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Kentucky-Louisville gets early tip time for Final Four

Mar 25, 2012, 7:41 PM EDT


The state of Kentucky has two teams in the Final Four, but it won’t get the primetime TV slot for Saturday’s games.

The rematch between the Wildcats and Cardinals is the early game, set for a 6:09 p.m. ET tip-off. It’s kind of a surprise given the attention surrounding Kentucky and the prospect of facing former coach Rick Pitino in the Final Four. That’ll be the game that receives the most attention this week.

That leaves Kansas-Ohio State as the late game, with an 8:49 p.m. tip. Perhaps the multiple coverage areas (much of Ohio and the Kansas City area) swayed CBS.

Regardless, it’s a win-win scenario given the teams. All four are college basketball heavyweights. Ratings should be superb if the games are close at all.

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  1. joneildu - Mar 25, 2012 at 7:50 PM


    Today ESPN released that the city of Louisville has the highest ratings for college basketball again. Louisville increased it’s rating from 2010-2011 by five percent, 4.4-4.6.

    Louisville knows and loves college basketball. This is why we have the best arena in the nation, because as a city Louisville we value quality basketball. Let’s hope we will be a city who has a NCAA Championship soon, because that is what this city deserves.

    The top five markets are:

    1. Louisville (4.6).
    2. Greensboro-High Point (3.5).
    3. Columbus (2.9).
    4. Kansas City (2.7).
    5. Raleigh-Durham (2.6).

  2. mrlaloosh - Mar 26, 2012 at 12:11 AM


  3. manatee89 - Mar 26, 2012 at 7:45 AM

    What he’s leaving out is that 70% of the people in Louisville are Kentucky fans

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