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Jim Nantz, Bill Raftery, Grant Hill And Tracy Wolfson Share Favorite Indianapolis Final Four Memories

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For Wolfson, the lead sideline reporter for CBS, she remembers the city fondly because it’s where her time with CBS really got started as an intern for the crew back in 1997 when Arizona cut down the nets in Indy.

Band of the Arizona Wildcats cheers on their team during an NCAA Final Four game against the North Carolina Tarheels at the RCA Dome in Indianapolis, Indiana. “A lot of Final Fours including my first call in 1991 when Duke beat UNLV led by Grant Hill, Bobby Hurley and Christian Laettner, they beat Kansas in the championship game. I’m going to fast forward to 2010, Butler is in the final. You could just feel there was something magical happening with that team throughout the ride to the championship game.”

“Now here they are, 6.2 miles their campus from Lucas Oil Stadium. On the day of the championship game, I drove to the campus, parked my car and walked the campus with the main goal to go to Hinkle Fieldhouse,” continued Nantz.

“Jumping on both, the Duke game in 1991, I was not a Grant Hill fan obviously,” said Raftery with a wry smile for his broadcast partner. “We were very tight with the Hurley family so it was very nice to see that one of course. And Jim mentioned the Butler game, I was doing radio and one of the greatest plays of all time because Hayward missed the shot, I think it was Matt Howard with the screen to get him free. Years later I asked Brad Stevens about it and I said, ‘I never even thought of a play like that to end the game.'”

Adding to those memories, having the tournament in Indiana which for Raftery, conjures memories of his relationship with Bob Knight, is special.

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