MARCH MADNESS

NCAA Tourney starts today: Details of CBS’ and Turner’s telecasts of first 3 rounds – voices, times and networks

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CBS’ and Turner Sports’ exclusive coverage of the 2022 NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Championship will tip off with the NCAA First Four on truTV, Tuesday, March 15, and Wednesday, March 16 (6 p.m. ET, both days). First round game coverage will be held on Thursday, March 17, and Friday, March 18 (Noon-Midnight, both days), with all games available live in their entirety across four national television networks – TBS, CBS, TNT and truTV – and NCAA March Madness Live.

The outlets will provide live coverage of all 67 games from the 2022 NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Championship across the four networks and via NCAA March Madness Live.

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Scheduling and announcer listings follow and some knee jerk responses to the talent assignments:

  • The lady veteran sideliners are back. Tracy Wolfson, Jamie Erdahl, Allie LaForce and Dana Jacobson are so tough that a mouse won’t be able to get around them. They’ll pin down all newsmakers. Deb Antonelli, arguably the best women’s analyst, is again on the commentating teams. 
  • Lisa Byington got her fleeting play-by-play gig back again on the CBS/Turner telecasts. The good news is she seems to have the fortune to get to call tight games. She had a few down to the wire dandies last tourney. The bad news is she’s still a little too inexperienced and her voice fully isn’t fully trained yet. Her vocal range is limited. Frankly, Kate Scott who does76ers play-by-play on TV has a more natural feel for the mic.
  • Andy Katz, superb in the studio during March Madness’ programming with Chuck and Kenny the Jet, is again on the CBS/Turner game roster.
  • Seeing the name Brian Anderson among the voices on the NCAA roster reminded me that former Turner boss David Levy was about to coronate him as Marv Albert’s successor on the NBA. It never eventuated. Truth is, if not Brian, it should go to Kevin Harlan.
  • Jim Nantz and Kevin Kugler are the only voices who’ll call the tourney from start to finish, Nantz, on CBS TV and Kugler on Westwood Radio. Kugler paints a nice picture.

NCAA First Four – Tuesday, March 16

6:40 p.m.-truTV-Dayton, OH-(16) Texas Southern vs. (16) Texas A&M-Corpus Christi-Tom McCarthy / Steve Lavin / Avery Johnson // Jon Rothstein

9:10 p.m.-truTV-Dayton, OH-(12) Indiana vs.(12) Wyoming-McCarthy / Lavin / Johnson // Rothstein

NCAA First Four – Wednesday, March 16 – Dayton

6:40 p.m.-truTV-Dayton, OH-(16) Bryant vs. (16) Wright St.-McCarthy / Lavin / Johnson // Rothstein

9:10 p.m.-truTV-Dayton, OH-(11) Notre Dame vs. (11) Rutgers-McCarthy / Lavin / Johnson // Rothstein

First Round Games – Thursday Afternoon, March 17

12:15 p.m.-CBS-Indianapolis, IN-(11) Michigan vs. (6) Colorado St.-Ian Eagle / Jim Spanarkel // Jamie Erdahl

12:40 p.m.-truTV-Buffalo, NY-  -(13) South Dakota St. vs. (4) Providence-Brad Nessler / Brendan Haywood // E. Washburn

1:45 p.m.-TNT-Portland, OR-(9) Memphis vs. (8) Boise St.-Andrew Catalon / Steve Lappas // Andy Katz

2:00 p.m.-TBS-Fort Worth, TX-(16) Norfolk St. vs. (1) Baylor-Brian Anderson / Jim Jackson // Allie LaForce

2:45 p.m.-CBS-Indianapolis, IN-(14) Longwood vs. (3) Tennessee-Eagle / Spanarkel // Erdahl

3:10 p.m.-truTV-Buffalo, NY-(12) Richmond vs. (5) Iowa-Nessler / Haywood // Washburn

4:15 p.m.-TNT-Portland, OR-(16) Georgia St. vs. (1) Gonzaga-Catalon / Lappas // Katz

4:30 p.m.-TBS-Fort Worth, TX-(9) Marquette vs. (8) North Carolina-Anderson / Jackson // LaForce

First Round Games – Thursday Evening, March 17

6:50 p.m.-TNT-Buffalo, NY-(12) New Mexico St. vs. (5) UConn-Nessler / Haywood // Washburn

7:10 p.m.-CBS-Indianapolis, IN-(15) Saint Peter’s vs. (2) Kentucky-Eagle / Spanarkel // Erdahl

7:20 p.m.-TBS-Portland, OR-(12) Wyoming/Indiana vs. (5) Saint Mary’s (CA)-Catalon / Lappas // Katz

7:27 p.m.-truTV-Fort Worth, TX-(9) Creighton vs. (8) San Diego St.-Anderson / Jackson // LaForce

9:20 p.m.-TNT-Buffalo, NY-(13) Vermont vs. (4) Arkansas-Nessler / Haywood // Washburn

9:40 p.m.-CBS-Indianapolis, IN-(10) San Francisco vs. (7) Murray St.-Eagle / Spanarkel // Erdahl

9:50 p.m.-TBS-Portland, OR-(13) Akron vs. (4) UCLA-Catalon / Lappas // Katz

9:57 p.m.-truTV-Fort Worth, TX-(16) Texas Sthern/Texas A&M-Corpus Christi vs. (1) Kansas-Anderson / Jackson // LaForce

First Round Games – Thursday Afternoon, March 17

12:15 p.m.-CBS-Indianapolis, IN-(11) Michigan vs. (6) Colorado St.-Ian Eagle / Jim Spanarkel // Jamie Erdahl

12:40 p.m.-truTV-Buffalo, NY  -(13) South Dakota St. vs. (4) Providence-Brad Nessler / Brendan Haywood // E Washburn

1:45 p.m.-TNT-Portland, OR-(9) Memphis vs. (8) Boise St.-Andrew Catalon / Steve Lappas // Andy Katz

2:00 p.m.-TBS-Fort Worth, TX-(16) Norfolk St. vs. (1) Baylor-Brian Anderson / Jim Jackson // Allie LaForce

2:45 p.m.-CBS-Indianapolis, IN-(14) Longwood vs. (3) Tennessee-Eagle / Spanarkel // Erdahl

3:10 p.m.-truTV-Buffalo, NY-(12) Richmond vs. (5) Iowa-Nessler / Haywood // Washburn

4:15 p.m.-TNT-Portland, OR-(16) Georgia St. vs. (1) Gonzaga-Catalon / Lappas // Katz

4:30 p.m.-TBS-Fort Worth, TX-(9) Marquette vs. (8) North Carolina-Anderson / Jackson // LaForce

First Round Games – Thursday Evening, March 17

6:50 p.m.-TNT-Buffalo, NY-(12) New Mexico St. vs. (5) UConn-Nessler / Haywood // Washburn

7:10 p.m.-CBS-Indianapolis, IN-(15) Saint Peter’s vs. (2) Kentucky-Eagle / Spanarkel // Erdahl

7:20 p.m.-TBS-Portland, OR-(12) Wyoming/Indiana vs. (5) Saint Mary’s (CA)-Catalon / Lappas // Katz

7:27 p.m.-truTV-Fort Worth, TX-(9) Creighton vs. (8) San Diego St.-Anderson / Jackson // LaForce

9:20 p.m.-TNT-Buffalo, NY-(13) Vermont vs. (4) Arkansas-Nessler / Haywood // Washburn

9:40 p.m.-CBS-Indianapolis, IN-(10) San Francisco vs. (7) Murray St.-Eagle / Spanarkel // Erdahl

9:50 p.m.-TBS-Portland, OR-(13) Akron vs. (4) UCLA-Catalon / Lappas // Katz

9:57 p.m.-truTV-Fort Worth, TX-(16) Texas Sthrn/Texas A&M-Corpus Christi vs. (1) Kansas-Anderson / Jackson // LaForce

 

First Round Games – Friday Afternoon, March 18

12:15 p.m.-CBS-Pittsburgh, PA-(10) Loyola Chicago vs. (7) Ohio St.-Kevin Harlan / D Bonner / R Miller // Dana Jacobson

12:40 p.m.-truTV-Greenville, SC-(15) Jacksonville St. vs. (2) Auburn-Jim Nantz / Bill Raftery / Grant Hill // Tracy Wolfson

1:45 p.m.-TNT-San Diego, CA-(14) Montana St. vs. (3) Texas Tech- Byington / Steve Smith / A. Johnson // L Shehadi

2:00 p.m.-TBS-Milwaukee, WI-(14) Yale vs. (3) Purdue-Spero Dedes / Deb Antonelli // AJ Ross

2:45 p.m.-CBS-Pittsburgh, PA-(15) Delaware vs. (2) Villanova-Harlan / Bonner / Miller // Jacobson

3:10 p.m.-truTV-Greenville, SC-(10) Miami (FL) vs. (7) Southern California-Nantz / Raftery / Hill // Wolfson

4:15 p.m.-TNT-San Diego, CA-(11) Rutgers/Notre Dame vs. (6) Alabama-Byington / Smith / Johnson // Shehadi

4:30 p.m.-TBS-Milwaukee, WI-(11) Virginia Tech vs. (6) Texas-Dedes / Antonelli // Ross

First Round Games – Friday Evening, March 18

6:50 p.m.-TNT-Pittsburgh, PA-(13) Chattanooga vs. (4) Illinois-Harlan / Bonner / Miller // Jacobson

7:10 p.m.-CBS-Greenville, SC-(15) Cal St. Fullerton vs. (2) Duke-Nantz / Raftery / Hill // Wolfson

7:20 p.m.-TBS-Milwaukee, WI-(11) Iowa St. vs. (6) LSU-Dedes / Antonelli // Ross

7:27 p.m.-truTV-San Diego, CA-(16) Wright St./Bryant vs. (1) Arizona-Byington / Smith / Johnson // Shehadi

9:20 p.m.-TNT-Pittsburgh, PA-(12) UAB vs. (5) Houston-Harlan / Bonner / Miller // Jacobson

9:40 p.m.-CBS-Greenville, SC-(10) Davidson vs. (7) Michigan St.-Nantz / Raftery / Hill // Wolfson

9:50 p.m.-TBS-Milwaukee, WI-(14) Colgate vs. (3) Wisconsin-Dedes / Antonelli // Ross

9:57 p.m.-truTV-San Diego, CA-(9) TCU vs. (8) Seton Hall-Byington / Smith / Johnson // Shehadi

 

This year’s NCAA Men’s Final Four National Semifinals on Saturday, April 2, along with the National Championship on Monday, April 4, will air on TBS.

For those following such inside information, CBS released these assignments. These fellows make decisions for every picture you see at home or feature you see:

Site/Producer/Director

Greenville, SC – Mark Wolff/Bob Fishman*

Fort Worth, TX – Tom Heitz/Andy Greathouse

Indianapolis, IN – Craig Silver/Suzanne Smith

Pittsburgh, PA – Ken Mack/Mark Grant

San Diego, CA – Bert Bondi/Matt Lipp

Portland, OR – Jonathan Segal/Andy Goldberg and Chris Svendsen

Milwaukee, WI – Steve McKee/Jim Cornell and Kimani Morales/Andy Freedman

Buffalo, NY – Ryan Galvin/Mike Arnold

Dayton, OH (First Four) – Jason Ross/Cory Fishman

Bob is an icon. He’s been at CBS for many decades. He’s worked with with everyone from Pat Summerall and Vin Scully to Jim Nantz to any who’s who. He’s retiring after the Final Four. Fishman is an amazing man.

 

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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
2 months ago

Is Cory following in his footsteps, or a different Fishman family?