The Nation’s Capitol is home to the 2016 ACC Men’s Basketball Tournament at the Verizon Center for the first time in the history of its competition.
Today is my third day at the Verizon Center this week and it’s been an eventful one. Between the swarms of media, die-hard fans from across the country and beautiful March weather, the city has been turned upside down.
March madness has made its presence known.
Since the ACC tournament receives a large amount of media coverage, the Verizon Center has been crawling with professionals from ESPN and many other networks. By chance, I bumped into two of my favorite ESPN broadcast talents by the names of Doris Burke and Receive Davis.
Burke, a 1987 graduate of Providence College and the basketball program’s all-time leader in assists, is a current sideline reporter and color analyst for ESPN college basketball. Admirably, she was the first female analyst to call a New York Knicks game on radio and television.
On Monday, the day before the first round of the tournament, I had the chance to chat with Burke for five minutes. I couldn’t have asked for much more. She’s such a generous professional who remembers where she came from and how she landed where she is today.
Wednesday was second round action. Just before the Duke/NC State game tipped, I went over and introduced myself to Rece Davis who was sitting court side. Davis is the host of College GameDay and also appears on SportsCenter often as an anchor. Davis’s delivery, consistency and creativity have always impressed me the most about his skill set. It was an honor to meet a man I try and model myself off of.
14 teams made up the bracket on Tuesday. Just four teams remain: North Carolina, Notre Dame, Miami and Virginia. Needless to say, there’s a lot To look forward to. 2016 ACC Championship hardware is on the line…