Live: Highlights from Selection Sunday
by Chris Chase, USA TODAY Sports
Welcome to USA TODAY Sports’ live blog for the 2013 NCAA tournament selection show. We’ll be updating this page throughout the announcement of the brackets with instant reaction, updates from the best of Twitter and as much faux outrage as we can muster. While we wait for 6 p.m. ET, here’s a quick rundown on things to watch for during the show:
6:02 p.m. ET –
In addition to cupcake eating, Doug Gottlieb is providing a shot of life to the usually-staid CBS studio show. Charles Barkley has served the same function in recent years, the main difference being the fact that Gottlieb has watched college basketball games this year.
5:59 p.m. ET
CBS has been cutting around the country to interview various coaches. If you’re looking for insight, I suggest looking elsewhere. (A Marshall Henderson press conference, perhaps?) Here are the coaches CBS has interviewed, ranked in ascending order of smiley-ness: Mark Few, Tom Crean, Steve Alford, Bill Self, John Thompson III, Doug McDermott, Jim Larranaga.
5:55 p.m. ET –
Steve Alford and New Mexico deserved a better camera angle.
5:50 p.m. ET –
Barkley’s final salvo of the pre-show: “If you get a bunch of ugly girls together and pick out a homecoming queen, that doesn’t mean she’s the homecoming queen.” I think he was talking about the Big Ten, but who knows. There’s an equal chance he was talking about the Miami Heat, American Idol auditions or the papal conclave.
5:47 p.m. ET –
With 13 minutes to go until the Selection Show, CBS cuts to their NBA crew. And by NBA crew, I mean, “guys who act like they know about college basketball for three weeks every March.” Come to think of it, that can describe most people.
5:34 p.m. ET –
Sitting through CBS interviewing John Thompson III while the brackets await is like when you’re 8 years-old and have to stand at the top of the stairs before going to see what’s under the Christmas tree. Only, in this case, there’s a lot more sweating and awesome scarves.
5:30 p.m. ET –
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