Plenty of links today, but first here’s a look at CBS’ broadcast pairings for the NCAA tournament.
Following are the announcer pairings for the second and third rounds (Thursday, March 15-Sunday, March 18):
Play-By-Play / Analyst
Jim Nantz / Clark Kellogg*
Marv Albert / Steve Kerr*
Verne Lundquist / Bill Raftery*
Kevin Harlan / Len Elmore / Reggie Miller*
Ian Eagle / Jim Spanarkel
Brian Anderson / Dan Bonner
Tim Brando / Mike Gminski
Spero Dedes / Bob Wenzel
*Denotes regional announce teams
Courtside reporters: Tracy Wolfson, Craig Sager, Lesley Visser, Marty Snider, Lewis Johnson, Jaime Maggio and Otis Livingston.
WEDNESDAY MORNING LINKS:
— Steve Kelley believes Aziz N’Diaye is the X-factor for Washington and writes: “He’s the element very few teams have: an athletic, ornery, full-throttled big man in the middle. He’s a shot changer and a game changer.”
— Bud Withers gazes into the not-so-distant future and sees a rosy outlook for Pac-12 teams.
— Tony Wroten Jr. told the News Tribune he’s not upset about being asked about the NBA recently. “Getting asked about the NBA every day obviously gets frustrating,” he said “But reporters are just doing their job. You can’t really get mad at them. They’re trying to help. I just politely answer their question.”
— Draft Express believes Terrence Ross will be taken at No. 16 and Wroten 27. NBADraft.net projects Ross will go at No. 15 and Wroten 25. Hoops Hype believes Ross will be taken at No. 15 and Wroten 23. And finally, ESPN draft guru Chad Ford ranks the top 100 prospects and has Ross at No. 16 and Wroten 20.
— Art Thiel is impressed with Lorenzo Romar’s ability to guide the Huskies on the verge of a 20-win season for the fourth straight year.
— Washington State students are planning to camp overnight in tents outside Beasley Coliseum on Friday afternoon in hopes of drawing a large crowd for Saturday’s game against cross-state rival Washington.
— During a mock NCAA tournament selection committee last week, California was tabbed to win the Pac-12 tournament.
— Colorado has surprised many folks during its first season in the Pac-12, including coach Tad Boyle.
— It’s a big week for the Buffaloes who host Stanford on Thursday before Sunday’s big showdown against first-place co-leader Cal.
— Colorado goes against the grain in the Pac-12 and opposes offering student-athletes multi-year scholarships.
— Oregon is tied with Arizona for fourth-place in the conference. If the Ducks win out, they’d receive a first-round bye in the Pac-12 Tournament.
— The five players who left Oregon in 2010 during the coaching transition from Ernie Kent to Dana Altman have found homes elsewhere.
— UCLA guard Tyler Lamb told the Orange County Register: As a team we’ve underachieved this year. I don’t think anybody would disagree with that. But the season’s still going.”
— USC is two losses away from setting the single-season school record in futility.
— Big night for former UW star Isaiah Thomas who scored a career-high 24 points. However, the Sacramento Kings lost again.