Prep hoop state tournament games, as you wish

Here’s the TV schedule, with Time Warner Cable Channel 700 as the local channel for the games.
Note: Barry Tompkins and Steve Quis share play-by-play duties with analysts Tracy Warren and Jon Crispin.

Friday:
10 a.m.: Division V Girls – Pinewood vs. Sierra Canyon, TWC SportsNet
Noon: Division V Boys – St. Joseph ND vs. Horizon, TWC SportsNet
2 p.m.: Division III Girls – Sacred Heart Cathedral vs. Alemany, TWC SportsNet
4 p.m.: Division III Boys – Sacred Heart Cathedral vs. St. Augustine, TWC SportsNet
6 p.m.: Division I Girls – Berkeley vs Long Beach Poly, TWC Channel 700/890
8 p.m.: Division I Boys – Pleasant Grove vs. Santa Monica, TWC Channel 700/890 (replay on TWC SportsNet, Sunday at 11 a.m.)

Saturday:
10 a.m.: Division IV Girls – Salesian vs. Serra, TWC SportsNet
Noon: Division IV Boys – Cardinal Newman vs. Pacific Hills, TWC SportsNet
2 p.m.: Division II Girls – St. Francis vs. Lynwood, TWC SportsNet
4 p.m.: Division II Boys – College Park vs. Redondo, TWC SportsNet
6 p.m.: Open Division Girls – Bishop O’Dowd vs Windward, TWC Channel 700/890
8 p.m.: Open Division Boys – Archbishop Mitty vs. Mater De, TWC Channel 700/890 (replay on TWC SportsNet on Sunday at 1 p.m.)

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Another view of the madness that is Duke-Carolina … demand it

If you’re looking for even more NCAA Tournament related madness, a documentary called “Duke-Carolina: The Blue Blood Rivalry” by L.A.-based filmmaker Jason Rem has found its way to On Demand cable services.

Rem, who grew up in Diamond Bar and was a long jumper at San Diego State, produced and wrote the 94-minute film with an interesting device: It’s from a fan-based perspective that uses a ticking clock as it counts down to a game between the Blue Devils and Tar Heels.

Interview subjects include those closest to it — Mike Krzyzewski,  Roy Williams, Phil Ford, Jay Bilas, Mitch Kupchak, Eric Montross, Chris Duhon, Antawn Jamison, Seth Curry, P.J. Hairston — as well as broadcasters such as  Dick Vitale, Dan Schulman and Tim Brando.

More on the film:
== A story in the Raleigh News Observer.
== An interview Fox’s Jay Mohr did with Rem

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Play It Forward: March 18-24 on your sports calendar: tru(TV) story — Bruins already an underdog against the Gophers in NCAA tourney opener

Highlights of the week ahead in sports, both here and afar:

THIS WEEK’S BEST BET:

COLLEGE BASKETBALL:
NCAA Men’s Tournament, second round:
UCLA vs. Minnesota, in Austin, Tex., 7 p.m. Friday, truTV:
We were just getting used to the idea that the 25-9 Bruins would be opening the tournament as a sixth seed playing against Wichita State in Kansas City as part of the Midwest Regional – thanks Lunardi (who actually had them as a fifth seed earlier Sunday before making more adjustments). Instead, a sixth seed in the South bracket going up against a 20-12 Golden Gophers bunch that lost its first-round game in the Big Ten tournament might be an even more fortuitous draw for Ben Howland’s team that comes into the Big Dance limping noticeably. Don’t count on it. RJ Bell of Pregame.com already has the Bruins as a 3-point underdog, making 11-seeded Minnesota one of two lower seeds favored over a higher seed in the first round (the other is nine-seed Missouri a 3-point favorite against eight seed Colorado State). No wonder it’s not even a game CBS, TNT or TBS wanted to take with the possession arrow.
As for the 16 teams who’ve been sent to play in the West Regional that funnels into the Staples Center on March 28-30: The TV talking heads seemed to imply that it was the weakest of the four, especially with Gonzaga holding down the No. 1 seed. The few who are on board with Mark Few’s Zags aren’t listening to those who predict undervalued, third-seeded and 29-5 New Mexico Lobos to have enough juice to get to the Final Four after their performance in the competitive Mountain West tournament. The MWC, by the way, had a No. 2 RPI rating as a league, with UNM a No. 2 RPI rating as a team, behind Duke. “I’ll put our starting five up against anybody,” said Lobos coach Steve Alford. “The tournament is about seeds and it’s about matchups. We’re prepared, we’re healthy, we’re confident and we’re playing our best basketball of the year.” The tournament begins Tuesday and Wednesday with the so-called “First Four,” then the second and third rounds on Thursday and Friday.

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Play It Forward: March 11-17 — the Pac-12 tries to avoid a Vegas hangover; the L.A. Marathon and Dwight returns to Orlando

Highlights of the week ahead in sports, both here and afar:

THIS WEEK’S BEST BET:

MEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL: Pac-12 Tournament
MGM Grand Garden Arena, Las Vegas:
UCLA vs. Stanford or Arizona State, noon Thursday, Pac-12 Network
USC vs. Utah, 6 p.m. Wednesday, Pac-12 Network:
Without any hocus pocus, “The Incredible Shabazz Muhammad” takes center stage off the Las Vegas Strip — in the UCLA freshman’s hometown, mind you — as the Pac-12 looks for a little smoke and mirrors in trying to qualify more than a couple teams for the NCAA Tournament. Certified bubble-tologists insist that the teams finishing 1-through-5 in the regular season — UCLA, Arizona, Oregon, Cal and Colorado — have the strongest cases to advance past this inaugural Cirque de Larry Scott act. No one can really tell – not even Penn & Teller – if that number will hold up after the four days of games at the MGM. Tell that to No. 7 seed USC.
The problem here is that the Pac-12 marketing department has created a hook for this event: “What happens here, makes the highlight reel.” We see what you did there. How will that affect the way the freshman Muhammad decides to push the top-seeded Bruins into the Big Dance without compromising his own highlights? It was pointed out during UCLA’s win over Washington in the regular-season finale that Muhammad had a total of 24 assists in the 28 games he played in – this on a team that was sixth in the nation with an average of 17 a game. He also took a team-high 381 shots in 825 minutes – almost one every 30 seconds. “So he’s a tad selfish,” said CBS game analyst Doug Gottlieb, who led the NCAA in assists during his junior  year at Oklahoma State, “but guess what? He’s also super smart. . . This guy knows how to score buckets. He understands how to read the defense and he reacts accordingly.”
Other opening round games Wednesday:
=Stanford vs. Arizona State, noon, Pac-12 Net
=Colorado vs. Oregon State, 2:30 p.m., Pac-12 Net
=Washington vs. Washington St., 8:30 p.m., Prime Ticket
Other second-round games Thursday:
=Arizona vs. Colorado/Oregon State, 2:30 p.m., Pac-12 Net
=Cal vs. USC/Utah, 2:30 p.m., Pac-12 Net
=Oregon vs. Washington/WSU, 8:30 p.m., ESPNU
Friday’s semifinals: 6 p.m. (Pac-12 Net) and 8:30 p.m. (ESPN)
Saturday’s final: 8 p.m., ESPN (not in the afternoon on CBS as it has been in the past).
If all funnels into:
MEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL: NCAA Selection Show, Sunday at 3 p.m., Channel 2:
The road to the Georgia Dome for the 75th edition of this national title dance starts here. Harvard, Florida Gulf Coast, Liberty, Creighton and Belmont have already taken five of the 68 spots, so it won’t have to worry about scrambling to get into the 76th NIT (it starts with 32 teams on Tuesday), the College Basketball Invitational (with 16 teams) and the CollegeInsider.com Tournament (with 24 more teams). Can Cal State Northridge get into one of ‘em, or are the Mats even bowl eligible?

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