Combined Coverage for the NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Championship

by Paul Raymond | Posted on Thursday, March 10th, 2016

With the NCAA Tournament around the corner, CBS Sports and Turner Sports have announced their lineup of announcers for this year’s tournament. Since selection Sunday is on March 13, betting sites will soon have their online March Madness sportsbook odds available.

CBS Sports and Turner Sports agreed to combine their coverage of the NCAA basketball tournament six years ago, which means that all 67 games will be televised on four national networks owned by both companies.

Like the previous years, the NCAA tournament games will be televised on TBS, TNT, CBS, and truTV. The television coverage will begin on Tuesday, March 15, with the NCAA First Four. The games will be televised on truTV, and they are sponsored by Northwestern Mutual.

This year, fans can also stream the games live on the CBS Sports website.

The NCAA Final Four games will begin on Saturday, April 2, and the National Championship game will take place on Monday, April 4. The Final Four will be played at the NRG Stadium in Houston, Texas.

This year, there will be some changes to the announcement teams as well as some new roles for some of the on-air talent.

Brian Anderson, Dana Jacobson, and Steve Smith will team together to call games during the Regional Finals.

Carter Blackburn will provide play by play analysis for the first two rounds of the tournament.

Former Miami University star Wally Szczerbiak will join the Atlanta studio team from the beginning of the tournament until the start of the Regional Finals.

Rosalyn Gold-Onwude will serve as a sideline reporter while Swin Cash will be a studio analyst for the First Four games.

In the studio, Greg Gumbel and Ernie Johnson will once again handle the hosting duties for CBS during the first week of the tournament. They will be joined in the studio by Kenny Smith, Charles Barkley, and Clark Kellogg.

During the first week, studio coverage from the Turner Studios in Atlanta will be hosted by Matt Winer, and it will feature Seth Davis, Wally Szczerbiak, and a few college coaches.

During the second week of the NCAA tournament, Ernie Johnson will host the studio coverage from Atlanta while Doug Gottlieb will join the coverage from New York.

During the Final Four, Ernie Johnson will return to host the studio coverage from the NRG Stadium, with Kenny Smith, Clark Kellogg, and Charles Barkley serving as analysts. The four men will be joined in the studio by Greg Gumble, Reggie Miller, and Seth Davis.

The National Championship game will be televised on TBS, with Jim Nantz, Bill Raftery, Grant Hill, and Tracy Wolfson calling the action.

Here is a complete list of the announcing teams that have been paired together for this year’s NCAA tournament.

Carter Blackburn, Mike Gminski, and Jaime Maggio
Andrew Catalon, Steve Lappas, and Jamie Erdahl
Spero Dedes, Doug Gottlieb, and Ros Gold-Onwude
Ian Eagle, Chris Webber, Len Elmore, and Evan Washburn
Kevin Harlan, Reggie Miller, Dan Bonner, Lewis Johnson
Verne Lundquist, Jim Spanarkel, and Allie LaForce
Brian Anderson, Steve Smith, and Dana Jacobson
Jim Nantz, Bill Raftery, Grant Hill, and Tracy Wolfson

The 2016 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament will begin on March 15 and end on April 4.


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