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Sweet 16 Announcer Pairings

March 21, 2011

From Awful Announcing my addition in Italics:

Play-By-Play/Analyst//Reporter

Jim Nantz/Clark Kellogg//Tracy Wolfson Newark

Marv Albert/Steve Kerr//Craig Sager San Antonio

Verne Lundquist/Bill Raftery//Lesley Visser Anaheim

Gus Johnson/Len Elmore/Reggie Miller//Marty Snider New Orleans

Thursday, March 24

7:15PM           CBS              Anaheim I           (2) San Diego St. vs. (3) UCONN Lundquist/Raftery//Visser

7:27PM           TBS               New Orleans I    (2) Florida vs. (3) BYU Johnson/Elmore/Miller//Snider

9:45PM           CBS           `  Anaheim II        (1) Duke vs. (5) Arizona Lundquist/Raftery//Visser

9:57PM            TBS              New Orleans II  (4) Wisconsin vs. (8) Butler Johnson/Elmore/Miller//Snider

Friday, March 25

7:15PM            CBS             Newark I             (2) UNC vs. (11) Marquette Nantz/Kellogg//Wolfson

7:27PM            TBS              San Antonio I      (1) Kansas vs. (12) Richmond Albert/Kerr//Sager

9:45PM            CBS              Newark II           (1) Ohio State vs. (4) Kentucky Nantz/Kellogg//Wolfson

9:57PM            TBS              San Antonio II     (10) Florida State vs. (11) VCU Albert/Kerr//Sager

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First Four & Round of 64 TV Schedule

March 13, 2011

From Awful Announcing:

“ROUND 1”

Tuesday, March 15

6:40 p.m. in Dayton: UNC Asheville vs. UALR (truTV) — Jim Nantz, Clark Kellogg, Steve Kerr, Tracy Wolfson, Ken Mack, Jim Cornell
After conclusion of Game 1: UAB vs. Clemson in Dayton (truTV) — Jim Nantz Clark Kellogg, Steve Kerr, Tracy Wolfson, Ken Mack, Jim Cornell

Wednesday, March 16

6:40 p.m. UTSA vs. Alabama St. (truTV) — Gus Johnson, Len Elmore, Marty Snider, Ken Mack, Jim Cornell
After conclusion of Game 1: USC vs. VCU (truTV) — Gus Johnson, Len Elmore, Marty Snider, Ken Mack, Jim Cornell

“ROUND 2”

Thursday, March 17

12:15 p.m. in Tampa: West Virginia vs. UAB/Clemson (CBS) — Ian Eagle, Jim Spanarkel, David Aldridge, Bob Mansbach, Chris Svendsen

12:40 p.m. in Wash D.C.: Butler vs. Old Dominion (truTV) — Tim Brando, Mike Gminski, Lewis Johnson, Ross Schneiderman, Vic Frank, Brian Lilley, Andy Goldberg

1:40 p.m. in Denver: Louisville vs. Morehead St. (TBS) — Verne Lundquist, Bill Raftery, Lesley Visser, Mark Wolff, Suzanne Smith

2:10 p.m. in Tucson: Temple vs. Penn State (TNT) — Kevin Harlan, Reggie Miller, Dan Bonner, Sam Ryan, Scooter Vertino, Renardo Lowe

After conclusion of Game 1 in Tampa: Kentucky vs. Princeton (CBS) — Ian Eagle, Jim Spanarkel, David Aldridge, Bob Mansbach, Chris Svendsen

After conclusion of Game 1 in Washington D.C.: Pittsburgh vs. UNC Ash./UALR (truTV) — Tim Brando, Mike Gminski, Lewis Johnson, Ross Schneiderman, Vic Frank, Brian Lilley, Andy Goldberg

After conclusion of Game 1 in Denver: Vanderbilt vs. Richmond (TBS) –Verne Lundquist, Bill Raftery, Lesley Visser, Mark Wolff, Suzanne Smith

After conclusion of Game 1 in Tucscon: San Diego State vs. Northern Colorado (TNT) — Kevin Harlan, Reggie Miller, Dan Bonner, Sam Ryan, Scooter Vertino, Renardo Lowe
6:50 p.m. in Tampa: Florida vs. UC Santa Barbara (TBS) –Ian Eagle, Jim Spanarkel, David Aldridge, Bob Mansbach, Chris Svendsen
7:15 p.m. in Denver: BYU vs. Wofford (CBS) –Verne Lundquist, Bill Raftery, Lesley Visser, Mark Wolff, Suzanne Smith
7:20 p.m. in Washington D.C.: UConn vs. Bucknell (TNT) — Tim Brando, Mike Gminski, Lewis Johnson, Ross Schneiderman, Vic Frank, Brian Lilley, Andy Goldberg
7:27 p.m. in Tucson: Wisconsin vs. Belmont (truTV)

Kevin Harlan, Reggie Miller, Dan Bonner, Sam Ryan, Scooter Vertino, Renardo Lowe

After conclusion of UF/UC Santa Barbara in Tampa: UCLA vs. Michigan State (TBS) — Ian Eagle, Jim Spanarkel, David Aldridge, Bob Mansbach, Chris Svendsen

After conclusion of BYU/Wofford in Denver: St. John’s vs. Gonzaga (CBS) — Verne Lundquist, Bill Raftery, Lesley Visser, Mark Wolff, Suzanne Smith

After conclusion of UConn/Bucknell in Washington D.C.: Cincinnati vs. Missouri (TNT) — Tim Brando, Mike Gminski, Lewis Johnson, Ross Schneiderman, Vic Frank, Brian Lilley, Andy Goldberg

After conclusion of Wisconsin/Belmont in Tucson: Kansas St. vs. Utah St. (truTV) — Kevin Harlan, Reggie Miller, Dan Bonner, Sam Ryan, Scooter Vertino, Renardo Lowe

Friday, March 18

12:15 p.m. in Tulsa: Texas vs. Oakland (CBS) — Marv Albert, Steve Kerr, Craig Sager, Scott Cockerill, Lonnie Dale

12:40 p.m. in Charlotte: Michigan vs. Tennessee (truTV) — Jim Nantz, Clark Kellogg, Tracy Wolfson, Bob Dekas, Bob Fishman

1:40 p.m. in Chicago: Notre Dame vs. Akron (TBS) — Spero Dedes, Bob Wenzel, Jamie Maggio, Craig Silver, Mark Grant

2:10 p.m. in Cleveland: George Mason vs. Villanova (TNT) — Gus Johnson, Len Elmore, Marty Snider, Steve Scheer, Mike Arnold

After conclusion of game 1 in Tulsa: Arizona vs. Memphis (CBS) — Marv Albert, Steve Kerr, Craig Sager, Scott Cockerill, Lonnie Dale

After conclusion of game 1 in Charlotte: Duke vs. Hampton (truTV) — Jim Nantz, Clark Kellogg, Tracy Wolfson, Bob Dekas, Bob Fishman

After conclusion of game 1 in Chicago: Texas A&M vs. Florida St (TBS) — Spero Dedes, Bob Wenzel, Jamie Maggio, Craig Silver, Mark Grant

After conclusion of game in Cleveland: Ohio State vs. UTSA/Alabama St. (TNT) — Gus Johnson, Len Elmore, Marty Snider, Steve Scheer, Mike Arnold

6:50 p.m. in Tulsa: Kansas vs. Boston U (TBS) — Marv Albert, Steve Kerr, Craig Sager, Scott Cockerill, Lonnie Dale

7:15 p.m. in Charlotte: North Carolina vs. Long Island (CBS) — Jim Nantz, Clark Kellogg, Tracy Wolfson, Bob Dekas, Bob Fishman

7:20 p.m. in Chicago: Purdue vs. St. Peter’s (TNT) — Spero Dedes, Bob Wenzel, Jamie Maggio, Craig Silver, Mark Grant

7:27 p.m. in Cleveland: Xavier vs. Marquette (truTV) — Gus Johnson, Len Elmore, Marty Snider, Steve Scheer, Mike Arnold

After conclusion of Kansas/BU in Tulsa: UNLV vs. Illinois (TBS) — Marv Albert, Steve Kerr, Craig Sager, Scott Cockerill, Lonnie Dale

After conclusion of UNC/Long Island in Charlotte: Washington vs. Georgia (CBS) — Jim Nantz, Clark Kellogg, Tracy Wolfson, Bob Dekas, Bob Fishman

After conclusion of Purdue/St. Peter’s in Chicago: Georgetown vs. USC/VCU (TNT) — Spero Dedes, Bob Wenzel, Jamie Maggio, Craig Silver, Mark Grant

After conclusion of Xavier/Marquette in Cleveland: Syracuse vs. Indiana St. (truTV) — Gus Johnson, Len Elmore, Marty Snider, Steve Scheer, Mike Arnold

Selection Sunday

March 13, 2011

***UPDATE*** Here is the TV schedule for Tuesday/Friday with announcer assignments from the506.com:

http://the506.com/sports/?p=2010

As of right now the Thursday evening is wrong for city locations as BYU is podding in Denver, Florida in Tampa, UConn is Washington, and Wisconsin in Tuscon.  I’m sure that’ll be corrected.

A few random thoughts on The Brackets as revealed in the past couple hours.

I am comfortable with the draw Ohio St got.  Assuming they get past San Antonio or Alabama St, George Mason is a solid team and Villanova is a team in free fall.  If the Wildcats regain their form from the first half of the season, however, that could be a tough game.  Potential Hatfield & McCoy duel in the 2nd round between West Virginia and Kentucky, but I think the Buckeyes would get by either of them.  The bottom half of the draw looks like Syracuse vs North Carolina, but Xavier and Washington might be able to muck that up.

Allow me to agree with the experts on ESPN in expressing shock that VCU and UAB got into the Tourney at the expense of teams like Colorado, St. Mary’s, and Virginia Tech.  I definitely would have those 3 in (also taking Clemson out).

Florida as a #2 seed?  Is that a joke?  Any of the 4 teams on the #3 line I would say is a better choice (although I hesitate to promote UConn that far off of the week they just had at The Garden).

The Committee clearly was not impressed with the Big XII.  Not only did they leave Colorado out, but a Texas team people thought might be the best in the country 3 weeks ago is only a #4 seed, Texas A&M only a #7, Missouri apparently barely in themselves as a #11.

Duke got a much harder road than they normally do.  Yes they are a #1 but they are sent out West for the Regional, Michigan or Tennessee probably won’t be a walkover 2nd round game, and teams 2-5 look very tough in San Diego St, UConn, Texas, and Arizona.

Pitt, on the other hand, got a relatively easy road despite the perhaps unique in the pod system era situation where they did not get assigned to the 1st weekend building closest to them.  Not that Washington, DC is far away, but its driving time more than twice as far away as Cleveland.  My hunch is The Committee didn’t want two #1 seeds in the same building, and perhaps they didn’t want all 4 #1 seeds (and 6 of the top 8 seeds) playing Friday/Sunday.  But quite frankly I think they are more likely to lose in the 2nd round to Butler or Old Dominion than they are to lose at the Regional level.  I look for Utah St to get past Kansas St and Wisconsin, and I think it’ll be Sparty they see in the Elite 8.  Its not that Michigan St is anything special this year, but I am combining reputation with my previously stated disdain for Florida, BYU is without one of their best players (for that reason I think St. John’s upsets them in the 2nd round), but then Sparty or Pitt will be noticing that playing St. John’s in the Superdome not nearly as hard as playing them in The Garden.

Ideally Akron would have liked to be in Cleveland, but their seed didn’t line up right for the high seeds they sent there.  Given that, Chicago is not a bad scenario.  Notre Dame will be tough to beat, though.

The Committee didn’t play as many cute games with the matchups as usual, at least that I am noticing at a glance.  Thad Matta is in the same Region as Xavier, but it wouldn’t be until the Elite 8 and not the first weekend.  And they’re not trying to force Ohio St to play Cincinnati (National Semifinal potential doesn’t count).  The one example I do see is Bill Self vs Illinois in the 2nd round if the Illini get past UNLV.

My TV assignment guess is that CBS shows the action in Washington, DC on Thursday and Charlotte on Friday.  Tampa will be on TruTV on Thursday because neither Tuscon nor Denver can start at 12:30pm EDT.  Denver will be on TBS and Tuscon on TNT.  Friday my more uncertain guess is that Cleveland will be on TruTV (allow the first tip off of the day to be after noon) with Chicago and Tulsa on TBS and TNT.  However, I could also see Tulsa being on TruTV with Cleveland and Chicago on TBS and TNT.  Saturday CBS shows Washington (Pitt first) in the afternoon and Denver in the evening, with TNT and TBS taking Tampa and Tuscon.  Sunday CBS shows Charlotte (Duke 1st) in the afternoon and Cleveland in the evening (Ohio St at 5pm then projected Syracuse on TruTV at 7:30pm), with TNT and TBS showing Tulsa and Chicago.  And these are just guesses on my part; the first year of this new TV schedule means I have no history to fall back on.

To end on a low point, every 12 year old boy in Louisville is tonight saying “We get Morehead!”

Championship Week TV Schedule By Conference

March 7, 2011

Shamelessly lifted from the506.com:

Big East

Tue 3/8: First Round (Connecticut vs DePaul) – ESPN2, 12:00
Tue 3/8: First Round (Seton Hall vs Rutgers) – ESPN2, 2:00
Tue 3/8: First Round (Villanova vs South Florida) – ESPN2, 7:00
Tue 3/8: First Round (Marquette vs Providence) – ESPNU, 9:00

Wed 3/9: Second Round (Conn/DePaul vs Georgetown) – ESPN, 12:00
Wed 3/9: Second Round (Seton Hall/Rutgers vs St. John’s) – ESPN, 2:00
Wed 3/9: Second Round (Villanova/USF vs Cincinnati) – ESPN, 7:00
Wed 3/9: Second Round (Marq/Prov vs West Virginia) – ESPN, 9:00

Thu 3/10: Quarterfinal (Conn/DePaul/Gtwn vs Pittsburgh) – ESPN, 12:00
Thu 3/10: Quarterfinal (SH/Rut/SJU vs Syracuse) – ESPN, 2:00
Thu 3/10: Quarterfinal (Nova/USF/Cinci vs Notre Dame) – ESPN, 7:00
Thu 3/10: Quarterfinal (Marq/Prov/WVU vs Louisville) – ESPN, 9:00

Fri 3/11: Semifinal ESPN, 7:00
Fri 3/11: Semifinal ESPN, 9:00

Sat 3/12: Championship ESPN, 9:00

 

Big 12

[Big 12 Network affiliates]
Wed 3/9: First Round (Nebraska vs Oklahoma State) – Big 12 Network, 12:30
Wed 3/9: First Round (Colorado vs Iowa State) – Big 12 Network, 3:00
Wed 3/9: First Round (Baylor vs Oklahoma) – Big 12 Network, 7:00
Wed 3/9: First Round (Missouri vs Texas Tech) – Big 12 Network, 9:30

Thu 3/10: Quarterfinal (NU/OSU vs Kansas) – ESPN2, 12:30
Thu 3/10: Quarterfinal (CU/ISU vs Kansas State) – Big 12 Network, 3:00
Thu 3/10: Quarterfinal (Bay/Okla vs Texas) – Big 12 Network, 7:00
Thu 3/10: Quarterfinal (MU/TT vs Texas A&M) – ESPN2, 9:30

Fri 3/11: Semifinal – Big 12 Network, 7:00
Fri 3/11: Semifinal – Big 12 Network, 9:30

Sat 3/12: Championship ESPN, 6:00

Pac-10

[FSN clearances]

Wed 3/9: First Round (Stanford vs Oregon State) – FSN, 9:00
Wed 3/9: First Round (Oregon vs Arizona State) – FSN, 11:30

Thu 3/10: Quarterfinal (Cal vs USC) – FSN, 3:00
Thu 3/10: Quarterfinal (Stan/OSU vs Arizona) – FSN, 5:30
Thu 3/10: Quarterfinal (Ore/ASU vs UCLA) – FSN, 9:00
Thu 3/10: Quarterfinal (Washington vs Washington State) – FSN, 11:30

Fri 3/11: SemifinalFSN, 9:00
Fri 3/11: SemifinalFSN, 11:30

Sat 3/12: ChampionshipCBS, 6:00

ACC

[ACC Network affiliates]
Thu 3/10: First Round (Virginia vs Miami) – ACC Network, 12:00
Thu 3/10: First Round (Boston College vs Wake Forest) – ACC Network, 2:00
Thu 3/10: First Round (Maryland vs NC State) – ESPN2, 7:00
Thu 3/10: First Round (Virginia Tech vs Georgia Tech) – ACC Network, 9:00

Fri 3/11: Quarterfinal (UVA/UM vs North Carolina) – ACC Network/ESPN2, 12:00
Fri 3/11: Quarterfinal (BC/WF vs Clemson) – ACC Network/ESPN2, 2:00
Fri 3/11: Quarterfinal (MD/NCSU vs Duke) – ACC Network/ESPN2, 7:00
Fri 3/11: Quarterfinal (VT/GT vs Florida State) – ACC Network/ESPN2, 9:00

Sat 3/12: Semifinal ACC Network/ESPN, 1:00
Sat 3/12: Semifinal ACC Network/ESPN, 3:00

Sun 3/13: Championship ACC Network/ESPN, 1:00

NOTE: ESPN will be blacked out in areas where there is an ACC Network affiliate.

SEC

[SEC Network affiliates]
Thu 3/10: First Round (Auburn vs Georgia) – SEC Network, 1:00
Thu 3/10: First Round (South Carolina vs Ole Miss) – SEC Network, 3:00
Thu 3/10: First Round (Tennessee vs Arkansas) – SEC Network, 7:30
Thu 3/10: First Round (LSU vs Vanderbilt) – SEC Network, 10:00

Fri 3/11: Quarterfinal (Auburn/Georgia vs Alabama) – SEC Network, 1:00
Fri 3/11: Quarterfinal (SC/Miss vs Kentucky) – SEC Network, 3:00
Fri 3/11: Quarterfinal (Tenn/Ark vs Florida) – SEC Network, 7:30
Fri 3/11: Quarterfinal (LSU/Vandy vs Mississippi State) – SEC Network, 10:00

Sat 3/12: Semifinal ABC, 1:00
Sat 3/12: Semifinal ABC, 3:30

Sun 3/13: Championship ABC, 1:00

Big Ten

Thu 3/10: First Round (Northwestern vs Minnesota) – ESPN2, 2:30
Thu 3/10: First Round (Michigan State vs Iowa) – ESPN2, 5:00
Thu 3/10: First Round (Indiana vs Penn State) – Big Ten Network, 7:30

Fri 3/11: Quarterfinal (NW/Minn vs Ohio State) – ESPN, 12:00
Fri 3/11: Quarterfinal (Illinois vs Michigan) – ESPN, 2:30
Fri 3/11: Quarterfinal (MSU/Iowa vs Purdue) – Big Ten Network, 6:30
Fri 3/11: Quarterfinal (Ind/PSU vs Wisconsin) – Big Ten Network, 9:00

Sat 3/12: Semifinal CBS, 1:30
Sat 3/12: Semifinal CBS, 4:00

Sun 3/13: Championship CBS, 3:30

 

Atlantic 10

Tue 3/8: First Round (LaSalle @ St. Bonaventure) – CBS College Sports, 5:00
Tue 3/8: First Round (St. Joseph’s @ George Washington) – CBS College Sports, 7:00
Tue 3/8: First Round (St. Louis @ Rhode Island) – NO TV, 7:00
Tue 3/8: First Round (Dayton @ Massachusetts) – CBS College Sports, 9:00

Fri 3/11: Quarterfinal (UMass/Dayton vs Xavier) – CSN DC/NE/Phila, FSN Ohio, CSS, 12:00
Fri 3/11: Quarterfinal (GW/SJU vs Duquesne) – CSN DC/NE/Phila, FSN Ohio, CSS, 2:30
Fri 3/11: Quarterfinal (StB/Lasalle vs Temple) – CSN DC+/Comcast Ntwk Phila, 6:30
Fri 3/11: Quarterfinal (URI/SLU vs Richmond) – CSN DC+/Comcast Ntwk Phila/CSS, 9:00

Sat 3/12: SemifinalCBS College Sports, 1:00
Sat 3/12: SemifinalCBS College Sports, 3:30

Sun 3/13: ChampionshipCBS, 1:00

Mountain West

Wed 3/9: First Round (Wyoming vs TCU) – mtn., 5:00

Thu 3/10: Quarterfinal (Wyoming/TCU vs BYU) – mtn., 3:00
Thu 3/10: Quarterfinal (Colorado State vs New Mexico) – CBS College Sports/mtn., 5:30
Thu 3/10: Quarterfinal (San Diego State vs Utah) – mtn., 9:00
Thu 3/10: Quarterfinal (UNLV vs Air Force) – CBS College Sports/mtn., 11:30

Fri 3/11: SemifinalCBS College Sports, 9:00
Fri 3/11: SemifinalCBS College Sports, 11:30

Sat 3/12: ChampionshipVersus, 7:00

 

Conference USA

Wed 3/9: East Carolina vs Central Florida – NO TV, 7:00
Wed 3/9: Southern Mississippi vs Tulane – NO TV, 7:00
Wed 3/9: Marshall vs Houston – NO TV, 7:00
Wed 3/9: SMU vs Rice – NO TV, 7:00

Thu 3/10: Quarterfinal (ECU/UCF vs UAB) – CBS College Sports, 1:00
Thu 3/10: Quarterfinal (Memphis vs USM/Tulane) – CBS College Sports, 3:30
Thu 3/10: Quarterfinal (UTEP vs Marshall/Houston) – CBS College Sports, 7:30
Thu 3/10: Quarterfinal (Tulsa vs SMU/Rice) – CBS College Sports, 10:00

Fri 3/11: SemifinalCBS College Sports, 4:00
Fri 3/11: SemifinalCBS College Sports, 6:30

Sat 3/12: ChampionshipCBS, 11:30 AM

WAC

Wed 3/9: Hawaii vs San Jose State – NO TV, 3:00
Wed 3/9: Nevada vs Fresno State – NO TV, 5:30

Thu 3/10: Quarterfinal (Hawaii/SJSU vs Idaho) – ESPNU, 3:00
Thu 3/10: Quarterfinal (Nevada/Fresno vs New Mexico State) – ESPNU, 5:30

Fri 3/11: Semifinal (Hawaii/SJSU/Idaho vs Utah State) – wac.tv, 9:00
Fri 3/11: Semifinal (Nevada/Fresno/NMSU vs Boise State) – ESPN2, 12:00

Sat 3/12: Championship ESPN2, 10:00

MAC

Tue 3/8: Toledo @ Ohio – NO TV, 7:00
Tue 3/8: Eastern Michigan @ Akron – NO TV, 7:00
Tue 3/8: Northern Illinois @ Bowling Green – NO TV, 7:00
Tue 3/8: Central Michigan @ Buffalo – NO TV, 7:00

Thu 3/10: Quarterfinal (BGSU/NIU vs Western Michigan) – STO, 12:00
Thu 3/10: Quarterfinal (Akron/EMU vs Miami) – STO, 2:30
Thu 3/10: Quarterfinal (Buff/CMU vs Kent State) – STO, 7:00
Thu 3/10: Quarterfinal (Ohio/Toledo vs Ball State) – STO, 9:30

Fri 3/11: Semifinal – STO, 7:00
Fri 3/11: Semifinal – STO, 9:30

Sat 3/12: ChampionshipESPN2, 6:00

 

Sun Belt

Mon 3/7: Semifinal (Western Kentucky vs North Texas) – CSS/WKYU/Charter Dallas, 7:00
Mon 3/7: Semifinal (Middle Tennessee vs Arkansas-Little Rock) — CSS/WKYU/Charter Dallas, 9:30
Tue 3/8: ChampionshipESPN2, 6:00

CAA

Mon. 3/7: Championship (VCU vs Old Dominion) – ESPN, 7:00

MAAC

Mon. 3/7: Championship (Iona vs St. Peter’s) – ESPN2, 7:00

WCC

Mon. 3/7: Championship (Saint Mary’s vs Gonzaga) – ESPN, 9:00

SoCon

Mon. 3/7: Championship (Wofford vs College of Charleston) – ESPN2, 9:00

Summit League

Mon 3/7: Semifinal (Oakland vs South Dakota State) – Midco/FSN Det, 7:00
Mon 3/7: Semifinal (Oral Roberts vs IUPUI) – Midco/FSN Det/Cox 3 Okla, 9:30
Tue 3/8: ChampionshipESPN2, 9:00

 

Big Sky

Tue 3/8: Semifinal (Montana vs Weber State) – Altitude, CSN NW, 7:30
Tue 3/8: Semifinal (Northern Arizona vs Northern Colorado) – Altitude, CSN NW, 7:30
Wed 3/9: ChampionshipESPN2, 9:00

Horizon

Wed 3/9: Championship (Butler vs Milwaukee) – ESPN, 9:00

Northeast Conference

Wed 3/9: Championship (Robert Morris vs Long Island) – ESPN2, 7:00

Southland Conference

Wed 3/9: Northwestern State vs UTSA – NO TV, 1:00
Wed 3/9: Sam Houston State vs Stephen F. Austin – NO TV, 3:30
Wed 3/9: McNeese State vs Nichols State – NO TV, 7:00
Wed 3/9: Texas State vs Southeast Louisiana – NO TV, 9:30

Thu 3/10: Semifinal – Southland TV Network, 7:00
Thu 3/10: Semifinal – Southland TV Network, 9:30

Sat 3/12: Championship ESPN2, 4:00

 

Patriot League

Fri 3/11: Championship ESPN2, 4:30

Big West

Thu 3/10: Quarterfinal (Long Beach State vs UC-Irvine) – NO TV, 3:00
Thu 3/10: Quarterfinal (Pacific vs UC-Santa Barbara) – NO TV, 5:30
Thu 3/10: Quarterfinal (Cal Poly vs UC-Riverside) – NO TV, 9:00
Thu 3/10: Quarterfinal (CS-Northridge vs CS-Fullerton) – NO TV, 11:30

Fri 3/11: SemifinalESPNU, 9:30
Fri 3/11: SemifinalESPNU, 11:30

Sat 3/12: Championship ESPN2, 8:00

America East

Mon 3/7: Semifinal (Stony Brook vs Vermont) – Time Warner CNY/WCAXtra, 5:00
Mon 3/7: Semifinal (Boston University vs Hartford) – Time Warner CNY/WCAXtra/MyTV Boston, 7:30

Sat 3/12: Championship ESPN2, 12:00

MEAC

Tue 3/8: Florida A&M vs Maryland-Eastern Shore – NO TV, 6:30
Tue 3/8: Delaware State vs South Carolina State – NO TV, 9:00
Wed 3/9: Norfolk State vs Howard – NO TV, 3:00

Wed 3/9: Quarterfinal (DSU/SCSU vs Bethune-Cookman) – NO TV, 7:00
Wed 3/9: Quarterfinal (FA&M/UMES vs Hampton) – NO TV, 9:30
Thu 3/10: Quarterfinal (Norfolk/Howard vs Coppin State) – NO TV, 6:00
Thu 3/10: Quarterfinal (Morgan State vs N.C. A&T) – NO TV, 8:00

Fri 3/11: Semifinal – NO TV, 6:00
Fri 3/11: Semifinal – NO TV, 8:00

Sat 3/12: Championship ESPN2, 2:00

SWAC

Wed 3/9: Quarterfinal (Jackson State vs Prairie View A&M) – NO TV, 1:30
Wed 3/9: Quarterfinal (Texas Southern vs Arkansas-Pine Bluff) – NO TV, 9:00
Thu 3/10: Quarterfinal (Alabama State vs Alabama A&M) – NO TV, 1:30
Thu 3/10: Quarterfinal (Mississippi Valley vs Grambling) – NO TV, 9:00

Fri 3/11: Semifinal – NO TV, 3:30
Fri 3/11: Semifinal – NO TV, 9:00

Sat 3/12: Championship ESPNU, 8:30

Great West

Thu 3/10: Quarterfinal (NJIT vs Houston Baptist) – NO TV, 4:30
Thu 3/10: Quarterfinal (North Dakota vs Texas-Pan American) – NO TV, 7:00
Thu 3/10: Quarterfinal (South Dakota vs Chicago State) – NO TV, 9:30

Fri 3/11: Semifinal (NJIT/HBC vs UND/UTPA) – NO TV, 7:00
Fri 3/11: Semifinal (USD/CSU vs Utah Valley) – NO TV, 9:30

Sat 3/12: Championship – FOX College Sports, 9:30

College Basketball TV Schedule Week Ending March 6th

February 28, 2011

The final week of the regular season and the start of conference tournaments, from the506.com:

NCAA basketball TV schedule: February 28-March 6, 2011

Monday, February 28
7:00 Villanova @ Notre Dame – ESPN
7:00 Morgan State @ N.C. A&T – ESPNU
9:00 Kansas State @ Texas – ESPN
9:00 Jackson State @ Arkansas-Pine Bluff – ESPNU
9:00 CS-Bakersfield @ Gonzaga – KHQ 6 Spokane, FSN NW

Tuesday, March 1
7:00 Illinois @ Purdue – ESPN
7:00 Baylor @ Oklahoma State – ESPN2
7:00 Alabama @ Florida – ESPNU
7:00 N.C. State @ Virginia – FSN South, CSN DC+, FSN Fla (TB/Orl), SUN Sports (Mia)
7:00 TCU @ Air Force – mtn.
7:30 Kent State @ Bowling Green — STO
8:00 Missouri @ Nebraska – Big 12 Network [affiliates]
9:00 Vanderbilt @ Kentucky – ESPN
9:00 Boston College @ Virginia Tech – ESPNU
9:00 Ohio State @ Penn State – Big Ten Network
10:00 San Diego State @ Wyoming – mtn.

Wednesday, March 2
6:30 Iowa @ Michigan State – Big Ten Network
7:00 North Carolina @ Florida State – ESPN
7:00 Connecticut @ West Virginia – ESPN2
7:00 Maryland @ Miami – ESPNU
7:00 Patriot League Quarterfinal: Colgate @ American – CBS College Sports
7:00 Providence @ Louisville – Big East Network (NewsChannel 5 RI, WHAS 11 Louisville, SNY, MASN) **
7:00 Memphis @ East Carolina – FSN South
7:00 UAB @ Southern Mississippi — CSS
7:00 SMU @ Central Florida – Bright House Sports Network
7:00 Charlotte @ Xavier – FSN Ohio, CSN Phila, Time Warner NC
7:00 George Washington @ Rhode Island – COX 3 RI
7:00 Ball State @ Western Michigan – WIPB 49 Muncie
7:00 Saint Louis @ Dayton – FSN MW, WHIO 7 Dayton
7:00 Temple @ Massachusetts – CBS3 Now Springfield
7:30 Miami (OH) @ Buffalo — STO
7:30 Oklahoma @ Texas Tech – FSN Okla+, FSN SW, FSN Hou, KAMC 28 Lubbock
7:30 Colorado @ Iowa State – Cyclone Television Network*
*WOI ABC5 Des Moines, KCRG Local 9.2 Cedar Rapids, WHBF Retro TV 4.2 Quad Cities
8:00 LSU @ Georgia – SEC Network [affiliates]
8:00 Ole Miss @ Auburn – SEC Network [affiliates]
8:30 Minnesota @ Northwestern – Big Ten Network
8:30 Portland State @ Northern Arizona – FSN Ariz, FCS Pac
9:00 Clemson @ Duke – ESPN
9:00 Texas A&M @ Kansas – ESPN2
9:00 Pittsburgh @ South Florida – ESPNU
9:00 Utah @ Colorado State – CBS College Sports
9:00 Mississippi State @ Arkansas – CSS, Bright House Sports Network
10:00 New Mexico @ BYU – mtn.
11:00 Utah State @ New Mexico State – ESPN2

Thursday, March 3
6:00 Big South Semifinal:ESPNU
7:00 Tennessee @ South Carolina – ESPN
7:00 St. John’s @ Seton Hall – ESPN2
7:00 MVC Preliminary Round: Southern Illinois vs Illinois State – FSN MW+, CSN Chi
8:00 Big South Semifinal:ESPNU
8:00 Georgia Tech @ Wake Forest – ACC Network [affiliates]
9:00 UCLA @ Washington – ESPN
9:00 Wisconsin @ Indiana – ESPN2
9:00 Morehead State @ Murray State – ESPNU
9:00 Oregon State @ Arizona – FSN*
*FSN Ariz, Det+, Hou, North, NW, Pitt, Rocky, South, SW; Prime Ticket; CSN Bay, DC+, NE, MSG+
9:30 MVC Preliminary Round: Drake vs Bradley – FSN MW+, CSN Chi
10:00 Fresno State @ Idaho – WAC Network [affiliates]

Friday, March 4
1:00 MVC Quarterfinal: Missouri State vs SIU/Ill St winner – FSN MW, CSN Chi
3:30 MVC Quarterfinal: Northern Iowa vs Creighton – FSN MW, CSN Chi
7:00 Akron @ Kent State – ESPN2
7:00 MVC Quarterfinal: Wichita State vs Drake/Bradley winner – FSN MW, CSN Chi
8:00 OVC Semifinal:ESPNU
9:00 WCC Preliminary Round: Portland vs Loyola Marymount – BYU TV
9:30 MVC Quarterfinal: Indiana State vs Evansville – FSN MW, CSN Chi+
10:00 OVC Semifinal:ESPNU
11:30 WCC Preliminary Round: Pepperdine vs San Diego – BYU TV

Saturday, March 5
12:00 Kansas @ Missouri – CBS
12:00 Louisville @ West Virginia – ESPN, TSN2
12:00 Virginia Tech @ Clemson – ESPN2
12:00 Duquesne @ Richmond – CBS College Sports
12:00 Indiana @ Illinois – Big Ten Network
12:00 CAA Quarterfinal: George Mason vs UNCW/GSU winner – Comcast Network
1:30 Iowa State @ Kansas State – Big 12 Network [affiliates]
1:30 Texas Tech @ Texas A&M – Big 12 Network [affiliates]
1:30 Georgia @ Alabama – SEC Network [affiliates]
2:00 Michigan State @ Michigan – CBS [regional]
2:00 Oregon @ Arizona – CBS [regional]
2:00 Notre Dame @ Connecticut – ESPN
2:00 South Carolina @ Mississippi State – ESPN2
2:00 Xavier @ Saint Louis – CBS College Sports
2:00 Virginia @ Maryland – ACC Network [affiliates]
2:00 Georgetown @ Cincinnati – Big East Network [affiliates]
2:00 Rhode Island @ St. Bonaventure – Cox RI, Time Warner upstate NY, CSN NE
2:30 MVC Semifinal: – FSN MW, CSN Chi+
2:30 CAA Quarterfinal: VCU vs Drexel/Towson winner – Comcast Network
2:30 MAAC Quarterfinal: – MSG
3:00 Rice @ SMU – Time Warner Texas Channel
3:00 Nichols State @ Southeastern Louisiana – Southland TV Network [affiliates]
3:30 Wyoming @ BYU – mtn.
4:00 Villanova @ Pittsburgh – CBS
4:00 Purdue @ Iowa – ESPN
4:00 Big South Championship:ESPN2
4:00 UNLV @ Utah – Versus
4:00 Tulane @ Memphis – CBS College Sports
4:00 DePaul @ Syracuse – Big East Network [affiliates]
4:00 Oklahoma State @ Oklahoma – Big 12 Network [affiliates]
4:00 Arkansas @ Ole Miss – SEC Network [affiliates]
4:30 MAAC Quarterfinal: – MSG2
5:00 MVC Semifinal: – FSN MW, CSN Chi
5:30 UCLA @ Washington State – FSN*
*FSN Ariz, Det+, Hou, North, NW, Ohio, Rocky, SW; Prime Ticket; SportSouth; CSN Bay, DC+; MSG+
6:00 Florida @ Vanderbilt – ESPN
6:00 Atlantic Sun Championship:ESPN2
6:00 Southern Mississippi @ Tulsa – CBS College Sports
6:00 Marquette @ Seton Hall – Big East Network [affiliates]
6:00 Air Force @ New Mexico – mtn.
6:00 CAA Quarterfinal: Old Dominion vs Delaware/NE winner – Comcast Network
7:00 Auburn @ LSU – FSN South, SUN Sports (Mia), FSN Fla (TB/Orl), FSN SW, FSN Hou
7:00 Stanford @ California – CSN Calif
7:00 Utah State @ Louisiana Tech – Altitude, CST
7:30 MAAC Quarterfinal: – MSG+
8:00 Duke @ North Carolina – CBS
8:00 OVC Championship:ESPN2
8:00 South Florida @ St. John’s – Big East Network [affiliates]
8:30 Horizon League Semifinal:ESPNU
8:30 CAA Quarterfinal: Hofstra vs JMU/W&M winner – Comcast Network
9:00 Texas @ Baylor – ESPN
9:00 Nevada @ New Mexico State – WAC Network [affiliates]
9:00 WCC 2nd Round: – BYU TV
10:00 Colorado State @ San Diego State – mtn.
10:00 MAAC Quarterfinal: – MSG, MASN
10:00 Cal Poly @ UC-Santa Barbara – KCOY 12
10:30 USC @ Washington – FSN*
*all FSNs, all CSNs exc NW, MSG+
11:30 WCC 2nd Round: – BYU TV

Sunday, March 6
12:00 Kentucky @ Tennessee – CBS
12:00 Wake Forest @ Boston College – ACC Network [affiliates]
12:00 CAA Semifinal: – Comcast Network, CSN NE, CSS
12:00 NEC Semifinal: – MSG, FCS Atl
1:00 Penn State @ Minnesota – Big Ten Network
2:00 MVC Championship: CBS
2:00 NEC Semifinal: – MSG, FCS Atl
2:00 MAAC Semifinal: – MSG2
2:30 Miami @ Georgia Tech – ACC Network [affiliates]
2:30 CAA Semifinal: – Comcast Network, CSN NE, CSS
4:00 Wisconsin @ Ohio State – CBS
4:00 MAAC Semifinal: – MSG2
5:00 Patriot League Semifinal: CBS College Sports
6:00 SoCon Semifinal: – SportSouth (Car/Tenn)
6:15 Florida State @ N.C. State – FSN*
*FSN Ariz, Det+, Hou, MW, North, NW, Ohio, Pitt, Rocky, South, SW (SA), SW+ (DFW), West; CSN Calif, Chi; Comcast Ntwk Phila; MSG+; NESN; S’net 1
7:30 Patriot League Semifinal: CBS College Sports
8:00 WCC Semifinal:ESPN2
8:30 SoCon Semifinal: – SportSouth (Car/Tenn)
10:00 WCC Semifinal:ESPN2

NCAA Tournament TV Schedule

February 13, 2011

This press release is a few days old, but I’m gonna blame an odd work schedule this past week in the delay in posting:

2011 NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Tournament Television Schedule
Date Time (ET) Game Network
First Four
March 15 6:30 p.m. Game 1 TruTV
March 15 9 p.m. Game 2 TruTV
March 16 6:30 p.m. Game 1 TruTV
March 16 9 p.m. Game 2 TruTV
Second Round
March 17 Noon Game 1 CBS
March 17 2:30 p.m. Game 2 CBS
March 17 7 p.m. Game 3 CBS
March 17 9:30 p.m. Game 4 CBS
March 17 2 p.m. Game 1 TNT
March 17 4:30 p.m. Game 2 TNT
March 17 7:15 p.m. Game 3 TNT
March 17 9:45 p.m. Game 4 TNT
March 17 1:30 p.m. Game 1 TBS
March 17 4 p.m. Game 2 TBS
March 17 6:45 p.m Game 3 TBS
March 17 9:15 p.m. Game 4 TBS
March 17 12:30 p.m. Game 1 TruTV
March 17 3 p.m. Game 2 TruTV
March 17 7:15 p.m. Game 3 TruTV
March 17 9:55 p.m. Game 4 TruTV
March 18 Noon Game 1 CBS
March 18 2:30 p.m. Game 2 CBS
March 18 7 p.m. Game 3 CBS
March 18 9:30 p.m. Game 4 CBS
March 18 2 p.m. Game 1 TNT
March 18 4:30 p.m. Game 2 TNT
March 18 7:15 p.m. Game 3 TNT
March 18 9:45 p.m. Game 4 TNT
March 18 1:30 p.m. Game 1 TBS
March 18 4 p.m. Game 2 TBS
March 18 6:45 p.m Game 3 TBS
March 18 9:15 p.m. Game 4 TBS
March 18 12:30 p.m. Game 1 TruTV
March 18 3 p.m. Game 2 TruTV
March 18 7:15 p.m. Game 3 TruTV
March 18 9:55 p.m. Game 4 TruTV
Third Round
March 19 Noon Game 1 CBS
March 19 2:30 p.m. Game 2 CBS
March 19 5 p.m. Game 3 CBS
March 19 7:30 p.m. Game 4 CBS
March 19 6 p.m. Game 1 TNT
March 19 8:30 p.m. Game 2 TNT
March 19 7 p.m. Game 1 TBS
March 19 9:30 p.m. Game 2 TBS
March 20 Noon Game 1 CBS
March 20 2:30 p.m. Game 2 CBS
March 20 5 p.m. Game 3 CBS
March 20 6 p.m. Game 1 TNT
March 20 8:30 p.m. Game 2 TNT
March 20 7 p.m. Game 1 TBS
March 20 9:30 p.m. Game 2 TBS
March 20 7:30 p.m. Game 1 TruTV
Regionals
March 24 7 p.m. Game 1 CBS
March 24 9:30 p.m. Game 2 CBS
March 24 7:15 p.m. Game 1 TBS
March 24 9:55 p.m. Game 2 TBS
March 25 7 p.m. Game 1 CBS
March 25 9:30 p.m. Game 2 CBS
March 25 7:15 p.m. Game 1 TBS
March 25 9:55 p.m. Game 2 TBS
March 26 4:20 p.m. Game 1 CBS
March 26 6:55 p.m. Game 2 CBS
March 27 2:10 p.m. Game 1 CBS
March 27 4:55 p.m. Game 2 CBS
Final Four
April 2 6 p.m. Game 1 CBS
April 2 8:30 p.m. Game 2 CBS
April 4 9 p.m. National Championship Game CBS
NOTE: Games on TNT, TBS and TruTV can switch start times. Exact order to be announced on March 13.

Bowling Green to Host 2012 NCAA Women’s Action

October 26, 2010

BGSU’s Stroh Center has been selected as one of the sites for 1st and 2nd round action in the 2012 NCAA Women’s Basketball Tournament:

http://bgsufalcons.com/news/2010/10/26/WBB_1026101849.aspx

If the Lady Falcons make the Tournament they would get to play on their home floor.  Looking at the list of venues either Ohio St or Michigan St could be the pod seed there if they are good enough to be a pod seed that season.

Ready for The First Four?

July 12, 2010

The NCAA, in its infinite wisdom, has come up with a hokey way to format its new 68 team tournament:

http://sports.espn.go.com/ncb/news/story?id=5374116

The purist in me would have gone with the obvious idea, which is to have the “worst” 8 teams play 17 v 16 games for the right to play the #1 seed in each region.  Having the “worst” 4 at-large teams (3 of the 4 would have been left out using last season’s format) playing the “worst 4 automatic bid teams (the 4 #16 seeds using the 64 team formats of yore) is a bit, um, creative.  The theory is you are making these teams “earn” their way in.  In reality fewer small school teams will make the round of 64, more power and mid-major conference teams will, but these are relatively mediocre at large teams and the chance for an upset is there, particularly if a team has an off night playing an HBCU team being under-valued by the RPI.  Also, it could make the Round of 64 games more compelling, as teams that were #15 seeds under the 64 team tournament format are now the #16 seeds, the 14s are now 15s, and etc.  And it does preserve the fact that, entering the season, everyone has a chance, unlike bowl subdivision football.  I’ll watch it.

***UPDATE*** Even hokier than I thought: I guess its a combo of 17v16 type games and play into a #12 type games.  Oh well.

Nebraska to the Big Ten

June 11, 2010

Now that its officially happened its time for people in the league offices in Chicago to ponder various logistics.  For one thing, how do you organize the divisions?  Personally, I like divisions to make sense so I would suggest an East Division of Penn St, Ohio St, Michigan, Michigan St, Indiana and Purdue.  That would leave a West Division of Illinois, Northwestern, Iowa, Wisconsin, Minnesota, and Nebraska.  But there are options out there with more ACC-like combinations.  The big thing to me is I do not want to see Ohio St and Michigan, or other strong rivalries, placed in opposite divisions, even if there is a protected cross-over.  Protected cross-overs just mean you play the other teams in the other division more infrequently, and it also means either your rivalry game no longer ends the season, or you could play them in consecutive weeks if you win your respective divisions.

Of course, the trick with setting the divisions is there is the strong possibility the conference is not done expanding.  Nebraska might be the only addition in time for the 2011 season, but other changes could be coming for the following season or two.  If you follow my preference of geographic divisions that leaves room to add 2 eastern teams, as that would just shift Indiana and Purdue to the west.  But if its 4 eastern teams, or 3 eastern and only one western, that might almost force a different rubric for setting divisions.

Obviously a championship game will be played now.  The Big Ten will have several good options, including Ford Field, Lucas Oil Stadium, Soldier Field, Lambeau Field, and the Edward Jones Dome.  Basically the game will be played when ABC wants it played, likely the primetime 1st Saturday in December slot that the Big XII currently occupies.

How many conference games do you play a season in football?  You could stick with 8, which would have you playing the 5 teams in your division and 3 of the 6 in the other division on a rotating basis.  With the 12 game season schedule there is room to go with 9 games, which would let you play 4 of the 6 in the other division and rotate every 2 years like the Big Ten has done since Penn St joined (it would be that you are rotating a 6 year cycle and not an 8 year cycle).  Again if the conference does eventually go to 14 or 16 teams I think at that point a 9 game schedule would be necessary so you could at least dabble in playing teams in the other division.

How do you handle the basketball schedule?  I would assume you play the other 5 teams in your division home and away and the 6 teams in the other division home or away, totalling 16 games.  For the conference tournament you can either seed the league 1-12 or seed each division E1-E6 and W1-W6 and overlay the bracket, ie E3 v W6 winner plays W2 and etc.

What do you do with the name of the conference?  At this exact moment you have a Big Ten with 12 members and a Big XII with 10 members.  If there is no eastern expansion you could go with the Mississippi & Great Lakes Watershed Association.  Or maybe the Dirty Dozen.  But I doubt they do that.  Probably, laughable though it may be, it’ll remain the Big Ten.

Wizard of Westwood

June 4, 2010

RIP John Wooden at the age of 99:

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/06/05/sports/ncaabasketball/05wooden.html

Digger Phelps will be happy that the NYT obit mentions Sam Gilbert 🙂