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CBS Sports announces Final Four pregame show features

CBS Sports announced some of the features it will have during "The Final Four Show" at 4 p.m. Saturday.

Here a the list of features, as provided by the CBS Sports PR department.

Louisville's Kevin Ware

“Just go win the game,” is what Louisville sophomore guard Kevin Ware said after suffering a compound fracture to his right leg during the first half of the Cardinals’ Midwest Regional final against Duke. Coach Rick Pitino used Ware’s comments to rally the team. After surgery last Sunday night, Ware, who hails from nearby Conyers, Ga., joins his teammates in Atlanta at the Final Four. He talks about how his Louisville family helped him cope with the injury. The Cardinals’ Russ Smith, Peyton Siva and Chane Behanan reveal what it was like to witness the awful injury to their friend and teammate. They also discuss how they were emotionally able to compose themselves to persevere and defeat Duke.

Michigan's All in the Family

As Michigan makes its first Final Four appearance in 20 years, family ties is the dominant theme. Some of the names on the roster; Robinson, Hardaway and Horford are familiar to basketball fans. What roles have their relatives played on the Wolverines path to the Final Four? Although the young Wolverines may follow in the footsteps of their famous basketball fathers and brothers, Coach John Beilein’s squad has built a legacy of its own by overcoming a 14-point second-half deficit to defeat Kansas in overtime before dominating Florida in the South Regional final.

Syracuse's Michael Carter-Williams

As Syracuse was playing in the early rounds of the NCAA tournament, star Orange point guard Michael Carter-Williams had something else on his mind, a tragedy that happened in Hamilton, Mass. His childhood home, where his family resided, was destroyed by a fire. During the Orange’s game against California in the third round of the tournament, Carter-Williams glanced up to see his mother Mandy crying in the stands. He had no idea what had occurred. After the game, Carter-Williams ran out of the Syracuse locker room to find his family. After he embraced his mom, she told him about the situation, and more importantly, that their family was fine. Since then, Syracuse’s success in the postseason has inspired his family during a time of great need

Wichita State's Carl Hall

Wichita State has enjoyed a spectacular season knocking out No. 1 Gonzaga and No. 2 Ohio State to become the first ninth-seed in 34 years to reach the Final Four. But the Shockers’ surprising success has been especially sweet for senior forward Carl Hall. Six years ago, the 6-foot-8, 240-pound forward was told he would never play basketball again following a diagnosis of neuro-cardiogenic syncope, a heart condition that produces an irregular heartbeat. This condition caused him to pass out on the court on several occasions. In 2009, his doctors introduced him to a medication that would control the problem. Slowly, Hall began his return to basketball, eventually earning a scholarship offer from Wichita State. Now he is living out his dream, playing in the Final Four, not far from his hometown of Cochran, Ga.

Pat Summitt

With more than 1,000 wins and eight national championships during her Hall of Fame career, Pat Summitt’s accomplishments as head coach of the Tennessee Lady Volunteers are unsurpassed. Now, she is facing another type of opponent, Alzheimer’s. For the first time ever, the legendary coach and her 22-year-old son, Tyler, sit down together to share their inspirational story. The two reveal to Lesley Visser why Summitt went public so early with her illness and why they remain so optimistic during this latest and most challenging chapter of her life.

Jim Rome interviews Final Four coaches

Two of this year’s Final Four head coaches, Gregg Marshall of Wichita State and John Beilein of Michigan, have never advanced to the National semifinals. For Syracuse’s Jim Boeheim and Louisville’s Rick Pitino, it’s relatively familiar territory. Boeheim has led his Orange to four Final Four appearances, winning it all in 2003. Pitino has guided three schools, Providence, Kentucky and Louisville to a total of seven Final Four appearances. His 1996 Wildcats won the national title defeating Boeheim and Syracuse. All four coaches sit down together with CBS Sports’ Jim Rome to provide an inside look at this year’s Final Four match-ups.

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