Today, CBS Sports and Turner announced their commentator & sideline reporter pairings for the 2015 NCAA Tournament. CBS is bringing back familiar faces in Jim Nantz and Tracy Wolfson to their Final Four coverage, but Bill Raftery got a big bump up from his regional duties to the head team, and will be joined by first-timer Grant Hill.
Replacing Raftery with longtime partner Verne Lundquist will be Jim Spanarkel, while Chris Webber, Steve Smith and Steve Lappas (#1 in your hearts) have been added as game analysts for the first time. In less fun news, Doug Gottlieb has gone ahead and poisoned a very good play-by-play guy in Ian Eagle.
Here's the full list:
|Play by Play||Analyst(s)||Sideline Reporter|
Bill Raftery, Grant Hill
Chris Webber, Len Elmore
|Verne Lundquist||Jim Spanarkel||Allie LaForce|
Reggie Miller, Dan Bonner
|Ian Eagle||Doug Gottlieb||Evan Washburn|
|Brian Anderson||Steve Smith||Lewis Johnson|
|Spero Dedes||Mike Gminski||Jamie Maggio|
|Andrew Catalon||Steve Lappas||Jamie Erdahl|
Site locations for the pairings have yet to be announced, but Nantz, Albert, Lundquist and Harlan's teams have been designated to regional coverage so if Villanova makes it that far, they'll have their game called by one of those four teams.