I was watching this live by myself and stood up and yelled an “AHHHHHHHHHHHHH” when Gus went nuts. Only to see MSU be completely inept from the free throw line and cost me the cover by half a point in which I then just stared at the tv with a blank stare. But I’m glad this happened last night because yesterday they released the broadcast teams for the tourney:
1) Jim Nantz / Bill Raftery / Grant Hill // Tracy Wolfson*
2) Marv Albert / Chris Webber / Len Elmore // Craig Sager*
3) Verne Lundquist / Jim Spanarkel // Allie LaForce*
4) Kevin Harlan / Reggie Miller / Dan Bonner // Rachel Nichols*
5) Ian Eagle / Doug Gottlieb // Evan Washburn
6) Brian Anderson / Steve Smith // Lewis Johnson
7) Spero Dedes / Mike Gminski // Jaime Maggio
8) Andrew Catalon / Steve Lappas // Jamie Erdahl
I don’t really have a problem with any of these. I’m glad Raftery is in the #1 group so he’ll be doing the Final Four but I’m not sure how I feel about Grant Hill being in there. I also wish Verne and Raft could do some games together. But here’s what really needs to happen; for the NCAA tourney every broadcaster becomes a free agent for those three weeks. If CBS/Turner are carrying the tournament like they are this year they should be able to sign guys from ESPN. FS1, NBC, wherever for just this time period. Gus Johnson, Musburger, Walton, Sean McDonough, Jay Bilas, etc. should all be available to call the tourney. You could just put together dream teams of announcers. It’d be incredible. How good would Musburger and Raftery doing a game together be? Or just Gus Johnson making his return to the tourney in general. The networks need to put their differences and petty “contracts” aside and give us tourney super teams.
Hit it Gus!
So many games on here where I remember where I was. That Xavier/Ohio St. game in 07′ was incredible. I was a freshman during that UCLA/Gonzaga game and I was at the back bar at Brad’s in Providence and the place was going bananas. Two weeks from today it all begins again.