Event Previews

Another rich weekend of college basketball; The arenas will be near empty but the networks will be full

Another weekend of hoops. No determination yet of when Jim Nantz, Voice of the Final Four, will get to call his first college game of the season. Jim’s been busy with football and golf.

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Tim Brando is snowbound. He couldn’t make it out of his Northern Louisiana home. Brandon Gaudin takes his spot on the #5 Illinois at Minnesota Foxcast Saturday.

Gaudin’s work gets better and better. Like others, he started on radio and took over as the Voice of Georgia Tech football and basketball. He earned some work from Westwood One, the Big Ten Network and then Fox. Brandon does some NFL too.

Interesting to see Rick Pitino Friday night coach Iona against Monmouth. The same two teams play Saturday on ESPN+. Same cadence on the sideline that we’ve seen all these years.

J.B. Long, Voice of the LA Rams, works with Doug Gottlieb on UNLV at San Jose State.

Mike Corey and Mark Adams have UCF at Tulane. Adams was full of hyperbolic commentary the other night calling Houston’s loss at Wichita State. He added little of substance and was unlistenable. Despite the tight finish, I had to shut the audio.

LaSalle at St. Joseph’s has Jac Collinsworth and Ron Thompson, son of the late John Thompson. Jac’s paternal grandpa, Cris’ dad, Abe, was on the 1958 Kentucky team that won the national title.

Another weekend where Bill Raftery is double dipping. He works for Fox on Saturday and CBS Sunday. He’ll be 78 in April. The man has a racket going.

Danny Manning, former NBA standout, who was fired by Wake as its head coach covers Notre Dame at Syracuse.

Mike Giminski no longer does the NCAA Tournament for CBS. He has NC State at Wake Forest for ESPN’s ACC Network.

Tim Castraw is the analyst on Mount St. Mary’s at FDU. He also does color on Nets radio.

Jon Sciambi and Fran Fraschilla, a couple of New York kids, have West Virginia at Texas.

Jim Jackson, former Ohio State star who played for 12 NBA teams over 12 seasons is on Arizona at USC. He’s excellent. Did an NBA game for Turner on Tuesday night. I can think of some guys he should replace who get more broadcast reps.

Mark Neely needs some more energy. He has Oklahoma at awful Iowa State.

Friend Joey Wahler calls St. Francis, Pa at Wagner. Joe is often heard on WFAN as an update man.

Should be a good announce team on Penn State at Iowa. The versatile Adam Amin and Nick Bahe who contributes nicely as an analyst. Adam is good at baseball, football and basketball. He came over to Fox from ESPN.

If you have earplugs, keep them handy. Eric Collins has been assigned Butler and Xavier. Remember that exposure to noise can cause hearing loss. The guy needs a Quaalude.

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FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 19, 2021

7 PM- St. Louis at Dayton

ESPN2: Mike Corey, Seth Greenberg

 

7 PM- Monmouth at Iona

ESPNU: Matt Martucci, Noah Savage

 

7 PM- Akron at Ball State

CBSSN: Alex Del Barrio, Tim Doyle

 

7 PM- Hawai’i at CSUN

Big West TV: Ghizal Hasan, Alan Zinsmeister

 

7 PM- Cal Poly at Long Beach State

Big West TV: Jason Schwartz

 

7 PM- Southern Miss at FIU

ESPN+: AJ Ricketts, Patrick Murray

 

7 PM- Winthrop at High Point

ESPN+: Daron Vaught, TBA

 

7:30 PM- Old Dominion at UAB

Stadium: Chris Vosters, Tim Scarborough 

 

8 PM- UC Riverside at UCSD

ESPN3: Steve Quis, Ted Mendenhall

 

8 PM- Green Bay at UIC

ESPN3: Jonathan Hood, Chris Bleck

 

8 PM- UC Irvine at Cal State Fullerton

Big West TV: Kevin Barbarino

 

8 PM- Kennesaw State at Lipscomb

ESPN+: Jonathan Seamon, Justin Seamon

 

8 PM- Marist at St. Peter’s

ESPN+: Joe Vasile, Darryl Jacobs

 

8 PM- Denver at Kansas City

Roos All-Access: Neil Harwell, Michael Watson

 

8 PM- North Dakota at Omaha

Mavs All-Access: Gary Sharp, Kyler Erickson

 

8:30 PM- South Dakota State at North Dakota State

Midco SN 2, ESPN3: Brian Shawn, Greg Stemen

 

9 PM- Toledo at Buffalo

ESPN2: Jason Benetti, Dan Dakich

 

9 PM- Wyoming vs. New Mexico (Colorado Springs) 

CBSSN: Jason Horowitz, Pete Gillen

 

9 PM- Utah Valley vs. New Mexico State (El Paso) 

AggieVision, WAC DN: Adam Young, Rus Bradburd

 

9 PM- California Baptist at Grand Canyon

KUTP, ESPN3, WAC DN: Barry Buetel, Scott Williams, Kate Longworth

 

9 PM- Tarleton State at Dixie State

CEC-TV, WAC DN: Keric Seegmiller, Mike Olsen

 

9:30 PM- UNLV at San Jose State

Stadium: J.B. Long, Doug Gottlieb

 

10 PM- Utah State at Boise State

FS1: Rich Waltz, Wyking Jones

 

11 PM- Cal State Bakersfield at UC Santa Barbara

ESPNU: Dave Feldman, Corey Williams

 

SATURDAY, FEBRUAR 20

Noon- Michigan State at Indiana

ESPN: Jason Benetti, Dan Dakich 

 

Noon- UCF at Tulane 

ESPN2: Mike Corey, Mark Adams

 

Noon- Georgia Tech at Miami-FL

ACC RSN, ACCNX: Tom Werme, Brian Oliver

 

Noon- Siena at Niagara

ESPN+: Todd Callen, Richard Walsh 

 

Noon- Navy at American 

ESPN+: Dan Laing, Jimmy Patsos

 

12:30 PM- LaSalle at St. Joseph’s

NBCSN: Jac Collinsworth, Ron Thompson

 

1 PM- Columbus State at Charleston

FloHoops: Everett German, Danny Johnson

 

1 PM- UConn at Villanova

FOX: Gus Johnson, Bill Raftery 

 

1 PM- Kentucky at Tennessee

CBS: Ian Eagle, Jim Spanarkel 

 

1 PM- Vanderbilt at Alabama 

SEC: Mike Morgan, Mark Wise

 

1 PM- Boston U at Colgate

CBSSN: Jason Knapp, Mo Cassara 

 

1 PM- New Hampshire at UMass Lowell 

ESPN3: Chris Villani, Jim Borodawka 

 

1 PM- Loyola-MD at Lehigh

ESPN+: Matt Markus, Matt Kerr 

 

1 PM- VMI at The Citadel

ESPN+: Kyle West, Jason Kempf

 

1 PM- Wofford at Western Carolina

ESPN+: Daniel Hooker, Jeff Bryson

 

1 PM- Rider at Quinnipiac 

ESPN+: Steve Lenox, Bill Mecca, Dianne Nolan

 

2 PM- Texas Tech at Kansas

ESPN: Bob Wischusen, Dick Vitale 

 

2 PM- Missouri at South Carolina 

ESPN2: Karl Ravech, Jimmy Dykes

 

2 PM- Notre Dame at Syracuse

ACCN: Dave O’Brien, Danny Manning

 

2 PM- NC State at Wake Forest 

ACC RSN, ACCNX: Evan Lepler, Mike Giminski 

 

2 PM- Mount St. Mary’s at Fairleigh Dickinson 

SNY, ESPN3: Paul Dottino, Tim Capstraw 

 

2 PM- Elon at William & Mary 

YurView, FloHoops: Jay Colley, Charlie Wollum

 

2 PM- Eastern Washington at Montana

SWX, Pluto TV: Riley Corcoran

 

2 PM- Eastern Michigan at Kent State 

ESPN3: Dave Wilson, Ben Pagani 

 

2 PM- Sacramento State at Southern Utah 

Pluto TV: Art Challis 

 

2 PM- Northern Arizona at Weber State 

Pluto TV: Steve Klauke, David Patten

 

2 PM- Southern Miss at FIU

ESPN+: AJ Ricketts, Patrick Murray

 

2 PM- Furman at Mercer 

ESPN+: Frank Malloy, Phil Cox 

 

2 PM- North Carolina A&T at Florida A&M 

FloHoops: Curtis Ward

 

2:30 PM- George Mason at VCU

NBCSN: Corey Robinson, Tim McCormick 

 

3 PM- West Virginia at Texas

ABC: Jon Sciambi, Fran Fraschilla 

 

3 PM- BYU at Loyola Marymount 

CBSSN: Jason Horowitz, Chris Walker, Steve Donahue

BYU RadioGreg Wrubell, Mark Durrant 

 

3 PM- Portland State at Idaho

Pluto TV: Chris King

 

3 PM- Holy Cross at Army West Point 

ESPN+: Rich DeMarco

 

3:30 PM- Illinois at Minnesota

FOX: Brandon Gaudin, Stephen Bardo 

 

3:30 PM- Georgia at Florida

SEC: Paul Sunderland, Joe Kleine

 

4 PM- Auburn at LSU

ESPN: Tom Hart, Dalen Cuff 

 

4 PM- Stanford at Washington State

ESPN2: Roxy Bernstein, Adrian Branch 

 

4 PM- Old Dominion at UAB

Stadium: Chris Vosters, Tim Scarborough 

 

4 PM- Florida State at Pitt

ACC RSN, ACCNX: Bob Rathbun, Dan Bonner

 

4 PM- Pacific at Portland

NBC NW, WCC Net: Ann Schatz, Jennifer Mountain 

 

4 PM- Bucknell at Lafayette

Lafayette SN,  ESPN+: Gary Laubach, Mike Joseph

 

4 PM- Binghamton at NJIT

ESPN3: Matt Provence, Dave Calloway

 

4 PM- Stony Brook at Albany

ESPN3: Rodger Wyland, Charlie Voelker

 

4 PM- Bryant at Merrimack

NEC Front Row: 

 

4 PM- Sacred Heart at St. Francis-Brooklyn 

NEC Front Row: Pat Farabaugh, Dave Calloway 

 

4 PM- South Alabama at Appalachian State 

ESPN+: Kendall Lewis, John Reisterer 

 

4 PM- Troy at Georgia State 

ESPN+: 

 

4:30 PM- Duquesne at Richmond

NBCSN: Jac Collinsworth, Ron Thompson 

 

4:30 PM- Oral Roberts at South Dakota 

GoYotes: John Thayer

 

5 PM- Chattanooga at UNCG

Nexstar, ESPN+: David Jackson, Matt Matheny 

 

5 PM- IUPUI at Youngstown State

ESPN3: Robb Schmidt, Ron Potesta

 

5 PM- Canisius at Fairfield

ESPN+: Bob Heussler, Joe DeSantis

 

5 PM- Oakland at Milwaukee

ESPN3: Scott Warras

 

5 PM- Robert Morris at Detroit Mercy

ESPN3: Jeremy Otto, Earl Cureton

 

5 PM- Wright State at Northern Kentucky

ESPN3: Brady Laber, Brad Redford

 

5 PM- Kansas State at TCU

ESPN+: Ted Emrich, Lance Blanks 

 

5 PM- Jacksonville at Stetson, ESPN+: 

 

5 PM- Lamar at Texas A&M-Corpus Christi ESPN+: 

 

5 PM- Morehead State at UT Martin 

ESPN+: Chris Brinkley 

 

5 PM- Eastern Illinois at Austin Peay 

ESPN+: Bob Belvin, Zach Giotta

 

5 PM- Jacksonville State at Tennessee State 

ESPN+: Alex Gould, CJ Eke

 

5 PM- Jacksonville State at Belmont

ESPN+: George Plaster, Greg Sage

 

5:30 PM- Purdue at Nebraska

B1G: Kevin Kugler, Shon Morris 

 

5:30 PM- Seton Hall at Georgetown

CBSSN: Tom McCarthy, Pete Gillen 

 

6 PM- Arizona at USC

FOX: Joe Davis, Jim Jackson 

 

6 PM- Louisville at North Carolina 

ESPN: Doug Sherman, Cory Alexander 

 

6 PM- Oklahoma at Iowa State 

ESPN2: Mark Neely, Tim Welch

 

6 PM- Mississippi State at Ole Miss 

SEC: Dave Neal, Jon Sundvold

 

6 PM- Pepperdine at Santa Clara 

Stadium: Kate Scott, Dan Belluomini

 

6 PM- Miami-OH at Northern Illinois

ESPN3: Andy Garcia, Carl Armato 

 

6 PM- Eastern Kentucky at Southeast Missouri

ESPN+: Erik Sean

 

7 PM- Hawai’i at CSUN

ESPN3: Matt Brown, Richie Schueler, Courtney Sweet 

 

7 PM- Momnouth at Iona ESPN+: 

 Matt Martucci, Noah Savage

 

7 PM- North Alabama at Liberty

ESPN+: Matt Warner, Paul Nazigian, Emily Austen

 

7 PM- Saint Francis-PA at Wagner

NEC Front Row: Joey Wahler

 

7 PM, Central Connecticut State at LIU

NEC Front Row: Pat Boyle 

 

7 PM- Cal Poly at Long Beach State

Big West TV: Jason Schwartz

 

7:30 PM- DePaul at St. John’s

FS1: John Fanta, Tarik Turner

 

7:30 PM, San Diego State at Fresno State

CBSSN: Andrew Catalon, Steve Lappas

 

8 PM- Virginia at Duke

ESPN: Dan Shulman, Jay Bilas 

 

8 PM- San Diego at Gonzaga

ESPN2: Dave Flemming, Sean Farnham

 

8 PM- Colorado at Oregon State

ESPNU: Dave Feldman, Corey Williams

 

8 PM- Marist at St. Peter’s

ESPN3: Dominick Savino, Darryl Jacobs

 

8 PM- Green Bay at UIC

ESPN3: Jonathan Hood, Chris Bleck

 

8 PM- UC Riverside at UCSD

ESPN3: Steve Quis, Ted Mendenhall

 

8 PM- Kennesaw State at Lipscomb

ESPN+: Jonathan Seamon, Justin Seamon

 

8 PM- East Tennessee State at Samford

ESPN+: Curt Bloom, Boyd Kaiser

 

8 PM- UC Irvine at Cal State Fullerton

Big West TV: Kevin Barbarino

 

8 PM- Denver at Kansas City

Roos All-Access: Neil Harwell, Michael Watson

 

8 PM- North Dakota at Omaha

Mavs All-Access: Gary Sharp, Kyler Erickson

 

8:30 PM- Arkansas at Texas A&M

SEC: Kevin Fitzgerald, Dane Bradshaw

 

8:30 PM- South Dakota State at North Dakota State

MidCo SN2, ESPN3: Jay Elsen, Greg Stemen 

 

8:30 PM- SIUE at Murray State

ESPN+: Neal Bradley, Kenny Roth

 

9 PM- Utah at Oregon

P12, P12 MTN, P12 OR: Rich Burk, Eldridge Recasner 

 

9 PM- Utah Valley vs. New Mexico State (El Paso)

AggieVision, WAC DN: Adam Young, Rus Bradburd

 

9 PM- California Baptist at Grand Canyon

KUTP, ESPN3, WAC DN: Barry Beutel, Scott Williams, Kate Longworth

 

9 PM- Tarleton State at Dixie State

CEC-TV, WAC DN: Keric Seegmiller, Mike Olsen

 

10 PM- Arizona State at UCLA

ESPN2: Dave Pasch, Bill Walton

 

10 PM- Cal at Washington

ESPNU: Roxy Bernstein, Adrian Branch

 

10 PM- Cal State Bakersfield at UC Santa Barbara

ESPN3: Gerry Fall, Jerry Pimm

 

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 21

11:30 AM- Rhode Island at George Washington

NBCSN:  Jac Collinsworth, Ron Thompson

 

Noon- Siena at Niagara

NBCSN:  Brendan Burke, Tim McCormick

 

1 PM- Michigan at Ohio State 

CBS: Kevin Harlan, Bill Raftery 

 

1 PM- Cincinnati at Houston 

ESPN: Kevin Brown, Jon Crispin 

 

1 PM- Georgia Southern at Coastal Carolin

ESPN+: Jeff McCarragher, Nate Ross

 

1 PM- Boston U at Colgate

ESPN+: Eric Malanoski, Jeff Bishop

 

2 PM- Stony Brook at Albany

ESPN3: Rodger Wyland, Charlie Voelker

 

2 PM- USF at Temple

ESPN+: Dave Leno, TBD

 

2 PM- Mount St. Mary’s at Fairleigh Dickinson

NEC Front Row: Sitesh Shah, Tom Green

 

2 PM- Sacred Heart at St. Francis- Brooklyn

NEC Front Row: Pat Farabaugh, Dave Calloway 

 

2 PM- North Carolina A&T at Florida A&M, 

FloHoops: Curtis Ward

 

3 PM- Maryland at Rutgers,

B1G 10: Kevin Kugler, Brian Butch

 

3 PM- Binghamton at NJIT

ESPN3: Matt Provence, Dave Calloway 

 

3 PM- Army West Point at Holy Cross, 

ESPN+: Rich DeMarco

 

3:30 PM- Davidson at St. Bonaventure, 

NBCSN: Brendan Burke, Tim McCormick

 

3:30 PM- Oral Roberts at South Dakota

MidCo SN, ESPN3: Jay Elsen, Greg Stemen 

 

4 PM- UNLV at San Jose State

CBSSN: Alex Del Barrio, Tim Doyle 

 

4 PM- Evansville at Drake

MVC TV, ESPN+: Mitch Holthus, Adam Emmenecker

 

4 PM- Rider at Quinnipiac

ESPN3: Steve Lenox, Bill Mecca, Dianne Nolan

 

4 PM- Saint Francis-PA at Wagner

NEC Front Row: Joey Wahler

 

4 PM- Central Connecticut State at LIU

NEC Front Row: Pat Boyle

 

5 PM- Penn State at Iowa

FS1: Adam Amin, Nick Bahe

 

5 PM- Valparaiso at Southern Illinois

Marquee, ESPN+: Connor Onion, Mike Trude, Kendra Sheehan

 

5 PM- Little Rock at UL-Monroe

ESPN+: Chris Harris, Mike Vining

 

5 PM- UTEP at FAU

ESPN+: Frank Forte, Andy Seeley

 

5 PM- UAPB at Texas Southern

YouTube: Larry “Chattabox” Hale

 

6 PM- Navy at American

CBSSN: Jason Knapp, Mo Cassara

 

6 PM- Lafayette at Bucknell

WQMY: Adam Marco, Pat Flannery

ESPN+: Joe Vasile 

 

6 PM- Lehigh at Loyola (MD) 

ESPN+: Gary Lambert, Jim Chivers

 

6 PM- Dallas Christian at UTRGV

WAC DN: Jonah Goldberg, TBD

 

6:30 PM- Mississippi Valley State at Prairie View A&M 

PVAM SN: Mike Prince

 

7 PM- Butler at Xavier

FS1: Eric Collins, Dickey Simpkins

 

7 PM- Wisconsin at Northwestern B1G: 

 

7 PM- Western Michigan at Ball State

 ESPN3: Joel Godett, David Eha

 

 

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David J. Halberstam
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.

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