As the face of ESPN’s college basketball for 34 years, legendary analyst Dick Vitale has had a front row seat to more than 2,000 college basketball telecasts, including many of the best and most memorable matchups.
The one event missing from his Hall of Fame resume is calling an NCAA Men’s Final Four game. That will all change this year. ESPN announced today that Vitale will work two Final Four games for ESPN International in 2013 — a semifinal and the National Championship.
ESPN hoops analyst Jay Bilas will work the other semifinal (not called by Vitale) while Brad Nessler will call play-by-play on all three telecasts. Front Row put together a video retrospective of highlights from Vitale’s career at ESPN.
ESPNU recruiting analyst Paul Biancardi (left) (pictured with Dwayne Ballen) is part of ''ESPNU's Signing Day Special'' tonight at 7:30 p.m. ET
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The lives of several young men will change forever tonight, live on ESPNU at 7:30 p.m. ET as the network airs its sixth annual college basketball “ESPNU Signing Day Special,” hosted by Dari Nowkhah. Joining Dari will be analysts Dave Telep and Paul Biancardi as top prospects in the ESPNU 100, Nerlens Noel and Shabazz Muhammad, announce their decisions.
Other high profile prospects will also make their choices publicly known and the crew will be joined via phone by several college coaches.
Biancardi joined the Front & Center podcast (above) and prepared listeners for what they can expect from the 90-minute show.
ESPN3 will simulcast ESPNU’s Signing Day Special online. ESPN will also air the Jordan Brand Classic on Saturday, April 14, at 7 p.m.