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.
FRIDAY, FEBRUARY, 28
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
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY, 29
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
SUNDAY, MARCH 1
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