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Will Jimmer be on CBS's dance card?

Posted by Chad Finn, Globe Staff  March 11, 2011 05:14 PM

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Today's media column, on the changes to the NCAA tournament telecasts this season, can be found right here. Have you found truTV on your guide yet?

One question that won't be resolved until the bracket is announced Sunday at 6 p.m. is which teams will be playing on which network. So I thought it was interesting that Jim Nantz, who will be calling the tournament for the 25th year for CBS, was asked whether the Brandon Davies controversy at Brigham Young means the Runnin' Jimmers will have a lower profile during the tournament.

Davies, the Cougars' top rebounder, was suspended for an honor code violation, and his absence is regarded as potentially having a major effect on BYU's hopes of reaching the Final Four.

Nantz, with his usual relentless positivity, said don't abandon the Cougars yet, namely because of the kid with the sweet shooting form on the left here.

"I don’t think it changes anything at all as to how well will cover BYU in the tournament," Nantz said. "I think a lot of people still think this is a team that could make a long run deep into the tournament.

‘‘I’ll say this from someone that’s sitting courtside. Jimmer Fredette is a huge part of college basketball this season, even without his teammate. I expect that BYU is going to find a way to make up for losing [Davies], and I expect they’ll do just fine in the tournament, and we’ll look forward to broadcasting them.

"But which one of the four networks are they going to be on come tournament time? We’ll have to see the bracket Sunday night.’’

The slightly educated guess here: BYU ends up on CBS in rounds 1 and 2. For the season he has, Fredette has had limited television exposure, and there's no more intriguing story line than BYU trying to overcome the loss of a player whose violation wouldn't have garnered a second thought on just about every other Division 1 campus in the country.

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