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College Basketball TV weekend: CBS, ESPN, Fox and vertical networks busy as March arrives; FULL SCHEDULE

CBS has #1 Kansas against Kansas State, their first meeting since the end-game massive melee in January; ESPN lead team covers No. 24 Michigan State at No. 9 Maryland;


Some notes – as we transition to March. Schedule follows:

  • Robert Lee does an all-New Jersey Friday nighter on ESPNU, Monmouth at Rider. Here’s a note Robert. Yes, ex Notre Dame coach and former ESPNer, Digger Phelps went to school there.
  • Andy Katz doing Penn-Yale game on radio Friday. Katz remains visible and relative after his many years at ESPN. Does Fox too. Andy went to the University of Wisconsin, Madison. I have memories of Katz on ESPN in the White House, filling out March Madness brackets with hoops fan Barack Obama.
  • Chris Hassel is doing Memphis-Tulane. I know little about him. There was a New York sports announcer, Joe Hassel who did some Knicks and Giants games many years ago.
  • Carter Blackburn and fast talking Pete Gillen do Utah State-New Mexico Saturday night. Gillen has an unmistakable New York accent, like Bernie Sanders. I’ve watched Pete a few times this year.  I would expect more heft and preparation from him. He shares the instincts of a coach but that’s where it ends. I rarely hear him project strategy or break down players’ strengths and weaknesses.
  • Jason Horowitz is quite knowledgeable. I heard him team with Gillen on San Diego State’s first loss of the season when it fell to UNLV. As the Aztecs made a late frantic comeback, he analyzed more of the eventualities than Pete. But Jason talks too fast. He’s a New Yawka too. Nothing wrong with that but slow down and clip your words.
  • See that Washington State goes into Washington this weekend on Fox. I watched a game from Washington State recently and it looked like more of a gathering at the game than a crowd. Cougars have had some good coaches through the years; Marv Harshman, George Raveling, Kelvin Sampson, Tony Bennett and Dick Bennett.
  • Bob Wischusen and Dick Vitale have developed into a nice team. Bob appreciates Dickie V’s strength and maximizes it. The two worked a game last Saturday following the high noon Kansas upset over Baylor. Bob got the ex-coach’s take on it. Vitale is 80 and going strong! The duo get Friday night’s Davidson and No. 4 Davidson at Dayton and Saturday’s No. 7 Duke at Virginia.
  • Love Bill Raftery. He really helped define the college basketball’s analyst’s role on television. He’s funny, has a personality and knows the game cold. But too often he finishes his comment with a question for his play-by-play partner who can easily get thrown off his rhythm when that occurs. In-game is fluid and play-by-players have fundamentals to cover. Can’t get ’em distracted.
  • What outfit will Bill Walton wear Saturday? Do you really care?
  • Roxy Bernstein has a couple assignments this weekend, one Saturday and one Sunday. Roxy who did Marlins baseball on radio with Dave Van Horne, is superb at football and basketball.
  • Nice to have the passionate and comforting Tim Brando back in the rotation this weekend, He has Seton Hall at Marquette. Tim didn’t work last weekend but will be part of Fox’ team covering the Big East Tournament at the Garden. Has to be the first time in forever that Tim won’t be covering the ACC Tournament. He worked for Raycom for many years when the company covered tons of college basketball. Tim just turned 64!


These are the televised games available over-the-air or on traditional cable. Those streamed or on apps are not included. The preponderance of Division I games are on ESPN3 or ESPN+. ESPN3 is frequently available through cable providers by stream. ESPN+ is behind a paid tier. Division II and III games are generally streamed by individual schools or their respective conferences.




Kent State at Ohio| 6:30 PM p.m. | CBSSN,  Dave Ryan, Steve Wolf

Davidson at No. 4  Dayton | 7 p.m. | ESPN2, Bob Wischusen, Dick Vitale

Harvard at Columbia | 7 p.m. | ESPNN, Derek Jones, Sydney Johnson

Wright State at Northern Kentucky | 7 p.m. | ESPNU, Jordan Bernfield, Rob Kennedy

Monmouth at Rider | 9 p.m. | ESPNU, Robert Lee, Julianne Viani

Washington State at Washington | 9 p.m. | FS1, Aaron Goldsmith, Eddie House



Army at Colgate | 12 p.m. | CBSSN, Joel Godett and Mo Cassara

Providence at No. 12 Villanova | 12 p.m. | FOX, Gus Johnson, Jim Jackson

No. 16 Penn State at No. 18 Iowa | 12 p.m. | Big Ten Network, Kevin Kugler, Stephen Bardo

Texas at No. 22 Texas Tech | 12 p.m. | ESPN, Rich Hollenberg, Fran Fraschilla

Texas A&M at LSU | 12 p.m. | ESPN2, Roy Philpot, Paul Biancardi

Pitt at NC State | 12 p.m. | ACC Network. Wes Durham, Malcolm Huckaby

Vanderbilt at Ole Miss | 1 p.m. | SEC Network, Richard Cross, Joe Kleine

No. 1 Kansas at Kansas State | 1:30 p.m. | CBS, Brad Nessler, Jim Spanarkel

No. 2 Baylor at TCU | 2 p.m. | ESPN, Chuckie Kempf, Tim Welsh

Loyola Chicago at Bradley | 2 p.m. | Jason Horowitz, Tim Doyle

UConn at East Carolina | 2 p.m. | ESPNU, Dave LaMont, Mark Adams

Florida at Tennessee | 2 p.m. | ESPN2, Mike Corey, Jimmy Dykes

No. 13 Seton Hall at Marquette | 2:30 p.m. | FOX, Tim Brando, Donny Marshall

Mississippi State at Missouri | 3:30 p.m. | SEC Network, Kevin Fitzgerald, Dane Bradshaw

No. 15 Auburn at No. 8 Kentucky | 3:45 p.m. | CBS, Ian Eagle, Bill Raftery

Oklahoma at No. 20 West Virginia | 4 p.m. | ESPN2, Mark Neely, Robbie Hummel

North Carolina at Syracuse | 4 p.m. | ESPN, Doug Sherman, Cory Alexander

Iowa State at Oklahoma State | 4 p.m. | ESPNU, Clay Matvick, King McClure

George Washington at VCU | 4 p.m. | CBSSN,Tom McCarthy Bob Wenzel 

No. 7 Duke at Virginia | 6 p.m. | ESPN, Bob Wischusen, Dick Vitale

No. 17 BYU at Pepperdine | 6 p.m. | CBSSN, Rich Waltz and Dan Dickau                                           

Utah at California | 6 p.m. | Pac-12 Network, Ted Robinson, Don MacLean

UCF at Tulsa | 6 p.m. | ESPNU, Anish Shroff, Mark Wise

Arkansas at Georgia | 6 p.m. | SEC Network, Dave Neal, Debbie Antonelli

UNI at Drake | 6 p.m. | ESPN2, Steve Quis, Kevin Lehman

DePaul at Butler | 6:30 p.m. | 6:30 p.m. | FS1, Brandon Gaudin, Nick Bahe

No. 5 San Diego State at Nevada | 8 p.m. | ESPN2, Jason Benetti, Dan Dakich

No. 24 Michigan State at No. 9 Maryland | 8 p.m. | ESPN, Dan Shulman, Jay Bilas

Arizona State at USC | 8 p.m. | ESPNU, Roxy Bernstein, Corey Williams

Memphis at Tulane | 8 p.m. | CBSSN, Chris Hassel, Avery Johnson

Miami at Georgia Tech | 8 p.m. | ACC Network, Mike Monaco, Dalen Cuff

South Carolina at Alabama | 8:30 p.m. | SEC Network, Mike Morgan, Pat Bradley

Saint Mary’s at No. 3 Gonzaga | 10 p.m. | ESPN2, Dave Flemming, Sean Farnham

Arizona at UCLA | 10 p.m. | ESPN, Dave Pasch, Bill Walton

Utah State at New Mexico | 10 p.m. | CBSSN, Carter Blackburn and Pete Gillen


No. 10 Creighton at St. John’s University | 12 noon | FS1, Brian Custer, Len Elmore

USF at Temple – 12 noon | CBSN, Alex Del Barrio and Mike O’Donnell

Cincinnati at No. 25 Houston | 1 p.m. | ESPN, Kevin Brown, Bryce Drew

Western Kentucky at North Texas | 2 p.m. | CBSN, John Sadak and Chris Walker

Xavier at Georgetown | 2 p.m. | CBS, Andrew Catalon and Steve Lappas

Saint Louis at Rhode Island | 2 p.m. | ESPNU, Mike Corey, Mark Plansky

Indiana at Illinois | 2 p.m. | Big Ten Network,  Brandon Gaudin, Shon Morris

No 19 Michigan at No. 23 Ohio State – 4 p.m. | CBS, Kevin Harlan and Dan Bonner

Towson at Northeastern – 4:00 p. m. | 4 p.m.| CBSN,  Scott Graham and Donny Marshall

Wichita State at SMU | 4 p.m. | ESPNU ,Ted Emrich, Sean Harrington

Northwestern at Nebraska | 4:15 p.m.| Big Ten Netwotk, Kevin Kugler, Nick Bahe

No. 21 Colorado at Stanford | 6 p.m. | ESPNU, Roxy Bernstein, Corey Williams

Virginia Tech at No. 11 Louisville | 6 p.m. | ACC Network, Dave O’Brien, Jordan Cornette

Minnesota at Wisconsin| 6: 30 p.m. | Big Ten Network Cory Provus, Jess Settles



David J. Halberstam

David is a 40-year + industry veteran who served as play-by-play announcer for St. John's University basketball in New York and as radio play-by-play voice of the Miami Heat in South Florida. He is the author of Sports on New York Radio: A Play-by-Play History and The Fundamentals of Sports Media and Sponsorship Sales: Developing New Accounts.

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3 years ago

Any chance you could list the reporters!?