Sporting News’ Mike DeCourcy: “You see Bill Raftery on TV, wonder: Is he that cool in real life? The answer is no. He is way cooler. So delighted for him.”
The official release:
Turner Sports and CBS Sports today announced that Bill Raftery and Grant Hill will call the NCAA Final Four and National Championship this year.
Hill and Raftery will join the team of Jim Nantz and reporter Tracy Wolfson to call games together throughout the 2015 NCAA Tournament, culminating with the NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Final Four and National Championship from Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis. This year’s NCAA Tournament marks the first time Raftery and Hill will call the Final Four and National Championship on television.
The full NCAA Tournament commentator line-up will be announced at a later date.
Raftery is entering his 33rd year calling the NCAA Tournament. Hill will debut this year as a game analyst after joining the collective NCAA Tournament coverage last year as a studio analyst.
Nantz, Raftery, Hill and Wolfson will team for the first time to call the Big Ten men’s basketball tournament semi-finals on Saturday, March 14 and championship game on Sunday, March 15 on CBS.
For the fifth consecutive year, CBS Sports and Turner Sports will provide live coverage of all 67 games from the 2015 NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Championship across four national television networks – TBS, CBS, TNT and truTV. The Final Four on Saturday, April 4 will be televised on TBS and the National Championship on Monday, April 6 will air on CBS.
Hill, a two-time NCAA basketball champion at Duke University and member of the College Basketball Hall of Fame, joined Turner Sports in 2013 following a 19-year NBA career. He currently serves as a game and studio analyst for Turner Sports, as well as host of NBA TV’s weekly NBA Inside Stuff show.
Raftery joined CBS Sports in 1983. He has been a key member of the Network’s college basketball team serving as a regular-season and NCAA Tournament game analyst for 33 years. Raftery has been a game analyst for radio coverage of the NCAA Final Four for the last 23 years. He also was elected as a 2015 inductee to the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association Hall of Fame.