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...
NEW ORLEANS -- Ex-Seton Hall coaches P.J. Carlesimo and Bill Raftery think the school knocked it out of the park by hiring Shaheen Holloway as its new men’s basketball coach. Carlesimo, who led the Pirates to the 1989 NCAA championship game, and Raftery, who coached the Pirates from 1970-81,...
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 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.
Basketball gods have conspired to provide an all-time matchup in a Final Four full of bluebloods. Mike Krzyzewski, who saw his farewell party at Cameron Indoor spoiled by the loathed Tar Heels, gets another crack at North Carolina as he continues to dance toward retirement Saturday night in New Orleans.
'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.
"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. ...
The first time Bill Raftery called a college basketball game at Walsh Gym, in January of 1982, there was an awkward moment. Dan Callandrillo, whom he coached for three years at Seton Hall before making the leap to ESPN, sank a game-winning shot to beat Providence and made a beeline for his mentor.
March Madness 2021 Broadcast Teams Announced, Jim Nantz, Grant Hill, Bill Raftery And Tracy Wolfson Serve As Lead Crew
The tournament is almost here and CBS Sports and Turner Sports have tapped 10 broadcast teams to bring you coverage of all 67 games.