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Mike Breen, Jeff Van Gundy to call NBA Christmas Day doubleheader

by Mel Bracht Published: December 15, 2011
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ESPN's lead NBA team of Mike Breen and analyst Jeff Van Gundy will have a busy Christmas Day broadcasting two games. They will start with Miami at Dallas at 1:30 p.m. on ABC in an NBA Finals rematch. After flying from Dallas to Oakland, they will call the L.A. Clippers at Golden State at 9:30 p.m. as former ESPN colleague Mark Jackson makes his head coaching debut as Warriors' coach.

Van Gundy also has big a women's basketball game this weekend. He will join the women's Final Four crew of Dave O'Brien, Doris Burke and Rebecca Lobo in broadcasting No. 2 Connecticut at No. 1 Baylor at 7:30 p.m. Sunday. For the first time in program history, Baylor plays on its home court in front of an advanced sellout crowd.

Van Gundy called the showdown good for women's basketball because “you get the casual fan to maybe give it a shot, and realize just how talented these women really are.”

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— Former OSU point guard Doug Gottlieb returns to the state to broadcast the All-College Classic on Saturday from Chesapeake Energy Arena with play-by-play announcer Marc Kestecher. OU faces Houston at 7 p.m., followed by OSU vs. Alabama at 9:30 p.m. on ESPN2.

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by Mel Bracht
Copy Editor, Sports Media
Mel Bracht is a copy editor on the presentation desk and also covers sports media. A 1978 graduate of Indiana University, Bracht has been a print journalist for 34 years. He started his career as sports editor of the Rensselaer (Ind.) Republican...
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