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Who would you take as your favorite media NCAA Tournament team?

Mar 4, 2013, 5:15 PM EDT

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Recently, Sports Illustrated’s Richard Deitsch, along with the help of a few other peers from various media outlets, penned “The Ultimate College Basketball Broadcaster Draft”. Ten rounds with each of the four participants picking the teams that they would have as game broadcasters, analysts, sideline reporters, as well as in-studio hosts and analysts.

The list is impressive, with Gus Johnson going as the No. 1 pick (duh).

The full draft is one that makes total sense. I can’t argue with a single pick, really. I’d move a few up and down — Bill Walton is a solid second-rounder and I wouldn’t have Jeff Van Gundy anywhere near the top — but no one from a national perspective was left out.

Here’s my team, cut down for the sake of space and opinion.


Play-by-play: Gus Johnson

Analyst: Dan Dakich

Sideline Reporter: Doris Burke (She’s incredibly underrated.)


Host: Jim Nantz

Analyst: Bill Walton (yea, he can do this, too)

Analyst: Jay Bilas

Wild Card: Charles Barkley

What you y’all think?

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  1. waltrd - Mar 4, 2013 at 7:05 PM

    For analyst, Jay Bilas, Jay Bilas, Jay Bilas!!! None better! Dakich is too much like Vitale, having a bad case of diarrhea of the mouth.

  2. bigdawg24 - Mar 4, 2013 at 9:31 PM

    Dick Endberg

  3. beaverdam21 - Mar 5, 2013 at 12:17 AM

    Bill Raftery (sp?)

    • therealjr - Mar 5, 2013 at 12:43 AM


  4. howintensive - Mar 5, 2013 at 2:19 AM

    I would take Jim Hughson from CBC’s Hockey Night in Canada first.

  5. Jason M. - Mar 5, 2013 at 8:43 AM

    The biggest mistake was letting Gus Johnson go. In close games with a lot of action there are NONE and I mean NONE better than him. Shame he’s been reduced to announcing soccer.

    What about Erin Andrews? or Samantha Steele/Ponder on the sideline? Give a little “ratings boost” if ya know what I mean.

  6. sdb74 - Mar 5, 2013 at 10:01 AM

    Dan Dakich is outstanding. His analysis is often spot on. He hosts a radio show in Indy from noon to 3 Mon thru Fri which is outstanding too.

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