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CBS Sports and Turner Sports Announce 2015 NCAA Division I Mens Basketball Championship Commentator Team

Turner Sports and CBS Sports will feature a collection of marquee commentators for its fifth consecutive year of combined coverage of the NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Championship.  CBS Sports and Turner Sports will once again provide live, full national coverage of all 67 tournament games across four networks – TBS, CBS, TNT and truTV – as well as NCAA March Madness Live, beginning Tuesday, March 17, with the NCAA First Four on truTV presented by Northwestern Mutual.  

This year’s NCAA Final Four National Semifinals from Indianapolis will be televised Saturday, April 4, on TBS with team-specific “TeamCast” coverage available via TNT and truTV.  The National Championship will air Monday, April 6, on CBS.

The networks’ commentator lineup includes several new roles for this year’s coverage:

  • Bill Raftery and Grant Hill will provide game analysis with play-by-play commentator Jim Nantz and reporter Tracy Wolfson throughout the NCAA Tournament, including their first time calling the NCAA Final Four National Semifinals and National Championship on television.
  • Chris Webber, Steve Lappas and Steve Smith will contribute to the networks’ tournament coverage as game analysts for the first time this year.  Webber will join play-by-play commentator Marv Albert, analyst Len Elmore and reporter Craig Sager during the first two weeks of the tournament.  Lappas will team with Andrew Catalon and reporter Jamie Erdahl, while Smith will pair with play-by-play commentator Brian Anderson and reporter Lewis Johnson throughout the first week of the tournament. 
  • Mateen Cleaves will be a studio analyst, joined by host Matt Winer and analyst Seth Davis from Turner Studios in Atlanta.

Ernie Johnson will once again 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 with analysts Reggie Miller, Seth Davis, Steve Smith and college coaches.

Gumbel and Johnson will host studio coverage from the CBS Broadcast Center in New York during the first full week of the tournament, with Johnson hosting studio coverage from Atlanta during the second week of tournament action.  Steve Smith will also join the studio team in Atlanta following the opening week while Doug Gottlieb joins studio coverage from New York. 

Following is the complete list of announcer pairings: 

Play-by-Play / Analyst // Reporter

* Regional Weekend Announce Teams

 

Jim Nantz / Bill Raftery / Grant Hill // Tracy Wolfson*

Marv Albert / Chris Webber / Len Elmore // Craig Sager*

Verne Lundquist / Jim Spanarkel // Allie LaForce*

Kevin Harlan / Reggie Miller / Dan Bonner // Rachel Nichols*

Ian Eagle / Doug Gottlieb // Evan Washburn

Brian Anderson / Steve Smith // Lewis Johnson

Spero Dedes / Mike Gminski // Jaime Maggio

Andrew Catalon / Steve Lappas // Jamie Erdahl

 

The tournament will tip off Tuesday, March 17, and Wednesday, March 18, with the NCAA First Four on truTV presented by Northwestern Mutual.  Brian Anderson will call Tuesday’s games with analyst Steve Smith and reporter Lewis Johnson.  Ian Eagle will handle play-by-play on Wednesday alongside analyst Gottlieb and reporter Evan Washburn.  Studio coverage for the First Four will originate from Atlanta with Winer and analysts Davis, Cleaves and Wally Szczerbiak. 

Accompanying the live television presentation, NCAA March Madness Live will once again be the ultimate digital destination for direct access to all 67 games of the NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Championship.  

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Media contacts:

 

Nate Smeltz, Turner Sports, at (404) 827-4786 or nate.smeltz@turner.com

Tony Morreale, Turner Sports, at (404) 575-7401 or tony.morreale@turner.com

Jen Sabatelle, CBS Sports, at (212) 975-4120 or jsabatelle@cbs.com

Dan Sabreen, CBS Sports, at (212) 975-5936 or dsabreen@cbs.com