There is no reason to doubt Turner’s NBA voices are capable of calling and/or analyzing NCAA games. But putting Charles Barkley and Kenny Smith on CBS’ crowded studio set Sunday to break down the field on the fly was asking a lot.
Too much, actually. It was not an auspicious start for the ballyhooed CBS/Turner partnership.
The real action Sunday night was on ESPN, where analysts led by Jay (“Indefensible!”) Bilas and Dick Vitale took turns hammering the selection committee, mostly for taking VCU and UAB over Colorado.
CBS’ Seth Davis certainly expressed surprise, but not outrage.
Might the tone have been a bit more subdued if ESPN had secured the rights to the NCAAs over CBS/Turner? Usually we try to resist undue cynicism here, but . . . duh!