Ernie Johnson is no stranger to basketball fans. From college to the NBA, Johnson is nothing but professional, even when surrounded by clowns and chaos in the NBA studio, at bringing hoops into our home.

For the last few years, Ernie Johnson, Charles Barkley and Kenny “The Jet” Smith, have been gracing our TVs during NCAA Tournament halftimes to give us their opinions on the games, individual players and of course, their favorite team to win it all. While Johnson isn’t the most analytic of the crew, it’s without a doubt he’s passionate about the sport.

During the 2017 Final Four, I got the opportunity to sit down with him. Johnson wasn’t afraid to represent his alma mater, the University of Georgia, talk about his thoughts on the growth of the tournament and the major differences he notices between hosting college basketball and the NBA.

One more thing… he also happens to have one more team left in his bracket… can you guess who’s left?

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