Gary Williams joins Comcast SportsNet as college basketball analyst

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Gary Williams joins Comcast SportsNet as college basketball analyst

Bethesda, Md. (Nov. 5, 2012) – Comcast SportsNet Mid-Atlantic, the region’s leading source for multiplatform sports coverage, has announced that former University of Maryland men’s basketball head coach Gary Williams has joined the network as a college basketball analyst for its news and digital media coverage.

In this position, Williams will be featured prominently in Comcast SportsNet’s multiplatform coverage of college basketball throughout the season. The legendary coach will regularly provide analysis, features and special segments to the network’s news and entertainment programs, including Geico SportsNet Central and SportsTalk Live. He will also contribute college basketball content to the network’s digital media platforms, which are led by CSNwashington.com and CSNbaltimore.com.

“With his experience and knowledge, Gary is the epitome of a college basketball authority, especially when it comes to this region’s programs,” said Comcast SportsNet President Rebecca Schulte. “His addition to our team of experts is another example of Comcast SportsNet’s commitment to providing the most comprehensive and compelling sports coverage in the region.”

Williams spent 33 years as a college head coach, including 22 seasons at Maryland. He led the Terrapins to 461 wins and 14 NCAA tournament appearances, highlighted by seven trips to the Sweet 16, two Final Four berths and the 2002 NCAA championship. Williams, a former Terrapins point guard and 1968 Maryland graduate, also led his alma mater to the 2004 Atlantic Coast Conference tournament championship and three regular-season titles as a coach. Overall, he earned a 668-380 head coaching record with American University, Boston College, Ohio State and Maryland before retiring in 2011.

Williams is the latest addition to the expanding roster of experienced analysts, reporters and digital media journalists who provide comprehensive multiplatform regional sports coverage for Comcast SportsNet. He joins the network’s stable of high-profile former athletes and coaches who serve as studio analysts, which includes Brad Jackson (NFL), Trevor Matich (NFL) Alan May (NHL), Brian Mitchell (NFL) and Ron Thompson (NBA).

Comcast SportsNet, the region’s official network of the ACC and Colonial Athletic Association, tips off its 131-game college basketball schedule Nov. 9. This season's coverage features 86 men’s and 45 women’s contests from the ACC, CAA, Atlantic 10, Patriot League and other top conferences. The region’s top programs will make at least 94 appearances on the network with season, including Maryland, Virginia and Virginia Tech. Extensive college basketball coverage will be featured throughout the season on the network’s news and entertainment programming and digital media platforms.

Comcast SportsNet Mid-Atlantic – the official sports network of the Washington Redskins, Baltimore Ravens, Washington Capitals, Washington Wizards, D.C. United, Atlantic Coast Conference and Colonial Athletic Association – delivers more than 500 live sporting events per year, along with Emmy Award-winning news, analysis and entertainment programming, to more than 4.7 million homes throughout the District of Columbia, Maryland and Virginia. Comcast SportsNet’s digital portfolio, highlighted by CSNwashington.com and CSNbaltimore.com, is the region’s leading source for online sports news and information.

NBC Sports Regional Networks, part of the NBC Sports Group, consists of 13 local networks that deliver more than 2,400 sporting events annually, along with breaking news and comprehensive analysis, to more than 50 million cable and satellite homes. The NBC Sports Regional Networks are: Comcast SportsNet Bay Area, Comcast SportsNet California, Comcast SportsNet Chicago, Comcast SportsNet Houston, Comcast SportsNet Mid-Atlantic, Comcast SportsNet New England, Comcast SportsNet Northwest, Comcast SportsNet Philadelphia, CSS and SNY. NBC Sports Regional Networks also manages NECN (New England Cable News), the nation’s largest regional news network, and The Comcast Network, based in Philadelphia and Washington, which delivers community-oriented programming. For more information, see ComcastSportsNet.com.

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Game 75: Capitals at Wild date, time, how to watch, game thread

Game 75: Capitals at Wild date, time, how to watch, game thread

The Capitals head out on a season-long five-game road trip looking their best. But how will they handle the road? Things do not go well on their last extended road trip as they were handed three regulation losses in California. Washington hopes to handle this road swing a bit better. While the Caps look like they have recovered from a four-game losing streak, their first game will be a tough one as they face their former coach Bruce Boudreau and a Minnesota Wild team in desperate need of a win.

What: Washington Capitals vs. Minnesota Wild

Where: Xcel Energy Center, St. Paul, Minn.

When: 8:00 p.m. ET. (Capitals GameTime gets things started at 7:30 p.m. ET)

How to Watch: Capitals at Wild will be broadcast on CSN. (Channel Finder)

Live Stream: You can watch the Capitals at Wild game on CSN's live stream page.

WHEN IS THE CAPITALS-WILD GAME?

The Capitals (49-17-8) take on the Wild (44-24-7) Tuesday, March 28 at 8:00 p.m. ET at Xcel Energy Center.

WHAT CHANNEL IS THE CAPITALS-WILD GAME ON?

The Capitals-Wild game will be broadcast on CSN Mid-Atlantic. Capitals GameTime gets things started at 7:30 p.m. ET with Capitals Extra recapping the all the action following the game. (CSN channel Finder)

WHERE CAN I STREAM THE CAPITALS-WILD GAME?

The Capitals-Wild game, as well as the pre and postgame shows, is available to stream live here through CSN's live stream page and is available to authenticated CSN Mid-Atlantic subscribers on desktops, tablets, mobile devices and connected TVs anywhere in the United States.

WHAT ARE THE LINES FOR THE CAPITALS-WILD GAME?

Here are the projected lines based on Monday's practice:

Forwards
Alex Ovechkin - Nicklas Backstrom - T.J. Oshie
Marcus Johansson - Evgeny Kuznetsov - Justin Williams
Brett Connolly - Lars Eller - Andre Burakovsky
Daniel Winnik - Jay Beagle - Tom Wilson

Defense

Karl Alzner - John Carlson
Dmitry Orlov - Matt Niskanen
Brooks Orpik - Kevin Shattenkirk

Goalies
Braden Holtby starts with Philipp Grubauer as backup

Scratches
Paul Carey, Nate Schmidt, Taylor Chorney

CAPITALS-WILD OPEN THREAD

Use the comment section below to discuss the game action with other Capitals fans. 

For all the latest Caps coverage, follow Capitals Insider Tarik El-Bashir, Capitals Digital Producer JJ Regan and the CSN Capitals account on Twitter. Be sure check out our Capitals page and CSN's Facebook page.

Keep up with all the action here with Capitals GameZone and join in on the conversation here with Capitals Pulse.

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Cavs loss to Spurs shakes up NBA's Eastern Conference for Wizards, Celtics and others

Cavs loss to Spurs shakes up NBA's Eastern Conference for Wizards, Celtics and others

Usually it's a good thing for the Wizards and their fans when the Cavaliers lose, but Cleveland's 103-74 defeat to the San Antonio Spurs on Monday night had quite the domino effect in the Eastern Conference standings.

By losing, the Cavs dropped from the No. 1 seed to the No. 2 seed, allowing the Boston Celtics to take over the top spot with eight games left for them to play and nine games for Cleveland. Why should the Wizards care? Well, if the playoffs began today the Wizards would be third in the East, meaning if they advanced to the second round they would likely face the defending-champion Cavaliers, instead of the Celtics.

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To get out of the East and reach the Finals, the Wizards - or any other team for that matter - would almost certainly have to get through Cleveland on the way. And no matter what the standings say, or how vulnerable the Cavaliers look right now, they remain the team to beat. They have LeBron James, the best player in basketball, two other stars in Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love, and of course the championship pedigree. Without injuries in the Finals two years ago, they could be two-time defending champs at this point.

Just because the Cavs look shaky right now, doesn't mean they will be in a month when the second round of the playoffs takes place. There are still two weeks left in the regular season and the first round takes almost two weeks to decide. The Cavaliers have plenty of time.

If the Cavs remain in the second spot, it's an easy argument to make that the Wizards could prefer slipping to the fourth seed instead of staying in third. That way they could take their chances against the Celtics or Raptors in the second round rather than the Cavs. Both of those teams are good, but they aren't anything close to the Cavs when it comes to a playoff series.

The Wizards have nine games left themselves and are just a half-game up on the Raptors in third. A lot can happen from here on out, but the prospects of seeing the Cavs earlier than the Wizards need to is already a scary proposition.

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