ESPN's Jimmy Dykes broadcasting solo for Alabama vs. Missouri basketball confuses fans

Elizabeth Backo
The Tuscaloosa News

When the No. 7 Alabama men's basketball team tipped off against the Missouri Tigers on Saturday, one person was missing and it was noticeably quieter for fans watching at home.

ESPN analyst Jimmy Dykes was forced to announce the first few minutes of the game alone after Karl Ravech, the scheduled play-by-play commentator, was missing due to technical difficulties. 

Ravech joined in on the action via cell phone with 15:03 left in the first half.

"We're still skating on thin ice over here," Ravech told Dykes.  "We're calling the game through a cell phone. That can go south at any second."

Arkansas head coach Jimmy Dykes communicates with his team against South Carolina during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game on Sunday, Jan. 3, 2016, in Columbia, S.C. (AP Photo/Sean Rayford)

Dykes and CBS Sports analyst Matt Norlander on Twitter pointed out that it sounded like Ravech was commentating from a submarine. 

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About 11 minutes in, Ravech switched to a headset, fixing audio issues. 

Here's what Alabama-Missouri viewers on Twitter had to say about the broadcaster going solo. 

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Missouri, ranked No. 17 in the Ferris Mowers Men's Basketball Coaches Poll, enters the matchup 12-3 overall and 5-3 in the Southeastern Conference. Most recently, Mizzou beat Kentucky 75-70 on Wednesday. 

No. 7-ranked Alabama comes into the contest 15-4 overall and 10-0 in the SEC. On Wednesday, Alabama beat LSU 78-60.

Entering Saturday, Alabama leads the all-time series 11-5 vs. Missouri.

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Nate Oats is the head coach of Alabama Crimson Tide men's basketball. Cuonzo Martin is the head coach of Missouri Tigers men's basketball. 

Elizabeth Backo is a digital producer with the USA Today Network. You can find her on Twitter @liz_backo.