Bill Raftery

Bill Raftery and the Devilish Charm in the Details

With a shade under two minutes left to decide a national champion, North Carolina possessed the ball and faced a one-point deficit. Bill Raftery, an institution, seated alongside Jim Nantz and Grant Hill courtside, saw the future flash before his eyes. "Gotta keep Manek off the glass," he said. Mere...
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Bill Raftery Made an Oscars Slap Joke During Duke - UNC Final Four Game

North Carolina and Duke met in the Final Four in 2022. It was a historic matchup as the teams had never met in the NCAA Tournament despite decades of being two of the top programs in college basketball. If you ever want to accurately date their first meeting, look no further than this Oscars' slap reference from Bill Raftery after UNC's Armando Bacot took a shot to the face.

Bill Raftery Cracked A Will Smith-Chris Rock Joke During Duke And UNC’s Final Four Showdown

Bill Raftery is as good as it gets in the world of broadcasting at slipping little jokes into games he’s calling. While his usual lines are iconic — everyone has screamed “ONIONS!” after a huge shot late in a game, for example — Raftery is ultra-clever, and is no stranger to saying things that makes folks laugh while they watch a college basketball game.

'I do believe it’ll come for (Gonzaga coach) Mark Few in time': TV analysts Grant Hill, Bill Raftery detail how tough it is to win it all

Gonzaga didn’t make the Final Four in New Orleans, but the Zags’ successes and shortcomings in March Madness continue to be a hot-button topic in national circles. The Zags were sent home by fourth-seeded Arkansas 74-68 last Thursday in the Sweet 16 in San Francisco. They’ve been the top overall seed each of the past two seasons and a No. 1 seed in four of the past five tournaments, but they’re still chasing an elusive national championship.

CBS' Jim Nantz, Bill Raftery will be on the call for much anticipated Memphis-Houston game

"Hello, friends."  Jim Nantz is bringing his iconic broadcast sign-on to Memphis this week. CBS' top play-by-play announcer is scheduled to make Sunday's Memphis-Houston (11 a.m., CBS) matchup his first call of the college basketball season. According to Jeff Brightwell, who hosts Penny Hardaway's weekly radio show, more than 15,000 tickets to Sunday's game have already been sold.  ...