Another Day of Madness: Schedule of Saturday’s eight games and ranking of today’s announcers

Four games on CBS, 2 on TNT and 2 on TBS; Harlan and Lappas best of today's lot

Mich St coach Tom Izzo was infuriated Thursday

Schedule of today’s telecasts and announcer rankings:

Play-by-Play ranking

Kevin Harlan – Strong, in-command, knowledgeable and welcoming

Ian Eagle – Sharp, enthusiastic, prepared, wry sense of humor

Andrew Catalon – Growing on me, sounding more comfortable and shares anecdotes

Carter Blackburn- Potential to grow further, can still sound stiff  and eager to force in every note


Steve Lappas – Brings instructive insight of a coach, human, passionate, instinctive and less calculating with his comments

Jim Spanarkel – Bright, reads game conditions and does not over-talk

Debbie Antonelli – Depth of understanding of the game and impresses me with her analysis although she never played men’s game

Reggie Miller – Smart, funny, very engaged and can be critical

Dan Bonner – Student of the game, very clear on the rules but his analysis is shallowest among his peers


Saturday NCAA Tournament  TV Schedule:

12:10p on CBS from Jacksonville

(6) Maryland vs. (3) LSU

Ian Eagle and Jim Spanarkel


Afterward on CBS from Jacksonville

(7) Wofford vs. (2) Kentucky

Eagle and Spanarkel


5:15p on CBS from Des Moines

(10) Florida vs. (2) Michigan

Kevin Harlan, Reggie Miller and Dan Bonner


Afterward on CBS from Des Moines

(10) Minnesota vs. (2) Michigan St

Harlan, Miller and Bonner


6:10p on TNT from Hartford

(12) Murray St. vs. (4) Florida St.

Carter Blackburn and Debbie Antonelli


Afterward on TNT from Hartford

(6) Villanova vs. (3) Purdue

Blackburn and Antonelli


7:10p on TBS from Salt Lake City

(9) Baylor vs. (1) Gonzaga

Andrew Catalon and Steve Lappas


Afterward on TBS from Salt Lake City

(5) Auburn vs. (4) Kansas

Catalon and Lappas


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David J. Halberstam

David is a 40-year + industry veteran who served as play-by-play announcer for St. John's University basketball in New York and as radio play-by-play voice of the Miami Heat in South Florida. He is the author of Sports on New York Radio: A Play-by-Play History and The Fundamentals of Sports Media and Sponsorship Sales: Developing New Accounts.

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Michael Green
4 years ago

The comment about Debbie Antonelli is interesting because the men’s and women’s games are not the same–same sport, same rules, but there are differences, and I’m reminded of John Wooden’s comment in his later years that he preferred women’s basketball to men’s because women played the game more according to the fundamentals, which, of course, he considered incredibly important. Come to think of it, women players do have in common with men that neither of them gets a dime from the shoe contracts ….