The Media Learning Curve: 96 items, or fewer


Gramatically, that’s how it should read in the super market.

Not “or less.”

Anyway, some get around that problem by rephrasing it.

Some get around it by just adding to it. Like the NCAA. To spin off today’s dizzying display (linked here):

== The lineup of this weekend’s top-end college basketball games:


Patriot League championship, 1:45 p.m., ESPN2, with Jon Sciambi and LaPhonzo Ellis
Big East semifinals, 4 and 6 p.m., ESPN, with Sean McDonough, Jay Bilas and Bill Raftery
Big West semfinals, 6:30 and 8:30 p.m., ESPNU, with Chris McGee and Bob Valvano
Pac-10 semifinals, 6:30 and 8:30 p.m., FSW, with Steve Physioc and Marques Johnson


Conference USA championship, 8:30 a.m., Channel 2, with Gus Johnson and Dan Bonner
American East championship, 9 a.m., ESPN2, with Bob Wischusen and Tim Welsh
Big Ten semifinals, 10:30 a.m., Channel 2, with Jim Nantz and Clark Kellogg
Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference championship, 11 a.m., ESPN, with Allen Hopkins and Stephen Howard
Southland Conference championship, 1 p.m., ESPN2, with Lou Canellis and Mike Kelley
Pac-10 championship, 3 p.m., Channel 2, with Dick Enberg and Bob Wenzel
Big 12 championship, 3 p.m, ESPN, with Brent Musburger and Bob Knight
Mid American Conference championship, 3 p.m., ESPN2 with Ron Franklin and Mark Adams
Big West Conference championship, 5 p.m., ESPN2, with Dave Flemming and Bob Valvano
Southwestern Athletic Conference championship, 5:30 p.m., ESPNU with Charlie Neal and Daymeon Fishback
Big East championship, 6 p.m., ESPN with Sean McDonough, Jay Bilas and Bill Raftery
Western Athletic Conference championship, 7 p.m., ESPN2 with Terry Gannon and Stephen Bardo


ACC championship, 10 a.m., ESPN with Dan Shulman, Dick Vitale and Erin Andrews
SEC Tournament championship, 10 a.m., Channel 7, with Brad Nessler and Jimmy Dykes
Atlantic 10 championship, 10 a.m., Channel 2, with Verne Lundquist and Bill Raftery
Big Ten championship, 12:30 p.m., Channel 2, with Jim Nantz and Clark Kellogg

Selection show: 3 p.m., Channel 2, with Greg Gumbel, Greg Anthony, Seth Davis, Jim Nantz and Clark Kellogg.

== CBS College Sports Network will offer a free preview of its channel through April 5 in hopes more college basketball fans stumble onto it. The channel currently has 38 million home penetration but it could get to more than 56 million homes with this offer to cable operators.

== Fox Sports West will videostream two of the women’s Pac-10 tournament quarterfinals today from Galen Center — USC vs. Oregon at 5 p.m. and UCLA vs. Washington State/Oregon State at 7:15 p.m. Go here to watch them (linked here). Saturday’s semifinals (2:30 p.m. and 5 p.m.) are on FSW, with a possible USC-UCLA matchup in the later window. Jim Watson, Mary Murphy, Lisa Leslie and Anne Marie Anderson are on the call. Stanford and UCLA — the only two Pac-10 teams in the Top 25 of either men’s or women’s polls — are on target to play in Sunday’s 3 p.m. final.

== HBO’s next “Real Sports” (Tuesday, 10 p.m.) sends host Bryant Gumbel out to look at three instances where male sportswriters decided to transgender into female. Two are still around — Christina Kahrl of Baseball Prospectus and Bobbie Dittmeier of — but the third, the late Mike Penner / Christine Daniels from the Los Angeles Times — will be discussed in his/her absence.

== Jim Lampley, Max Kellerman, Emanuel Steward and Harold Lederman will call Saturday’s Manny Pacquiao-Joshua Clottey welterweight title fight from Cowboys Stadium in Irving, Tex., on HBO pay-per-view starting at 6 p.m. Suggested retail price: $49.95.

== Tennis Channel begins coverage of the BNP Paribas Open from Indian Wells on Saturday and Sunday at 11 a.m. and run weekdays at noon through March 21. There will be more than 90 hours of live matches and 70 hours of repeats during the event. Tracy Austin, Brett Haber and Cari Champion do the women’s matches; Jason Goodall, Doug Adler and Robbie Koenig are on the men’s matches. Tonight’s “Hit for Haiti” exhibition featuring Andre Agassi, Pete Sampras, Martina Navratilova, Lindsay Davenport, Steffi Graf, Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Justine Henin will air at 7:30 p.m.

== The blackout has been lifted in the Angels-Cleveland spring training game today (4 p.m., delayed from a noon start), so the MLB Network will be able to carry this one on its network, using the Sports Time Ohio broadcast.



== KLAA-AM (830) afternoon host Jeff Biggs and producer Jason Brennan will join listeners in a head-shaving event for the Monrovia-based St. Baldrick’s Foundation, which raises money for childhood cancer research. The event takes place Saturday at noon at Thowbacks, down the street from Angel Stadium. More info (linked here)

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