Frank Martin glad to be part of marathon


ESPN is about to get the college basketball season going in style.

From 11 tonight on through 11 p.m. tomorrow, the network will show 24 straight hours of college basketball games. They will be played in every American time zone, and at all sorts of bizarre times.

Feel like watching basketball at 3 in the morning? Well, you’re in luck. Hawaii is hosting Central Michigan! Kansas State takes part in the fun at 3 p.m. against Virginia Tech in what could end up being the most compelling game of the marathon.

K-State coach Frank Martin is just happy to be a part of the big day.

“It’s great,” he said. “There are some teams that are always on TV. But this 24 hours of hoops gives a lot of kids the opportunity to play on national TV that maybe they never would have had. It’s a credit to ESPN that they go into the places they go into to provide an entire day of basketball. It’s also a credit to the schools that sacrifice to play at certain times to support it.

“I’m a fan of it. I’m glad it happens.”