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Turner types look forward to NCAAs

In case you hadn't heard, Turner will be partnering with CBS this spring to cover the NCAA Tournament on TNT, TBS and truTV in addition to CBS.

Marv Albert and Steve Kerr will work a regional final together, and Kerr will join Jim Nantz and Clark Kellogg for the Final Four.

Thursday night I asked some of the Turner types who will be involved as play-by-play men, game analysts or studio analysts what they thought of the new gig.

Kenny Smith: "It's fun, no question. Charles [Barkley] and I feel we’re the voice of the NBA. Now we’re going to be the voice of college. It's the biggest stage in the world for college basketball. I’m excited about it."

Charles Barkley: "It’s interesting for me right now because I’m watching a lot of college basketball. There are so many more teams you have to learn about. I can’t just watch ESPN. Last night I wanted to watch the San Diego State game and it wasn’t even on ESPN. [It was on CBS College Sports.]

"The top 25 or 30 teams are easy. But they're going to announce the team on a Sunday and I have to talk about them on a Tuesday. The great advantage I have is I can call college coaches and say, 'Tell me about this team; tell me about this player.'"

Reggie Miller: "It gives us a chance to go back and relive our youth, to feel that excitement these kids feel. It’s going to be fun."


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