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[03/28/05 - 12:00 AM]
CBS Sports Broadcasts Ncaa Men's Final Four for 24thconsecutive Year on Saturday, April 2 Live on the CBS Television Network

[via press release from CBS]

CBS SPORTS BROADCASTS NCAA MEN'S FINAL FOUR FOR 24THCONSECUTIVE YEAR ON SATURDAY, APRIL 2 LIVE ON THE CBS TELEVISION NETWORK

Illinois, Louisville, North Carolina and Michigan State Vie for College Basketball's National Championship

Illinois, Louisville, North Carolina and Michigan State meet in St. Louis as CBS Sports culminates its exclusive network coverage of the 2005 NCAA Men's Basketball Championship with Final Four coverage of the national semifinal games on Saturday, April 2 (6:00-11:00 PM, ET) and the National Championship game on Monday, April 4 (9:00 PM, ET-conclusion) from the Edward Jones Dome live on the CBS Television Network.

The Network's coverage tips-off on Saturday with THE ROAD TO THE FINAL FOUR�: OUTSIDE THE GAMES (3:00-3:30 PM, ET). Armen Keteyian hosts as CBS Sports focuses on NCAA issues and the state of the college game. The show features an in-depth interview with NCAA President Myles Brand. Ross Schneiderman produces.

Greg Gumbel, Clark Kellogg and Seth Davis host THE FINAL FOUR SHOW (3:30-6:00 PM, ET), live from the Edward Jones Dome in St. Louis. THE FINAL FOUR SHOW will feature previews of the Final Four match-ups, tournament highlights, critiques of the four teams and interviews with coaches and players. Contributing to the program are Lesley Visser, Dick Enberg, Bonnie Bernstein and Keteyian.

The first national semifinal begins at 6:07 PM, ET featuring Illinois versus Louisville. Forty minutes after the game concludes, North Carolina takes on Michigan State to determine the final participant in Monday night's championship game.

For the 15th consecutive year Jim Nantz and Billy Packer are courtside to call the action of all three games. This will mark Nantz�s 15th consecutive year calling the Final Four and Championship game and 20th overall covering the event. Bonnie Bernstein serves as reporter.

Monday evening's National Championship game will be preceded by PRELUDE TO A CHAMPIONSHIP with Gumbel, Kellogg, Davis, Bernstein and Enberg live from the Edward Jones Dome.

Bob Dekas, coordinating producer of CBS Sports' NCAA basketball coverage, produces the 2005 Final Four and Bob Fishman directs. Eric Mann produces the preview and halftime programs, and Bob Matina directs.

Tony Petitti is Executive Producer, CBS Sports.

CBS SPORTS 2005 NCAA BASKETBALL CHAMPIONSHIP BROADCAST SCHEDULE

Date Time (ET) Game(s) and Specials Coverage

Sat., April 2

2:00-3:00 PM CBS SPORTS SPECTACULAR
�DELL PRESENTS COLLEGE BASKETBALL�S 25 GREATEST PLAYERS�

3:00-3:30 PM ROAD TO THE FINAL FOUR
�Outside the Games�

3:30-6:00 PM THE FINAL FOUR SHOW
Edward Jones Dome
St. Louis, Mo.

6:00-11:00 PM NCAA MEN�S FINAL FOUR
Edward Jones Dome
St. Louis, Mo.

Sun., April 3

3:00-4:30 PM CBS SPORTS SPECIAL:
�Wilt Chamberlain: Larger Than Life�
(encore presentation; 4/4/04)

4:30-6:00 PM CBS SPORTS SPECIAL:
�Glory in Black and White: The Story of the 1966 NCAA Basketball Champions�
(encore presentation; 3/31/02)

Mon., April 4

9:00 PM-Conclusion PRELUDE TO A CHAMPIONSHIP
Edward Jones Dome
St. Louis, Mo.

NCAA MEN'S BASKETBALL NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP
Edward Jones Dome
St. Louis, Mo.





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