CBS Sports and Turner Sports announced today the roster of talent which will be covering the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament beginning next week.
The field of 68 tips-off next Tuesday and Wednesday with the First Four match-ups which will air on truTV. Marv Albert and Steve Kerr will be on the call with Craig Sager as the sideline reporter.
Not much has changed in terms of the line-up of announcers for tournament action. Doug Gottlieb joins the roster as game analyst while Rachel Nichols and Allie LaForce joins as sideline reporters.
Jim Nantz, Clark Kellogg and Tracey Wolfson will once again be the number one announcing team, calling the Final Four.
Here are the announcer pairings for the tournament (locations to be determined):
Play-By-Play / Analyst // Reporter
*Regional Announce Teams
Jim Nantz / Clark Kellogg // Tracy Wolfson*
Marv Albert / Steve Kerr // Craig Sager*
Verne Lundquist / Bill Raftery // Rachel Nichols*
Kevin Harlan / Reggie Miller / Len Elmore // Lewis Johnson*
Ian Eagle / Jim Spanarkel // Allie LaForce
Brian Anderson / Dan Bonner // Marty Snider
Tim Brando / Mike Gminski // Otis Livingston
Spero Dedes / Doug Gottlieb // Jaime Maggio
The networks will again provide two studio locations for the tournament, one in New York and one in Atlanta. Greg Gumbel and Ernie Johnson split hosting duties in New York with analysts Charles Barkley, Greg Anthony and Kenny Smith. Matt Winer will anchor the Atlanta studio with analysis from Seth Davis and Steve Smith. Lessley Visser will also contribute to the telecasts. Gottlieb will join the New York studio crew for the Regional Sem-Finals and Finals.
Gumbel, Anthony, Gottlieb and Davis will host the NCAA Basketball Selection Show this Sunday at 6:00p.m. ET on CBS. Nantz, Kellogg and Kerr will lend opinions from the Big Ten basketball championships in Chicago.
At 7:00p.m. ET the discussion of the field moves to truTV for the Infinity Selection Sunday on truTV with Johnson as host along with Barkley, Smith and Rex Chapman.