Turner Sports & CBS Sports Announce Tip Times & Announce Teams for Regional Semifinals

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Announce Teams for Regional Semifinals

Exclusive Coverage Continues with Regional Semi-Finals on

Thursday, March 27, and Friday, March 28

Turner Sports and CBS Sports announce tip times, match-ups and announce teams for its exclusive coverage of the 2014 NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Championship Regional Semifinals on Thursday, March 27, and Friday, March 28 (7 p.m.-Midnight ET) with all games available in their entirety on TBS and CBS.  Coverage will begin both nights with the Infiniti NCAA Tip-Off pregame show at 6 p.m. on TBS.

The announce teams for the Regional Semifinals and Finals are as follows:

Play-By-Play/Analyst//Reporter

Jim Nantz/Greg Anthony//Tracy Wolfson

Marv Albert/Steve Kerr//Craig Sager

Verne Lundquist/Bill Raftery//Allie LaForce

Kevin Harlan/Len Elmore/Reggie Miller//Rachel Nichols

Studio coverage will continue with Greg Gumbel hosting alongside analysts Charles Barkley, Clark Kellogg and Kenny Smith from the CBS Broadcast Center in New York.  Ernie Johnson will host studio coverage from Turner Studios in Atlanta with analysts Steve Smith, Seth Davis, Grant Hill and Doug Gottlieb. 

Tip times for the Regional Final games on Saturday will be announced on Thursday after the conclusion of the day’s games. Sunday’s tip times will be released after the conclusion of play on Friday.

The Final Four on Saturday, April 5, will be televised on TBS for the first time along with “teamcasts” or team-specific telecasts airing on TNT and truTV. The National Championship Game on Monday, April 7 will air on CBS for the 33rd consecutive year.

 

THURSDAY, MARCH 27 (7 p.m.-Midnight ET)

 

Tip (ET)

Network

Site

Game

Play-by-Play/Analyst//Reporter

7:15 p.m. CBS Memphis I Stanford vs. Dayton Kevin Harlan/Len Elmore/Reggie Miller//Rachel Nichols
7:47 p.m. TBS Anaheim I Wisconsin vs. Baylor Marv Albert/Steve Kerr//Craig Sager
After conc. I CBS Memphis II Florida vs. UCLA Harlan/Elmore/Miller//Nichols
After conc. I TBS Anaheim II Arizona/Gonzaga vs. San Diego State Albert/Kerr//Sager

 

FRIDAY, MARCH 28 (7 p.m.-Midnight ET)

 

Tip (ET)

Network

Site

Game

Play-by-Play/Analyst//Reporter

7:15 p.m. CBS Indianapolis I Michigan vs. Tennessee Jim Nantz/Greg Anthony//Tracy Wolfson
7:27 p.m. TBS New York I Iowa State vs. Connecticut Verne Lundquist/Bill Raftery//Allie LaForce
After conc. I CBS Indianapolis II Louisville vs. Kentucky Nantz/Anthony//Wolfson
After conc. I TBS New York II Virginia/Memphis vs. Michigan State Lundquist/Raftery//LaForce

Follow us on Twitter:@MarchMadnessTVfor schedule updates and the latest NCAA Tournament broadcast news and information.

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No Perfect Brackets out of 11.01 Million Submitted to ESPN.com Men’s Tournament Challenge

espn-logoOnly One Perfect Bracket Remains through Round of 64 in Women’s Tournament Challenge

ESPN Men’s Tournament Challenge

ESPN.com’s Men’s Tournament Challenge presented by Acura and Allstate revealed no perfect brackets remaining out of more than 11.01 million submitted after Stephen F. Austin’s win over VCU knocked out the last three remaining perfect brackets on ESPN.com during the second day of competition.  The first four days of competition featured 13 upsets through 48 games, resulting in only three brackets that correctly picked every Sweet Sixteen team and 99 brackets that went 15 for 16.  An analysis of “bracket busters” in more than 11.01 million brackets submitted reveals:

  • No. 8 Kentucky shocks undefeated no. 1 Wichita State
    • 29.2% of brackets picked the Wildcats to advance to the Sweet Sixteen
    • Of the 76.3% of brackets that predicted Kentucky vs. Wichita State in the Round of 32, 28.6% of them correctly picked the Wildcats to upset the Shockers
    • Kentucky busted 5.9% of brackets that picked Wichita State to win it all
  • No. 11 Dayton upsets no. 6 Ohio State and no. 3 Syracuse
    • 19.7% of brackets picked the Flyers to win over the Buckeyes
    • Only 3.9% had Dayton reaching the Sweet Sixteen
    • Dayton busted 3.6% of brackets that had Syracuse winning it all
  • No. 10 Stanford survives and advances against no. 7 New Mexico and no. 2 Kansas
    • Stanford was picked by 38% of brackets to prevail over the Lobos, knocking out 1,920 perfect brackets in the process
    • Of the 36.4% of brackets that accurately predicted a Stanford vs. Kansas matchup, only 3.3% of them correctly picked the Cardinals to win over the Jayhawks
    • Stanford busted 5.5% of brackets that had Kansas winning it all
  • No. 7 Connecticut prevails in overtime vs. no. 10 St. Joseph’s, upsets no. 2 Villanova
    • 20.6% of brackets predicted that the Huskies would advance to the Sweet Sixteen
    • Of the 68% of brackets that accurately predicted a Connecticut vs. Villanova matchup, 19.2% of them correctly picked the Huskies to win over the Wildcats
    • Connecticut busted 1.2% of brackets that had Villanova winning it all
  • No. 14 Mercer stuns in win over no. 3 Duke
    • Only 3.3% of brackets predicted the Bears to upset the Blue Devils
    • Mercer busted 5.3% of brackets that had Duke winning it all
  • No. 11 Tennessee defeats no. 6 Massachusetts, advances past Mercer to Sweet Sixteen
    • 43.3% of brackets accurately predicted the Vols to win over the Minutemen
    • Only 4.9% of brackets correctly picked Tennessee to make it to the Sweet Sixteen
    • Of the 1.7% of brackets that predicted a Tennessee vs. Mercer match-up, 50.6% picked the Vols to win
  • No. 12 seeds Stephen F. Austin, Harvard and North Dakota State
    • Just 4.2% of brackets correctly picked all three no. 12 seeds to defeat their no. 5 opponents in the Round of 64
    • Stephen F. Austin was the least popular pick of the three with just 20.9% of brackets predicting they would win over no. 5 VCU
    • Harvard’s upset over no. 5 Cincinnati was the most popular pick of the three, predicted by 31.3% of brackets
    • 23.6% of brackets correctly picked North Dakota State over no. 5 Oklahoma

Taking a look at picks of teams advancing to the Sweet Sixteen by region:

·         South – Only 9,206 brackets (0.1%) accurately picked Florida, UCLA, Dayton and Stanford

·         Midwest – Just 117,220 brackets (1.1%) correctly predicted Kentucky, Louisville, Tennessee and Michigan

·         West8.8% of brackets accurately picked Arizona, San Diego State, Baylor and Wisconsin

·         East9.8% of brackets correctly predicted Virginia, Michigan State, Iowa State and Connecticut

Looking ahead to the Sweet Sixteen, FiveThirtyEight’s NCAA Tournament predictions reveal:

  • SouthFlorida is a heavy favorite to advance to the Elite Eight with a 72% chance, while Dayton vs. Stanford splits the odds with an even 50/50 chance of winning
  • MidwestLouisville and Michigan are predicted to move on from the Sweet Sixteen with a 68% and 53% chance, respectively
  • WestArizona is the overall favorite to advance to the Elite Eight with a 73% chance, while Wisconsin has a 59% chance of winning
  • EastConnecticut vs. Michigan State is the most likely match-up in the Elite Eight, with a 52% and 51% chance to move on, respectively

Fans submitted more than 11.01 million brackets to ESPN.com’s Men’s Tournament Challenge, an all-time record high surpassing last year’s record of nearly 8.15 million brackets by 35.1 percent.  At the peak period, fans registered 11,983 brackets per minute (199 brackets per second).  Among them was President Barack Obama, who currently sits in the 73.7th percentile with a rank of 2,895,198 in the men’s tournament.  He was one of 11.2% of brackets that correctly picked no. 12 seeds Harvard and North Dakota State to advance in the Round of 64.  His Final Four picks heading into the Sweet Sixteen are still in play (Florida, Michigan State, Arizona and Louisville).  Additionally, the Mike & Mike Werner Ladder Bracket Challenge group includes a total of 985,000 brackets, by far the largest group in Men’s Tournament Challenge history.

Through the Round of 64 and Round of 32, Men’s Tournament Challenge and NCAA Men’s Basketball content on ESPN.com across desktop, mobile Web and the ESPN Tournament Challenge and SportsCenter apps logged an average minute audience of 373,000, up 11 percent compared to the same time period last year.  Across platforms, there were more than 5.5 million unique visitors per day to Men’s Tournament Challenge (up 21 percent) and 9.9 million unique visitors per day to the NCAA Men’s Basketball section across ESPN.com, mobile web, and the SportsCenter app (up 21 percent).

A full round-by-round breakdown of picks can be found under “Who Picked Whom” on ESPN.com, listing the percentage of participants who selected each team to win in each respective round.  At the end of the tournament, all Men’s Tournament Challenge entries that finish in the top 1% are entered in a random drawing for the $10,000 Best Buy Gift Card prize.

ESPN Women’s Tournament Challenge

The “National Bracket” in ESPN.com’s Women’s Tournament Challenge presented by Capital One showed more fans picked no. 1 seeds Notre Dame, Tennessee, Connecticut and no. 2 seed Stanford to reach the Final Four than any other teams.  After two days of competition, only one bracket remains perfect in Women’s Tournament Challenge on ESPN.com.  An analysis of all brackets submitted reveals:

  • 13% of brackets correctly picked no. 12 BYU to upset no. 5 North Carolina State, including President Obama
  • 29% of brackets picked no. 10 Florida State to win against no. 7 Iowa State
  • 42% of brackets accurately predicted no. 9 Arizona State over no. 8 Vanderbilt

 

President Obama’s women’s bracket went 23 for 32 in the Round of 64 and currently sits in the 18.5th percentile.  His Final Four picks are still in play (Connecticut, Stanford, Notre Dame and Louisville).

Entries that finish in the top 1% of the Women’s Tournament Challenge are entered in a random drawing for a $5,000 Best Buy Gift Card

Men’s College Basketball: Exclusive Coverage of Every NIT Game across ESPN Networks

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ESPN’s exclusive coverage of the entire 77th National Invitation Tournament (NIT) will begin with all 16 first-round games across ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU and ESPN3 over Tuesday, March 18, and Wednesday, March 19. The networks will follow the first round with all eight second-round matchups (March 20-24), the four quarterfinals (March 25-26), both semifinals (April 1) and Championship (April 3).
 
Every NIT game on ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU and ESPN3 will also be available via WatchESPN, accessible online at WatchESPN.com, on smartphones and tablets via the WatchESPN app, through ESPN on Xbox LIVE to Gold members and on Apple TV to fans who receive their video subscription from an affiliated provider.
 
The 32-team field for the oldest tournament in college basketball was announced Sunday, March 16, during the ESPNU NIT Selection Show and includes teams representing 23 conferences. The field includes 23 programs with at least 20 wins, and 13 teams that qualified automatically for winning their regular-season conference title without receiving an NCAA Championship bid.  The top seeds are Florida State, Minnesota, St. John’s and SMU.
 
St. John’s, making its NIT record 30th appearance, is one of six teams in the 2014 event that appeared in the 2013 NIT: Florida State, Indiana State, Louisiana Tech, Robert Morris and Southern Miss. Florida Gulf Coast, which reached the Sweet Sixteen in last season’s NCAA Championship, will be one of three teams to play in the NIT for the first time: High Point and Utah Valley.
2014 NIT First Round Schedule:
 
Date Time (ET) Game Network
Tue, March 18 7 p.m. NIT First Round: West Virginia at Georgetown
Mike Patrick & Dan Dakich
ESPN
7 p.m. NIT First Round: Florida Gulf Coast at Florida State
Mark Jones & Darrin Horn
ESPN2
7 p.m. NIT First Round: Robert Morris at St. John’s
Dave Pasch & Tim Welsh
ESPNU
8:15 p.m. NIT First Round: High Point at Minnesota
Clay Matvick & Mark Wise
ESPN3
8:15 p.m. NIT First Round: Belmont at Green Bay
Jim Barbar & Sean Harrington
ESPN3
9 p.m. NIT First Round: Indiana State at Arkansas
Brad Nessler & Jimmy Dykes
ESPN
9 p.m. NIT First Round: Davidson at Missouri
Bob Wischusen & Malcolm Huckaby
ESPN2
9 p.m. NIT First Round: Georgia State at Clemson
Tom Hart & Bob Valvano
ESPNU
11 p.m. NIT First Round: Utah at St. Mary’s
Dave Flemming & Sean Farnham
ESPN2
Wed, March 19 7 p.m. NIT First Round: Illinois at Boston University
Sean McDonough & Tim Welsh
ESPN2
7:30 p.m. NIT First Round: Iona at Louisiana Tech
Brett Dolan & Daymeon Fishback
ESPN3
8 p.m. NIT First Round: Vermont at Georgia
Joe Davis & Dino Gaudio
ESPNU
8:30 p.m. NIT First Round: Toledo at Southern Miss
Roy Philpott & Joe Dean
ESPN3
9 p.m. NIT First Round: UC Irvine at SMU
John Saunders & Fran Fraschilla
ESPN2
10 p.m. NIT First Round: LSU at San Francisco
Roxy Bernstein & Bill Walton
ESPNU
10:30 p.m. NIT First Round: Utah Valley at California
Trey Bender & Jon Crispin
ESPN3
 
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Men’s College Basketball: ESPN Analysts Thoughts from Selection Sunday; Make Final Four Picks

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ESPN’s extensive multiplatform coverage of Selection Sunday, March 16, included instant and in-depth analysis across studio shows on ESPN, ESPN2 and ESPNU. Rece Davis hosted live coverage of up-to-the-minute tournament selection updates on ESPN’s 6 p.m. ET SportsCenter with analysts Jay Bilas, Digger Phelps, Greg Shaheen, Dick Vitale and Jay Williams. Following SportsCenter, ESPN aired a two-hour Bracketology Presented by Staples at 7 p.m. with Davis, Bilas, Seth Greenberg, Phelps, Vitale and Williams. The coverage included analysis, discussion on the field, upset predictions, final four picks and more.
 
On overall selections:
Shaheen: “The committee did a good job and seemed to focus on geography in the west region, and given a bit on the quality side.”
Vitale on Louisville seeding: “I thought they should have been a one seed, I could have understood a two seed. Bottom line is the eye test, and there is no way they should be the four seed.”
Shaheen on Louisville seeding: “It is reflective of their conference play. There is undoubtedly the influence of that. The availability of quality games within conference and the failure to take on non-conference competition gave the committee reason to move them further up. This region has two interesting scenarios that play out from earlier in the season, Duke beat Michigan early in the season and is seeded lower than them, and Kentucky beat Louisville. Kentucky is an eight seed and Louisville is a four.”
Bilas on SMU not getting in: “It is a fair call. Because of their number of top 50 wins. If you don’t have those numbers available in your league then you need to go out and get them.”
 
Thoughts on Wichita State
Bilas: “They will out tough Kentucky, but Louisville will beat them in the round of 32.”
Vitale: “I respect what they have done. The Missouri Valley Conference, on the road, is a tough place to win. Last year, I said [No. 1] Gonzaga would lose to Wichita State in the [third round]. This year, I think Kentucky can really change the perception of the year they have had by beating Wichita State. I look for Kentucky to beat Wichita State. They will have to be sensational to beat Wichita State, but I think they will rise to the occasion.”
Williams on returning to the Final Four: “I don’t see it. I think they are a very tough minded team and I think Fred VanVleet is one of the top point guards in the country, probably top two, him and [Florida’s] Scottie Wilbekin. Look at the path they have to take. Kentucky is hitting their stride right now; they’re playing really good basketball. And unfortunately for a team like Wichita State, Louisville gets the four seed in their bracket and we were just having a conversation about Louisville potentially being a one seed.”
 
Thoughts on Michigan State
Bilas: “I have felt from the beginning that healthy and together, Michigan State is the best team in the country. I think they are capable of getting to the Final Four.”
Greenberg: “Michigan State, to me, is a team that will make a deep, deep run to a national championship.”
 
Bilas on Arizona:  “A nightmare scenario for Arizona is playing Oklahoma State in the [third round] game. That is not a no-brainer. Oklahoma State could win.”
 
Bilas on UCLA: “UCLA is not a great defensive team or rebounding team. They are more vulnerable in their first game [vs. Tulsa] than second [vs. either VCU or Stephen F. Austin].”
 
Vitale on Kansas:  “Without [Joel] Embiid, I don’t think [Kansas] can beat New Mexico [in the third round]. I thought [New Mexico received] a raw deal with a seven seed. Without Embiid, Kansas would have a hard time handling [New Mexico’s] size in the middle.”
 
Phelps on Wisconsin: “[Bo Ryan] always teaches consistency and always teaches team defense and offense where you get in a rhythm. [Frank] Kaminsky, inside, has become the x-factor for them. He can go inside, outside, and he has been the go to guy.”
 
Bilas on Creighton’s Doug McDermott: “He was the best player this year, hands down. He deserves everything he has gotten, including the Wooden Award.”
 
12 seed most likely to beat a five seed
Vitale: “NC State or Xavier, the winner of that game, I think they advance and beat Saint Louis.”
Phelps: “It would not surprise me to see North Dakota State knock off Oklahoma”
 
13 seed most likely to beat a four seed
Jay Bilas: “Tulsa is the one I would pick, I don’t think it’s going to happen, but they are the one I would pick.”

 
Semifinal and Championship Predictions
Analyst Semifinal Picks Championship Winner
Jay Bilas Kansas vs. Michigan State & Wisconsin vs. Louisville Michigan State vs. Louisville Michigan State
Seth Greenberg Florida vs. Michigan State & Arizona vs. Duke Michigan State vs. Duke Michigan State
Digger Phelps Florida vs. Michigan State & Oklahoma State vs. Duke Michigan State vs. Oklahoma State Michigan State
Jay Williams Florida vs. Michigan State & Wisconsin vs. Louisville Michigan State vs. Louisville Michigan State
Dick Vitale Florida vs. Michigan State & Arizona vs. Louisville Michigan State vs. Louisville Michigan State
 
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2014 NCAA Tournament Tip Times and Talent Release

cbs-tnt-tbs-ncaaAnnounce Teams Set for NCAA First Four™ and Second Round Coverage

CBS Sports and Turner Sports’ exclusive coverage of the 2014 NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Championship will tip off with the NCAA First Four™ on truTV presented by Northwestern Mutual on Tuesday, March 18, and Wednesday, March 19 (6 p.m. ET; both days). Second round game coverage will begin Thursday, March 20, and Friday, March 21 (Noon-Midnight; both days) with all games available live in their entirety across four national television networks – TBS, CBS, TNT and truTV. Additionally, truTV will televise a one-hour pregame show Thursday and Friday at 11 a.m.

Brian Anderson and Dan Bonner will call Tuesday’s First Four games with reporter Kristine Leahy.  Kevin Harlan will team with analysts Len Elmore and Reggie Miller and reporter Rachel Nichols for Wednesday’s games. Studio coverage for the First Four will originate from Atlanta with Matt Winer hosting alongside analysts Seth Davis, Grant Hill and Steve Smith both days.

Following are the tip times for the First Four games, as well as the commentator assignments for the second round games. Tip times for the third round games on Saturday will be announced on Thursday after the conclusion of the day’s games. Sunday’s tip times will be released after the conclusion of play on Friday.

The Final Four on Saturday, April 5, will be televised on TBS for the first time along with “teamcasts” or team-specific telecasts airing on TNT and truTV. The National Championship Game on Monday, April 7, will air on CBS for the 33rd consecutive year.

First Round Games

Tuesday, March 18

 

Tip (ET) Network Site Game Play-by-Play/Analyst//Reporter
6:40 p.m. truTV Dayton I Albany vs. Mount St. Mary’s Brian Anderson/Dan Bonner//Kristine Leahy
After conc. I truTV Dayton II North Carolina State vs. Xavier Anderson/Bonner//Leahy


First Round Games

Wednesday, March 19

Tip (ET) Network Site Game Play-by-Play/Analyst//Reporter
6:40 p.m. truTV Dayton I Cal Poly vs. Texas Southern Kevin Harlan/Len Elmore/Reggie Miller//Rachel Nichols
After conc. I truTV Dayton II Iowa vs. Tennessee Harlan/Elmore/Miller/Nichols


Second Round Games

Thursday Afternoon, March 20 (Noon-6 p.m. ET)

 

Tip (ET) Network Site Game Play-by-Play/Analyst//Reporter
12:15 p.m. CBS Buffalo I Ohio State vs. Dayton Verne Lundquist/Bill Raftery//Allie LaForce
12:40 p.m. truTV Milwaukee I Wisconsin vs. American Ian Eagle/Jim Spanarkel//Lewis Johnson
1:40 p.m. TBS Orlando I Colorado vs. Pittsburgh Anderson/Bonner//Leahy
2:10 p.m. TNT Spokane I Cincinnati vs. Harvard Spero Dedes/Doug Gottlieb//Jaime Maggio
After conc. I CBS Buffalo II Syracuse vs. Western Michigan Lundquist/ Raftery// LaForce
After conc. I truTV Milwaukee II Oregon vs. BYU Eagle/Spanarkel// Johnson
After conc. I TBS Orlando II Florida vs. Albany/Mount St. Mary’s Anderson/Bonner//Leahy
After conc. I TNT Spokane II Michigan State vs. Delaware Dedes/Gottlieb//Maggio


Second Round Games

Thursday Evening, March 20 (6:30 p.m.-Midnight ET)

(Announce Teams Same as Day Games)

 

Tip (ET) Network Site Game Play-by-Play/Analyst//Reporter
6:55 p.m. TBS Buffalo III Connecticut vs.

Saint Joseph’s

Lundquist/ Raftery// LaForce
7:10 p.m. CBS Milwaukee III Michigan vs. Wofford Eagle/Spanarkel// Johnson
7:20 p.m. TNT Orlando III St. Louis vs.

N.C. State/Xavier

Anderson/Bonner//Leahy
7:27 p.m. truTV Spokane III Oklahoma vs.

North Dakota State

Dedes/Gottlieb//Maggio
After conc. III TBS Buffalo IV Villanova vs. Milwaukee Lundquist/ Raftery// LaForce
After conc. III CBS Milwaukee IV Texas vs. Arizona State Eagle/Spanarkel// Johnson
After conc. III TNT Orlando IV Louisville vs. Manhattan Anderson/Bonner//Leahy
After conc. III truTV Spokane IV San Diego State vs. New Mexico State Dedes/Gottlieb//Maggio

 

Second Round Games

Friday Afternoon, March 21 (Noon-6 p.m. ET)

 

Tip (ET) Network Site Game Play-by-Play/Analyst//Reporter
12:15 p.m. CBS Raleigh I Duke vs. Mercer Harlan/Elmore/Miller/Nichols
12:40 p.m. truTV San Antonio I Baylor vs. Nebraska Marv Albert/Steve Kerr//Craig Sager
1:40 p.m. TBS St. Louis I New Mexico vs. Stanford Jim Nantz/Greg Anthony//Tracy Wolfson
2:10 p.m. TNT San Diego I Arizona vs. Weber State Andrew Catalon/Mike Gminski//Otis Livingston
After conc. I CBS Raleigh II Massachusetts vs. Iowa/Tennessee Harlan/Elmore/Miller/Nichols
After conc. I truTV San Antonio II Creighton vs.

Louisiana Lafayette

Albert/Kerr//Sager
After conc. I TBS St. Louis II Kansas vs. Eastern Kentucky Nantz/Anthony//Wolfson
After conc. I TNT San Diego II Gonzaga vs. Oklahoma State Catalon/Gminski//Livingston

 

Second Round Games

Friday Evening, March 21 (6:30 p.m.-Midnight ET)

(Announce Teams Same as Day Games)

Tip (ET) Network Site Game Play-by-Play/Analyst//Reporter
6:55 p.m. TBS Raleigh III Memphis vs. George Washington Harlan/Elmore/Miller/Nichols
7:10 p.m. CBS St. Louis III Wichita State vs.

Cal Poly/Texas Southern

Nantz/Anthony//Wolfson
7:20 p.m. TNT San Antonio III North Carolina vs. Providence Albert/Kerr//Sager
7:27 p.m. truTV San Diego III VCU vs.

Stephen F. Austin

Catalon/Gminski//Livingston
After conc. III TBS Raleigh IV Virginia vs.

Coastal Carolina

Harlan/Elmore/Miller/Nichols
After conc. III CBS St. Louis IV Kentucky vs. Kansas State Nantz/Anthony//Wolfson
After conc. III TNT San Antonio IV Iowa State vs.

N.C. Central

Albert/Kerr//Sager
After conc. III truTV San Diego IV UCLA vs. Tulsa Catalon/Gminski//Livingston

 

Follow us on Twitter: @MarchMadnessTV for schedule updates and the latest NCAA Tournament broadcast news and information.

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SiriusXM Offers Live Coverage of 2014 NCAA® Division I Men’s Basketball Championship

SIRIUS XM RADIO LOGOSubscribers get access to every minute of every game

Expert analysis throughout the tournament from Mike Krzyzewski, Bobby Cremins, Tom Brennan, Steve Lappas, Bruce Pearl, Mateen Cleaves and Miles Simon

NEW YORK – March 13, 2014 SiriusXM will offer comprehensive coverage of the 2014 NCAA® Division I Men’s Basketball Championship, offering subscribers nationwide uninterrupted access to live play-by-play of every game.

Starting with the First Four® on March 18 and 19 through the Final Four® and national championship game in Dallas on April 5 and 7, all tournament games will be available to SiriusXM listeners in their entirety, with no blackouts, on Sirius channels 91, 85, 86, 92, 93, and 94 and XM channels 91, 86, 190, 191, 192 and 193. Tournament match-ups and SiriusXM channel assignments will be available at www.siriusxm.com/collegesports starting Monday, March 17.

On Selection Sunday™, March 16, SiriusXM will provide up-to-the-moment coverage as tournament teams and first round match-ups are announced. Chris “Mad Dog” Russo and Steve Torre will host live from 5:00 to 9:00 pm ET on Mad Dog Sports Radio (channel 86).  Then from 9:00 pm to midnight ET, listeners can tune into continued live coverage hosted by former University of Vermont coach Tom Brennan and Mark Packer on SiriusXM College Sports Nation (channel 91).  The shows will feature interviews with special guests, including team coaches and NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Committee chair Ron Wellman, and will give fans a place to call in and share their reactions and opinions as the field is revealed.

Throughout the tournament SiriusXM College Sports Nation will continue to be the fans’ source for daily news and tournament talk.  SiriusXM’s all-college sports channel showcases a stellar lineup of expert hosts and analysts including former coaches Bobby Cremins, Tom Brennan, Steve Lappas and Bruce Pearl,  National Championship-winning guards Mateen Cleaves, and Miles Simon, both of whom were named Most Outstanding Player of the Final Four, and college basketball experts Tim Brando, Mark Packer, Chris Childers and Jason Horowitz.

Legendary Duke University coach Mike Krzyzewski will continue to host his weekly SiriusXM show throughout the tournament.  Basketball and Beyond with Coach K will air Wednesdays at 6:00 pm ET on SiriusXM College Sports Nation.

Throughout Final Four weekend – April 3 through 8 – SiriusXM College Sports Nation will broadcast live from Dallas to deliver fans the latest news, one-on-one interviews and in-depth college basketball talk before and after a new national champion is crowned.

SiriusXM will also offer coverage of the NCAA Division I Women’s Basketball Championship, providing listeners with live play-by-play of every regional final, the Women’s Final Four and championship game.

All NCAA Tournament broadcasts are provided to SiriusXM by WestwoodOne.

NCAA, First Four, Final Four, and Selection Sunday are trademarks of the National Collegiate Athletic Association.

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Road to the Final Four® Begins Selection Sunday on CBS and truTV

cbs-tnt-tbs-ncaaCBS Airs Exclusive Live First-time Announcement of 2014 NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Championship Field of 68 on Sunday, March 16, at 6 p.m. ET

Infiniti Selection Sunday on truTV follows at 7 p.m. with In-Depth Bracket Analysis and Interviews with NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Committee Members

“NCAA March Madness Confidential” Returns; Chronicling Wichita State, Creighton,

San Diego State and Oklahoma during their NCAA Tournament Journeys

CBS Sports and Turner Sports will begin the road to the Final Four with the exclusive, live first-time announcement of the pairings for the 2014 NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Championship on the NCAA Basketball Championship Selection Show on Sunday, March 16, at 6 p.m. ET on CBS.

Greg Gumbel will host the one-hour show, joined by Clark Kellogg, Doug Gottlieb and Seth Davis live from the CBS Broadcast Center in New York.  In addition, Ron Wellman, Chairman of the NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Committee, joins live from Indianapolis to provide an in-depth look into the selection process.

Immediately following the Selection Show at 7 p.m., the Infiniti Selection Sunday on truTV studio show will provide in-depth analysis of the entire tournament field from Turner Studios in Atlanta. Ernie Johnson will host the one-hour special, joined by Charles Barkley, Kenny Smith and CBSSports.com college basketball columnist Gary Parrish. Also, Matt Winer will conduct interviews with select members of the NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Committee in Indianapolis to discuss the bracket and provide details regarding the group’s deliberations throughout the weekend. Gumbel, Anthony, Gottlieb and Davis will also join the show live via satellite from New York.

Turner Sports and CBS Sports’ joint coverage of the 2014 NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Championship will include the return of NCAA March Madness Confidential, providing behind-the-scenes access with four NCAA Tournament bound teams: *No. 2-ranked Wichita State, *No. 8-ranked San Diego State, No. 14-ranked Creighton and No. 17-ranked Oklahoma.  Production crews will be embedded with the teams beginning Selection Sunday with features airing throughout coverage across the Networks, as well as on NCAA.com, chronicling their NCAA Tournament journeys.

CBS Sports and Turner Sports will provide live coverage of all 67 games from the 2014 NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Championship across four networks – TBS, CBS, TNT and truTV. For the first time in the event’s 76-year history, the 2014 NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Championship National Semifinals will be presented on cable live across three networks – the traditional game coverage on TBS and “teamcasts” or team-specific telecasts airing on TNT and truTV – to provide fans with a variety of viewing options for this marquee event. For the 33rd consecutive year, CBS will broadcast the NCAA National Championship.

Additionally, the NCAA Basketball Championship Selection Show will be available via NCAA® March Madness® Live at www.ncaa.com/marchmadness, the March Madness Live® app via online, tablets and mobile devices.

Follow us on Twitter: @MarchMadnessTV for schedule updates and the latest NCAA Tournament broadcast news and information.

 

*AP Poll as of 3/10/14

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Men’s College Hoops: Selection Sunday Highlighted by Three Title Games & Extensive Analysis of Tourney Field

espn-logoMen’s College Hoops: Selection Sunday Highlighted by Three Title Games & Extensive Analysis of Tourney Field
  • Multiple Studio Shows, Greg Shaheen Returns
  • 10 Hours of Coverage on ESPNU on Monday
  • Requiem for The BIG EAST Documentary Debuts Sunday
 
ESPN’s extensive multiplatform coverage of Selection Sunday, March 16 – the day the 68-team field for the NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Championship is announced – will include studio shows across ESPN, ESPN2 and ESPNU; the ACC, SEC and Sun Belt Championships; and the debut of ESPN Films’ 30 for 30 documentary Requiem for The BIG EAST.
 
Many of the sport’s top experts will contribute throughout the day, including Jay Bilas, Dan Dakich, Seth Greenberg, Jeff Goodman, Andy Katz, Joe Lunardi, Bruce Pearl, Digger Phelps, Miles Simon, Dick Vitale and Jay Williams.
 
Greg Shaheen, who oversaw the operation of the NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Championship as the senior vice president of championships and alliances until 2012, will provide insight into the selection process of the Tournament Committee across ESPN platforms for a second consecutive year.
 
The day will tip off with a two-hour College Basketball Live beginning at 11 a.m. ET on ESPN2 and continuing on ESPN at noon. The show will review Championship Week Presented by DICK’S Sporting Goods and provide a preview of the ACC (ESPN & ESPN Radio) and Sun Belt (ESPN2) championship games at 1 p.m. and SEC title game at 3:15 p.m. on ESPN.
 
Studio coverage will include two-hour Bracketology Presented by Staples programs at 7 p.m. on ESPN and 9 p.m. on ESPN2; SportsCenter following the SEC title game that will give a thorough analysis of all tournament-bound teams; and a three-hour Tournament Countdown: The Experts at 9 p.m. on ESPNU. The college sports network will also announce the NIT field with the NIT Selection Show at 8:30 p.m.
 
Details of Selection Sunday studio programming:
 
College Basketball Live at 11 a.m. on ESPN2 and ESPN
The special two-hour College Basketball Live – 11 a.m. on ESPN2 and continuing on ESPN at noon – will review the conference tournament results, look at the potential NCAA Championship field and preview the day’s upcoming conference championships. Rece Davis will host with analysts Bilas, Phelps and Williams.
 
SportsCenter at 5:30 p.m. (or at Conclusion of SEC Title Game) on ESPN
In addition to reporting on the latest sports news, the SportsCenter edition following ESPN’s coverage of the SEC championship will provide up-to-the-minute updates of the tournament selections with host Davis and analysts Bilas, Dakich, Greenberg, Phelps, Vitale (via satellite) and Williams evaluating the brackets shortly after they are announced.
 
Bracketology Presented by Staples at 7 p.m. on ESPN
The two-hour program will include extensive, in-depth analysis of the bracket in each region. Host Davis will be joined by analysts Bilas, Dakich, Greenberg, Phelps, and Williams with Vitale to discuss multiple tournament topics and reveal their Elite Eight, Final Four and Championship game teams. In addition, Katz will interview NCAA Championship Chairman Ron Wellman from Indianapolis.
 
Bracketology Presented by Staples at 9 p.m. on ESPN2
Extensive discussion of the tournament field will continue on ESPN2 with an additional two hours of Bracketology Presented by Staples at 9 p.m. Chris Cotter will host with analysts Dakich, Pearl and Simon providing insight and predictions for every game. In addition, a “Bracketology” National Champion will be crowned during the program.
 
Tournament Countdown: The Experts at 9 p.m. on ESPNU
After the selections are announced, a panel of experts will discuss each first- and second-round game, providing viewers insight into filling out their own brackets, on Tournament Countdown: The Experts at 9 p.m. on ESPNU. Anish Shroff will host with analysts Fran Fraschilla, Dino Gaudio, Adrian Branch and Tim Welsh.
 
Debut of 30 for 30 Documentary Requiem for The BIG EAST Premieres on Selection Sunday
ESPN’s coverage of Selection Sunday will conclude with ESPN Films’ 30 for 30 documentaryRequiem For The BIG EAST will premiere on Sunday, March 16, at 9 p.m. after Bracketology on ESPN. The film, directed by Peabody Award-winning filmmaker Ezra Edelman, explores the meteoric ascension of the BIG EAST Conference and how it became the most successful college basketball sports league in America—but later found itself fighting for survival in a new era. The film is told primarily through the lens of famed BIG EAST coaches such as Jim Boeheim, Lou Carnesecca, Rick Pitino and John Thompson, former BIG EAST commissioner Mike Tranghese, and some of its most iconic players like Patrick Ewing, Chris Mullin and Ed Pinckney. It chronicles the rivalries and successes that led many of them to become household names.
 
10 Hours of Tournament Countdown Programming Monday on ESPNU
ESPNU will provide 10 hours of Tournament Countdown programming on Monday, March 17. Coverage will begin at 1 p.m. with a five-hour Tournament Countdown: Katz Korner featuring interviews with top coaches and players, roundtable discussions and tournament predictions. Katz will be joined by Gaudio and Welsh.
 
ESPNU will also televise a two-hour College Basketball Live: Tournament Countdown with host Dari Nowkhah and analysts Branch and Cory Alexander at 6 p.m. and a three-hour Tournament Countdown: The Experts with Shroff, Gaudio, Branch, Welsh and Alexander at 9 p.m.
 
SportsCenter Tonight Selection Sunday Special on ESPN Radio
ESPN Radio will provide extensive analysis of the tournament field on the SportsCenter Tonight Selection Sunday Special on March 16 from 6:30 p.m. (or at conclusion of NBA broadcast) to 11 p.m. SportsCenter host Doug Kezirian and basketball analyst Kara Lawson will discuss the brackets and conduct interviews with tournament bound coaches and players.
 
ESPN.com Tournament Challenge
Both the Men’s Tournament Challenge and Women’s Tournament Challenge bracket games on ESPN.com return for their 17th seasons on the digital hard court and will once again be free for entrants to submit up to 10 entries.  Last year, the Men’s Tournament Challenge game was the most popular bracket game in the nation, with nearly 8.15 million brackets, up 26 percent compared to the previous year and setting a new record. At the peak period, fans registered 8,123brackets per minute (135 brackets per second). Additional details will be released on Monday, March 17.
 
ESPN, ESPNU and ESPN2’s Schedule for Sunday and Monday
Date Time (ET) Show Network
Sun, Mar 16 11 a.m. College Basketball Live ESPN2
noon College Basketball Live ESPN
1 p.m. ACC Championship ESPN & ESPN Radio
1 p.m. Sun Belt Championship ESPN2
3:15 p.m. SEC Championship ESPN
5:30 p.m. SportsCenter ESPN
6:30 p.m. SportsCenter Tonight Selection Sunday Special ESPN Radio
7 p.m. Bracketology Presented by Staples ESPN
8:30 p.m. NIT Selection Show ESPNU
9 p.m. Requiem For The BIG EAST ESPN
9 p.m. Bracketology Presented by Staples ESPN2
9 p.m. Tournament Countdown: The Experts ESPNU
Mon, Mar 18 1 p.m. Tournament Countdown: Katz Korner ESPNU
6 p.m. College Basketball Live: Tournament Countdown ESPNU
9 p.m. Tournament Countdown: The Experts ESPNU
 
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NBC Sports Group’s Live Coverage Of Atlantic 10 Men’s Basketball Championship Tips Off On Thursday

nbc-sports-groupCoverage of First Round and Quarterfinal Games on NBCSN, Select NBC Sports Regional Networks and NBC Sports Live Extra

Former NBA Head Coach Stan Van Gundy to Serve as Analyst

STAMFORD, Conn. – March 11, 2014 – For the second consecutive year, NBC Sports Group will present live coverage of the Atlantic 10 Men’s Basketball Championship from the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y. More than 16 hours of coverage of the first round and quarterfinals begins Thursday on NBCSN and select NBC Sports Regional Networks. All games telecast on NBCSN will also be streamed live on NBC Sports Live Extra – NBC Sports Group’s live streaming product for desktops, mobile devices, and tablets.

Coverage of the first round tips off with La Salle–St. Bonaventure at noon ET on select NBC Sports Regional Networks. At 2:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN, Dayton will face the winner of the play-in game between George Mason and Fordham. NBCSN’s coverage continues at 6:30 p.m. ET when Richmond takes on Duquesne. First-round coverage will wrap up at 9 p.m. ET when UMass takes the court against Rhode Island, on select NBC Sports Regional Networks.

NBCSN’s coverage of the quarterfinals begins on Friday at noon ET, when No. 18 Saint Louis takes on the winner of La Salle–St. Bonaventure.  NBCSN’s coverage of the quarterfinals is also highlighted by a matchup between No. 23 Virginia Commonwealth and the winner of Richmond-Duquesne. (Further information on all game telecasts is listed below.)

Mike Corey will manage play-by-play for all games on NBCSN and NBC Sports Regional Networks. Analyst David Kaplan will join Corey for NBC Sport Group’s coverage of the first two games on Thursday, and the first game on Friday. Former NBA head coach and NBCSN analyst Stan Van Gundy will join Corey for coverage of the second two games on Thursday, and the final three games of the day on Friday.

Dave Briggs will host NBCSN’s college basketball studio show and will be joined by former New Jersey Nets and UConn forward Donny Marshall.

A-10 Tournament Games on NBCSN and NBC Sports Regional Networks                 

DATE GAME TIME NETWORKS
Thursday La Salle–St. Bonaventure (first round) Noon CSN Philadelphia
CSN Mid-Atlantic
CSN New England
SNY
CSN Northwest
TCN Pittsburgh
Thursday Dayton-TBD (first round) 2:30 p.m. NBCSN
Thursday Richmond-Duquesne (first round) 6:30 p.m. NBCSN
Thursday UMass-Rhode Island (first round) 9 p.m. CSN Mid-Atlantic
CSN New England
SNY
CSN Northwest
TCN Philadelphia
TCN Pittsburgh
Friday Saint Louis-TBD (quarterfinal) Noon NBCSN
Friday St. Joseph’s-TBD (quarterfinal) 2:30 p.m. NBCSN
Friday VCU-TBD (quarterfinal) 6:30 p.m. NBCSN
Friday George Washington-TBD (quarterfinal) 9 p.m. NBCSN

NBC SPORTS LIVE EXTRA

NBC Sports Live Extra – NBC Sports Group’s live streaming product for desktops, mobile devices, and tablets – offers live stream coverage of all A-10 Men’s Basketball Championship games telecast on NBCSN.

Coverage will be streamed via “TV Everywhere,” the media industry’s effort to make quality content available to MVPD customers both in and out of the home and on multiple platforms.

For desktops, NBC Sports Live Extra can be accessed at NBCSports.com/liveextra. The NBC Sports Live Extra app for mobile devices and tablets is available at the App Store for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch, and on select Android handset and tablet devices within Google Play.

Coverage airing on NBCSN will live stream to PCs, mobile devices and tablets through NBC Sports Live Extra, and to the digital platforms of participating cable, satellite, and telco services, via “TV Everywhere,” which is available on an authenticated basis to subscribers of participating MVPDs.

Click here for the participating cable/satellite/telco companies offering NBC Sports Live Extra:
http://nbcsportsgrouppressbox.com/2013/08/16/nbc-sports-live-extra-providers/

ABOUT THE A-10 ON NBCSN

In 2013-14 NBCSN will air 25 A-10 regular season games featuring all 13 member schools, including University of DaytonDuquesne UniversityFordham UniversityGeorge Mason UniversityThe George Washington UniversityLa Salle University, the University of Massachusetts, the University of Rhode IslandRichmond UniversitySt. Bonaventure UniversitySaint Joseph’s UniversitySaint Louis University and Virginia Commonwealth University.

ABOUT THE A-10

The Atlantic 10 Conference was formed in 1976 and consists of 13 diverse members across seven states and Washington, D.C. The membership consists of University of DaytonDuquesne UniversityFordham UniversityGeorge Mason UniversityThe George Washington UniversityLa Salle University, the University of Massachusetts, the University of Rhode IslandRichmond UniversitySt. Bonaventure UniversitySaint Joseph’s UniversitySaint Louis University and Virginia Commonwealth University. The mission and goal of the Atlantic 10 is to provide an enhanced student-athlete experience through 21 nationally competitive championship sports, while securing strong brand, equity, and revenue resources for its member institutions. The conference is committed to integrity, educational excellence and providing quality equitable championship experiences for more than 6,000 student-athletes, coaches, and support staff.

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Turner Sports & CBS Sports Announce 2014 NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Championship Telecast Schedule

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TBS to Air Final Four® for First Time;

Network’s Live On-Site Pregame Coverage Extended to Three Hours

CBS Sports’ Broadcast of National Championship to Include Extended Pre-Game Show

at 8:30 p.m. ET; Game to Tip-Off at 9:10 p.m.

TNT & truTV to Present “Teamcasts” of Final Four National Semifinals Games

CBS and TBS to Split Coverage of Regional Finals

For the fourth consecutive year, Turner Sports and CBS Sports will provide live coverage of all 67 games from the 2014 NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Championship across four national television networks – TBS, CBS, TNT and truTV.  The 2014 schedule will feature several changes to the networks’ collective coverage, highlighted by innovative enhancements to the Final Four® and National Championship.

CBS will broadcast the National Championship game for the 33rd consecutive year on Monday, April 7, from AT&T Stadium in North Texas.  For the first time, the coverage will include an extended pre-game show, Capital One Championship Central, from 8:30-9 p.m. ET. The National Championship game will tip off earlier this year, with the game scheduled to start at 9:10 p.m.

TBS will exclusively televise the 2014 NCAA Final Four on Saturday, April 5, with live game action beginning at 6 p.m. from AT&T Stadium in North Texas, marking the first time in the event’s history the National Semifinal games will be televised on a cable network.

Additionally, Turner Sports and CBS will showcase for the first time Final Four games live across three networks – TBS, TNT and truTV. The NCAA Final Four “Teamcast,” will feature team-specific telecasts that will air live on TNT and truTV.  The “Teamcast” productions will be tailored specifically to the teams competing to provide fans with a variety of viewing options for this year’s marquee event.

Live on-site Final Four studio coverage airing on TBS has been expanded an hour earlier with Road to the Final Four airing Saturday, April 5, from 3-4 p.m., followed by the Final Four Show from 4-6 p.m.  The telecasts of the two National Semifinal games begin at 6 p.m. on TBS.

Coverage of the Regional Finals games this year will be split by CBS and TBS, with TBS airing the games on Saturday, March 29, beginning at 6 p.m. and CBS airing the games on Sunday, March 30, starting at 2 p.m.

The 2014 Division I Men’s Basketball Championship will tip off in primetime with the NCAA First Four™ on truTV presented by Northwestern Mutual on Tuesday, March 18, and Wednesday, March 19, with coverage beginning at 6 p.m. both nights.

Additional highlights include (complete telecast schedule attached):

·         CBS will broadcast 22 games throughout the tournament including the National Championship, Elite 8®, Sweet 16® and second and third rounds.

·         Turner will air 47 game telecasts across its three networks (TBS, TNT and truTV).

·         TBS will televise 20 contests including the Final Four, Elite 8, Sweet 16 and games in the second and third rounds.

·         truTV, including the First Four™, will air a total of 14 games also spanning the second and third rounds, along with the Final Four teamcast.

·         TNT will televise 13 games including second and third round match ups, along with the Final Four teamcast.

CBS Sports and Turner Sports will again present integrated game and studio productions across the four networks with pregame, halftime, bridge and post-game shows from studios in New York City and Atlanta. Studio shows include The Road to the Final Four® and Infiniti NCAA Tip-Off pre-game shows, AT&T at the Half, Capital One Tournament Central and the Inside March Madness® presented by Buick post-game show.

Follow us on Twitter: @MarchMadnessTV for schedule updates and the latest NCAA Tournament broadcast news and information.

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