—NET Rankings Update: No. 8.
—Hayes Gardner of the CJ has a nice feature on Cardinal point guard David Johnson.
—The latest Forde Minutes breaks down the 19 remaining conference tournaments and picks Virginia to stay hot and win three more games in Greensboro.
—Terry Rozier had himself a night on Monday.
—Amid concerns over the Corona Virus, the Ivy League has canceled its 4-team conference tournament and awarded its auto-bid to regular season champion Yale. That’s an especially bitter pill to swallow for regular season runner-up Harvard, which swept its regular season series with Yale and was set to host the conference tournament.
I also don’t really understand the rationale of sending Yale onto the NCAA tournament, which will be played in front of fans from across the country, but not playing a three-game tournament where you can limit or eliminate fans if need be. Just seems like there should have been another route here that didn’t suddenly and surprisingly end the season of three teams and the careers of a handful of seniors.
—For the moment, the NCAA has announced that it has no plans for any changes to any of its upcoming championship events, including the NCAA tournament.
—The updated commentator teams and studio members for this year’s NCAA tournament features our dude Adam Lefkoe.
Turner Sports and CBS Sports will once again feature a marquee lineup of announcers for their 10th year of combined coverage of the NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Championship. All 67 games from the 2020 NCAA Tournament will be televised across four national television networks – TBS, CBS, TNT and truTV – and via NCAA March Madness Live, beginning Tuesday, March 17, with the NCAA First Four on truTV.
This year’s NCAA Final Four National Semifinals on Saturday, April 4, and National Championship on Monday, April 6, from Atlanta, Ga. will be called by Jim Nantz, Grant Hill, Bill Raftery and reporter Tracy Wolfson on TBS, with “TeamCast” presentations returning on TNT and truTV.
Gene Steratore will return as rules analyst throughout the Tournament.
New commentator roles for this year’s coverage will include:
• Dwyane Wade joining studio coverage from Atlanta for the Final Four and National Championship;
• Wally Szczerbiak moving into a game analyst role through the Tournament’s first weekend;
• Adam Zucker hosting the Atlanta studio show for the first week of Tournament action;
• Lauren Shehadi serving as a game reporter through the Round of 32;
• Adam Lefkoe joining televised coverage for the first time, providing game updates from New York.
Ernie Johnson and Greg Gumbel will again host studio coverage from the CBS Broadcast Center in New York during the first full week of the tournament, joined by Charles Barkley, Clark Kellogg and Kenny Smith. Johnson will host studio coverage from Atlanta during the second week of tournament action on Thursday and Friday, while Gumbel will anchor coverage from CBS Studios. Studio coverage originating from Turner Studios in Atlanta, hosted by Adam Zucker during the first week, will feature Brendan Haywood, Seth Davis, Candace Parker and college coaches to be announced. Adam Lefkoe will provide game updates.
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*
Brian Anderson / Chris Webber // Allie LaForce*
Ian Eagle / Jim Spanarkel // Jamie Erdahl*
Kevin Harlan / Reggie Miller / Dan Bonner // Dana Jacobson*
Brad Nessler / Jim Jackson // Evan Washburn
Spero Dedes / Steve Smith / Wally Szczerbiak // Lisa Byington
Andrew Catalon / Steve Lappas // Lauren Shehadi
Carter Blackburn / Debbie Antonelli // John Schriffen
The tournament will tip off Tuesday, March 17, and Wednesday, March 18, with the NCAA First Four on truTV. Brad Nessler will call Tuesday’s games with analysts Jim Jackson and Steve Lavin, alongside reporter Evan Washburn. Andrew Catalon will handle play-by-play on Wednesday with analysts Steve Lappas and Lavin and reporter Lisa Byington. Studio coverage for the First Four will originate from Atlanta with Zucker and analysts Parker, Haywood, and Davis.
—Matt Norlander of CBS has a fantastic story on Vermont star Anthony Lamb and his battle with depression.
—Jordan Nwora is one of the 10 players named to the USBWA’s All-District IV team.
—The U of L women’s tennis team is headed to Boston College.
—Four-star linebacker Trenilyas Tatum has Louisville in his top eight.
—Congrats to U of L women’s signees Olivia Cochran and Hailey Van Lith on being named 2020 Naismith National High School All-Americans.
—Banner Society has the most in-depth look at college mascots that has ever been performed by anyone, anywhere.
—Indiana QB Peyton Ramsey is transferring to Northwestern.
—The ACC tournament will proceed as scheduled this week:
Action gets underway today with No. 12 Pitt taking on No. 13 Wake Forest at 4:30, and No. 11 Virginia Tech facing off against No. 14 North Carolina afterward. Both games are on the ACC Network.
—The Louisville Bats will be holding their first-ever National Anthem Tryouts on Saturday, March 28 at their annual Open House. Registration and other details are here.
—CJ Avery is excited about the continuity on the defensive side of the ball for 2020.
—These are awesome.
—Brad Crawford of 247 Sports has Louisville-Kentucky as the fifth-fiercest rivalry in college sports.
—Five auto-bids are being handed out tonight:
Horizon League: Northern Kentucky vs. UIC (7 p.m./ESPN)
Northeast: Robert Morris vs. Saint Francis U. (7 p.m./ESPN2)
CAA: Hofstra vs. Northeastern (7 p.m./CBS Sports Network)
WCC: Gonzaga vs. Saint Mary’s (9 p.m./ESPN)
Summit League: North Dakota State vs. North Dakota (9 p.m./ESPN2)
—This weekend’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade is “still a go.”
—And finally, what’s it like to be in a hospital waiting room next to a guy who’s screaming that he has the Corona Virus? I told the story in the latest CC podcast episode.