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NCAA March Madness, Second Round: Who’s Calling What (And Where)

March 14th, 2012 | by Diamond Joe
NCAA March Madness, Second Round: Who’s Calling What (And Where)
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This is a handy-dandy list of who's who during the second round of the 2012 NCAA tournament, from the teams and the seedings, to the announcers calling them. For example, you can find Jim Nantz and Clark Kellogg calling games from Greensboro, NC, Friday afternoon on TBS, and Friday night on CBS.

Thursday is when the field of 64 teams who have punched their ticket to the NCAA basketball tournament starts to get whittled down to 16 teams. In the days of yore, the two-day period, in which half of the 64 teams are eliminated by Saturday, was known as the first round.

With the addition of four additional “play-in” games allowing four more teams to enter the 64-team bracket, those four games are now considered the first round, with the 32 games played on Thursday and Friday now known as the second round. So basically, think of it as the other sixty teams getting a first-round bye.

But let’s not get confused with that equation. This year in the second of a 14-year mega-deal between CBS and Turner Sports for broadcasting the annual NCAA tournament. You probably may not have committed the channel location of TruTV on your local cable system yet (and if you didn’t, the first-round games this week might give you a little practice), but the benefit of the new deal is that every game in the second round will be seen in their entirely over four networks. I know it might be weird getting used to this format – Jim Nantz calling a sporting event on TBS? Really? – but the new four-network deal benefits millions of viewers who used to endure local CBS affiliates pulling the trigger and taking viewers to the games they think are compelling. (Prior to 2011, the NCAA tournament aired exclusively on CBS.)

With that in mind, here is a list of the games that will air on Thursday and Friday, with an assist from the fine folks at Awful Announcing. I will add this helpful nugget of information first:

On DirecTV, TNT is channel 245, TBS is channel 247, and TruTV is right in the middle on channel 246.

On Dish Network, TNT is channel 138, TBS is channel 139, and TruTV is channel 204.

On Verizon FiOS, TNT is channel 51 (standard definition) or 551 (high definition), and TBS is channel 52 (SD) or 552 (HD), while TruTV can be found on channel 183 (SD) or 683 (HD).

On AT&T’s “U-Verse” lineup, TNT is channel 108 (SD) or 1108 (HD), TBS is channel 112 (SD) or 1112 (HD), and TruTV can be found on channel 164 (SD) or 1164 (HD).

These networks’ channel locations vary on different systems in different areas, so I’m afraid you’ll have to consult your local cable channel lineup to find out where they are (if I took the liberty of compiling this information, I wouldn’t be done until the “elite eight” teams are named). But to answer the burning question, “Is TruTV located in my area?”, you’ll be pleased to know that there’s a nifty channel finder thingie located on the right of their website. Simply enter your zip code, and you’ll learn if you can view Tru.

And of course, you should be able to know where your local CBS station is on your local system.

Also, I have taken the liberty of color-coding each region – so that you can multitask with the many brackets that you might be in. The legend is as follows:

EAST: White | MIDWEST: Red | SOUTH: Orange | WEST: Hot Pink

One more footnote: The times for the games listed in the late afternoon, as well as the 9 PM (ET) hour, are the approximate start times. These games are played in traditional “doubleheader” style, with a break in between the four games slated to take place in each venue.

Without further ado… the announcing lineups for the second round of the 2012 NCAA tournament:

Thursday, March 15th

12:15 PM ET – CBS – Murray State (6) vs. Colorado State (11) from Louisville

Announcers: Verne Lundquist, Bill Raftery, Lesley Visser

12:40 PM ET – TruTV – Kansas State (8) vs. Southern Mississippi (9) from Pittsburgh

Announcers: Kevin Harlan, Len Elmore, Reggie Miller, Marty Snider

1:40 PM ET – TBS – Louisville (4) vs. Davidson (13) from Portland, Oregon

Announcers: Brian Anderson, Dan Bonner, Jenn Hildreth

2:10 PM ET – TNT – Wisconsin (4) vs. Montana (13) from Alabama

Announcers: Spero Dedes, Bob Wenzel, Jamie Maggio

2:45 PM ET – CBS – Marquette (3) vs. Brigham Young/BYU (14)* from Louisville

Announcers: Verne Lundquist, Bill Raftery, Lesley Visser

3:10 PM ET – TruTV – Syracuse (1) vs. UNC-Asheville (16) from Pittsburgh

Announcers: Kevin Harlan, Len Elmore, Reggie Miller, Marty Snider

4:10 PM ET – TBS – New Mexico (5) vs. Long Beach State (12) from Portland, Oregon

Announcers: Brian Anderson, Dan Bonner, Jenn Hildreth

4:40 PM ET – TNT – Vanderbilt (5) vs. Harvard (12) from Albuquerque

Announcers: Spero Dedes, Bob Wenzel, Jamie Maggio

6:50 PM ET – TBS – Kentucky (1) vs. Western Kentucky** (16) from Louisville

Announcers: Verne Lundquist, Bill Raftery, Lesley Visser

7:15 PM – CBS – Wichita State (5) vs. Virginia Commonwealth/VCU (12) from Portland, Oregon

Announcers: Brian Anderson, Dan Bonner, Jenn Hildreth

7:20 PM – TNT – Gonzaga (7) vs. West Virginia (10) from Pittsburgh

Announcers: Kevin Harlan, Len Elmore, Reggie Miller, Marty Snider

7:25 PM ET – TruTV – Baylor (3) vs. South Dakota State (14) from Albuquerque

Announcers: Spero Dedes, Bob Wenzel, Jamie Maggio

9:20 PM ET – TBS – Iowa State (8) vs. Connecticut (9) from Louisville

Announcers: Verne Lundquist, Bill Raftery, Lesley Visser

9:45 PM ET – CBS – Indiana (4) vs. New Mexico State (2) from Portland, Oregon

Announcers: Brian Anderson, Dan Bonner, Jenn Hildreth

9:50 PM ET – TNT – Ohio State (2) vs. Loyola Maryland (15) from Pittsburgh

Announcers: Kevin Harlan, Len Elmore, Reggie Miller, Marty Snider

9:55 PM ET – TruTV – UNLV (6) vs. Colorado (11) from Albuquerque

Announcers: Spero Dedes, Bob Wenzel, Jamie Maggio

* def. Iona on Tuesday

** def. Mississippi Valley State on Tuesday

Friday, March 16th

12:15 PM ET – CBS – Cincinnati (6) vs. Texas (11) from Nashville

Announcers: Ian Eagle, Jim Spanarkel, Lewis Johnson

12:40 PM ET – truTV – San Diego State (6) vs. North Carolina State (11) from Columbus

Announcers: Tim Brando, Mike Gminski, Otis Livingston

1:40 PM ET – TBS – Creighton (8) vs. Alabama (9) from Greensboro, North Carolina

Announcers: Jim Nantz, Clark Kellogg, Tracy Wolfson

2:10 PM ET – TNT – Florida (7) vs. Virginia (10) from Omaha

Announcers: Marv Albert, Steve Kerr, Craig Sager

2:45 PM ET – Florida State (3) vs. Saint Bonaventure (14) from Nashville

Announcers: Ian Eagle, Jim Spanarkel, Lewis Johnson

3:10 PM ET – TruTV – Georgetown (3) vs. Belmont (14) from Columbus

Announcers: Tim Brando, Mike Gminski, Otis Livingston

4:10 PM ET – TBS – North Carolina (1) vs. Vermont* (16) from Greensboro, North Carolina

Announcers: Jim Nantz, Clark Kellogg, Tracy Wolfson

4:40 PM ET – TNT – Missouri (2) vs. Norfolk State (15) from Omaha

Announcers: Marv Albert, Steve Kerr, Craig Sager

6:50 PM ET – TBS – Memphis (8) vs. Saint Louis (9) from Columbus

Announcers: Tim Brando, Mike Gminski, Otis Livingston

7:15 PM ET – CBS – Duke (2) vs. Lehigh (15) from Greensboro, North Carolina

Announcers: Jim Nantz, Clark Kellogg, Tracy Wolfson

7:20 PM ET – TNT – Michigan (4) vs. Ohio (13) from Nashville

Announcers: Ian Eagle, Jim Spanarkel, Lewis Johnson

7:25 PM ET – TruTV – Saint Mary’s [California] (7) vs. Purdue (10) from Omaha

Announcers: Marv Albert, Steve Kerr, Craig Sager

9:20 PM ET – TBS – Michigan State (1) vs. Long Island/LIU-Brooklyn (16) from Columbus

Announcers: Tim Brando, Mike Gminski, Otis Livingston

9:45 PM ET – CBS – Notre Dame (7) vs. Xavier (10) from Greensboro, North Carolina

Announcers: Jim Nantz, Clark Kellogg, Tracy Wolfson

9:50 PM ET – TNT – Temple (5) vs. South Florida** (12) from Nashville

Announcers: Ian Eagle, Jim Spanarkel, Lewis Johnson

9:55 PM ET – TruTV – Kansas (2) vs. Detroit (15) from Omaha

Announcers: Marv Albert, Steve Kerr, Craig Sager

* def. Lamar on Wednesday

** def. California on Wednesday

Random observations: Interesting that Spero Dedes ends up calling the Harvard game – Harvard, of course, the alma mater of one Jeremy Lin, whose Knicks games Dedes has been calling starting this season. The Knicks actually host the Trail Blazers on Wednesday night, with Indiana scheduled for Friday, so Dedes will probably take a red eye out of New York after Wednesday’s game, which will be the first one in the post-Mike D’Antoni era.

Staying in Albuquerque: I’ve seen Jamie Maggio on NFL Network. She’s actually expanded her horizons pretty wide – here’s her rap sheet.

One boon with CBS and Turner joining forces on the NCAA tournament is that they intermingle their own announcers – which means you get to hear Marv Albert calling games once exclusively seen on CBS. And notice that after the evening break, the announcing teams and their respective venues turn up on different networks – that’s why you will see Nantz on TBS during the day on Friday – but in primetime, you’ll find him on CBS.

I hope you find this guide helpful in that it navigates you to the action you wish to see over the next two days. Feel free to bookmark or print it out for easy convenience.

Now… let’s hoop it up!

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