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So many college hoops games -- but no Pacific 10

October 21, 2008 |  2:37 pm

ESPN is promoting its college basketball schedule -- and what real college basketball fan can't get excited about the "College Hoops Tip-Off Marathon" that begins Nov. 18 and offers 23 consecutive hours of live college basketball-themed programming.

There will be eight games blended into the schedule, with one of them starting a 1 a.m. Pacific time. If you watch all of them in succession you will, if you're like me, be eager to tune back in to the "Real Housewives of Atlanta" for some giddy excess and wishing you could quit your day job covering one basketball team (UCLA) so you could stay in front of the TV to see hundreds more games.

The ESPN schedule isn't chock full of Pacific 10 games because the conference still has that contract with Fox. That means the Pacific 10 is not discussed 20 hours a day on various ESPN around-the-horn-pardon-the-interruption-game-day-post-game gab fests.

Or even at all most of the time.

But you can bet that UCLA and California will get major discussion, deserved or not, come Feb. 28, when ESPN produces its "College Game Day" broadcasts from Haas Pavilion for the UCLA-at-Cal game.

-- Diane Pucin

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