Rise and fire! The NCAA basketball version of "The opera ain't over till the fat lady sings" is "The NCAA tournament doesn't really start till Gus Johnson shrieks." America’s favorite play-by-play man has inspired countless imitators -– so much so that the Big Ten just held a sound-alike contest and picked three winners:
Johnson and analyst Len Elmore will be handling four games Friday from Cleveland. All listed times are ET.
George Mason-Villanova, 2:10 p.m.
Ohio State-Texas/San Antonio, 4:40 p.m.
Xavier-Marquette, 6:40 p.m.
Syracuse-Indiana State, 9:10 p.m.
To get geared up for Gus, check out some of his signature calls on the Gus Johnson Soundboard
And for some vintage Gus, here’s a classic call from the Pac-10 tournament championship game between Washington and Arizona:
So tune in Friday or it’s gonna be “Heartbreak City!”