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Gators radio analyst Mark Wise, left, is working a Florida "Teamcast" on TNT Saturday (photo: Tim Casey)
ARLINGTON, Texas -- The tweets came fast and furious during Florida's Sweet 16 win over UCLA in Memphis a week ago.
Covering the game from the FedExForum, I was not watching or listening to TBS' broadcast of the game. Still, based on Twitter, it was obvious Florida fans were not too pleased by the commentary of analyst Reggie Miller, a former UCLA star and one of the greatest shooters the game has known.
In fairness to Miller, it probably would not have made a difference if Tyus Edney or Kareem Abdul-Jabbar or any other former UCLA star had been analyzing the game.
Gator fans and Kentucky fans and UCLA fans and Duke fans -- college sports fans in general -- often prefer their local announcers over the "national" announcers that swoop in for big events.
The same scenario plays out during football season, too.
To capture those fans and perhaps create a future element to big-event coverage, Turner Sports has team-specific broadcasts planned at this weekend's Final Four.
Here is info on the Florida "Teamcast" on TNT at 6 p.m. Saturday:
David Steele, who has previously hosted University of Florida basketball and football television and radio coverage and is the current voice of the Orlando Magic, will provide play-by-play for the TNT telecast. Analyst Mark Wise, a 14-year veteran analyst for the Gator Basketball Network, and reporter James Bates, a former member of the Florida football team who played on four consecutive SEC title teams and a national championship team in 1996, will join Steele.
Wise is the regular radio partner of Florida play-by-play announcer Mick Hubert. Bill Koss will replace Wise on the Gator Radio Network broadcast Saturday.
Meanwhile, Wise hopes to bring his knowledge of the Florida program to a national broadcast that appeals to Florida fans while helping casual fans learn more about the No. 1-ranked Gators.
"The bottom line is I'm and old coach. I see the game as a coach sees it; I think it as a coach thinks it,'' Wise said Thursday at AT&T Stadium. "When I do a TV game, I would like to think I see the game as the two coaches and try to tell you what's happening, why it's happening, what needs to happen. When I'm working on the Gator broadcast with Mick, I basically do the same thing but I only see it from Billy Donovan's perspective, or I emphasize that part.
"So what I'm trying to do Saturday is bring a radio mentality to a television broadcast. Hopefully that will come through. Maybe I can go into a little bit more depth of why they're so good guarding the pick-and-roll, why they're so good in terms of rotations and closeouts and covering."