We’re pleased to be joined by one of the most beloved announcers in all of sports on today’s podcast, Bill Raftery. He’s been a part of NCAA Tournament coverage for CBS for many years and continues to be one of the highlights of the television production. His classic calls, humor, exuberance, and enthusiasm are a trademark of one of the finest careers in broadcasting. Today Raf joins us to talk a little bit about that career and this year’s tourney…

-Working Big East games with Gus Johnson and how Gus used to play basketball in New York City with Bill’s son.
-Working with Verne Lundquist and the chemistry behind their partnership.
-Balancing bringing fun to the broadcast while still teaching the game.
-The Dayton Flyers as this year’s Cinderella and his admiration for Scoochie Smith.
-Looking ahead to the East region and the meaning of playing in MSG.
-A look ahead to the Iowa State-UConn and MSU-Virginia matchups.
-How many more tournaments does he plan to call in the booth?

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