NCAA Tournament game times, announcer pairings

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Now that the first set of pairings are out there, the teams (duh), now we get the pairings of the guys who will be calling their games.

CBS Sports/Turner Sports released the broadcasting teams and their games for the first three rounds.

The action gets kicked off with the First Four games, with Marv Albert and Steve Kerr on the call first, with Craig Sager — and his swagged out suits — on the sidelines reporting. They’ll call the first set of First Round games of (16) North Carolina A&T/(16) Liberty game (at 6:40 p.m. EST) and (11) Middle Tennessee State/(11) St. Mary’s afterward, on Tuesday in Dayton.

Jim Nantz and Clark Kellogg with take the second day of First Round games on Wednesday, beginning with (16) LIU-Brooklyn/(16) James Madison at 6:40 p.m. EST, with (11) Boise State/(11) La Salle following. Tracy Wolfson will serve as the sideline reporter. Rachel Nichols will also make her NCAA Tournament debut in the second round (ahem, first round) game featuring Valparaiso and Michigan State.

Here’s all of the second round game dates, times and announcers (all times EST), broken down by region. All games with no time will follow the game ahead of them.

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Midwest Region

Auburn Hills, Mich. — Verne Lundquist/Bill Raftery/Rachel Nichols

Games: March 21, 12:15 p.m. (3) Michigan State v. (14) Valparaiso; (6) Memphis v. (11) Winner of Middle Tennessee State/St. Mary’s.

Lexington, Ky. — Ian Eagle/Jim Spanarkel/Allie LaForce

Games: March 21, 6:50 p.m. (1) Louisville v. (16) Winner of North Carolina A&T/Liberty; (8) Colorado State v. (9) Missouri.

Philadelphia, Pa. — Kevin Harlan/Len Elmore/Reggie Miller/Lewis Johnson

Games: March 22, 2:10 p.m. (4) St. Louis v. (13) New Mexico State; (5) Oklahoma State v. (12) Oregon

San Jose, Calif. — Brian Anderson/Dan Bonner/Marty Snider

Games: March 21, 12:15 p.m. (2) Duke v. (15) Albany; (7) Creighton v. (10) Cincinnati

West Region

Salt Lake City — Spero Dedes/Doug Gottlieb/Jamie Maggio

Games: March 21, 1:40 p.m. (8) Pittsburgh v. (9) Wichita State; (1) Gonzaga v. (16) Southern

Kansas City — Marv Albert/Steve Kerr/Craig Sager

Games: March 22, 12:40 p.m. (5) Wisconsin v. (12) Ole Miss; (4) Kansas State v. (13) Winner of La Salle/Boise State

Dayton, Ohio — Jim Nantz/Clark Kellogg/Tracy Wolfson

Games: March 22, 7:15 p.m. (2) Ohio State v. (15) Iona; (7) Notre Dame v. (10) Iowa State

East Region

Dayton — Nantz/Kellogg/Wolfson

Games: March 22, 1:40 p.m. (8) North Carolina State v. (9) Temple; (1) Indiana v. (16) Winner of LIU-Brooklyn/James Madison

San Jose — Anderson/Bonner/Snider

Games: March 21, 7:27 p.m. (5) UNLV v. (12) California; (4) Syracuse v. (13) Montana

Lexington — Eagle/Spanarkal/LaForce

Games: March 21, 12:40 p.m. (6) Butler v. (11) Bucknell; (3) Marquette v. (14) Davidson

Austin — Tim Brando/Mike Gminski/Otis Livingston

Games: March 22, 2:10 p.m (2) Miami v. (15) Pacific; (7) Illinois v. (10) Colorado

South Region

Kansas City — Albert/Kerr/Sager

Games: March 22, 7:20 p.m. (8) North Carolina v. (9) Villanova; (1) Kansas v. (16) Western Kentucky

Austin — Brando/Gminski/Livingston

Games: March 22, 7:27 p.m. (3) Florida v. (14) Northwestern State; (6) UCLA v. (11) Minnesota

Auburn Hills, Ill. — Lundquist/Raftery/Nichols

Games: March 21, 7:15 p.m. (4) Michigan v. (13) South Dakota State; (5) VCU v. (12) Akron

Philadelphia — Harlan/ Elmore/Miller/Johnson

Games: March 22, 6:50 p.m. (2) Georgetown v. (15) Florida Gulf Coast; (7) San Diego State v. (10) Oklahoma

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Gonzaga’s Mark Few named AP Coach of the Year

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Gonzaga head coach Mark Few has added to his program’s banner season with an individual award, being named AP Coach of the Year on Thursday afternoon.

Few led the Bulldogs to their first Final Four. The Zags enter the national semifinal with a 36-1 record. Up until Feb. 25, they were flirting with a perfect season. A loss to BYU is currently the only blemish on their season.

Few also won his 500th career game during the course of the 2016-17 season. Since 2014, two coaches from outside the major conferences have earned his honor. Gregg Marshall was named AP Coach of the Year in 2014 after leading the Shockers to a perfect regular season.

This was a very competitive race this season. Sean Miller lost two players expected to be key pieces this season — and had Allonzo Trier miss 19 games — but guided Arizona to the Pac-12 Tournament championship. Jay Wright led Villanova to another Big East title despite two cornerstone pieces — Ryan Arcidiancono and Daniel Ochefu — gone from last season’s national championship team. For a while, Baylor’s Scott Drew seemed to be the favorite. The Bears didn’t receive a single vote in the preseason top-25 poll but went on to earn a No. 1 ranking.

Few’s season continues on Saturday against South Carolina.

Frank Mason is named AP Player of the Year

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Kansas point guard Frank Mason III was named the AP Player of the Year on Thursday afternoon.

The senior floor general for the Jayhawks headlined the AP All-American team, which included UCLA point guard Lonzo Ball, Villanova Swingman Josh Hart, Purdue big man Caleb Swanigan and North Carolina small forward Justin Jackson.

Mason averaged 20.8 points, 4.1 rebounds, 5.1 assists, and shot 49 percent from behind the 3-point line during the 2016-17 season. He helped guide Kansas to its 13th consecutive Big 12 regular season title.

He becomes the fourth senior in a row to win the award, preceded by Michigan State’s Denzel Valentine, Wisconsin’s Frank Kaminksy and Creighton’s Doug McDermott.

He had previously been named player of the year by NBC Sports.

TJ Leaf declares for the 2017 NBA Draft

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UCLA freshman forward TJ Leaf announced he is declaring for the 2017 NBA Draft on Thursday afternoon.

The 6-foot-10 Leaf averaged 16.3 points, 8.2 rebounds, 2.4 assists and 1.1 blocks per game. His shooting numbers were also impressive, connecting on 62 percent of his field goals, including 27-of-58 from beyond the 3-point arc.

This news comes six days after Lonzo Ball officially announced he had played his last game at UCLA. Neither move is shocking, with Ball in the running for the No. 1 overall pick and Leaf also pegged as a first round selection.

The Bruins will have quite a bit of turnover next season with guards Bryce Alford and Isaac Hamilton exhausting their eligibility. UCLA head coach Steve Alford has a six-man recruiting class set to come in to help replenish the roster. It’s led by versatile forward Kris Wilkes, point guard Jaylen Hands, and big men Cody Riley and Jalen Hill.

CBT Fancast: Catching up with famous Final Four fans: Adam Morrison, Marcus Paige, Neil Everett

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For today’s episode, I spoke with the famous fans of the programs in the Final Four, from the greatest player in Gonzaga history to the almost-star of last year’s Final Four to the most famous dual Gonzaga and Oregon fan in the world.

Sindarius Thornwell misses practice on Thursday

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Sindarius Thornwell has been the best player in the NCAA tournament to date, yet he was not in the building on Thursday when the South Carolina Gamecocks practiced and he was nowhere to be found during South Carolina’s media availability.

A school spokeswoman told reporters that Thornwell was back at the hotel, that he was sick and resting.

Thornwell is averaging 25.7 points in four games in the NCAA tournament. He’s been sensational. If he’s not at his best this weekend, that’s a massive blow for South Carolina’s chances of getting to a national title game, but South Carolina head coach Frank Martin doesn’t seem too concerned.

“I’ve got a bug myself. Luckily I don’t have to play,” Martin said. “He had a little body temperature last night when we landed. And he was a little better this morning. But I kind of told our trainer, just feed him fluids, do what doctors do and let him rest rather than stress him right now. He’s our most intelligent player. And I don’t mean to say that demeaning the other guys. He understands basketball at a high, high level, he doesn’t need to be on the practice court to understand what we’re doing.”