfully achieved an evening nap for the first time in live blog history and then semi-successfully made a trip to the grocery to secure the 2013 survival pack.
Let's meet back here in half an hour.