The ball is tipped….Posted: March 29, 2012
Monday night, after the game is won and the nets are cut down, CBS rolls the montage.
It’s probably half done now, awaiting a few highlights from the Final Four in New Orleans to honor the new college basketball champions.
Before it’s ready, we’ve got to get to a championship game pairing. We know one Kentucky school will be there, since the top-seeded Wildcats face former coach Rick Pitino and the Louisville Cardinals Saturday at 6 p.m.
The second contest matches Ohio State and Kansas, which both knocked off top seeds to reach the Final Four. It’s scheduled to start at 8:49 p.m., pending the number of commercials crammed into the coverage of the first game.
After a day of rest, the ball is tipped for the final time Monday at 9 p.m.
The women’s Final Four in Denver starts Sunday on ESPN, with all top seeds advancing. It’s a Big East battle at 6:30 p.m., with Connecticut going against Notre Dame. Baylor takes on Stanford at 9 p.m.
The final two meet Tuesday.
A championship will be celebrated at Madison Square Garden Thursday, when Minnesota plays Stanford for the NIT title at 7 p.m. on ESPN. The Slam Dunk and 3-point championship follows at 9 p.m.
Want to see younger players? ESPN2 has the semifinals of the National High School Invitational tournament Friday starting at 11:30 a.m. and the finals are on ESPN Saturday at 2 p.m. ESPN2 shows the girls final Saturday at noon.
TNT’s NBA Thursday doubleheaders return this week, with the Mavericks in Miami at 8 p.m. The Thunder head west to visit the Lakers in the nightcap. Friday, ESPN offers the Mavericks taking on Orlando at 8 p.m. before the Trail Blazers take on the Clippers.
ABC’s Sunday doubleheader starts in Oklahoma City, with the Bulls meeting the Thunder at 1 p.m. The Heat battle the Celtics at 3:30 p.m.
The Wizards head into the final month of the regular season, playing Indiana Thursday at 7 p.m. on Comcast-plus, then host the 76ers Friday at 7 p.m. They open April with a trip to Toronto Sunday at 6 p.m. on Comcast.
Martinsville hosts the Sprint Cup drivers, starting Sunday at 12:30 p.m. on FOX.
Golfers prepare for the Masters with the Shell Houston Open Saturday and Sunday at 3 p.m. on NBC.
NBC has the Flyers against Penguins Sunday at 12:30 p.m. There’s Friday night hockey on NBC Sports network, with Dallas at Vancouver at 10 p.m., and Sunday at 7 p.m. the Bruins visit the Rangers.
The Capitals limp toward season’s end, playing at Boston Thursday at 7 p.m. on Comcast before hosting Montreal Saturday at 7 p.m.
MASN has the Nationals playing the Marlins Friday at 6 p.m., while the Orioles play the Rays Sunday at 1 p.m. ESPN gears up for baseball season Thursday at 1 p.m. as the Rays meet the Phillies.
ACC baseball gets coverage Saturday at 1 p.m. on Comcast, with Duke playing Georgia Tech.
D.C. United take on Dallas on NBC Sports network Friday at 7:30 p.m., and Saturday at 11 p.m.
The Ericcson Open hits the tennis courts this weekend, starting Thursday at 1 and 7 p.m. on ESPN2. The men’s semifinals are Friday, starting at 3 p.m. CBS takes over Saturday at 12:30 p.m. and Sunday at 1 p.m .
The Southeastern Conference has its women’s gymnastic championships Thursday at 9 p.m. on ESPN2.