Friday, September 16, 2016

Jaspers to participate in ESPN Tip-Off Marathon

Steve Masiello will once again take part in ESPN Tip-Off Marathon, as Jaspers will host Winthrop in 8:45 a.m. time slot November 15. (Photo by Vincent Simone/NYC Buckets)

Although they are not defending a Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference championship this season, Manhattan College has not yet lost their media cache.

The Jaspers have been selected as one of the participants in this year's College Hoops Tip-Off Marathon, as reported by ESPN college basketball insider Jeff Goodman. Manhattan's home game against Winthrop on Tuesday, November 15 will be the eighth game in the 24-hour-plus extravaganza, and is tentatively scheduled to tip off from Draddy Gymnasium at 8:45 a.m. to a nationally televised audience on ESPN2. The contest with the Eagles is also the first of four that is tied into the 2016 NIT Preseason Tip-Off, which will see Manhattan travel to Temple, Detroit and West Virginia during the month of November.

This will be the second time in three seasons that head coach Steve Masiello and his program will take part in the Tip-Off Marathon. On November 18, 2014, the Jaspers faced off against the University of Massachusetts on the road in an 11 a.m. soiree, falling to the Minutemen in overtime before going on to repeat as MAAC champions later that season. In that game, however, Manhattan garnered the No. 1 spot on SportsCenter's Top 10 plays that evening as a result of this buzzer-beating dunk by then-sophomore Rich Williams that forced overtime at the Mullins Center. (GIF by Ryan Restivo/NYC Buckets, audio by Christian Heimall and Brian Mahoney/Jasper Sports Network)

Manhattan is not the only MAAC member to participate in the marathon, as Niagara will also be featured immediately before the Jaspers as they face off against Hartford at 6:30 a.m. from the Chase Family Arena.

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