NCAA Tournament 2015: Schedule for Final Four
The 2015 Final Four originates Saturday night in Indianapolis at Lucas Oil Stadium, and the four premier plans left in the NCAA Tournament are definite to put on a show.
In the night’s firstly national semi-final, Duke makes a rare presence in a non-primetime slot, pleasing on Michigan State at 6:09 p.m. ET on TBS. The game will set a record for maximum combined Final Four arrivals by two coaches, as Duke’s Mike Krzyzewski will tie UCLA’s John Wooden by his 12th, while Michigan State coach Tom Izzo is tight for third all-time with seven.
The final day of more than one 2015 NCAA Tournament game is upon us.
The matchup pits the Blue Devils — who are in a Final Four in Indianapolis as the No. 1 seed from a South Regional dismissing in Houston for the second time in five years — counter to the Spartans — whose path to the Final Four nearly mirrors the one taken by 2014 national champion Connecticut — for the fourth time in NCAA Tournament history. Duke collected the teams’ first meeting, in the 1999 Final Four, but Michigan State prevailed in the Sweet Sixteen in 2005, setting up a neoprene match in the 2013 Sweetened Sixteen that went to Duke.
Although neither team has won a national title after winning a Duke-Michigan State game in the NCAA Tournament, Spartans fans can take emotion in the history of 2005: Michigan State’s win over Duke was keep an eye on by a classic Elite Eight victory over Kentucky.
And talking of Kentucky, the Wildcats and Wisconsin will encounter at 8:49 p.m. on TBS in the first Final Four rematch in periods. Sides that encountered in the NCAA Tournament final have encountered once more in the next year’s national semi-final twice since 1991 (Florida and UCLA in 2006 and 2007, Duke and UNLV in 1990 and 1991), then teams that encountered in a national semi-final have not ever before encountered again in the next year’s Final Four round since the inception of the 64-team era. When UCLA and Houston come across in the Final Four in 1967 and 1968, the NCAA Tournament field was included of just 23 teams.
Kentucky and Wisconsin played one of the better competitions of the 2014 NCAA Tournament in Cowboys Stadium last April, with Aaron Harrison building additional doubtful three in the final seconds to give Kentucky a 74-73 win and propel the Wildcats to the national championship game. Both line-ups return closely every player from those teams: Kentucky’s losses of Alex Poythress, Julius Randle and James Young have been offset by freshman stars Devin Booker, Karl-Anthony Towns and Tyler Ulis; Wisconsin senior Ben Brustgraduated, and Traevon Jackson’s lasting injury woes have made Bronson Koenig the Badgers’ lead point guard.
For the trice straight year, both Final Four games will air not on programme network CBS, but on cable channel TBS, as part of the NCAA’s 14-year deal with CBS and Turner Broadcasting to air the NCAA Tournament. Team-specific broadcasts including former players as colour commentators will also be presented for the Final Four games: Duke’s and Kentucky’s will look on TNT, and Michigan State’s and Wisconsin’s will be show on truTV.
All three broadcasts will be accessible for online streaming over March Madness Live with authentication of a cable or satellite provider.
2015 Final Four Schedule
Firstly National Semi-final: No. 1 Duke vs. No. 7 Michigan State
6:09 p.m., TBS (Jim Nantz, Bill Raftery, Grant Hill, and Tracy Wolfson)
Second National Semi-final: No. 1 Kentucky vs. No. 1 Wisconsin
8:49 p.m., TBS (Jim Nantz, Bill Raftery, Grant Hill, and Tracy Wolfson)