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Expert Voices Set Brackets: Nantz, McManus and Levy Reveal Final Four Forecast

3/12/2012 12:01 AM Eastern

New York — The field had not been set nor
a single bracket established — much less busted
— but that didn’t stop talent and executives
from tournament teammates Turner Sports
and CBS from weighing in with their Final Four
selections at the NCAA March Madness Media
Day in Manhattan last Tuesday (March 6.)

Jim Nantz, who will call
the Final Four and National
Championship game,
with CBS partner Clark
Kellogg and Turner’s Steve
Kerr, went to the N’awlins
archives for his selections.
With the Superdome
again
serving as the site,
Nantz pointed to
great (and infamous)
tourney moments from the Big
Easy’s past guiding his picks (in bold):

• Michael Jordan’s jumper that gave
North Carolina the title over Georgetown
in 1982;

• Keith Smart’s dagger to the hearts
of Jim Boeheim and Turner Sports chief
David Levy as Indiana topped Syracuse
in 1987;

• Chris Webber’s ill-timed timeout
call that gave the UNC Tarheels the 1993
crown over Michigan;

• And Hakim Warrick’s block of Michael
Lee that preserved the Syracuse
Orange
’s 2003 triumph over Kansas.

Looking for a pick to complete his
quartet, Nantz came up with the Jayhawks,
which not only fell to Carmelo Anthony’s
crew nine years ago but was among the
1993 Final Four contingent (in the Superdome)
as well.

CBS Sports chairman Sean McManus, perhaps
with a couple of brackets in mind, said he
needed “eight selections.”

With The Wire exerting a form of full-court
pressure, the Duke alum narrowed his notions
but naturally went with his “heart,” select
ing the
Blue Devils
, Syracuse,
UNC and Kentucky.

“How’s that
for chalk,” he
asked rhetorically,
before
calling Missouri
an “interesting
team.”

Levy gentlemanly
referenced his partner’s alma mater,
before listing his Orange, UNC, Ohio State
(where Kellogg has become the fi rst Buckeye
student-athlete named to the school’s board
of trustees) and Kansas.

Levy also mentioned Marquette, depending
on the draw, as a club that could make a mark.

Here’s a Levy ode to the Nielsen and NCAA
basketball gods: “With the NBA and MLB, I
root for Game 7. With the NCAAs, I’m for great
stories and tight games. It’s one and done. Everybody
has an interest, everybody has a
bracket.”

Let the Madness begin, with 67 games playing
out on TNT, TBS, TruTV and CBS, plus digital
and mobile platforms, tomorrow (March
13) through April 2.

Star Power: Comcast
Brings Out the Celebs
Behind New Networks

WASHINGTON — Comcast rolled out the stars
Wednesday night in the nation’s capital during
a reception touting its new multicultural-themed
channels Arise, Revolt, El Rey and Baby First
Americas.

But even Earvin “Magic” Johnson, Sean “P. Diddy” Combs,
Robert Rodriguez
and Constantino “Said” Schwarz couldn’t
outshine the appearance of civil-rights leader and U.S. Rep. John
Lewis
(D-Ga.).

The four entrepreneurs took time out during their stage presentations
to shake the hand of the 72-year
old Lewis, one of several congressmen
and women in attendance at Washington,
D.C.’s Newseum for the reception.

Comcast executive vice president
David Cohen told an enthusiastic Newseum
crowd that the event coincided with
the 47th anniversary of the infamous
Civil Rights march from Selma to Montgomery,
Ala., led in part by Lewis. The
march was dubbed “Bloody Sunday,”
due to the violent attacks on marchers by local police.

“What an irony that on the anniversary of Bloody Sunday, we’re
all gathered here today to make a completely different kind of civil
rights statement about the diversity of voices and the creation of
diverse minority ownership in the media,” Cohen said.

 

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