UMass-Manhattan part of Tip-Off Marathon

The University of Massachusetts men's basketball team must be getting used to early-season wake-up calls.

For the third straight season, the Minutemen will host a morning game in ESPN's College Hoops Tip-Off Marathon, taking on Manhattan at 11 a.m. on Nov. 18 at the Mullins Center. The game, the 11th of 19 in the event, will be broadcast on ESPN2.

In last year's Tip-Off Marathon, UMass defeated LSU 92-90, and in 2012 the Minutemen edged Harvard 67-64.

Last season, Manhattan finished second in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference before beating top seed Iona in the MAAC championship game and nearly knocking off Louisville in the NCAA tournament.

UMass earned an at-large NCAA bid and lost to Tennessee in the round of 64.