Verne Lundquist is a broadcasting legend. He just is. He’s covered just about every sporting event you can think of, but March Madness holds a special place in his heart.

“Well, it’s the anticipation of the unexpected,” Lundquist said on CBS Sports Radio’s Gio and Jones. “It seems to me, whether it happens (in) my location (or somewhere else), there will be something special that breaks out. Some team that you’ve never heard of (will do something great).”

Lundquist, 75, remembers when Northwestern State, a 14-seed, stunned Iowa, a 3-seed, 64-63, on a last-second three-pointer in 2006. Northwestern State, which is in Natchitoches, Louisiana, trailed Iowa by 17 points with less than nine minutes to play and still won.

“That’s the proudest moment in the history of basketball at Northwestern State,” Lundquist said. “I’m told – I’ve never seen it – but (I’m told) there’s a huge poster of the kid (Jermaine Wallace) who hit the three that’s on the main hallway of the athletic department. I got lucky enough to see that, so I know what that moment meant for those kids. Those kinds of things are sprinkled throughout the tournament. Now that every game is on every network, you’re lucky enough that you happen to catch them. I think that’s the charm for me.”


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