Ian Eagle's having a blast in Greensboro.
The first half of Sunday's Kentucky-Kansas State 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 found Keyontae Johnson for a transition dunk with a behind-the-back pass.
RAZZLE DAZZLE FOR THE JAM @KStateMBB pic.twitter.com/Eo8xu4ARGm— CBS Sports (@CBSSports) March 19, 2023
"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.
Confirmed: Oscar Tshiebwe is a grown man @KentuckyMBB pic.twitter.com/QmB5TfAoPx— CBS Sports (@CBSSports) March 19, 2023
"Tshiebwe off 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:
KANSAS STATE ENDS THE HALF IN STYLE 😱#MarchMadness @KStateMBB pic.twitter.com/ne9EKIrtIx— NCAA March Madness (@MarchMadnessMBB) March 19, 2023
"Oh, no look!" Eagle said. "That was special! Nae'Qwan Tomlin hammers it home. Nowell with the blind dish."
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.