Every March, this nation becomes crazy—dare I say mad—for brackets. It’s not just the NCAA tournament bracket that gets people nuts. People just love to see things in brackets. Heck, for two years, I did a bracket of all the best brackets, and people seemed to love debating which bracket would win that make-believe bracket.
This bracket, however, is probably my favorite (other than the actual basketball bracket) I have ever filled out. The top 64 NCAA college basketball announcers of all time, here, in one bracket-style ranking.
We have done single-sport announcer lists before, usually running a top 25 or top 50 to include as many announcers as possible. With this being the college basketball list, we couldn’t resist giving each announcer his or her own seeding.
(Before you get too far along in each matchup, know that our bracket is just for seeding—the results would be straight chalk.)
Oh, and there are no play-ins in this bracket, just 64 of the best, most memorable and most dependable announcers in the game.
Remember, please, this is all for fun, so while you may disagree on who got a No. 4 or No. 5 seed, please voice your disagreements with a modicum of respect for the lighthearted nature of (most of) these selections.
Also, before we get on to the list, it’s important to remember that all of these announcers have some national profile and experience. There are more than 300 top-flight basketball programs in America, which means that on any given night, there is a potential for well over 100 different games. Someone—often someone very talented—is calling each of those games on radio or regional television.
Many of those announcers deserve to be included on an all-time list. But for every Johnny Holliday I might select, there are a dozen more memorable announcers I’d be omitting. Please feel free to add your favorite local announcers in the comments.
With that, it’s time to look at the most in-depth NCAA college basketball announcers bracket of all time. Who do you have cutting down the broadcasting nets?