HOUSTON, Texas - The festivities surrounding the Final Four in Houston this weekend will extend to many Villanovans beyond the student-athletes on the men’s basketball team. Among the others who will be participating in events at NRG Stadium are women’s basketball player Karlie Crispin and the commentating team of Scott Graham, Brian Finneran and Kacie McDonnell.
One student-athlete from the schools of each Final Four team was chosen to be part of a quartet that will sing the national anthem prior to the start of Saturday’s national semifinal games. Crispin, a junior guard on the women’s basketball team, is the Wildcats representative.
In addition to TBS providing Final Four game coverage, TNT and truTV will feature Team Stream by Bleacher Report, team-specific presentations tailored to the schools participating in the Final Four National Semifinals, for the third consecutive year, and the National Championship for the first time. The inventive concept will continue to present the game with unprecedented local flavor including comprehensive team and player storylines, music, custom graphics and show packaging, additional cameras and team-centric replays, custom halftimes with school features and more.
Graham and Wildcats alumni Finneran and McDonnell will be on the call for the Villanova Team Stream on TruTV, with coverage beginning at 6 p.m. Eastern time on Saturday evening. Graham has spent over 25 years as a radio and television sportscaster including play-by-play for both the NFL and NFL Europe on Fox. He has produced the Emmy Award-nominated Inside Villanova Basketball with Jay Wright for the past eight seasons. He will handle play-by-play duties on the Team Stream.
Finneran will be the analyst and McDonnell the reporter for the Team Stream coverage. Finneran, a former Villanova football player and 10-year NFL veteran with the Philadelphia Eagles and Atlanta Falcons, hosts The Front Row, a morning sports radio talk show on 680 The Fan in Atlanta. McDonnell is part of the 41 Action News team in Kansas City. Before arriving at KSHB, she spent two years at Fox 29 in Philadelphia, where she reported on the Eagles.