Gus Johnson, Bill Raftery and Jim Jackson Lead FOX Sports College Basketball Game Coverage
NEW YORK – With college basketball set to tip off this week, FOX Sports unveils its all-star lineup of game and studio broadcasters for the upcoming season. Led by play-play announcer Gus Johnson and analysts Bill Raftery and Jim Jackson, FOX Sports is set to deliver some of the best games from the BIG EAST, Big Ten and Pac-12 conferences on the FOX broadcast network, FS1, FS2 and FOX Sports Regional Networks during the 2018-19 campaign.
“We’re looking forward to another exciting season of college basketball and are thrilled to have some of the nation’s top broadcasters sitting courtside and in studio once again this season,” said FOX Sports President, Production & Executive Producer, John Entz. “With some of the best voices in the game calling some of the top programs in the sport, including the defending national champion, we’re excited for what we think will be our best season of college hoops yet.”
The most exciting voice in sports, Gus Johnson headlines FOX Sports’ list of play-by-play broadcasters for the upcoming season. Also returning to call game action are multi-sport broadcast veteran Tim Brando; voice of the Los Angeles Dodgers and FOX College Football announcer Joe Davis; FOX MLB host and NFL broadcaster Kevin Burkhardt; FOX Sports announcer Justin Kutcher; Milwaukee Brewers and national MLB commentator Brian Anderson; FOX College Football and boxing’s Brian Custer; BTN’s Kevin Kugler; and more. New to this year’s play-by-play rotation are veteran broadcaster Dave O’Brien; BTN host Dave Revsine; and more.
FOX Sports’ list of game analysts is once again led by Bill Raftery, former NCAA coach and Sports Emmy Award winner, and Jim Jackson, a two-time All-American and NBA veteran. Also calling action this season are former UConn forward and FOX Sports studio analyst Donny Marshall; former NCAA head coach and studio analyst Steve Lavin; veteran broadcaster and former NBA player Len Elmore; NCAA standouts Nick Bahe (Creighton), Stephen Bardo (Illinois), Stephen Howard (DePaul), Casey Jacobsen (Stanford), Dickey Simpkins (Providence), Jim Spanarkel (Duke) and Tarik Turner (St. John’s); former WNBA player and NFL Network reporter Stacey Dales; FOX Sports Radio host and contributor Doug Gottlieb; YES Network, Brooklyn Nets analyst and FOX Sports contributor Sarah Kustok; former NCAA assistant coach Vin Parise; and more.
In the studio, Rob Stone returns as FOX Sports’ lead college basketball host, joined by Jackson, Jacobsen, Marshall and Lavin throughout the season. Burkhardt and veteran broadcaster Mike Hill also host select college basketball studio coverage, while Bahe, Gottlieb and Andy Katz join the studio analyst rotation during the year. Evan Daniels returns as a FOX Sports college basketball insider, and Howie Schwab reprises his role as the network’s bracketologist.
College basketball on the FOX Sports family of networks tips off Tuesday, Nov. 6, with eight games on FS1, FS2 and the FOX Sports Regional Networks. Highlighting the opening day slate, defending NCAA Champion No. 9 Villanova is at home against Morgan State to open Finneran Pavilion at 7:00 PM ET on FS1. In the second half of that night’s FS1 doubleheader, Marquette plays its first regular-season game at Fiserv Forum, hosting UMBC, last season’s NCAA Tournament darling, at 9:00 PM ET.
This season, FOX Sports televises top games from the BIG EAST, Big Ten and Pac-12 conferences, including six of the eight Gavitt Tipoff Games; Michigan State, North Carolina, Texas and UCLA in the Las Vegas Invitational; highly anticipated non-conference matchups including Kentucky and Louisville vs. Seton Hall and Gonzaga at Creighton; the full BIG EAST Men’s Basketball Tournament; and much more.
College basketball games on the FOX broadcast network, FS1, FS2, FOX Sports Regional Networks and FOX College Sports can be live streamed via FOXSports.com and the FOX Sports app on iOS and Android as well as connected devices, including Apple TV, Android TV, FireTV, Roku, Chromecast and Xbox One.