BTN Communications, March 31, 2015
CHICAGO - With both Wisconsin and Michigan State in the Final Four, BTN travels its studio team of Dave Revsine, Jim Jackson and Stephen Bardo to Indianapolis. The network?s coverage includes pre- and post-game press conferences, exclusive interviews with coaches and student-athletes, and analysis from a number of special guests.
BTN tips off its coverage at noon ET on Tuesday with the Michigan State press conference live from East Lansing. The Wisconsin press conference will air live at 4 PM ET. BTN Live will air at its normal time, 6 PM ET, on both Tuesday and Wednesday.
At noon ET on Thursday, both the Wisconsin vs. Kentucky and Michigan State vs. Duke press conferences will air live on BTN and BTN2Go. All four head coaches will take the podium, as well as select players from each team. BTN Live is scheduled for 6 PM ET with Rick Pizzo, Shon Morris and Taylor Rooks in studio.
On Friday, team press conferences will air live on BTN and BTN2Go beginning at 11 AM ET. Coach Tom Izzo and the Spartans will address the media first. At 6 PM ET, BTN Live will include reports from each team?s open practice and a number of interviews with coaches and student-athletes. Discussion and analysis continues later that evening on BTN Basketball & Beyond at 10 PM ET, which will include segments from the Omni Hotel in Indianapolis, the official Wisconsin hotel.
On Saturday, BTN takes its set down the road to Spartan territory, the Hilton Hotel and Suites. Following the Michigan spring football game, at approximately 2:30 PM ET, BTN Basketball & Beyond will provide all the latest news and updates. At 5 PM ET, Revsine, Jackson and Bardo get you ready for action as the with a 60-minute BTN Tip-Off Show: Final Four Pregame presented by Auto-Owners Insurance. Game one, Michigan State vs. Duke, is scheduled for 6:09 PM ET. Following the game, the Michigan State post-game press conference will air live on BTN and BTN2Go. Immediately following the Wisconsin vs. Kentucky game, which is scheduled to tip off at 8:49 PM ET, BTN Basketball & Beyond will have complete highlights and analysis of both Final Four games. Host Mike Hall will anchor the show from the Chicago studios, with Revsine, Jackson and Bardo reporting from Indianapolis.
If either or both Wisconsin and Michigan State win and advance to the National Championship game, additional coverage plans will be announced.
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