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Wright joins CBS NCAA coverage Saturday

It turns out Jay Wright will have something to do related to the NCAA tournament this weekend after all.

Wright joins CBS NCAA coverage Saturday

It turns out Jay Wright will have something to do related to the NCAA tournament this weekend after all.

The Villanova head coach will join CBS and Turner Sports' tournament coverage as guest analyst Saturday in New York, where he will sit with Charles Barkley, Kenny Smith, Greg Anthony and host Greg Gumbel. Coverage for the "Road to the Final Four" show will begin at 3 p.m.

Wright returns with his broadcasting partners at 10 p.m. for the post-game show on TruTV.

Michigan State coach Tom Izzo will be part of the Atlanta studio team -- with host Ernie Johnson and analysts Seth Davis and Steve Smith -- for semifinal games on Thursday and Friday.

In addition, former Villanova assistant coach Joe Jones, now associate head coach to Steve Donahue at Boston College, for "March Madness on Demand's" coverage of the semifinals Thursday and Friday with Marques Johnson and host Jason Horowitz.

You wonder if Barkley will break out his "Big Least" criticisms of Villanova's conference for Wright's appearance, particularly after the Wildcats' first-round knockout last week at the hands of George Mason. The presence of Louisville's Rick Pitino in the studio last week didn't stop him.

--Joe Juliano

Joe Juliano Inquirer Staff Writer
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Joe Juliano first visited the Palestra in 1970 after entering Temple University and became hooked for life on Big Five basketball. He'll always go with that name, figuring if the Big Ten can have 12 teams, why can't the Big Five have six?

Juliano joined the Inquirer in 1985 after 10 years at United Press International and has covered college sports for most of that time. His current beats are Villanova basketball, Penn State football, golf and the Penn Relays. Reach Joe at jjuliano@phillynews.com.

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