TV schedules, announcer pairings for 2014 NCAA Tournament

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Below are the game times and announcer assignments for the first four days of the NCAA tournament, beginning with Tuesday and Wednesday’s First Four doubleheaders in Dayton.

Tuesday, March 18

South Region (Dayton, Ohio)
Announcers: Brian Anderson, Dan Bonner and Kristine Leahy

6:40 p.m. EST (16) Albany vs. (16) Mount St. Mary’s (truTV)

Midwest Region (Dayton, Ohio)
Announcers: Brian Anderson, Dan Bonner and Kristine Leahy

Approx. 9:10 p.m. EST (12) N.C. State vs. (12) Xavier (truTV)

Wednesday, March 19 

Midwest Region (Dayton, Ohio)
Announcers: Kevin Harlan, Len Elmore, Reggie Miller and Rachel Nichols

6:40 p.m. EST (16) Cal Poly vs. (16) Texas Southern (truTV)
Approx. 9:10 p.m. EST (11) Iowa vs. (11) Tennessee

Thursday, March 20 (Afternoon sessions) 

South Region (Buffalo, N.Y.) 
Announcers: Verne Lundquist, Bill Raftery and Allie LaForce 

12:15 p.m. EST (6) Ohio State vs. (11) Dayton (CBS)
Approx. 2:45 p.m. EST (3) Syracuse vs. (14) Western Michigan (CBS)

West Region (Milwaukee, Wis.) 
Announcers: Ian Eagle, Jim Spanarkel and Lewis Johnson

12:40 p.m. EST (2) Wisconsin vs. (15) American (truTV)
Approx. 3:10 p.m. EST (7) Oregon vs. (10) BYU (truTV)

South Region (Orlando, Fla.) 
Announcers: Anderson, Bonner and Leahy

1:40 p.m. EST (8) Colorado vs. (9) Pittsburgh (TBS)
Approx. 4:10 p.m. EST (1) Florida vs. Albany/Mount St. Mary’s winner (TBS)

East Region (Spokane, Wash.) 
Announcers: Spero Dedes, Doug Gottlieb and Jaime Maggio

2:10 p.m. EST (5) Cincinnati vs. (12) Harvard (TNT)
Approx. 4:40 p.m. EST (4) Michigan State vs. (13) Delaware (TNT)

Thursday, March 20 (Evening sessions)

East Region (Buffalo, N.Y.)
Announcers: Lundquist, Raftery and LaForce

6:55 p.m. EST (7) UConn vs. (10) Saint Joseph’s (TBS)
Approx. 9:25 p.m. EST (2) Villanova vs. (15) Milwaukee (TBS)

Midwest Region (Milwaukee, Wis.) 
Announcers: Eagle, Spanarkel and Johnson

7:10 p.m. EST (2) Michigan vs. (15) Wofford (CBS)
Approx. 9:40 p.m. EST (7) Texas vs. (10) Arizona State (CBS)

Midwest Region (Orlando, Fla.) 
Announcers: Anderson, Bonner and Leahy

7:20 p.m. EST (5) Saint Louis vs. N.C. State/Xavier winner (TNT)
Approx. 9:50 p.m. EST (4) Louisville vs. (13) Manhattan (TNT)

West Region (Spokane, Wash.) 
Announcers: Dedes, Gottlieb and Maggio

7:27 p.m. EST (5) Oklahoma vs. (12) North Dakota State (truTV)
Approx. 9:57 p.m. EST (4) San Diego State vs. (13) New Mexico State (truTV)

Friday, March 21 (Afternoon sessions)

Midwest Region (Raleigh, N.C.) 
Announcers: Harlan, Elmore, Miller and Nichols

12:15 p.m. EST (3) Duke vs. (14) Mercer (CBS)
Approx. 2:45 p.m. EST (6) UMass vs. Iowa/Tennessee winner (CBS)

West Region (San Antonio, Texas)
Announcers: Marv Albert, Steve Kerr and Craig Sager

12:40 p.m. EST (6) Baylor vs. (11) Nebraska (truTV)
Approx 3:10 p.m. EST (3) Creighton vs. (14) Louisiana-Lafayette (truTV)

South Region (St. Louis, Mo.) 
Announcers: Jim Nantz, Greg Anthony and Tracy Wolfson 

1:40 p.m. EST (7) New Mexico vs. (10) Stanford (TBS)
Approx. 4:10 p.m. EST (2) Kansas vs. (15) Eastern Kentucky (TBS)

West Region (San Diego, Calif.)
Announcers: Andrew Catalon, Mike Gminski and Otis Livingston

2:10 p.m. EST (1) Arizona vs. (16) Weber State (TNT)
Approx. 4:40 p.m. EST (8) Gonzaga vs. (9) Oklahoma State (TNT)

Friday, March 21 (Evening sessions) 

East Region (Raleigh, N.C.)
Announcers: Harlan, Elmore, Miller and Nichols

6:55 p.m. EST (8) Memphis vs. (9) George Washington (TBS)
Approx. 9:25 p.m. EST (1) Virginia vs. (16) Coastal Carolina (TBS)

Midwest Region (St. Louis, Mo.)
Announcers: Nantz, Anthony and Wolfson 

7:10 p.m. EST (1) Wichita State vs. (16) Cal Poly/Texas Southern winner (CBS)
Approx. 9:40 p.m. EST (8) Kentucky vs. (9) Kansas State (CBS)

East Region (San Antonio, Texas)
Announcers: Albert, Kerr and Sager 

7:20 p.m. EST (6) North Carolina vs. (11) Providence (TNT)
Approx. 9:50 p.m. EST (3) Iowa State vs. (14) North Carolina Central (TNT)

South Region (San Diego, Calif.) 
Announcers: Catalon, Gminski and Livingston

7:27 p.m. EST (5) VCU vs. (12) Stephen F. Austin (truTV)
Approx. 9:57 p.m. EST (4) UCLA vs. (13) Tulsa

SMU won’t appeal tournament ban, Brown suspension

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Last month the NCAA announced that due to rules violations found in their investigation of the SMU men’s basketball program, the team would be banned from postseason play in 2015-16 and head coach Larry Brown would be suspended for the first nine games of the 2015-16 season. With a team led by seniors Nic Moore and Markus Kennedy and just one player (Keith Frazier) being the subject of the investigation, it was assumed that SMU would at the very least appeal the postseason ban.

Friday, the school announced that while it will appeal some of the penalties handed down by the NCAA to the men’s basketball and men’s golf programs they will not appeal the postseason ban or Brown’s suspension.

“After careful consideration, however, we will not appeal the NCAA post-season ban on men’s basketball or partial season suspension of Head Men’s Basketball Coach Larry Brown,” SMU president R. Gerald Turner stated in the release. “Although we regret the severe impact on our student-athletes, the simple fact is that the NCAA penalty structure mandates at minimum a one-year post-season ban for the level of misconduct that occurred, in our case, when a former staff member completed an online high school course for a prospective student-athlete, committing academic misconduct.

“In addition, should we appeal this matter, the lengthy process and uncertainty during this period could harm many aspects of the program. Coach Brown and his staff also agree that it is in the best interests of the program to accept these sanctions and move forward.”

Among the penalties the school will appeal (with regards to the basketball program) are the “duration of scholarship losses” and how long the recruiting restrictions placed on the program will last, and the vacating of games Frazier played in during the 2013-14 season.

This a tough turn of events for players who had nothing to do with the violations, as they see their opportunity to return to the NCAA tournament taken away. As a result of the school’s decision, SMU’s season will end March 9 following their regular season finale against Cincinnati.

Kevin Marfo commits to George Washington

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Kevin Marfo committed to George Washington on Friday evening, announcing his decision on Twitter.

“I am grateful and appreciative to all the schools that recruited me. But I will be spending the next four years at George Washington University,” he tweeted.

This caps a successful week for Mike Lonergan on the recruiting trail. On Tuesday, GW landed a commitment from Darnell Rogers, a 5-foot-3 point guard. He is the son of former GW guard Shawnta Rogers, the 1999 Atlantic 10 Player of the Year. GW ends the week by adding a tenacious rebounder to a front court that graduates top rebounder Kevin Larsen after this season. Rogers and Marfo join power forward Collin Smith in the Class of 2016. Seton Hall transfer Jaren Sina will also be eligible in 2016-17.

He cut his list to 10 in August with Pittsburgh, Georgia Tech, Minnesota, Boston College, UMass, Saint Joseph’s, DePaul, Rhode Island and Providence all making the cut along wit the Colonials. He later trimmed the list to five finalists: BC, Providence, DePaul, GW and Rhode Island.

The Worcester Academy (Mass.) forward played for BABC this summer in the Nike EYBL, averaging 11.3 points and 8.8 rebounds per game.  The 6-foot-8 Marfo is listed as the No. 148 overall player in the Class of 2016 by Rivals.