ESPN Unveils College Basketball Announcer Pairings

ESPN today announced its set of play-by-play and analyst pairings for the upcoming college basketball season.

Dick Vitale enters his 35th season as college basketball analyst and will be paired with Dan Shulman and Shannon Spake as the network’s lead broadcast team who will call its Saturday prime time telecasts.

ESPN’s signature studio show on Saturdays,  College Gameday, will once again be anchored by Rece Davis with analysts Digger Phelps and Jalen Rose.

Other analysts in the studio this season include Seth Greenberg, Andy Katz, Bruce Pearl, Jay Williams, Dan Dakich, Jimmy Dykes, Laphonso Ellis, Sean Farnham, Fran Fraschilla, Kara Lawson and Miles Simon.

ESPNU’s studio coverage will feature hosts Dari Nowkhah, Matt Schick and Anish Shroff with analysis from Dino Gaudio and Adrian Branch.

Hosts Zubin Mehenti and Chris Hassel will rotate in with analyst Tim McCormick (Saturday) and reporter Jeff Goodman (Wednesday) to anchor the ESPN Buzzer Beater network – which offers live cut-ins and highlights from numerous top college basketball games Saturdays from noon ET to 11 p.m. and Wednesdays from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m.

Here is the complete roster of play-by-play announcers and analysts for the upcoming college basketball season on ESPN:

Big Monday

Network Conference Play-by-play Analyst Reporter
ESPN ACC Sean McDonough Jay Bilas Jeannine Edwards
ESPN Big 12 Brent Musburger Fran Fraschilla Holly Rowe

Super Tuesday

Network Conference Play-by-play Analyst Reporter
ESPN Big Ten Mike Tirico Dan Dakich Samantha Ponder
ESPN SEC Brad Nessler Jimmy Dykes Shannon Spake
ESPN2 Big 12 Dave Flemming Miles Simon
ESPNU ACC Tom Hart Len Elmore
ESPNU SEC Joe Davis Dino Gaudio

Wednesday Night Hoops

Network Conference Play-by-play Analyst
ESPN2 ACC Bob Wischusen LaPhonso Ellis
ESPN2 Pac-12 Dave Pasch Bill Walton
ESPNU American Jason Benetti Tim Welsh
ESPNU Big 12 Clay Matvick Darrin Horn
ESPNU Pac-12 Beth Mowins Jon Crispin

Thursday Night Showcase Presented by Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups                         

Network Conference Play-by-play Analyst
ESPN or ESPN2 Big Ten Joe Tessitore Sean Farnham
ESPN or ESPN2 SEC Rece Davis Bob Knight
ESPN or ESPN2 Pac-12 Dave Pasch Bill Walton
ESPN or ESPN2 American Mike Patrick/Dave O’Brien Various analysts
ESPNU West Coast Roxy Bernstein Jarron Collins/Corey Williams


Network Conference Play-by-play Analyst
ESPNU MAAC Doug Sherman Tim McCormick
ESPNU Horizon Jim Barbar Malcolm Huckaby


Network Conference Play-by-play Analyst Reporters
ESPN Saturday Primetime Dan Shulman Dick Vitale Shannon Spake
ESPN Big Ten Bob Wischusen Dan Dakich
ESPN Big 12 Jon Sciambi Fran Fraschilla
ESPN ACC Dave O’Brien Doris Burke
ESPN SEC Mark Jones Jimmy Dykes
ESPN/ESPN2 American Mike Patrick Len Elmore
ESPN2 Atlantic 10 TBD TBD
ESPN2 West Coast Beth Mowins Kara Lawson
ESPN2 MVC Rich Hollenberg Mark Adams
ESPNU American Adam Amin Brooke Weisbrod
ESPNU SEC Tom Hart Jon Sundvold
ESPNU Big 12 Anish Shroff Tim Welsh


Network Conference Play-by-play Analyst Reporter
ESPNU ACC Carter Blackburn Jay Williams Allison Williams
ESPNU Pac-12 Roxy Bernstein Corey Williams

ESPN Regional Television (ERT)

In addition, ESPN Regional Television will produce and syndicate games from the SEC and Big 12:

SEC TV Play-by-Play Analysts
Wednesday and Saturday Dave Baker, Dave Lamont, Clay Matvick, Mike Morgan or Dave Neal Barry Booker, Joe Dean, Daymeon Fishback, Kyle Macy or Jon Sundvold
Big 12 Network Play-by-Play Analysts
Saturday andselect weekdays Dave Armstrong, Doug Bell, Mitch Holthus or Brad Sham Reid Gettys, Stephen Howard, Bryndon Manzer or Chris Piper

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