The 2021 NCAA Tournament is just around the corner, meaning that the final adjustments are being made for the return of one of the country’s largest sporting events.
On Thursday morning, CBS and TNT released the official broadcast teams for the Big Dance. The announcer line-up is stacked, with some of the biggest names in sports media on the list.
Webber and Miller have established themselves as go-to analysts on TNT’s coverage of the NBA. Both former basketball stars have carved out mainstay roles for themselves and in the past have been seen at the NCAA Tournament. Miller’s broadcast stint at the Big Dance began in 2011, with Webber joining a crew for the first time in 2015.
There will be no Reggie Miller or Chris Webber on Turner/CBS' NCAA Tourney coverage.
— Andrew Marchand (@AndrewMarchand) March 11, 2021
No announcement has been made as to the reason Webber and Miller won’t be apart of the broadcast crew for this year’s March Madness. Given that the two spend most of their time calling NBA games, it’s possible that the networks wanted to let college basketball-focused analysts take the lead.
Webber’s usual broadcast partners, Brian Anderson and Allie LaForce, will still be on hand for the 2021 NCAA Tournament. The TNT analyst will be replaced by long-time NBA vet Jim Jackson.
Miller’s team of Kevin Harlan, Dan Bonner and Dana Jacobson also remains in tact, without the former Pacers star joining them.
Although the two TNT broadcasters won’t be around, Avery Johnson and Lauren Shehadi will make their NCAA tournament analyst debuts later this month. Lisa Byington will also become the first woman in Men’s NCAA Tournament TV history to handle play-by-play responsibilities.
All broadcast crews will be ready to go in just a week. The First Four tips off on March 18 on CBS.