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Updated: March 19th, 2014 4:53pm
Tubby Smith and Wally Szczerbiak to work with CBS for March Madness

Tubby Smith and Wally Szczerbiak to work with CBS for March Madness

by Derek Wetmore
1500ESPN.com

Does the Gophers trip to the NIT have you missing Tubby? Feeling nostalgic about the good ol' days of Gophers basketball?

Well, fear not, for CBS Sports Network will give you more of the beloved coach.

Tubby Smith will be an in-studio analyst during March Madness, according to Texas Tech's website.

So, too, will former Timberwolves forward Wally Szczerbiak. 

We remember one for his smile; the other for his scowl.

Smith is like that former employee who you fired for laziness, but whose resume still shines on paper. He has been to the NCAA Tournament 17 times, so what better person to provide insight on Day 1 of the Big Dance?

Here's a release from the Red Raiders:

LUBBOCK, Texas - Texas Tech head coach Tubby Smith will serve as an in-studio analyst for CBS Sports' coverage of the 2014 NCAA Tournament.

Smith will join other analysts like Mateen Cleaves, Wally Szczerbiak, Steve Lappas and Pete Gillen in CBS' New York City studio on Thursday, which will air on the CBS Sports Network.

Smith's is slated to appear on "NCAA March Madness 360" from 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Thursday. He is then expected to return from 9:30 p.m. to midnight for the second installment of the show.

In 23 seasons as a head coach, Smith has taken 17 teams to the NCAA Tournament, including nine Sweet Sixteen appearances, four Elite Eights and won the 1998 NCAA title. He is also one of nine head coaches to take four different teams to the NCAA Tournament - Tulsa, Georgia, Kentucky and Minnesota.

In his first season at the helm of the program, Smith led Texas Tech to its best overall record in four years and its most conference wins since 2008. His efforts led to the first sellout for the program since 2007, as the Red Raiders averaged 13,105 fans per game over the final four games of the season.

Derek Wetmore is the senior editor for 1500ESPN.com. His previous stops include MLB.com and the Minnesota Daily.
Email Derek | @DerekWetmore
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