It was only natural for Kevin Harlan, Len Elmore, and Reggie Miller to begin looking ahead to the Sweet 16 during the second half of a blowout between top seed Virginia and Memphis. You can understand the announcers letting their minds wander and attempting to find creative ways to fill airtime.
But if you’re going to do that, it’s helpful to preview a Sweet 16 matchup that’s actually going to happen!
Miller and Elmore spent nearly a minute breaking down Michigan State vs Tennessee when in fact the Spartans and Volunteers are on opposite sides of the bracket. MSU is in the East. Tennessee is in the Midwest region. Yet there the analysts were salivating over the matchup….
My guess is they confused Michigan State with Michigan, who is Tennessee’s actual opponent in Indianapolis. But what makes this so weird is that Michigan State was going to be playing the winner of the game taking place right in front of them! That Virginia-Memphis second half must have really been a chore to get through. Finally at the tail end of the clip Harlan appears to set the record straight.
Either Reggie Miller and Len Elmore got confused, or they know something we don’t about who’s going to make it to the final game.