GOODYEAR, Ariz. -- Like basketball fans everywhere, Brian Anderson was eagerly awaiting Sunday's unveiling of the NCAA Tournament bracket, but his interest goes beyond an office pool.Anderson, the Brewers' television play-by-play man, is again working the men's basketball tournament for Turner Sports. He will call a pair of "First Four"
GOODYEAR, Ariz. -- Like basketball fans everywhere, Brian Anderson was eagerly awaiting Sunday's unveiling of the NCAA Tournament bracket, but his interest goes beyond an office pool.
Anderson, the Brewers' television play-by-play man, is again working the men's basketball tournament for Turner Sports. He will call a pair of "First Four" games with Clark Kellogg and Lewis Johnson in Dayton on Tuesday, then will work with Chris Webber and Johnson for the Round of 64 through the Elite Eight. As of Sunday morning, Anderson was awaiting his specific assignments.
"We will get an email literally minutes before Greg Gumbel announces it on TV," Anderson said. "They are very protective of leaks and whatnot. Once we get that notice, you get organized as fast as you can."
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That means research and video study of 12 teams in the coming days, with travel from Dayton to an unknown (as of Sunday morning) destination on Wednesday.
"It's hard, but it's also great fun," Anderson said. "I'll go chronologically by when I'll see the teams, and I have my boards with notes about everybody. Once I have that done, then I'll start watching video to add whatever layers I can."
It has already been a hectic month for Anderson, who was in Spring Training to call some Brewers games before shifting to basketball mode with a gathering in New York of the CBS Sports and Turner Sports broadcast family, followed by the Big Ten conference tournament.
"I really enjoy this time of year," he said. "Once you get past the first day of the Round of 64, it's kind of downhill from there. You know the teams, there are fewer games and there is just a lot less to manage. As thrilling as that start of the Round of 64 is, that's the day that, as an announcer, you're in a complete bunker mentality. You don't know anything that's going on outside of the NCAA Tournament."
Anderson's assignment will include a hometown team: Marquette. He will call four South Region games in Greenville, S.C., on Friday, starting with Arkansas versus Seton Hall and top seed North Carolina against Texas Southern on TNT. In the evening session on TBS, the matchups are No. 2 seed Duke against Troy, then South Carolina versus Marquette.
Anderson's next baseball broadcast will be the Brewers' April 3 opener against the Rockies at Miller Park. He is entering his 11th season with the team, and will also continue to call Sunday games and postseason games for Turner Sports.
"Every sport, from a broadcasting perspective, has its own discipline and a different kind of mechanics," Anderson said. "I really enjoy being a part of these huge events."
Adam McCalvy has covered the Brewers for MLB.com since 2001. Follow him on Twitter @AdamMcCalvy, like him on Facebook and listen to his podcast.