College Basketball's 15 Worst Announcers

James EvensCorrespondent IApril 28, 2011

College Basketball's 15 Worst Announcers

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    INDIANAPOLIS, IN - MARCH 10:  Big Ten Network announcer Gus Johnson calls the game between the Penn State Nittany Lions and the Indiana Hoosiers during the first round of the 2011 Big Ten Men's Basketball Tournament at Conseco Fieldhouse on March 10, 2011
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    College basketball is known for its famous announcers almost as much as its players. It would be hard to find someone who had never heard of Dick Vitale.

    Although a lot of announcers are great, here are some that just don't do the trick.

    Here are the 15 worst announcers in college basketball.

15. Clark Kellogg

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    CHARLOTTE, NC - MARCH 20:  Broadcasters Jim Nantz and Clark Kellogg speak during the third round of the 2011 NCAA men's basketball tournament at Time Warner Cable Arena on March 20, 2011 in Charlotte, North Carolina.  (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images
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    Sorry Clark, but sometimes you are just non-biased, and it's annoying. Although he is the premier announcer for CBS, we all know that Gus Johnson deserves the job.

14. Sean McDonough

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    BOSTON - JULY 22:  Former Red Sox pitcher Earl Wilson (R) and broadcaster Sean McDonough (C) listen to baseball historian and filmmaker Ken Burns (L) share historical perspective on Ted Williams during the Ted Williams tribute on July 22, 2002 at Fenway P
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    McDonough isn't the greatest for college basketball. Although he does some great broadcasting in other areas, this is not one of his best. He should stick to baseball.

13. Bill Raftery

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    Bill Raftery is just old. He was great at one time but has been slipping over the years. It's probably about time for him to step down and find a recliner.

12. Verne Lundquist

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    WASHINGTON - JANUARY 30:  President of the United States Barack Obama (C) talks to CBS annoucers Clark Kellogg and Verne Lundquist during a college basketball game between Georgetown Hoyas and the Duke Blue Devils on January 30, 2010 at the Verizon Center
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    Verne, it was a great run, but it's time to hang up the headset. He is just starting to slip, and his calls aren't as great as they once were.

11. Dick Vitale

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    FORT WORTH, TX - NOVEMBER 07:  Texas Motor Speedway president Eddie Gossage (L) and sportscaster Dick Vitale pose in the media center prior to the start of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series AAA Texas 500 at Texas Motor Speedway on November 7, 2010 in Fort Wort
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    Now don't get mad about this one—the guy is annoying. Although he promotes great causes, it just gets so old, especially with all of the drooling over UNC and Duke.

10. Dave Flemming

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    Dave Flemming isn't the best announcer ever. In fact, he's one of the worst. Although this is only his first year, it is not a bright-looking future for Flemming.

9. Len Elmore

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    CHAPEL HILL, NC - FEBRUARY 16:  ESPN television announcers Len Elmore (L) and Mike Patrick pose for pictures dressed in 1980s clothing before the start of a retro night game between the Virginia Cavaliers and the North Carolina Tar Heels in an Atlantic Co
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    Len Elmore knows his basketball, but to me, he just doesn't seem to get it out in the fashion that an announcer should have.

8. Wayne Larivee

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    Let's face it: The conference networks need some major help in the broadcasting department. Larivee is just one example.

7. John Laskowski

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    Laskowski was a great player at IU, but that did not translate to the broadcast booth. Laskowski is featured on the Big Ten Network.

6. Kenyon Murray

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    Once again, an example of a great player not translating to the booth. Murray also works for the Big Ten Network.

5. Dereck Whittenburg

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    Dereck Whittenburg is a broadcaster on ESPN and a washed-up coach. He should have stuck with coaching because his career in the booth isn't going too far. Whittenburg was, however, a great player and knows his stuff.

4. Beth Mowins

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    Mowins is decent in the football booth but needs some work on the basketball end of things.

    She currently is working for ESPN.

3. Mike Gleason

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    There is a reason why Mike is featured on ESPNU and ESPN Classic: He isn't the greatest. Not everyone can be Gus, I guess.

2. Mike Kelley

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    Mike Kelley was a Wisconsin Badger and a great player, but he isn't so great at talking on the microphone. Sorry Mike, but you are definitely on this list.

1. Doris Burke

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    DENVER - MAY 29:  ESPN's Doris Burke speaks during a timeout in Game Six of the Western Conference Finals during the 2009 NBA Playoffs between the Los Angeles Lakers and the Denver Nuggets at Pepsi Center on May 29, 2009 in Denver, Colorado. NOTE TO USER:
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    Doris Burke just doesn't know basketball sometimes. She doesn't seem to understand the game very well, and it seems as though ESPN has her on just to add a woman to the team.

    Hopefully she will stay with the lower-level games, but who knows about the mothership sometimes?