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Travis Tritt has been tapped to deliver the national anthem Monday night at the championship game of the NCAA men’s basketball tournament at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta.
The Georgia native and two-time Grammy winner’s performance will be broadcast on CBS before tipoff at 9:23 p.m. ET. The matchup will be determined after Saturday’s Final Four semifinals, which pit Louisville vs. Wichita State and Michigan vs. Syracuse.
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It’s a safe bet that Tritt’s rendition of “The Star-Spangled Banner” will be more traditional than last year’s championship game, when The Fray tried to reinvent it.
“My fingers froze last night,” guitarist Joe King wrote on Twitter following the widely panned performance that included two out-of-synch guitars, a drummer-boy drum and a tambourine. “If anyone wants to join me, I’ll be at the loser bar tonight.”
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Other artists who will be handling college basketball national anthem duties this year include HLN morning show host Robin Meade (the Division II championship game) and country singer Angela Reign (Division III). The renowned Ebenezer Baptist Church and Friends will be on hand at the semifinals.
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