TNT’s Extensive Coverage of the 2014 NBA Playoffs Begins Sunday, April 20

nba-on-tntTNT’s Extensive Coverage of the 2014 NBA Playoffs Begins Sunday, April 20

More Than 40 NBA Playoff Games on TNT;

Exclusive Home of the Western Conference Finals

TNT, in its 30th consecutive year of NBA coverage, will televise more than 40 NBA Playoff games – the most of any network – including first and second round action and the exclusive presentation of the 2014 NBA Western Conference Finals.  The network’s playoff coverage will tip off Sunday, April 20, with a tripleheader – Dallas Mavericks vs. San Antonio Spurs at 1 p.m. ET; Washington Wizards vs. Chicago Bulls at 7 p.m. and Portland Trail Blazers vs. Houston Rockets at 9:30 p.m.

TNT’s NBA Playoff coverage will feature the Sports Emmy Award-winning studio team of host Ernie Johnson alongside Basketball Hall of Famer Charles Barkley, four-time NBA Champion Shaquille O’Neal and two-time NBA Champion Kenny Smith providing pregame analysis, halftime updates and extensive postgame coverage on Inside the NBA.

The network will feature the state-of-the-art technological enhancements during the playoffs including a super-slow-motion camera that will provide viewers with gripping replays at key moments of the games.  Each first round telecast will utilize one super-slow-motion camera and then increase to two cameras per game during the second round.

The network’s Sports Emmy Award-winning playoff coverage will include four commentator teams during the first round:

  • Marv Albert with Steve Kerr
  • Kevin Harlan with Reggie Miller
  • Brian Anderson with Greg Anthony
  • Joel Meyers with Chris Webber

Reporters will include: David Aldridge, Lewis Johnson, Jaime Maggio, Rachel Nichols, Marty Snider, Molly Sullivan and Tracy Wolfson.

Additionally, TNT Overtime on NBA.com will provide a unique companion experience allowing fans to watch the games via four alternate camera angles, along with real-time stats, enhanced video replays, player and fan voting elements, and the ability to interact with fans via Twitter while watching the game.

2014 NBA Playoffs on TNT (All Times ET)

 

DATE/TIME GAME
 

Sunday, April 20

1 p.m. ET NBA Tip-Off presented by AutoTrader.com

Ernie Johnson (host), Charles Barkley (analyst), Shaquille O’Neal (analyst) and Kenny Smith (analyst)

Dallas Mavericks at San Antonio Spurs, Game 1

Kevin Harlan (play-by-play), Reggie Miller (analyst) and Jaime Maggio (reporter)

7 p.m.

9:30 p.m.

Washington Wizards at Chicago Bulls, Game 1

Marv Albert (play-by-play), Steve Kerr (analyst) and Tracy Wolfson (reporter)

Portland Trail Blazers at Houston Rockets, Game 1

Joel Meyers (play-by-play), Chris Webber (analyst) and Marty Snider (reporter)

 

Postgame Inside the NBA presented by Kia

Johnson (host), Barkley (analyst), O’Neal (analyst) and Smith (analyst)

Monday, April 21
8 p.m. NBA Tip-Off presented by AutoTrader.com

Johnson (host), Barkley (analyst), O’Neal (analyst) and Smith (analyst)

Memphis Grizzlies at Oklahoma City Thunder, Game 2

Brian Anderson (play-by-play), Greg Anthony (analyst) and Lewis Johnson (reporter)

 

10:30 p.m. Golden State Warriors at Los Angeles Clippers, Game 2

Harlan (play-by-play), Miller (analyst) and David Aldridge (reporter)

Postgame Inside the NBA presented by Kia

Johnson (host), Barkley (analyst), O’Neal (analyst) and Smith (analyst)

Tuesday, April 22
7 p.m. NBA Tip-Off presented by AutoTrader.com

Johnson (host), Barkley (analyst), O’Neal (analyst) and Smith (analyst)

Atlanta Hawks at Indiana Pacers, Game 2

Meyers (play-by-play), Webber (analyst) and Molly Sullivan (reporter)

 

9:30 p.m. Washington Wizards at Chicago Bulls, Game 2

Albert (play-by-play), Kerr (analyst) and Wolfson (reporter)

Postgame Inside the NBA presented by Kia

Johnson (host), Barkley (analyst), O’Neal (analyst) and Smith (analyst)

Wednesday, April 23
7 p.m. NBA Tip-Off presented by AutoTrader.com

Johnson (host), Barkley (analyst), O’Neal (analyst) and Smith (analyst)

Charlotte Bobcats at Miami Heat, Game 2

Anderson (play-by-play), Anthony (analyst) and Rachel Nichols (reporter)

9:30 p.m. Portland Trail Blazers at Houston Rockets, Game 2

Meyers (play-by-play), Webber (analyst) and Snider (reporter)

Postgame Inside the NBA presented by Kia

Johnson (host), Barkley (analyst), O’Neal (analyst) and Smith (analyst)

Thursday, April 24
8 p.m. NBA Tip-Off presented by AutoTrader.com

Johnson (host), Barkley (analyst), O’Neal (analyst) and Smith (analyst)

Oklahoma City Thunder at Memphis Grizzlies, Game 3

Albert (play-by-play), Kerr (analyst) and Johnson (reporter)

10:30 p.m. Los Angeles Clippers at Golden State Warriors, Game 3

Harlan (play-by-play), Miller (analyst) and Aldridge (reporter)

Post-game Inside the NBA presented by Kia

Johnson (host), Barkley (analyst), O’Neal (analyst) and Smith (analyst)

Saturday, April 26
1:30 p.m. NBA Tip-Off presented by AutoTrader.com

Johnson (host), Barkley (analyst), O’Neal (analyst) and Smith (analyst)

2 p.m. Indiana Pacers at Atlanta Hawks, Game 4

Anderson (play-by-play), Anthony (analyst) and Nichols (reporter)

4:30 p.m. San Antonio Spurs at Dallas Mavericks, Game 3

Meyers (play-by-play), Webber (analyst) and Maggio (reporter)

Sunday, April 27  
6:30 p.m. NBA Tip-Off presented by AutoTrader.com

Johnson (host), Barkley (analyst), O’Neal (analyst) and Smith (analyst)

7 p.m. Toronto Raptors at Brooklyn Nets, Game 4

Albert (play-by-play), Kerr (analyst) and Wolfson (reporter)

 

9:30 p.m. Houston Rockets at Portland Trail Blazers, Game 4

Harlan (play-by-play), Miller (analyst) and Snider (reporter)

Postgame Inside the NBA presented by Kia

Johnson (host), Barkley (analyst), O’Neal (analyst) and Smith (analyst)

Monday, April 28  
7 p.m. NBA Tip-Off presented by AutoTrader.com

Johnson (host), Barkley (analyst), O’Neal (analyst) and Smith (analyst)

Miami Heat at Charlotte Bobcats, Game 4

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9:30 p.m. San Antonio Spurs at Dallas Mavericks, Game 4

TBA

Postgame Inside the NBA presented by Kia

Johnson (host), Barkley (analyst), O’Neal (analyst) and Smith (analyst)

Additional games TBA

 

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Notes from TNT’s NBA Coverage – Tuesday, April 15, 2014

nba-on-tntNotes from TNT’s NBA Coverage – Tuesday, April 15, 2014

TNT’s NBA Playoff coverage will get underway this Sunday, April 20. TNT, in its 30th consecutive year of NBA coverage, will televise more than 40 NBA Playoff games – the most of any network – including first and second round action and the exclusive presentation of the 2014 NBA Western Conference Finals.

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TNT NBA Tip-off presented by AutoTrader.com

Ernie Johnson, Brent Barry, Shaquille O’Neal and Steve Smith

Smith on Pacers center Roy Hibbert needing to be more aggressive: “Roy Hibbert doesn’t dominate the center position…as a [center] he has to come out, establish [himself] and demand the basketball. If the Hawks go to a small lineup and Indiana tries to match up, the Hawks have a good chance [to win the series].”

O’Neal on Roy Hibbert: “Roy has to get the ball to be effective. He has to demand the ball. Sometimes it seems like he doesn’t want the ball. He’s fine with not getting the ball, but he has to demand it.”

O’Neal on the Atlanta Hawks vs. Indiana Pacers first round playoff series: “You can’t take the Atlanta Hawks lightly. The Pacers are a No. 1 seed but they aren’t playing like it. If they take them lightly, it might be a longer series than we expect.”

Barry on the Rockets vs. Trail Blazers first round match-up: “The match-up at the four-spot is critical for Portland because they have to make sure that game-in and game-out, LaMarcus Aldridge is fed and taken care of.”

O’Neal on Rockets center Dwight Howard: “He needs to dominate so that [the opposition] goes back after every game and say, ‘How do we stop that guy?’ Will they double [team]? Every time you double team, you open up the shooters.”
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New York Knicks (109) at Brooklyn Nets (98)
Ian Eagle (play-by-play), Greg Anthony (analyst) with Rachel Nichols (reporter)
Anthony on the Nets: “Brooklyn is an older team but their experience can make up for their lack of athleticism. They have a high basketball I.Q.”

Anthony on what new Knicks president Phil Jackson is looking for with his players: “Phil Jackson wants to see how these guys play without the basketball. Teams like San Antonio know how to play without the basketball. They have great movement and execution. That gives you a chance to be successful in this league.”

Anthony on the Nets ability to get to the free throw line: “I like that they are showing the ability to get to the free throw line. That’s a great way to create and extend momentum. They didn’t do that as well a season ago.”

Anthony on the impact of rookies Mason Plumlee [Nets] and Tim Hardaway, Jr. [Knicks] on their respective teams: “Neither [Mason] Plumlee or [Tim] Hardaway will be Rookie of the Year but both have had phenomenal rookie seasons in terms of what they brought to the table. They are having far more of an impact than either organization thought they would at this stage in their career.”

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Sprint Halftime Report
Johnson, Barry, O’Neal, Smith
O’Neal on Nets rookie Mason Plumlee: “The two things you need to become an NBA player is heart and effort. Those are two things you can’t teach and [Plumlee] has it. He doesn’t get a lot of plays called [for him] but he just plays smart basketball…he’s ‘Plumdog Millionaire’ and he will be a star. He’s Joakim Noah-ish.”

Smith on Nets forward Andrei Kirilenko: “Kirilenko is a nightmare to play against because of his length and size. He’s a phenomenal rebounder because of his sense to get the basketball. He does so many things.”
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Anthony on Knicks head coach Mike Woodson: “I’m a huge fan of Mike Woodson and I think he’s a solid coach…but he has to take some of the responsibility. The players haven’t had a great year and he hasn’t had a great year as a coach.”

Anthony on Nets reserve guard Marcus Thornton: “Marcus Thornton is the kind of guy who can be a difference maker because of how explosive he can be offensively.

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Denver Nuggets (105) at Los Angeles Clippers (117)
Kevin Harlan (play-by-play), Reggie Miller (analyst) with Jaime Maggio (reporter)
Miller on Clippers’ Jamal Crawford returning from injury: “His contributions are going to be huge for the Clippers. When you play with Chris Paul and Blake Griffin, it’s so important to get onto the same page and into the same rhythm with them. It could take two or three weeks to get that flow back.”

Miller on Clippers’ center DeAndre Jordan: “I love everything about DeAndre Jordan. His sit-down [meeting] with [head coach] Doc Rivers before the season has really taken him to another level at both ends of the floor. They don’t run a single play for him, but he finds a way to be effective offensively.”

Miller on the Clippers veteran bench depth: “They go nine or 10 deep [on the bench]. They have experience with Glen Davis, Danny Granger and Hedo Turkoglu. They have a lot of guys with playoff experience.”
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Sprint Halftime Report
Johnson, Barry, O’Neal, Smith
Smith on the Clippers: “I picked [the Clippers] to play in the [Finals] against Miami because of [head coach] Doc Rivers. He demands defense and a lot of guys want to go play for Doc Rivers.

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Miller on the Clippers: “They have all the confidence in the world going into [the playoffs]. They had a very disappointing season last year when they lost in the first round to Memphis…but there is a confidence about this team that is different than last year. Defensively, they are much better. Offensively, the ball moves more crisper. It will be interesting to see what they do this weekend [in the playoffs].”

Miller on the Nuggets center Timofey Mozgov: “The most consistent player this season for the Denver Nuggets has been Timofey Mozgov.”

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Inside the NBA presented by Kia
Johnson, Barry, O’Neal, Smith

Barry on Nets’ Marcus Thornton: “He’s going to have a huge role them in the playoffs…he’s going to provide instant offense.”

Barry on the Indiana Pacers: “The Pacers are starting off the playoffs playing against two teams – they are playing against Atlanta and they are playing against themselves. They have not found their identity in the last month of the season.”

The Inside the NBA crew made their end-of-season awards predictions

Steve Smith

Coach of the Year: Dwane Casey – Toronto Raptors

Rookie of the Year: Michael Carter-Williams – Philadelphis 76ers

Most Valuable Player: Kevin Durant – Oklahoma City Thunder

Shaquille O’Neal

Coach of the Year: Gregg Popovich – San Antonio Spurs

Rookie of the Year: Michael Carter-Williams – Philadelphia 76ers

Most Valuable Player: Kevin Durant – Oklahoma City Thunder

Brent Barry

Coach of the Year: Jeff Hornacek – Phoenix Suns

Rookie of the Year: Michael Carter-Williams – Philadelphia 76ers

Most Valuable Player: Kevin Durant – Oklahoma City Thunder

Smith on how the Boston Celtics can get back to the playoffs in 2015: “You’ve got to keep guys like [Celtics point guard] Rajon Rondo, guys who love to win and don’t accept losing. [The Celtics] also have to get lucky in the draft and develop from within…they’re on the right track.”

O’Neal on what the Lakers need to do to get the spark back in Los Angeles: “The Lakers have always been notorious for making miraculous moves during the summer. They need to bring in a few top free agents…[Timberwolves power forward] Kevin Love and [Knicks forward] Carmelo Anthony’s names are going to be out there. They need to do something miraculous to get that spark back in Los Angeles.”

Barry on how Knicks president Phil Jackson will help the team rebuild: “That’s one thing [the Knicks] have going for them…When Phil Jackson is the guy that’s on the phone, they have the ears of the top free agents. That is going to help them rebuild in a way that other teams in smaller markets cannot do.”

 

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Notes from TNT’s NBA Coverage – Thursday, April 10, 2014

nba-on-tntNotes from TNT’s NBA Coverage – Thursday, April 10, 2014

TNT’s NBA coverage continues Tuesday, April 15 with doubleheader action featuring the New York Knicks @ Brooklyn Nets at 8 p.m. ET and the Denver Nuggets @ Los Angeles Clippers at 10:30 p.m.

 

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TNT NBA Tip-off presented by AutoTrader.com

Ernie Johnson, Charles Barkley, Kenny Smith and Shaquille O’Neal

Barkley on the Playoffs: “If the playoffs started today, the team that wins the series between the Oklahoma City Thunder and LA Clippers is going to represent the Western Conference in the playoffs.”

Barkley on the San Antonio Spurs: “I guarantee the Spurs are praying they don’t play Memphis in the first round. They don’t want to play Memphis.”
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San Antonio Spurs (109) at Dallas Mavericks (100)
Kevin Harlan (play-by-play) and Steve Kerr (analyst) with Craig Sager (reporter)

Kerr on the Dallas Mavericks: “Dallas is not a good defensive team, but a great offensive team – one of the best in the league.”

Kerr on Spurs small forward Kawhi Leonard: “Kawhi has great defensive versatility. He can guard a 6’0″ guy or a 6’11″ guy. That’s one of the many things he’s brought to this team.”

Kerr on the Spurs and Mavericks: “With San Antonio and Dallas, you have two teams that are filled with guys that can dribble, pass and shoot and two coaches that demand execution and ball movement so it’s a beautiful game to watch.”

Kerr on a team in the Western Conference with the most wins not making the playoffs: “It just seems so unfair especially with what is happening at the bottom of the Eastern Conference. It is just amazing that a team that is approaching 50 wins will not make the playoffs.  If you make it to 50 in the NBA you have had a great season, I can’t believe that a team can do that and not make the playoffs.”

Kerr on the makeup of the Spurs roster: “The Spurs have been phenomenal in the last few years, figuring out who to chase in free agency.  Guys like [Patty] Mills, [Boris] Diaw…just fit the design.”

Kerr on Mavericks forward Shawn Marion: “Shawn Marion has been one of the best defensive players in the NBA. He may not score like he used to but he can still guard anybody. With his athleticism, he can guard anyone from a point guard to a power forward.”

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Sprint Halftime Report
Johnson, Barkley, Smith and O’Neal

O’Neal on Tim Duncan: “Good thing about Tim Duncan, he’s a true definition of a great player.  He does things that makes his teammates better.”

Barkley on the Spurs not being able to make it past the first round in the playoffs: “I don’t think those old guys will be able to hold on. Tony Parker is the only one that is still in his prime. I think that age is going to take its toll on them.”

Barkley on Mavericks forward Dirk Nowitzki: “Greatest European player ever…best big man shooter ever.  He’s probably top 25 [players] of all time.”

O’Neal on Nowitzki: “When he came in, he didn’t have what Magic [Johnson] had or [Larry] Bird had or even what Kobe [Bryant] had. His first couple of years he struggled, but he stuck with it.”
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Kerr on the potential of the Spurs and Mavericks facing each other in the first round of the playoffs: “It would be fun to watch. [They are] two of the most beautiful offensive clubs we have in the NBA. The execution is just fantastic to watch.”

Kerr on Kawhi Leonard: “He could be a great post-player with his strength and his length.”

Kerr on Kawhi Leonard: “This Spurs stretch in this last couple of months is directly related to Kawhi Leonard’s return from his wrist injury and his tremendous play at both ends of the floor.”
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Denver Nuggets (100) at Golden State Warriors (99)
Marv Albert (play-by-play), Reggie Miller (analyst) with David Aldridge (reporter)

Miller on Warriors guard Steve Blake: “This is a guy that has playoff experience, is tough and can make big shots. He’s more of a facilitator and he fits right into the plans of Golden State and Mark Jackson.”

Miller on the importance of David Lee for the Warriors in the playoffs: “If this Warriors team is going to go far in the playoffs, David Lee has to be healthy and playing at a high level. If the playoffs started today, the Warriors would be playing against the Clippers. He and [Andrew] Bogut have to have a monster series in order for them to advance. You need a walking double-double and that’s exactly what David Lee is.”
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Sprint Halftime Report
Johnson, Barkley, Smith and O’ Neal

Barkley on the Warriors without David Lee: “They have no chance of winning a series without David Lee.  He’s a walking double-double.”
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Miller on Nuggets power forward Kenneth Faried improving on offense: “We know what he can do on the offensive glass, he’s relentless on rebounding, but he has to become a little more polished offensively.”

Miller on Nuggets head coach Brian Shaw: “I love what Brian Shaw is bringing to the Denver Nuggets. The number one thing is accountability. He has experience as a player and a coach and I think these young guys recognize that.”
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Inside the NBA presented by Kia
Johnson, Barkley, Smith and O’Neal

Barkley on the Denver Nuggets: “I would love to see this Denver team get healthy.”

Barkley on the San Antonio Spurs: “When they get to the playoffs, they are going to play against a really good team. They are 2-8 against the top 2, 3, and 4 teams in the Western Conference. They are going to have a tough series against Memphis, Dallas or Phoenix.”

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NCAA March Madness Live Sets All-Time Record with Nearly 70 Million Video Streams for the 2014 NCAA Tournament

cbs-tnt-tbs-ncaaLive Video Streams Across All Platforms Up 42%; Live Video Streams on Mobile Up 71%

2014 NCAA Tournament Marks Record Usage for TV Everywhere Initiative

NCAA March Madness Live, managed by Turner Sports, set a new record for video consumption during the 2014 NCAA Tournament with 69.7 million live video streams collectively across all platforms. This year’s live video streams are up 42% over last year’s tournament, far exceeding the total of 49 million live video streams for the entire tournament in 2013.

NCAA March Madness Live netted 15 million hours of live video consumed for this year’s tournament, also an all-time record and a 7% increase over last year. Additionally, NCAA March Madness Live represented a watershed event for the TV Everywhere initiative, marking record-setting year-over-year growth in usage and surpassing total TV Everywhere consumption for the entire 2013 tournament by the end of the second round.

Monday’s National Championship between Kentucky and Connecticut generated two million live video streams, up 30% when compared with last year’s championship game.

In partnership between the NCAA, Turner Sports and CBS Sports, NCAA March Madness Live launched from www.ncaa.com/marchmadness, www.bleacherreport.com and www.cbssports.com, and was available via the Amazon Appstore, Apple App Store, Google Play and Windows Store.  Additionally, fans could watch games via live streaming on TNT, TBS and truTV’s digital platforms, as well as participating TV provider websites.

2014 NCAA Tournament highlights:

Live Video Streams

  • Across all digital platforms, NCAA March Madness Live generated 69.7 million live video streams, an all-time record and up 42% over last year.
  • NCAA March Madness Live registered 15 million hours of live video streaming, a record-setting total and a 7% increase from 2013.

Mobile Usage Growth

  • Mobile (tablets and smartphones) platforms experienced significant growth with live streams up 71% during the NCAA Tournament.
  • Live streaming hours also delivered considerable growth, up 38% over last year.

TV Everywhere

§  TV Everywhere usage marked tremendous year-over-year growth, up 85% in live streams and 72% in hours spent viewing.

§  Users who were logged in spent more time watching games, streaming an average of 67% more minutes than users who weren’t logged in.

§  Mobile platforms saw a huge surge in TV Everywhere usage for the 2014 tournament, with live streams on logged-in mobile devices representing 52% of the total TV Everywhere usage for the entire tournament.

Source: 2014 Live metrics for Desktop, iOS and Android from Conviva

Most Popular Games

The top five most-watched games across digital platforms for this year’s tournament, based on live video streams:

▪                   Dayton vs. Ohio State – 4,587,986

▪                   Mercer vs. Duke – 4,177,421

▪                   Harvard vs. Cincinnati – 2,742,532

▪                      Kentucky vs. Connecticut – 2,008,138

▪                   Kentucky vs. Wichita State – 1,954,273

Source:  Omniture, Conviva

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Notes from TNT’s NBA Coverage – Thursday, April 3, 2014

nba-on-tntTNT’s NBA coverage continues Tuesday, April 8, with doubleheader action featuring the Brooklyn Nets @ Miami Heat at 8 p.m. ET and the Houston Rockets @ Los Angeles Lakers at 10:30 p.m.

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Matt Winer, Shaquille O’Neal, Steve Smith and Chris Webber

Steve Smith on Spurs forward Kawhi Leonard: “We all know to win championships you’re going to have to defend. And they don’t have the lockdown defenders other than Kawhi Leonard that you can put on somebody and make it hard… They need a guy that they can just take [an opposing player] out of a ballgame, and Kawhi Leonard is one of those guys.”

Chris Webber on the Oklahoma City Thunder: “I still believe you have to have three great players, two Hall of Famers, to win a championship in this league…That third great player could be [Serge] Ibaka, defensively.”

Shaquille O’Neal on Oklahoma City: “The difference between OKC and Miami is you can look at Miami and say, ‘they’re going to win because they do everything right.’ With OKC you have to say, ‘if their jumper is falling, then they’ll win. If they can score on the inside, then they’ll win. If [Thunder point guard] Russell Westbrook is playing under control, then they can win.’”
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San Antonio Spurs at Oklahoma City Thunder 
Kevin Calabro (play-by-play), Mike Fratello (analyst) with David Aldridge (reporter)

Mike Fratello on Thunder guard Reggie Jackson: “He takes some of the pressure off [Russell] Westbrook. They have developed so much confidence in him, and he has developed so much confidence from when he took over for Westbrook. He’s a terrific defender, can penetrate and get to the rim; he’s another weapon on the floor.”

Fratello on Thunder forward Kevin Durant: “It’s just too easy for him to score because at his size he can run the floor, he can handle the ball; he can beat you off the dribble; he shoots the ball with incredible range.”

Fratello on Oklahoma City’s defensive focus: “Give Oklahoma City credit, when they get down in their stance, when they’re engaged, all five players on the floor, they’re a terrific defensive team.”

Fratello on the upcoming NBA television schedule: “There’s hardly a game that you can look at on the schedule and say not one of the two teams aren’t involved somehow in the playoff race.”

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Sprint Halftime Report
Winer, O’Neal, Smith and Webber

Webber on Spurs forward Tim Duncan: “This is what I love about him, the fact that right now he’s averaging close to 10 rebounds. There are guys seven-foot that aren’t doing that, and they’re in their 20s. I think a lot of it is just being boring, just playing the same way, like a drill.”
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Dallas Mavericks at Los Angeles Clippers
Kevin Harlan (play-by-play), Brent Barry (analyst) with Craig Sager (reporter)

Brent Barry on the Dallas Mavericks trying to make the playoffs: “Their fate is in their hands. They just have to play better basketball. They have struggled in fourth quarters. They got to keep getting themselves in that position to win games.”

Barry on Los Angeles Clippers point guard Chris Paul: “He plays both ways. He knows how to take over games. Defensively, [he is] the steals leader in the league. He probably uses more energy than anybody who plays this game, talking, moving and communicating. He’s a special, special player.”

Barry on the Mavericks adding players during the offseason: “I think the Mavericks’ brass, in looking at free agency in the offseason, talked about what they needed to compliment Dirk Nowitski’s game. These guys fit together. Jose Calderon is a set up point guard, a great spot up shooter… And Monta Ellis causes all kind of matchup problems at his size.”

Barry on Glen “Big Baby” Davis’ role with the Clippers: “There are going to be some times I think quite frankly that “Big Baby” is going to be important for the Clippers, just in terms of the emotional energy he brings to the game.”

Barry on Dallas winning on the road: “[They had] some struggles in the fourth quarter but overall Rick Carlisle has got to be very pleased with this performance… They got this road trip started the right way by winning against one of the best of the West.”
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Sprint Halftime Report
Winer, O’Neal, Smith and Webber
Webber on Dallas Mavericks guard Monta Ellis: “I played with Monta Ellis when he was a rookie. You would have never seen him have the stats he has tonight… He’s become one of the best finishers in the game… When he’s keeping everyone on their toes, on ice-skates, on their toes, he gets guys involved.”

Smith on Ellis: “I like the way he’s distributing. It seems like he’s looking to win basketball games right now. And he’s playing with Dirk Nowitzki, who’s playing out of his mind at his age.”
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Inside the NBA presented by Kia
Winer, O’Neal, Smith and Webber

Smith on Dallas’ veteran contributors off the bench: “I take my hat off to Shawn Marion and Vince Carter. Old guys still getting it done, [they] still want to make the playoffs. I think to win championships… you have to have these vets. Vets know how to play at the end of the year. That’s when they get to going.”

Webber on the Clippers’ inconsistency: “This is why Doc Rivers probably isn’t getting all the sleep he should during the year because sometimes the Clippers go back to being the old Clippers from last year in the middle of the game. That’s the only thing that worries me about them.”

O’Neal on Thunder guard Russell Westbrook: “I think he could play linebacker in the NFL.”

Smith on Spurs guard Manu Ginobili: “I think they’re going to have to have Manu [Ginobili] play at a high level… We all know great scorers don’t want to really guard [other] great scorers.”
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Turner & CBS Announce Coverage Plans for 2014 NCAA Final Four

cbs-tnt-tbs-ncaaCBS Sports and Turner Sports Announce Coverage Plans for

2014 NCAA Men’s Final Four in North Texas

 TBS to Televise Final Four National Semifinals for First Time;

CBS to Broadcast National Championship for 33rd Consecutive Year

TNT & truTV “Teamcast” Plans Unveiled for Final Four National Semifinal Games                                                                                                                                                                                          

Turner Sports and CBS Sports will provide exclusive coverage of the 2014 NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Final Four and National Championship from North Texas with Connecticut, Florida, Kentucky and Wisconsin competing for college basketball’s top honor.  TBS will televise the National Semifinal games on Saturday, April 5, with coverage beginning at 6 p.m. ET, marking the first time in the 76-year history of the event the games will air on a cable network. The network will televise three hours of pre-game coverage beginning at 3 p.m. CBS will broadcast the National Championship on Monday, April 7, with pre-game coverage live from AT&T Stadium beginning at 8:30 p.m., and the game tipping off earlier this year at 9:10 p.m.

Saturday’s Final Four National Semifinals will feature Florida against Connecticut with tip-off scheduled for 6:09 p.m.  Wisconsin versus Kentucky will begin 40 minutes following the conclusion of the first game.  Jim Nantz will call the action with analysts Greg Anthony and Steve Kerr, along with reporter Tracy Wolfson.  Nantz will call his 24th Final Four and National Championship, with Kerr joining Nantz for a fourth consecutive year and Anthony providing analysis alongside them for the first time this year.

Ernie Johnson will host studio coverage from the Final Four and National Championship with analysts Charles Barkley, Clark Kellogg and Kenny Smith – joined by Greg Gumbel and analysts Reggie Miller, Seth Davis, Grant Hill, Doug Gottlieb and college coaches.

In additional to the traditional Final Four National Semifinal game telecast airing on TBS, “teamcasts” or team-specific presentations tailored to the individual teams competing in both games will air simultaneously on TNT and truTV.  The innovative teamcast concept – under the banner “Your Team, Your Way” – will present the game with unprecedented local flavor, including comprehensive team and player storylines, custom music, graphics and show packaging, additional cameras and team-specific replays, custom halftimes with school features and more.

Network/Commentators for the Final Four teamcast presentations:

Florida Teamcast at 6 p.m. on TNT

David Steele, who has previously hosted University of Florida basketball and football television and radio coverage and is the current voice of the Orlando Magic, will provide play-by-play for the TNT telecast.  Analyst Mark Wise, a 14-year veteran analyst for the Gator Basketball Network, and reporter James Bates, a former member of the Florida football team who played on four consecutive SEC title teams and a national championship team in 1996, will join Steele.

Connecticut Teamcast at 6 p.m. on truTV

Eric Frede, a Connecticut native who covered the UConn men’s program this year as a studio host for CSN New England, will call the action on truTV.  Frede is also the current play-by-play commentator for SNY’s coverage of the UConn women’s basketball program.  Joining him courtside will be UConn standout Donny Marshall, a member of UConn Men’s Basketball All-Century Team who led the Huskies to the Elite Eight in 1995 while averaging 22.3 points per game. Marshall currently provides analysis for YES Network on the Brooklyn Nets.  Additionally, UConn legend Swin Cash – a two-time Olympic gold medalist, three-time WNBA champion and two time NCAA champion at Connecticut – will be the courtside reporter.

Kentucky Teamcast following the first game on TNT

Play-by-play commentator Rob Bromley, a long-time Kentucky sports anchor who has handled play-by-play, sideline and color commentary for basketball and football on UKTV for more than 30 years, will team with former Kentucky star Rex Chapman as the analyst.  Chapman was a two-time All-SEC player at Kentucky and a 12-year NBA veteran. Dave Baker, a television play-by-play commentator for UK/IMG telecasts of the University of Kentucky basketball games and long-time sports anchor and reporter at WKYT, will serve as the reporter for the game.

Wisconsin Teamcast following the first game on truTV

Wayne Larrivee, who has called Wisconsin games on the Big Ten Network this season, will provide play-by-play commentary.  Larrivee is also the current radio voice of the Green Bay Packers.  Larrivee will be joined by former Badger Mike Kelley, who helped guide the team to the Final Four in 2000.

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

cbs-tnt-tbs-ncaaCBS Sports and Turner Sports Announce Tip Times and

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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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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Notes from TNT’s NBA Coverage – Thursday, March 13, 2014

nba-on-tntNotes from TNT’s NBA Coverage – Thursday, March 13, 2014

 TNT’s NBA coverage continues Tuesday, March 25, at 8 p.m. ET with doubleheader action featuring the Oklahoma City Thunder @ Dallas Mavericks followed by the New York Knicks @ Los Angeles Lakers at 10:30 p.m.

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TNT NBA Tip-off presented by AutoTrader.com
Matt Winer, Charles Barkley, Shaquille O’Neal and Kenny Smith

Barkley on Knicks head coach Mike Woodson: “Mike Woodson is not the problem with the Knicks. The Knicks stink. Mike Woodson has been totally disrespected throughout this entire process.”

Barkley on reports of Phil Jackson joining the Knicks front office: “The ‘Zen Master’ is going to have to go see Dr. Phil after seeing that team play.”

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Houston Rockets (87) at Chicago Bulls (111)
Marv Albert (play-by-play) and Steve Kerr (analyst) with Rachel Nichols (reporter)

Kerr on the Triangle offense: “It’s a great offense if you’ve got great talent…much like any offense.”

Kerr on the Rockets’ James Harden: “Harden is at the point in his career where he has star status…he’s so good offensively. When he’s making the three with his ability to get to the rim, with his strength, people just bounce off of him.”
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Sprint Halftime Report
Winer, Barkley, O’Neal, Smith

Barkley on the Rockets: “They are a good solid team but they aren’t a contender.”

Smith on Houston point guard Jeremy Lin: “There are a lot of different variables that he offers but he gets discredited because of what happened in New York with ‘Linsanity.’ He’s very effective and tough to play against. The credit that he gets now works against him because he got too much already [while with the Knicks].”
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Kerr on Chicago’s chances in the playoffs:  “They could do some serious damage [in the playoffs] if the match-up is right. I don’t like Miami [as an opponent] for them but Indiana, with their own offensive inefficiencies…I could see Chicago and Indiana going a long way [in a series].”

Kerr on how the Rockets lack of grit could impact them in the playoffs: “They are a happy-go-lucky bunch. Led by Dwight Howard, they are very loose and the chemistry is great; but you have to question the grit. Do they have enough fire in them to get through a playoff series with all the adversity they are going to hit? That’s what you have to get through as a team if you’re going to evolve through that pain and learn those lessons.”

Kerr on Houston guard Patrick Beverley: “He’s the one guy on the team that fires the Rockets up.”

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Los Angeles Lakers (102) at Oklahoma City Thunder (131)
Kevin Harlan (play-by-play) and Chris Webber (analysts) with Craig Sager (reporter)
Webber on the Lakers: “Think about how hard it is for a team like the Lakers to get any rhythm. They’ve had six different point guards. How can you have any consistency with different leadership [on the court]?”

Webber on Oklahoma City veteran Caron Butler: “He can score, he plays defense, he has experience and he’s happy to be [in Oklahoma City]. He wants to be sure that his impact is felt.”

Webber on the Thunder’s cohesiveness: “When you’re on a championship run, you have so many moving parts and things that may not go well. [The Thunder] have been together for so long, it seems like they can handle the misfortunes and the changes.”

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Sprint Halftime Report
Winer, Barkley, O’Neal, Smith

O’Neal on Oklahoma City’s Serge Ibaka: “Serge Ibaka is [Oklahoma City’s] third guy, he does everything. Every championship team has a guy that does all the small things.”

 

Barkley on the Lakers: “The Lakers made a huge mistake not re-signing Dwight Howard. They should’ve found a way to make it work. You can’t let the best big man in the game just leave.”

 
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Webber on the toughness of the Thunder: “They are tough and not only because of [Kendrick] Perkins. They have Ibaka, who is one of the best defenders in the game. They have Durant and Westbrook, who is an animal…he just goes.”

Webber on the Thunder: “There was a rumor that [the Thunder] were selfish. I don’t know who started that rumor but this team is fun to watch. When you’re putting up 115 [points] a game…it’s hard to be selfish.”

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Inside the NBA presented by Kia
Winer, Barkley, O’Neal, Smith

Barkley on Russell Westbrook: “He’s never going to be a conventional point guard. He’s too talented.”

Barkley on the Clippers: “The Clippers are the favorite in the West right now.”

Visit the Turner Sports online press room for additional press materials; follow Turner Sports on Twitter at @TurnerSportsPR
 

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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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