Men’s Final Four announcers share their thoughts

The debate has raged all week regarding the NCAA Final Four: Will the absence of number one and number two seeds, and the presence of two underdogs in Virginia Commonwealth and Butler diminish the field?
Jim Nantz, the announcer who will be calling the action for CBS Sports, says not at all.
“I would say the VCU-Butler game, it does not have that usual Final Four ring to it, but I think this is really a special moment in the history of this tournament,’’ Nantz said.
“This says to much about where the game is going and how open this championship is to everyone.
“When Butler pulled out the game on Saturday, I believe all of us were feeling, as basketball fans, ‘Isn’t this great to have the Bulldogs back?’ Then to turn around and add VCU on the same side of the bracket … in my 26 years of being part of the Final Four, there hasn’t been anything close to this.’’

Nantz and partner Clark Kellogg will be joined by Turner NBA analyst Steve Kerr on the announce team. This will be the first time that CBS has utilized a three-man booth for the Final Four, harkening back to the NBC days of Dick Enberg, Billy Packer and Al McGuire.
To prepare the team, Kellogg and Kerr worked a regular-season game with Verne Lundquist. Nantz joined K & K for the First Four games in Dayton two weeks ago.
“The chemistry was there right away,’’ Kerr said. “Those guys were so accommodating, as was the entire production team. I felt welcomed right away. I can’t wait to be part of the Final Four. I feel very fortunate to be part of this team.’’
Kerr has been calling NBA games on TNT with Marv Albert. His adjustment to the college game was quick, and almost preferable to the pro game, Kerr intimated.
“Seeing their energy and intelligence and how they play’’ is very exciting, Kerr said of the college players. “The final thing is the atmosphere – the VCU band and cheering section is off the charts. It adds a totally different element to the game. That is different from the NBA and exciting.’’

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