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Conference Championships for Conference USA, Pac-10, SEC and Big Ten Featured on

Saturday, March 14 and Sunday, March 15


CBS Sports' coverage of CHAMPIONSHIP WEEKEND is highlighted by the NCAA BASKETBALL CHAMPIONSHIP SELECTION SHOW on Sunday, March 15 (6:00-7:00 PM, ET), with the exclusive, live, first-time announcement of the pairings for the 2009 NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Championship. 


CBS Sports begins CHAMPIONSHIP WEEKEND on Saturday, March 14 (11:30 AM, ET) with the Conference USA Championship followed by the Big Ten Semifinals (1:40 PM, ET).  The Pac-10 Championship concludes Saturday's quadruple-header coverage (6:00 PM, ET).     


On Sunday, THE ROAD TO THE FINAL FOURÒ tips-off the day (12:00 Noon-1:00 PM, ET) followed by national coverage of the SEC Championship (1:00 PM, ET) and the Big Ten Championship (3:30 PM, ET).  The SELECTION SHOW wraps up an exciting weekend of college basketball on the CBS Television Network.


Greg Gumbel, Greg Anthony and Seth Davis host the SELECTION SHOW live from the CBS Broadcast Center in New York.  Jim Nantz and Clark Kellogg will join Gumbel, Anthony and Davis via satellite from the site of the Big Ten Championship, Conseco Fieldhouse in Indianapolis, Ind.  In addition, Mike Slive, Chairman of the NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Committee will be on live from NCAA Headquarters in Indianapolis, Ind. on Saturday and Sunday. Gumbel, Anthony and Davis also host AT THE HALFÒ, CBS Sports' halftime studio show, and THE ROAD TO THE FINAL FOURÒ.


Eric Mann serves as Senior Producer and Bob Matina directs the Network's coverage.  Steve Scheer will produce from Indianapolis.


  Harold Bryant is Vice President, CBS Sports.


Following are the weekend talent and production assignments:


Saturday, March 14 - Quadrupleheader

11:30 AM, ET                 

Conference USA Championship           Gus Johnson/Dan Bonner             Craig Silver/Mike Arnold


1:40 PM, ET                    

Big Ten Semifinals                                Jim Nantz/Clark Kellogg               Bob Dekas/Bob Fishman


6:00 PM, ET                                                                                  

Pac-10 Championship                           Dick Enberg/Bob Wenzel       Mark Wolff/Mark GrantSunday, March 15 - Doubleheader

1:00 PM, ET                    

SEC Championship                              Verne Lundquist/Bill Raftery          Bob Mansbach/Suzanne Smith


3:30 PM, ET                    

Big Ten Championship                          Nantz/Kellogg                                Bob Dekas/Bob Fishman



The Network's exclusive live broadcast coverage of the 2009 NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Championship tips off with first-round action on Thursday, March 19 and Friday, March 20 (12:00 NOON-5:00 PM, ET and 7:00 PM-12:00 AM, ET, both days) and concludes with the Final Four and Championship game on Saturday, April 4 (6:00-11:00 PM, ET) and Monday, April 6 (9:00-Conclusion PM, ET), respectively.


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CBS Sports Contacts:  Jen Sabatelle                            LeslieAnne Wade

212/975-4120                          212/975-5171