Verne Lundquist catches a basketball flying at the booth.

In the warmups before last Saturday’s West Virginia – Notre Dame game, a basketball hit CBS announcer Verne Lundquist in the face. A similar situation popped up during game action in Sunday’s South Carolina – Florida Elite Eight matchup, but Lundquist was ready for it this time:

That’s a nice catch from Lundquist there, and the banter between him and analyst Jim Spanarkel (Lundquist goes “My nickname in high school was ‘Hands,’ and Spanarkel responds “You didn’t pass it very quickly, though, you hung onto it,”) is great. It’s good to see the 76-year-old Lundquist showing some impressive reflexes and staying on the ball, even if this one wasn’t necessarily going to hit him. This also brought some solid levity to the broadcast,more of which came later when Lundquist incorrectly referenced Georgetown rather than Gonzaga:

These clips both show off the strong chemistry between Lundquist and Spanarkel, who have done a nice job together throughout this tournament. Whether catching flying balls or catching slipups, the broadcast booth delivered plenty of entertainment Sunday.

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Andrew Bucholtz has been covering sports media for Awful Announcing since 2012. He is also a staff writer for The Comeback. His previous work includes time at Yahoo! Sports Canada and Black Press.