Sweet 16 and the Regionals: Harlan and Anderson teams preside over CBS and Turner starting tonight

Beginning tomorrow, Jim Nantz' A team has Duke and Zion; Eagle and Spanarkel cover personalities, Cal, Pearl, Williams and Sampson


Another big weekend of college hoops. Jim Nantz’ A team will be in the nation’s capital where it will  have an all ACC matchup; Zion, Duke, and Virginia Tech. They’ll also have the lip-lashing Tom Izzo and the beleaguered LSU basketball program.

The animated Ian Eagle and the heady Jim Spanarkel will be following carnival barker Bruce Pearl, Charles Barkley’s newest best friend. The class act Roy Williams will be in house too. How about upstarts against tradition? It should make for lots of contrasting human interest angles. Ian will have Cal, a buddy from Nets days and the accomplished Kelvin Sampson of Houston who had his issues with the NCAA when he was at Indiana.

Tonight, the always pumped Kevin Harlan will shepherd his two on-air colleagues through Florida State and Gonzaga. Does basketball suddenly have a better future in Tallahassee than football? Mark Few is one of the best, but this weekend he has to keep his kids well behaved, not to wake up the tournament broadcasters in middle of the night. See Andrew Catalon in Salt Lake City. Then a good story representing two coaches who rose the ranks through junior colleges, Chris Beard at Texas Tech and John Beilein at Michigan.

Finally the understated Brian Anderson and the vastly underrated Chris Webber will watch Purdue and Tennessee. Rick Barnes has had success wherever he’s been. Will this be the year for Virginia or will Oregon’s Dana Altman get his way against the Cavs?

Enjoy. SiriusXM has all the games live too. Click SiriusXM logo to the right for times and channel numbers.



Anaheim, California

#4 Florida State vs #1 Gonzaga

7:09 PM on CBS
Kevin Harlan, Dan Bonner, Reggie Miller, Dana Jacobson

#3 Texas Tech vs #2 Michigan

Afterward  on CBS
Kevin Harlan, Dan Bonner,  Reggie Miller, Dana Jacobson


Louisville, Kentucky

#3 Purdue vs #2 Tennessee

7:29 PM on TBS
Brian Anderson, Chris Webber, Allie LaForce

#12 Oregon vs #1 Virginia

Afterward on TBS
Brian Anderson, Chris Webber, Allie LaForce



Washington, DC

#3 LSU vs #2 Michigan State

7:09 PM on CBS
Jim Nantz, Grant Hill, Bill Raftery, Tracy Wolfson

#1 Duke vs. #4 Virginia Tech

Afterward on CBS

Jim Nantz, Grant Hill, Bill Raftery, Tracy Wolfson


Kansas City, Mo

#5 Auburn vs #1 North Carolina

7:29 PM on TBS
Ian Eagle, Jim Spanarkel, Jamie Erdahl

#3 Houston vs #2 Kentucky

Afterward on CBS

Ian Eagle, Jim Spanarkel, Jamie Erdahl

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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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