March Madness: ‘Road to the Final Four’ review; w/ President Obama


CBS News’ “Early Show” co-anchor Harry Smith snagged President Barack Obama to shoot some hoops and talk basketball – plus a little politics – ahead of the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament finals on CBS.

Duke, West Virginia, Michigan State and Butler are on the road to Indianapolis as CBS Sports culminates its 29th consecutive year as the exclusive network broadcaster of the 2010 NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Championship and Final Four with live coverage of the national semi-final games on Saturday, April 3 (6:00-11:00 PM, ET) and the National Championship game on Monday, April 5 (9:00 PM, ET-conclusion) from Lucas Oil Stadium. 
Saturday’s Final Four features Butler versus Michigan State, with tip-off scheduled for 6:07 PM, ET. Forty minutes after the game concludes, Duke takes on West Virginia to determine the final participant in Monday night’s championship game. Jim Nantz, who is covering his 25th Final Four, teams courtside with lead analyst Clark Kellogg for the second consecutive year to call all the action.
During Saturday’s Final Four coverage Kellogg goes one-one-one with President Barack Obama in an interview and game of basketball. Kellogg and CBS News’ EARLY SHOW co-anchor Harry Smith challenge the President to a game on the White House basketball court.  
CBS Sports’ live coverage from Indianapolis begins with Greg Gumbel, Greg Anthony and Seth Davis on THE FINAL FOUR SHOW (4:00-6:00 PM, ET) featuring tournament highlights, analysis of the four participants and interviews with coaches and players. Contributing to the program are Dick Enberg, Lesley Visser and Tracy Wolfson.  Included in the broadcast are features on:

Also on Saturday, CBS Sports broadcasts the State Farm Coaches’ All-America Team Special (3:00-3:30 PM, ET) hosted by Ian Eagle and Bill Raftery.  ROAD TO THE FINAL FOUR OUTSIDE THE GAMES (3:30-4:00 PM, ET) follows with Davis hosting.
 PRELUDE TO A CHAMPIONSHIP with Gumbel, Anthony and Davis precedes Monday evening’s National Championship game.
Bob Dekas, coordinating producer of CBS Sports’ NCAA basketball coverage, produces the 2010 Final Four and Bob Fishman directs.  Eric Mann produces the preview and halftime programs, and Bob Matina directs. Harold Bryant is Vice President, Production, CBS Sports.
Date                       Time (ET)                     Game(s) and Specials                                                 
Sat., April 3             3:00-3:30 PM                 State Farm Coaches’ All-America Team Special
                                3:30-4:00 PM                 THE ROAD TO THE FINAL FOUR                           
                                                                       “Outside the Games”
                                4:00-6:00 PM                 THE FINAL FOUR SHOW                                         
6:00-11:00 PM               NCAA MEN’S FINAL FOUR                                     
                                                                      Lucas Oil Stadium
                                                                      Indianapolis, Ind.
Mon., April 5           9:00-11:30 PM               PRELUDE TO A CHAMPIONSHIP                       
                                                                      NCAA MEN’S BASKETBALL CHAMPIONSHIP
                                                                      Lucas Oil Stadium
                                                                      Indianapolis, Ind.

(source: CBS)