Gus, Raftery's first FOX game goes OT
Let us take this brief moment between football days to welcome back college basketball.
There was a full slate of games on tap Friday night, for those of you unaware, including the FOX Sports 1 debut of noted high-energy broadcasters Gus Johnson and Bill Raftery.
It took all of one game for them to get a game tailor made for their excitable stylings.
The Eagles' Olivier Hanlan converted a three-point play with 19 seconds to go in the second half to tie the score at 70, then Providence's Bryce Cotton missed a three-pointer that barely touched the front rim in the final seconds to send us to an extra frame.
The teams went back and forth in overtime. With the Friars up 80-78 with 25 seconds to go, Cotton made just one of two free throws, but the Eagles went for the quick score and did not convert. Providence then added another free throw.
The sports world took notice:
BC and Providence tied at 64 with 1:34 to play. Gus and Raft on the mic. Life is good.— Seth Davis (@SethDavisHoops) November 9, 2013
As a few tweeters have pointed out, this is a Gus-Raf game. So something bizarre is inevitable. PC up 68-67 w/ball and 37.9 left.— Pete Thamel (@SIPeteThamel) November 9, 2013
30 minutes into the Gus-Raftery experience and it's as glorious as expected. Two pros like that ...as if they're worked together for years!— Jason McIntyre (@jasonrmcintyre) November 9, 2013
Gus Johnson and Bill Raftery calling college hoops together. This is bliss.— Awful Announcing (@awfulannouncing) November 8, 2013
March is a long way off, but this is a good start. One game in, and the Gus Effect is in full effect:
In other news, Johnson and Raftery will now be announcing all live events on FOX Sports 1 so that they will go to overtime too. (We're kidding.)
Highlights from the game here: