ESPNU, WatchESPN.com and ESPN3 will tip off the college basketball season with Midnight Madness, beginning with live coverage of Indiana's practice at 5 p.m. ET. ESPN3 will continue complete coverage at seven school sites throughout the evening, starting at 7 ET.
From 9 to midnight, ESPNU studio will provide fans with a “whip-around” look at highlighted teams coast-to-coast, along with analysis from Jay Bilas and Seth Greenberg and several Andy Katz interviews of the nation's top coaches. The Madness coverage will extend into its final hour on ESPNU’s nightly entertainment show, UNITE, with its inaugural Midnight Madness Special.
The events being broadcast on ESPN3 are linked below for easy viewing. Here's the full lineup:
-- Indiana with Jay Williams and Dan Dakich (ESPN3 at 5 ET)
-- NC State with Bruce Pearl (ESPN3 at 7 ET)
-- St. John's with Tarik Turner (ESPN3 at 7 ET)
-- Florida State with Jacob Ridenhour (ESPN3 at 7 ET)
-- Kentucky with Jimmy Dykes (ESPN3 at 7:30 ET)
-- North Carolina with Doris Burke (ESPN3 at 7:30 ET)
-- Syracuse with Dino Gaudio (ESPN3 at 8 ET)
-- Missouri with Stephen Bardo (ESPN3 at 8 ET)
-- Pittsburgh with Bill Raftery (ESPN3 at 10 ET)
-- Georgetown with Tim Welsh (only on ESPNU)
-- Maryland with Len Elmore (only on ESPNU)
-- Baylor (men and women) with Fran Fraschilla (only on ESPNU)
-- Murray State with Miles Simon (only on ESPNU)
-- Kansas with Sean Farnham (only on ESPNU)
-- ESPNU Midnight Madness whip-around/UNITE Madness special (9 p.m. ET to 1 a.m. ET)
Need some reading material while watching the Madness? Dana O'Neil has a column on the wide-open nature of the upcoming season. Andy Katz wrote about rule changes that have diminished Midnight Madness a bit. Four of our writers met at the roundtable and answered five big questions, and then a bunch of our staff answered fan questions here. Over at Insider, Seth Greenberg has five key position battles to track, while our scouts answer questions about a huge recruiting weekend. Finally, if you want to jump ahead to the season, take a look at our complete breakdown of all of the nonconference schedules.