March Madness: Ian Eagle has a blast calling ‘razzle-dazzle’ Kansas-Kentucky highlights

Ian Eagle’s having a blast in Greensboro.

The first half of Sunday’s Kansas State-Kentucky NCAA tournament game ended with a flurry of highlights. Eagle made the most of them on the CBS play-by-play mic.

Check out this gem of a call when Kansas State’s Markquis Nowell for a transition dunk via a behind-the-back pass.

“Oh, Johnson!” Eagle proclaimed. “Razzle-dazzle for the Jam!”

Eagle didn’t exclude Kentucky from his enthusiasm. Moments late on the other end of the court, Kentucky center Oscar Tshiebwe muscled up to rebound his own miss at the rim. He followed the rebound up with a power slam over Kansas State forward David N’Guessan.

“Tshiebwe of the rim,” Eagle said. “Tshiebwe, another rebound! Oh, Tshiebwe! That’s a grown man’s jam. And a foul.”

A grown man’s jam indeed.

But Kansas State wasn’t done providing first-half highlights. Neither was Eagle. The Wildcats closed the half with an alley-oop dish and dunk from Nowell to Nae’Qwan Tomlin to take a 29-26 lead. Here’s how Eagle saw it:

“Oh, no look!” Eagle said. “That was special! Nae’Qwan Tomlin hammers it home. Nowell with the blind dish.”

GREENSBORO, NORTH CAROLINA – MARCH 19: Desi Sills #13 of the Kansas State Wildcats reacts after Nae’Qwan Tomlin #35 dunks the ball during the first half against the Kentucky Wildcats in the second round of the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament at The Fieldhouse at Greensboro Coliseum on March 19, 2023 in Greensboro, North Carolina. (Photo by Jacob Kupferman/Getty Images)

For now, Eagle’s on CBS’ No. 2 broadcast team for the NCAA tournament. But when Jim Nantz steps away after calling his last Final Four this year, the No. 1 chair will be Eagle’s. He’ll bring a considerably different energy level to the broadcast.

In the meantime, we can continue to enjoy all of Eagle’s calls until the 2023 tournament’s final weekend.

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