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03.01.2007

CBS SPORTS MARCHES INTO THE MADNESS ON SATURDAY, MARCH 3 AND SUNDAY, MARCH 4

EIGHT TOP RANKED TEAMS INCLUDING NO. 14 DUKE VS. NO. 8 NORTH CAROLINA;

NO. 1 OHIO STATE VS. MICHIGAN AND MISSOURI VALLEY CONFERENCE CHAMPIONSHIP HIGHLIGHT WEEKEND ACTION  

James Brown Returns to CBS Sports' NCAA Basketball Line-up  

           CBS Sports' ROAD TO THE FINAL FOUR® roars into March when eight of the nation's top 15-ranked, and six of the top 10-ranked basketball teams take the court on Saturday, March 3 and Sunday, March 4 (12:00 Noon-6:00 PM, ET, both days).

           Saturday's coverage features *No. 1-ranked Ohio State battling Michigan, (4:00PM, ET) plus regional action with *No. 15-ranked Texas taking on *No. 3-ranked Kansas and Connecticut playing *No. 10-ranked Georgetown (12:00 NOON, ET) and *No. 2-ranked UCLA visiting Washington (2:00 PM, ET).

         Sunday is highlighted by the Missouri Valley Conference Championship Game, on network television for the second consecutive year (2:00 PM, ET), followed by *No. 14-ranked Duke at *No. 8-ranked North Carolina in an ACC showdown (4:00 PM, ET). Kentucky takes on *No. 4-ranked Florida in the day's first game (12:00 NOON, ET).

          CBS Sports' James Brown returns to the Network's NCAA basketball line-up for the first time since re-joining CBS in 2006. He joins analyst Mike Gminksi to call play-by-play for the Connecticut-Georgetown match-up.

          All seven games broadcast this weekend on CBS Sports will be available in High Definition Television.

           AT THE HALF®, CBS Sports' halftime studio show is hosted by Greg Gumbel and Sports Illustrated's Seth Davis, from the CBS Broadcast Center in New York City providing all the day's news, scores and highlights.. Eric Mann produces and Bob Matina directs.

          Tony Petitti is Executive Vice President and Executive Producer, CBS Sports.

(*Coaches poll rankings as of 02/26/07)

         Following are the complete schedule, talent and production assignments for Saturday, March 3 and Sunday, March 4 and Championship Weekend, Saturday, March 10 and Sunday, March 11:

Saturday, March 3 - Tripleheader

12:00-2:00 PM, ET

Connecticut at No. 10-Georgetown                          James Brown/Mike Gminski            Steve Scheer/Mark Grant

No. 15-Texas at No. 3-Kansas                                Ian Eagle/Jim Spanarkel       Steve Karasik/Brian Lilley

2:00-4:00 PM, ET

No. 2-UCLA at Washington                                     Kevin Harlan/Bob Wenzel               Ross Schneiderman/Jim Cornell

4:00-6:00 PM, ET

No. 1-Ohio State at Michigan                                   Dick Enberg/Dan Bonner     Bob Mansbach/Mike Arnold

Sunday, March 4 - Tripleheader

12:00-2:00 PM, ET

Kentucky at No. 4-Florida                                       Verne Lundquist/Bill Raftery            Mark Wolff/Suzanne Smith

2:00-4:00 PM, ET -

Missouri Valley Conference Championship               Gus Johnson/Clark Kellogg              Craig Silver/Andy Goldberg

4:00-6:00 PM, ET

No. 14-Duke at No. 8-North Carolina                     Jim Nantz/Billy Packer                      Bob Dekas/Bob Fishman

Saturday, March 10 - Quadrupleheader

11:30 AM, ET                 

Conference USA Championship                               Gus Johnson/Dan Bonner    Craig Silver/Andy Goldberg

1:40 PM, ET                    

Big Ten Semifinals                                                    Jim Nantz/Billy Packer                      Bob Dekas/Bob Fishman

6:00 PM, ET                    

Pac-10 Championship                                              Dick Enberg/Bob Wenzel     Bob Mansbach/Mike Arnold

Sunday, March 11 - Doubleheader

12:00 Noon, ET               

The Road to the Final Four                                     Greg Gumbel/Clark Kellogg/                Eric Mann/Bob Matina Seth Davis   

1:00 PM, ET                    

SEC Championship                                                Verne Lundquist/Bill Raftery                 Mark Wolff/Suzanne Smith

3:30 PM, ET                    

Big Ten Championship                                            Jim Nantz/Billy Packer                          Bob Dekas/Bob Fishman

6:00 PM, ET                    

NCAA Men's Basketball Championship                 Greg Gumbel/Clark Kellogg/                Eric Mann/Bob Matina

Selection Show                                                       Seth Davis/Jim Nantz/Billy Packer