The ball is tipped….Posted: April 4, 2013
Now there are four – including a big Shocker.
Wichita State continues its surprising run at the 75th NCAA championship this weekend in Atlanta. The school from the Missouri Valley Conference takes on top-seeded Louisville in Saturday’s first semifinal at 6 p.m. on CBS.
The nightcap matches a pair of four-seeds – Syracuse and Michigan. The Orange won the title 10 years ago, while the Wolverines are in the Final Four for the first time since the Chris Webber timeout game of 1993.
The winners battle Monday at 9 p.m., and shortly before midnight one team will cut down the nets. And “One Shining Moment” will play.
The NIT champion – either Baylor or Iowa – cuts down the nets Thursday at 9 p.m. on ESPN.
The women gather in New Orleans for their Final Four Sunday on ESPN. Louisville plays California in the first semifinal at 6:30 p.m., followed by the matchup of Big East top seeds – Notre Dame against Connecticut.
In the high school ranks, ESPN2 has the semifinals of the National High School Invitational Friday at 2:30 p.m. The winners meet Saturday at 1 p.m. on ESPN, while the girls’ championship game will be Saturday at 11 a.m. on ESPN2.
TNT offers a Thursday doubleheader, with the Bulls meeting the Nets at 7 p.m. before the Spurs travel to Oklahoma City. ESPN starts Friday in Charlotte, with the Bobcats meeting the Heat at 8 p.m., before the Rockets face the Trail Blazers in the nightcap. The Heat travel to Philadelphia Saturday at 7:30 p.m.
ABC’s Sunday doubleheader starts at 1 p.m. with the Knicks at Oklahoma City. The Lakers and Clippers battle at 3:30 p.m.
The Wizards play the Pacers on Comcast-plus Saturday at 7 p.m., then travel to Boston Sunday at 6 p.m. on Comcast.
The Nationals’ opening series closes Thursday on MASN2, facing the Marlins at 4 p.m. They head to Cincinnati for the weekend, playing Friday on MASN2 at 7 p.m. before afternoon contests Saturday and Sunday on MASN.
The Orioles take on Tampa Bay Thursday at 3 p.m. on MASN, then open the home slate Friday at 3 p.m. against the Twins. The series continues Saturday at 7 p.m. on MASN and Sunday at 1:30 p.m. on MASN2.
The Fox Saturday afternoon slate begins at 4 p.m. with the choice of Cardinals-Giants, Angels at Rangers and Yankees taking on the Tigers. TBS offers the Yankees-Tigers Sunday afternoon, and ESPN2 shows the Angels against Rangers Sunday at 8 p.m.
In college baseball, Comcast has the ACC contest between Florida State and Miami Friday at 7:30 p.m. Virginia Tech travels to N.C. State Saturday at 1 p.m. and it’s off to the SEC Sunday at 1 p.m. for Kentucky-LSU.
NASCAR heads to Martinsville, with coverage on Fox Sunday at 1 p.m.
NBC Sports network has the Indy Car race in Alabama, with the flag dropping Sunday at 3 p.m.
Comcast has the Capitals’ game with the Islanders Thursday at 7 p.m., then they travel to Florida Saturday at 7 p.m. It’s back home for the Lightning Sunday at 7 p.m. on Comcast-plus.
The Red Wings host the Blues Sunday at 12:30 on NBC, then the Devils take on the Sabres Sunday at 7:30 p.m. on NBC Sports network.
NBC offers the Texas Open Saturday and Sunday at 3 p.m.
The Family Circle Cup gets coverage on ESPN2, starting Thursday at 1 p.m. The quarterfinals are Friday at 1 p.m., with the semifinals Saturday at 1 p.m. and final Sunday at 1 p.m.
Real Salt Lake heads to Colorado Saturday at 7:30 p.m. on NBC Sports network, while ESPN2 brings the Fire and Red Bulls Sunday at 5 p.m.
ESPN has college softball between Baylor and Oklahoma Sunday at 3 p.m.
It’s the Wood Memorial and Santa Anita Derby on NBC Sports network Saturday at 6 p.m.