It's a quick turnaround for a few teams in the NIT. In case you don't follow the NIT often, the NIT 2nd Round is spread out over 5 days. In order to fit all the games on TV without clashing with their other contracts, ESPN has decided to place 1 game on Thursday, 2 games on Friday, 1 game on Saturday, 1 game on Sunday, and 3 games next Monday. While the games will be streamed live on Watch ESPN, ESPN3 only shows taped replays after the 1st round.
Thursday, March 21
7 PM- Denver at Maryland (ESPNU) Mike Patrick, LaPhonso Ellis
Friday, March 22
8 PM- Arizona State at Baylor (ESPN2) Dave Lamont, Stephen Howard
9 PM- Stony Brook at Iowa (ESPNU) Mike Couzens, Paul Biancardi
Saturday, March 23
Noon- Stanford at Alabama (ESPN) Rich Hollenberg, Miles Simon
Sunday, March 24
11 AM- St. John's at Virginia (ESPN) Mike Crispino, Dereck Whittenberg
Monday, March 25
7 PM- Robert Morris at Providence (ESPNEWS) TBD, Tim Welsh
9 PM- Mercer at BYU (ESPNEWS) Dave Pasch, Bill Walton
10 PM- Louisiana Tech at Southern Miss (ESPNU) Roy Philpott, Joe Dean Jr.
The most surprising announcing assignment to me is Bill Walsh is leaving the comfy confines of Pac-12 country and is headed to Utah. I could be wrong, but I think this may be the first time Bill Walsh has ever called a BYU game. It's only part of the Madness that Eye on Sky and Air Sports deals with for trying to keep up a site providing broadcaster information during March Madness. Yet it's something I don't plan on stopping. All I want to do is provide the best general information site you can use, and it's one of the reasons I feel Atomic Reach has asked me to be part of their March Madness campaign.
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Thanks go to ESPN Media Zone and each schools/ conferences individual media relations person for providing the broadcaster information that is posted here. Thanks go to Matt Sarz College Sports for providing the TV broadcast information.
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