'Cats, Hawks, Explorers on ESPN's opening hoops marathon

Villanova, Saint Joseph’s and La Salle will play in ESPN’s third annual College Hoops Tip-Off Marathon on Nov. 16.

Villanova will play host to Marist at 5:30 p.m. on ESPNU; La Salle will visit Baylor at 2 p.m. on ESPN; and Saint Joseph’s will play at Penn State at a time to be determined.

ESPN will cover 12 live college games in 24 consecutive hours, starting with Miami at Memphis at midnight.

Villanova also was announced yesterday as one of four hosts for the 2010 NIT Season Tip-Off, along with Tennessee, Wake Forest and UCLA. The Wildcats’ game against Marist is a first-round matchup in the North Regional.