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2010 FINAL FOUR GUIDE

 

 

Here's everything you need to sit back and enjoy the NCAA Tournament, one of the great TV events of the year. Our Viewer's Guide includes schedules, coverage maps, announcer pairings, and more.

 

Using our five-star rating, we rank the games according to their "Must-watch" status, based on whether there's a high chance of an upset, a particularly close matchup, an exciting tempo, or a super-star player.

 

Click on each team for complete analysis, stats, and more. Click here for Results.

 

All Previews & Predictions include a poll, stats, game overview, etc..

 

MONDAY APRIL 5

Tip

Game

Rating

Line Announcer Preview

9:27

#1 Duke  vs #5 Butler

Duke -7 Nantz/Kellogg

+ Preview, Predction, Poll

+ Grading the Lineups

+ A Second Opinion

+ Finals Chat w/CHN editors & readers

   Join us Monday night for a live National Title chat & blog

 

SATURDAY APRIL 3

Tip

Game

Rating

Line Announcer Preview

6:07

#5 Butler vs #5 Michigan St

Butler -1 Nantz/Kellogg

Preview, Predction, Poll

+ a second opinion

8:47

#1 Duke vs #2 West Virginia

Duke -3 Nantz/Kellogg Preview, Prediction, Poll

+ 2010 Final Four: Indianapolis

   scheduleseating chart - directions - tickets - more info

+ Final Four Preview: Part 1

    ranking the backcourts, frontcourts, benches, and more

+ Final Four Preview: Part 2

   best coach, clutch shooters, sixth men

+ Final Four Preview: Part 3

   ranking the players

 

 

 

SUNDAY MARCH 28

Tip

Game

Rating

Line Announcer Preview

2:20

#5 Michigan St vs #6 Tennessee

Tennessee -1 Lundquist/Raftery Preview & Prediction

5:05

#1 Duke vs #3 Baylor

Duke -4.5 Nantz/Kellogg Preview & Prediction

 

SATURDAY MARCH 27

Tip

Game

Rating

Line Announcer Preview

4:30

#2 Kansas St vs #5 Butler

Kansas St -4 Johnson/Elmore Preview & Prediction

7:05

#1 Kentucky vs #2 West Virginia

Kentucky -4 Enberg/Bilas Preview & Prediction

 

FRIDAY MARCH 26

Tip

Game

Rating

Line Announcer Preview

7:07

#2 Ohio St vs #6 Tennessee

Ohio St -4.5 Lundquist/Raftery Preview & Prediction

7:27

#3 Baylor vs #10 St. Mary's

Baylor -4 Nantz/Kellogg Preview & Prediction

9:37

#5 Michigan St  vs #9 No. Iowa

Michigan St -1 Lundquist/Raftery Preview & Prediction

9:57

#1 Duke vs #4 Purdue

Duke -8 Nantz/Kellogg Preview & Prediction

 

+ Game of the Day: Michigan St vs Northern Iowa

    If the Panthers can top Kansas, they certainly can top MSU w/o a healthy Lucas

+ Worst Game: Duke vs Purdue

    Don't see this one being close

 

 

THURSDAY MARCH 25

Tip

Game

Rating

Line Announcer Preview

7:07

#1 Syracuse vs #5 Butler

Syracuse -6.5 Johnson/Elmore Preview & Prediction

7:27

#2 West Virginia vs #11 UW

WVU -5 Enberg/Bilas Preview & Prediction

9:37

#2 Kansas St  vs #6 Xavier

KSU -4.5 Johnson/Elmore Preview & Prediction

9:57

#1 Kentucky vs #12 Cornell

Kentucky -9 Enberg/Bilas Preview & Prediction

 

+ Game of the Day: Kentucky vs Cornell

    This is what the NCAA's are all about, big bad Kentucky vs the Ivy Leaguers

+ Worst Game: WVU vs Washington

    No huge story line here, and WVU games tend to be muddled

 

 

SUNDAY MARCH 21

Tip

Game

Rating

Line Announcer Coverage

12:10

#8 Gonzaga vs #1 Syracuse

Syracuse -6.5 Johnson/Elmore 100%

2:20

#10 Georgia Tech vs #2 Ohio St

Ohio St -6.5 Eagle/Spanarkel  

2:30

#5 Michigan St  vs #4 Maryland

Maryland -1.5 Brando/Gminski  

2:40 

#10 Missouri vs #2 West Virginia

WVU -6.5 Johnson/Elmore  

2:50

#12 Cornell vs #4 Wisconsin

Wisconsin -4 Nantz/Kellogg  

4:50

#6 Xavier vs #3 Pittsburgh

Pittsburgh -1.5 Eagle/Spanarkel

5:00

#5 Texas A&M vs #4 Purdue

Texas A&M +2 Brando/Gminski

5:15

#8 California vs #1 Duke

Duke -6 Nantz/Kellogg

 

+ Game of the Day: Cornell vs Wisconsin

    Cornell is no ordinary #12 seed. No reason they can't beat Wisconsin

+ Worst Game: Cal vs Duke

    Don't see Cal coming slightly close to Duke

 

SATURDAY MARCH 19

Tip

Game

Rating

Line Announcer Coverage

1:05

#10 St. Mary's vs #2 Villanova

Villanova -5 Lundquist/Raftery 100%

3:20

#13 Murray St vs #5 Butler

Butler -5 Dedes/Wenzel Map

3:35

#14 Ohio  vs #6 Tennessee

Tennessee -8.5 Lundquist/Raftery Map

5:40 

#9 Northern Iowa vs #1 Kansas

Kansas -11.5 Harlan/Bonner Map

5:45

#11 Old Dominion vs #3 Baylor

Baylor -4.5 Enberg/Bilas Map

5:50

#11 UW vs #3 New Mexico

Washington +1.5 Dedes/Wenzel Map

8:10

#7 BYU vs #2 Kansas St

Kansas St -4.5 Harlan/Bonner Map

8:15

#9 Wake Forest vs #1 Kentucky

Kentucky -9.5 Enberg/Bilas Map

 

+ Game of the Day: BYU vs Kansas St

    K-State is certainly a favorite here, but there should be enough offense to satisfy those with ADD

+ Worst Game: Northern Iowa vs Kansas

    Not only will Kansas win by about 10, but the pace will boring

+ Line of the Day: UW vs New Mexico

    Maybe Hobson's wrist hurts a tad, but no excuse for UNM to still not win easily

 

+ What You'll See

New York

Villanova/St Mary's

Tennessee/Ohio

Kansas/UNI

Kentucky/Wake

Chicago

Villanova/St Mary's

Butler/Murray St

Kansas/UNI

Kentucky/Wake

Los Angeles

Villanova/St Mary's

Tennessee/Ohio

New Mexico/Washington

Kansas St/BYU

 

THURSDAY, MARCH 18

+ CBS Coverage Maps: What Games You'll See

+ Announcer Pairings for Thursday Games

 

Tip (ET)

Game

Play-by-Play/Analyst

12:20 PM

Florida vs BYU

12:25 PM

Old Dominion vs Notre Dame

12:30 PM

Robert Morris vs Villanova

2:30 PM

Murray St vs Vanderbilt

Upset

2:50 PM

North Texas vs Kansas St

2:55 PM

Sam Houston St vs Baylor

3:00 PM

St. Mary's vs Richmond

5:00 PM

UTEP vs Butler

Upset

7:10 PM

Northern Iowa vs UNLV

7:10 PM

ETSU vs Kentucky

Star Power

7:20 PM

Washington vs Marquette

7:25 PM

Ohio vs Georgetown

9:40 PM

Lehigh vs Kansas

9:45 PM

Wake Forest vs Texas

Close

9:50 PM

Montana vs New Mexico

9:55 PM

San Diego St vs Tennessee

 

Game of the Day: UTEP vs Butler

A trendy 12-5 upset pick. Two contrasting styles. Two Top 25-quality teams.

 

Worst Game: Lehigh vs Kansas

Although McCollumn (below) is a nice player for Lehigh, this will be a meaningless blowout.

 

Hidden Gem: CJ McCollum, Lehigh

Freshmen guard won Patriot League POY and led team to conference champ. Kid's legit..

 

 

 

Also: CBS Announcer Ratings

Also: CBS TV Schedule (Entire Tournament)

 

 
 

 

 

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