CBS Announces 2014 NCAA TOURNAMENT Broadcast Team
CBS Sports and Turner Sports will feature a deep roster of marquee commentators for its fourth consecutive year of combined coverage of the NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Championship. Turner Sports and CBS Sports will once again provide live, full national coverage of the tournament's 67 games across four networks - TBS, CBS, TNT and truTV - as well as NCAA March Madness Live, beginning Tuesday, March 18 with the NCAA First Four ™ on truTV presented by Northwest Mutual.
The Final Four on Saturday, April 5 will be televised on TBS for the first time. The National Championship on Monday, April 7 will air on CBS.
The networks' announcer lineup includes new roles for this year's coverage, highlighted by Greg Anthony calling his first Final Four and National Championship game, and Ernie Johnson hosting Final Four and National Championship coverage for the first time. Following are the additional changes and announcer pairings:
Greg Anthony moves courtside as a game analyst throughout the tournament - teaming with Jim Nantz and reporter Tracy Wolfson through the Regional Finals. Anthony joins Steve Kerr, Nantz and Wolfson to call his first NCAA Final Four and National Championship from AT&T Stadium in North Texas.
Andrew Catalon joins as a play-by-play announcer, teaming with Mike Gminksi and Otis Livingston, to call second and third-round action.
Ernie Johnson will host studio coverage from the Final Four and National Championship with analysts Charles Barkley, Clark Kellogg and Kenny Smith. They will be joined by Greg Gumbel along with analysts Reggie Miller, Seth Davis, Grant Hill, Doug Gottlieb and college coaches.
Clark Kellogg returns to the studio with fellow analysts Barkley and Kenny Smith throughout the tournament, along with hosts Gumbel and Johnson from the CBS Broadcast Center in New York for the first two weeks.
Grant Hill joins as a studio analyst, teaming with host Matt Winer and analysts Steve Smith and Seth Davis from Turner Studios in Atlanta throughout the tournament. Doug Gottlieb contributes in Atlanta beginning with Regional Semifinal action.
Following are the complete list of announcer pairings for the second and third rounds (Thursday, March 20 through Sunday, March 23):
Play-By-Play / Analyst // Reporter
*Regional Weekend Announce Teams
Jim Nantz / Greg Anthony // Tracy Wolfson*
Marv Albert / Steve Kerr // Craig Sager*
Verne Lundquist / Bill Raftery // Allie LaForce*
Kevin Harlan / Reggie Miller / Len Elmore // Rachel Nichols*
Ian Eagle / Jim Spanarkel // Lewis Johnson
Brian Anderson / Dan Bonner // Kristine Leahy
Spero Dedes / Doug Gottlieb // Jaime Maggio
Andrew Catalon / Mike Gminski // Otis Livingston
The tournament tips off Tuesday, March 18 and Wednesday, March 19 with the NCAA First Four™ on truTV presented by Northwest Mutual. Brian Anderson will call Tuesday's games with analyst Dan Bonner and reporter Kristine Leahy from Dayton, Ohio. Kevin Harlan handles play-by-play on Wednesday alongside analysts Len Elmore and Reggie Miller and reporter Rachel Nichols. Studio coverage for the First Four originates from Atlanta with Winer and analysts Davis, Hill and Steve Smith.