Long a staple of ESPN’s college basketball programming and played at Madison Square Garden, this year marks a change for this year’s Coaches vs. Cancer Classic, both for venue and network. The Coaches vs. Cancer Classic moves from Manhattan to Brooklyn’s Barclays Center and also goes to Turner’s truTV.
In addition, Turner will utilize Brian Anderson to call the play-by-play, CBS/Turner’s Greg Anderson and NBA TV’s Steve Smith will be analysts and we’ll have Craig Sager’s loud suits to contend with for two nights. Seth Davis will also be on hand.
truTV will air the Coaches vs. Cancer Classic this Friday and Saturday starting at 7 p.m. ET. The tournament has a field of Brigham Young, Florida State, Notre Dame and St. Joesph’s.
Here’s Turner’s press release.
Match-ups to Feature Brigham Young vs. Florida State; Notre Dame vs. Saint Joseph’s
truTV will exclusively televise the 2012 Coaches vs. Cancer Classic on Friday, Nov. 16, and Saturday, Nov. 17, from Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y. Action will begin with a doubleheader Friday, Nov. 16, with Brigham Young taking on Florida State at 7 p.m. ET, followed by Notre Dame and Saint Joseph’s. Coverage will continue Saturday, Nov. 17, with the Consolation Game at 7 p.m., followed by the 2012 Coaches vs. Cancer Classic Championship Game. Brian Anderson will call the games on truTV alongside analysts Greg Anthony and Steve Smith with Craig Sager reporting courtside and contributor Seth Davis.
As part of truTV’s coverage of the tournament, St. Joseph’s will provide the network with special “all-access” coverage which will allow truTV’s cameras into the team’s locker room for exclusive behind-the-scenes footage throughout the tournament. Additionally, the network will present the following features during the event:
- Turner Sports’ Ernie Johnson sat down with Brigham Young head coach Dave Rose and his family to discuss how their journey through Rose’s battle with pancreatic cancer three years ago changed his life.
- A profile of Notre Dame sixth-year senior and team captain Scott Martin who has dealt with his father’s lymphoma eye cancer diagnosis and an ACL injury which sidelined him during his junior year.
2012 COACHES VS. CANCER TELECAST SCHEDULE:
DAY/DATE TIME (ET) EVENT Friday, November 16 7 p.m. ET Brigham Young vs. Florida State Brian Anderson (play-by-play), Greg Anthony and Steve Smith (analysts) with Craig Sager (reporter) and Seth Davis (contributor) Notre Dame vs. Saint Joseph’s Brian Anderson, Greg Anthony and Steve Smith with Craig Sager and Seth Davis Saturday, November 17 7 p.m. Consolation Game Brian Anderson, Greg Anthony and Steve Smith with Craig Sager and Seth Davis Championship Game Brian Anderson, Greg Anthony and Steve Smith with Craig Sager and Seth Davis
Satellite and Telco Affiliates Channel Information (Nationwide)
truTV truTV HD DIRECTV 246 246-1 Dish Network 204 9430 Verizon 183 683 AT&T 164 1164
truTV and truTV HD Channel Designations in the Team Markets:
Team City Cable Provider truTV truTV HD Brigham Young Salt Lake City, Utah Comcast 44 736 Florida State Tallahassee, Fla. Comcast 65 398 Notre Dame South Bend, Ind. Comcast 65 320 Saint Joseph’s Philadelphia, Pa. Comcast 69 841