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CBS Sports, ESPN and Fox finish their regular season college basketball schedule this weekend

Unsure if Dan Dakich is humorous, a loose cannon, being targeted by the PC police or is guilty of engaging in “misogynistic speech,” as accused by a woman professor. After his latest tirade, and he’s had a history of others, the ESPN commentator is still working. He teams with Dave O’Brien on Virginia at Louisville. The controversial comments were delivered on a podcast that has been since removed.

The only thing I’ll say about Dan is that he doesn’t shut up on air when he’s an analyst. He strikes me as having little regard for his play-by-play partner who has a job to do. Goodness!

So another Saturday and Sunday of college basketball. By next weekend, it will be about the conference tournaments and then of course, Selection Sunday on Match 13th.

Ed Cohen, radio announcer for the Knicks, is working college ball this weekend, given the fact that the NBA is on the All-Star break.

John Schriffen and Brooke Weisbrod are assigned an Ohio Valley Conference game this weekend. Schriffen is laid back. He needs to do a couple things. One is have an extra cup of coffee before going on the air and another is to focus on the game. He and Brooke who is pretty knowledgeable, go off annoyingly on the extraneous and superfluous. It’s one thing to do so when it’s a complete blowout and another when one team is in striking distance. Schriffen has bounced around in his career. He’s worked several places including CBS where he’s been a sideline reporter.

Todd Harris has been around too. An alum of BYU, he spent sixteen years with ESPN beginning in 1991. He’s now with NBC and called a doubleheader yesterday of the Atlantic 10 Tourney for NBC Sports Network. Harris made a mark for himself when he was a 15 year old and covered the World’s Strongest Man. For NBC, he’s worked a half dozen Olympic games. He did play-by-play of snowboarding.

If there’s a AAA all-women’s announce team, it’s Saturday when Beth Mowins, Debbie Antonelli and Holly Rowe join forces on the ACC Network’s coverage of the conference’s women’s tournament . In my view, for what it’s worth, Debbie is the best television analyst among women commentators (Yes, better than Doris ‘Revered’  Burke). Rowe is experienced and knowledgeable on the sidelines. Mowins is well prepared for each broadcast.

Kim Adams is doing color for the Big East women’s quarters on FS1. She spreads the wealth so to speak, having worked in the past for The ACC Network, CBS Sports Network, ESPN, FOX Sports, SportsNet New York (SNY) and Westwood One . Kim was an All-Ivy hoopster at Penn. She also has a master’s in broadcast journalism from Northwestern University’s School of Journalism. Want to get into shape? She’s also a certified personal trainer.

Thursday and Friday, NBC Sports Network ran two rounds of Atlantic-10 Conference Tournament with just two sets of announcers, Jac Collinsworth and Tim McCormick and Todd Harris and David Kaplan.

Bob Wischusen and Dick Vitale are terrific. And I say this lovingly, they’re like an old couple.



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Saturday, March 6
Noon- Rutgers at Minnesota
FOX: Brandon Gaudin, Stephen Bardo
Noon- Georgetown at UConn
CBS: Carter Blackburn, Clark Kellogg
Noon- South Carolina at Kentucky
ESPN: Karl Ravech, Jimmy Dykes
Noon- Florida State at Notre Dame
ESPN2: Doug Sherman, Cory Alexander
Noon- Pitt at Clemson
ACC RSN, ACCNX: Tom Werme, Mike Gminski
Noon- SoCon Quarterfinal: The Citadel vs. UNCG
Nexstar, ESPN+: Pete Yanity, Dean Keener, Erin Summers
Noon- NEC Semifinal: Sacred Heart at Bryant
ESPN3: Paul Dottino, Joe DeSantis
Noon- PL Quarterfinal: Loyola-MD at Navy
ESPN+: Pete Medhurst, Michael Heary
1 PM- Mississippi State at Auburn
SEC: Mike Morgan, Mark Wise
1 PM- MVC Semifinal: Loyola-Chicago vs. Indiana State
CBSSN: Rich Waltz, Bob Wenzel
MVC Radio: Brian Wiese, Rich Zvosec, Kevin Lehman
1 PM- USF at Wichita State
ESPN+: Shane Dennis, Bob Hull
1 PM- PL Quarterfinal: Boston U at Colgate
ESPN+: Eric Malanoski, Jeff Bishop
2 PM- Alabama at Georgia
CBS: Brad Nessler, Pete Gillen
2 PM- Indiana at Purdue
ESPN: Jason Benetti, Robbie Hummel
2 PM- Oklahoma State at West Virginia
ESPN2: Rich Hollenberg, Fran Fraschilla
2 PM- Arizona State at Utah
FS1: Jim Kozimor, Dan Belluomini
2 PM- Charlotte at Marshall
Stadium: Chris Hassel, John Giannini
2 PM- Sacramento State at Montana State
SWX, Pluto TV: Chris Byers, Jeff Riggs, Alex Eschelman
2 PM- PL Quarterfinal: Bucknell at Lafayette
Lafayette SN, ESPN+: Gary Laubach, Mike Joseph
2 PM- NEC Semifinal: Mount St. Mary’s at Wagner
ESPN3: Dave Popkin, Tim Capstraw
2 PM- Northern Colorado at Weber State
Pluto TV: Steve Klauke, David Patten
2 PM- America East Semifinal: UMass Lowell at UMBC
ESPN+: Steve Levy, John Feinstein
2 PM- Central Arkansas at Northwestern State
Demon TV: Patrick Netherton
2:30 PM- Villanova at Providence
FOX: Tim Brando, Donny Marshall
2:30 PM- SoCon Quarterfinal: Chattanooga vs. East Tennessee State
NexStar, ESPN+: Pete Yanity, Dean Keener, Erin Summers
3 PM- LSU at Missouri
SEC: Kevin Fitzgerald, Dane Bradshaw
3 PM- Southern Utah at Portland State
Pluto TV: Matt Richert, Devon Pouncey
3 PM- PL Quarterfinal: American at Army West Point
ESPN+: Rich DeMarco
3 PM- CAA 1st Round: Elon vs. Towson
FloHoops: Dave Ryan, Mack McCarthy
3:30 PM- Alcorn State at Prairie View A&M
PVAM SN: Leonard Moon
CBS: Spero Dedes, Jim Spanarkel
4 PM- Illinois at Ohio State
ESPN: Bob Wischusen, Dick Vitale
Westwood One: Chris Carrino, P.J. Carlesimo
4 PM- Virginia at Louisville
ESPN2: Dave O’Brien, Dan Dakich
ESPN Radio: Sean Kelley, Bob Valvano
4 PM- MVC Semifinal: Drake vs. Missouri State
CBSSN: Rich Waltz, Bob Wenzel
MVC Radio: Brian Wiese, Rich Zvosec, Kevin Lehman
4 PM- Wagner Pacific at Montana
Watch Big Sky: Riley Corcoran
4 PM- America East Semifinal: Hartford at Vermont
ESPN+: Rob Ryan, Bernie Cieplicki
4 PM- UIW at Abilene Christian
ESPN+: Zach Carlyle, Owen Neilson
5 PM- Butler at Creighton
FOX: Kevin Kugler, Nick Bahe
5 PM- Texas A&M at Arkansas
SEC: Dave Neal, Jon Sundvold
5 PM- Old Dominion at Western Kentucky
CBS Facebook: Brent Stover, Tim Doyle
5 PM- Iowa State at Kansas State
ESPN+: Mark Neely, Stan Lewter
5 PM- UAB at North Texas
ESPN+: Hank Dickenson, Kyle Youmans
5 PM- Lamar at McNeese
Cowboys Insider: Richard Dow
5:30 PM- SoCon Quarterfinal: Mercer vs. Wofford
Nexstar, ESPN+: Pete Yanity, Dean Keener, Erin Summers
6 PM- Duke at North Carolina
ESPN: Dan Shulman, Jay Bilas
ACCN: Jordan Cornette, Carlos Boozer, Vince Carter
Compass Media: Gregg Daniels, Chucky Brown
6 PM- A10 Semifinal: St. Bonaventure vs. St. Louis
CBSSN: Tom McCarthy, Chris Walker
6 PM- Stephen F. Austin at Sam Houston State
ESPN+: David Saltzman, Ben Braun
6 PM- Sun Belt Quarterfinal: South Alabama vs. Louisiana
ESPN+: Matt Schumacker, Ben Brust
6 PM- Texas A&M-Corpus Christi at Houston Baptist
HBU SN: Steve King
6:30 PM- Alabama A&M at Grambling State
YouTube: Santoria Black
6:30 PM- Sun Belt Quarterfinal: Arkansas State vs. Georgia State
ESPN+: Matt Stewart, Nate Ross
6:30 PM- Alabama State at Jackson State
JSSU SN: Rob Jay
6:45 PM- Summit League Quarterfinal: Omaha vs. South Dakota State
Midco SN, ESPN+: Tom Nieman, Greg Stemen
7 PM- Seton Hall at St. John’s
FS1: Kevin Burkhardt, Jim Jackson
7 PM- Vanderbilt at Ole Miss
SEC: Paul Sunderland, Joe Kleine
7 PM- UC Irvine at Long Beach State
ESPN3: Rahshaun Haylock, Richie Schueler
7 PM- UC Riverside at CSUN
Big West TV: Ghizal Hasan, Alan Zinsmeister
7 PM- Hawai’i at UC Davis
Big West TV: Scott Marsh
7 PM- CAA 1st Round: William & Mary vs. UNCW
FloHoops: Dave Ryan, Mack McCarthy
8 PM- SoConQuarterfinal: Furman vs. VMI
Nexstar, ESPN+: Pete Yanity, Dean Keener, Erin Summers
8 PM- OVC Championship: Belmont vs. Morehead State
ESPN2: John Schriffen, Brooke Weisbrod
Westwood One: Kevin Lee, Kyle Macy
8 PM- Cal Poly at UC Santa Barbara
ESPN3: Gerry Fall, Jerry Pimm
8 PM- Cal State Fullerton at UCSD
ESPN3: Steve Quis, Ted Robinson
8 PM- Tarleton State at UTRGV
WAC DN: Jonah Goldberg, Bryan Smith
8 PM- Southeastern Louisiana at New Orleans
Privateers Showcase: Jude Young
8:30 PM- Southern at Texas Southern
YouTube: Larry “Chattabox” Hale
8:30 PM- Sun Belt Quarterfinal: Troy vs. Coastal Carolina
ESPN+: Matt Schumacker, Ben Brust
9 PM- Xavier at Marquette
FS1: Bob Brainerd, Jess Settles
9 PM- WCC 2nd Round: Loyola Marymount vs. Saint Mary’s
ESPNU: Dave Flemming, Sean Farnham
9 PM- A10 Semifinal: VCU vs. Davidson
CBSSN: Tom McCarthy, Chris Walker
9 PM- Utah Valley at Grand Canyon
KUTP, ESPN3: Barry Buetel, Scott Williams, Kate Longworth
9 PM- New Mexico State at Grand Canyon
CEC-TV, WAC DN: Keric Seegmiller, Mike Olsen
9 PM- Sun Belt Quarterfinal: Appalachian State vs. Texas State
ESPN+: Matt Stewart, Nate Ross
9:45 PM- Summit League Quarterfinal: Western Illinois vs. South Dakota
Midco SN, ESPN+: Jay Elsen, Greg Stemen
11 PM- Utah State at Fresno State
FS1: Bob Akamian, Richie Schueler
11 PM- UNLV at Wyoming
CBSSN: Michael Grady, Julianne Viani
11:59 PM- WCC 3rd Round: Santa Clara vs. Pepperdine
ESPN2: Dave Flemming, Sean Farnham
Sunday, March 7
11:30 AM- CAA Quarterfinal: Hofstra vs. Delaware
FloHoops: Dave Ryan, Mack McCarthy
Noon- Memphis at Houston
CBS: Andrew Catalon, Steve Lappas
Noon- Big South Championship: Campbell at Winthrop
ESPN: Matt Schick, Paul Biancardi
Westwood One: Patrick Kinas, Perry Clark
Noon- Florida at Tennessee
ESPNU: Tom Hart, Jimmy Dykes
12:30 PM- Wisconsin at Iowa
FOX: Adam Amin, Donny Marshall
1 PM- Cincinnati at ECU
ESPN+: Chris Edwards, Jay Sonnhalter
1:30 PM- Nebraska at Northwestern
B1G: Brandon Gaudin, Len Elmore
2 PM- MVC Championship: Loyola Chicago vs. Drake
CBS: Kevin Harlan, Dan Bonner
2 PM- ASun Championship: Liberty vs. North Alabama
ESPN: Anish Shroff, Jon Sundvold
2:30 PM- CAA Quarterfinal: Elon vs. James Madison
FloHoops: Dave Ryan, Mack McCarthy
4 PM- Texas Tech at Baylor
ESPN: Bob Wischusen, Dick Vitale
4:30 PM- Michigan at Michigan State
CBS: Ian Eagle, Bill Raftery
5 PM- SoCon Semifinal: UNCG vs. East Tennessee State
ESPNU: Roy Philpott, Mark Wise
6 PM- Sun Belt Semifinal: Georgia State vs. Louisiana
ESPN+: Matt Stewart, Nate Ross
6 PM- CAA Quarterfinal: vs. Northeastern
FloHoops: Dave Ryan, Mack McCarthy
6:45 PM- Summit League Quarterfinal: Oral Roberts vs. North Dakota
Midco SN, ESPN+: Alex Heinert, Brad Newitt
7 PM- Penn State at Maryland
B1G: Kevin Kugler, Stephen Bardo
7 PM- Texas at TCU
ESPN+: Ted Emrich, King McClure
7:30 PM- SoCon Semifinal: Mercer vs. 
ESPNU: Roy Philpott, Mark Wise
8 PM- Oregon at Oregon State
FS1: Rich Burk, Dave Miller
8:30 PM- Sun Belt Semifinal: 
ESPN+: Matt Stewart, Nate Ross
9 PM- CAA Quarterfinal: Drexel vs. Charleston
FloHoops: Dave Ryan, Mack McCarthy
9:45 PM- Summit League Quarterfinal: Kansas City vs. North Dakota State
Midco SN, ESPN+: Alex Heinert, Brad Newitt
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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