TBS will be the home to a special extended pregame show that will air both Thursday and Friday nights, with coverage beginning at 6 p.m. EDT. As for traditional studio shows on CBS and TBS, there will be some changes this week that are worth noting.
In New York at the CBS broadcast center, the studio, pregame, halftime and postgame crew will get a few changes. Greg Gumbel will have all of the hosting duties, with analysts Charles Barkley, Greg Anthony, Kenny Smith and Doug Gottlieb. For Gottlieb, who served as a color analyst on the early tournament telecasts last week, he will now be a regular on the CBS studio crew team.
Meanwhile, down in Atlanta at CNN Center, the TBS crew will feature Ernie Johnson as the host with analysis coming from Seth Davis and Steve Smith.
Regional semifinals will take place Thursday, with the East Regional games being played in Washington, D.C., and the West Regional games being played in Los Angeles. Friday’s games will feature the Midwest Regional in Indianapolis and the South Regional in Arlington, Texas.
Here is a complete list of the games, broadcasters, along with the start times and networks that will be airing the regional semifinal games. All of the times listed are Eastern Daylight Saving Time.
So adjust the times accordingly for the city and state you will be watching the games.
CBS will be the host network for Thursday night’s games from Washington, D.C., where at 7:15 p.m. Marquette will face Miami. The nightcap from D.C. will feature Syracuse vs. Indiana in a game that will tip off around 20 minutes after Game 1.
The CBS team in Washington will be Verne Lundquist doing the play-by-play along with his longtime broadcast partner Bill Raftery. They will be joined at the Verizon Center by reporter Rachel Nichols.
Meanwhile, in Los Angeles, the Thursday games will showcase Arizona vs.Ohio State, which will tip off at 7:47 p.m. The second part of the doubleheader at the Staples Center will feature La Salle vs.Wichita St., and they will get underway 20 minutes after the conclusion of Game 1.
The TBS broadcast team is led by Kevin Harlan doing the play-by-play, with Reggie Miller and Len Elmore with the analysis. Lewis Johnson will handle the reporting duties in Los Angeles for TBS.
Friday night’s regional semifinals starts the evening off from Indianapolis with the games being seen on CBS. Tip off is scheduled for 7:15 p.m. with Oregon vs.Louisville. In Game 2 from Lucas Oil Stadium, two storied programs face off, as Michigan State takes on Duke. As per usual the game will start about 20 minutes after Game 1 ends.
The CBS broadcast team in Indianapolis will be Jim Nantz doing the play-by-play with analysis from Clark Kellogg. Tracy Wolfson will be handling the reporting duties from Lucas Oil Stadium.
Meanwhile, TBS will be in Arlington for part two of Friday night's regional semifinals action. Kansas vs. Michigan is a great leadoff game, as it airs nationally at 7:37 p.m. The nightcap from Cowboys Stadium will feature an in-state battle featuring the darlings of the tournament, Florida Gulf Coast University, and the oldest college in the Sunshine State, the University of Florida. Tip time from Arlington will commence 20 minutes after Game 1 finishes.
The TBS broadcast team at Cowboys Stadium will be feature the legendary Marv Albert doing play-by-play along with analyst Steve Kerr. The always dapper Craig Sager will handle the reporting chores.
Broadband for both Thursday and Friday night’s games, should you wish to watch them on your computer, tablet or smartphone can be accessed at a number of sites. Bleacher Report, NCAA.org, CBSSports.com, TNT.com and TBS.com all will have links to the games.
Radio-wise, all tournament games are broadcast on Dial Global. You check your local listings for the radio station in your market that airs the games. All of the tournament games can be accessed at DialGlobal.com for free. The other radio outlet for every tournament game is Sirius-XM.