Injured Louisville guard Kevin Ware will be profiled on CBS' pregame show, “The Final Four Show,” 3-5 p.m. Saturday. Ware discusses how his Louisville teammates helped him cope with the injury. Cardinals players Russ Smith, Peyton Siva and Chane Behanan reveal what it was like to witness the awful injury in the first half and then compose themselves to defeat Duke.
Wichita State senior forward Carl Hall, who six years ago was told he would never play basketball again following a diagnosis of neuro-cardiogenic syncope, also is featured. The condition has caused him to pass out on the court on several occasions.
Other stories include Michigan's family ties as the Wolverines make their first Final Four appearance in 20 years and a report on Syracuse's Michael Carter-Williams, whose family home in Hamilton, Mass., was recently destroyed by fire. Legendary Tennessee women's coach Pat Summitt and her 22-year-old son Tyler discuss her battle with Alzheimer's. Jim Rome will interview the Final Four coaches.
Doug Gottlieb, a former OSU point guard, will make his Final Four broadcast debut on the studio show, working with host Greg Gumbel and analysts Greg Anthony, Charles Barkley and Kenny Smith. Seth Davis and Lesley Visser also will contribute.
Jim Nantz, Clark Kellogg and Steve Kerr will call the Final Four games, with Tracy Wolfson serving as reporter. Nantz will call his 28th Final Four, Kellogg his fifth and Kerr his third.
THUNDER MAKES FINAL ABC APPEARANCE
The Thunder will make its fifth and final ABC regular-season appearance at noon Sunday when it hosts the New York Knicks. Mike Tirico, Hubie Brown and reporter Heather Cox will call the game.
In ABC's second game at 2:30 p.m., the Lakers and Clippers will meet at the Staples Center. Mike Breen, Jeff Van Gundy and reporter Samantha Ponder are the announcers. Grammy Award-winning recording artist will.i.am will join Breen and Van Gundy during a portion of the telecast. The hip hop artist has teamed with ESPN to produce a special open for the 2013 NBA Playoffs to the tune of his hit single #thatPOWER.
ESPN is paying the price for jumping on the Miami Heat winning-streak bandwagon too early. Instead of carrying the Oklahoma City-Indiana game at 7 p.m. Friday, ESPN will air the meaningless Miami at Charlotte game that it switched to on March 27, the same day the Heat's 27-game winning streak ended with a loss at Chicago.
— Fox begins its Saturday afternoon baseball package Saturday. The main game is the New York Yankees at Detroit, but KOKH-25 will carry the Los Angeles Angels at Texas as former Ranger slugger Josh Hamilton returns to Arlington, Texas. Thom Brennaman and Tom Verducci will call the game, which goes to 19 percent of the nation. Matt Vasgersian hosts the pregame show with analysts Harold Reynolds and Kevin Millar.
— TBS begins its 26-week Sunday baseball package with Yankees-Tigers at noon Sunday. Ernie Johnson and John Smoltz will call the game.
— Dave O'Brien, Doris Burke, Rebecca Lobo and Holly Rowe will call the women's Final Four from New Orleans for ESPN. Louisville faces California at 5:30 p.m. Sunday, followed by Connecticut meeting Notre Dame.