Bill Raftery worked the NCAA Tournament as an analyst for a third of a century before getting the nod for CBS/Turner's No. 1 announcing team. His partner, Grant Hill, got there a tad faster.
Hill retired from the NBA less than two years ago and is a relative novice who last March still was just getting his feet wet in the broadcast business.
"It is a little overwhelming," he said. "This time last year it was overwhelming, and it continues to be overwhelming . . . When you think about it you're like, wow, this was not on my radar two years ago. I was just trying to get through my last year in the NBA. To now be in this position it's an honor. You're grateful.
"You just have to put a lot work into being prepared, and I have great teammates . . . But I don't know if you are ever ready. I wasn't ready to be a parent. I'm still not ready. I don't think anybody's ready. I don't think I was ready to be married. You just do it."
To no one's surprise, Hill and the rest of the No. 1 team were assigned to Duke's games for the first weekend.
"You want to be objective; you have a job to do," Hill said of calling games involving his alma mater. "You have two hats. You have your alma mater hat and you have your job."