CBS cuts away from MVC title thriller

CBSsportslogoCBS decided the final 3:50 of Arch Madness didn’t quality as broadcast-worthy March Madness.

At the under-four timeout of Sunday’s championship game between top-seeded Creighton and No. 2 Wichita State, CBS pulled the plug on that broadcast in select markets — Evansville included — to ensure Indiana’s regular-season game at Michigan aired in full.

Creighton, then leading by eight points, saw that deficit narrowed to one with 21 seconds to play. Wichita State eventually had a 3-pointer rattle off at the buzzer of a 68-65 Bluejays win.

At least in markets where the Missouri Valley footprint overlaps with the Big Ten, news of Creighton’s Arch Madness victory came via CBS’ bottom line and a brief mention from Jim Nantz.

Disrespectful, rude and a bit unprecedented? Most on Twitter thought so.

Mark Adams, the color commentator for MVC games on ESPN as well as MVC TV Network games, also weighed in as he traveled from Arch Madness to the Sun Belt Conference tournament on Sunday afternoon.

Adams noted that this was the second year in a row CBS cut away from the championship early to show a major-conference game in its entirety.

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