UPDATE, 6:00 PM: The TBS/TNT/truTV channel guide is now complete for all area cable systems. You'll find it at the bottom of this story (if you're reading it from the direct link) or after the jump (if you're on the main page).
I've been in a meeting today with the good folks at CBS44 WEVV, and I've learned quite a bit more about the NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament, which is being spread across four networks (CBS and three of Turner's) for the first time this year. As promised, here is the latest information.
- truTV will tip off the tournament's coverage airing all FIRST FOUR games on Mar. 15 and 16, as well as a total of 13 games during the FIRST FOUR and second round. It also will air the Reese's College All-Star Game on Friday, April 1 as part of NCAA FINAL FOUR FRIDAY.
- TNT will air a total of 12 games, including second round and third round match ups.
- TBS will air a total of 16 contests, including games in the second round, third round and Sweet 16.
- CBS will air the Final Four semifinals and national championship game for the 30th year, in addition to a total of 26 games throughout the tournament, including the second round, third round, Sweet 16® and Elite 8®.
- Turner Sports and CBS will wrap up their extensive live coverage from Houston, Texas on April 9 with the FINAL FOUR semifinals and national championship game. A one-hour Infiniti NCAA Tip-Off show on truTV at 2:00 PM CT (3:00 ET) begins Final Four Saturday's coverage. CBS takes the reigns at 3:00 PM CT (4:00 ET) with a two-hour ROAD TO THE FINAL FOUR®, followed by the broadcast of the two national semifinal games beginning at 5:00 PM CT (6:00 ET). truTV wraps up the Final Four with Inside March Madness presented by Buick.
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CBS will have the first choice of the best games available, and this year there should be a good many that would fit that description. And, as an added bonus, there's no "back-and-forth" between games as before with the new setup. You'll get to see every minute of every game, from start to finish.
CBS44 provided me with a graphic so you can see when games will air on each of the four networks. It's located at left, and by clicking the link below it, you can download a printable PDF version for yourself. If you click the image itself, it will show up full-screen.
Since this is the first year for the Tournament to be shared between CBS and the three Turner networks, it's possible that it may cause some initial confusion. If you have questions about how it will play out, please feel free to let me know. The folks at CBS44 assured me that they will do their best to help out as well, and you can call them at (812) 464-4444 or visit their website at wevv.com.
►Information in this story was provided by CBS44 WEVV.