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College Basketball’s TV schedule this weekend: ESPN, CBS and Fox are busy; Detailed listings and talent

Kansas and Kansas State partake in the SEC-Big 12 challenge this weekend and will be in the spotlight following this week's brawl

Another weekend of college hoops.

Lots of the nation will focus on Kansas and Kansas State after their nasty brawl this week. Phil Stone and Steve Lavin did a nice job in the Fox studio covering it. I knew nothing about the melee until Stone came on at halftime of the St. John’s-Marquette game, and in somber tone welcomed viewers to an “ugly night of college basketball.” He and Lavin were succinct, transparent and spot-on. When a frozen frame of Kansas’ Silvio De Sousa showed him brandishing a stool over his head  the two studio men said that unfortunately, the forgettable picture will define the player the rest of his life.

I hate to bring this up but there’s been worse. The one that comes to mind was in Minnesota in 1972 when the Gophers were under the watch of Bill Musselman. (Known for this quote:  “Defeat is worse than death  because you have to live with defeat.”)

This was 48 years ago and there’s very little video or photographic evidence. Not all games were televised in those days and even those that were on, were not always recorded. While the Gophers’ Ron Behagen wasn’t the only combatant, his name usually comes up first.

As Sports Illustrated put it then, “Behagen rushed from his seat on the bench to where (Ohio State’s Luke) Witte was lying helpless and viciously stomped the Ohio State player’s neck and face.” The SI story -An Ugly Affair in Minneapolis – is linked below the schedule.

Behagen played seven seasons as a member of the Atlanta Hawks, Kansas City Kings, New Orleans Jazz, Houston Rockets, Indiana Pacers, Detroit Pistons, New York Knicks and Washington Bullets.

According to the Associated Press in 2012, “Behagen got three years’ probation after pleading guilty to stealing money from a 68-year-old woman who suffers from Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s and dementia.” Yikes!

Incidentally, former baseball standout, Dave Winfield played for that Minnesota team.


The Jayhawks host Tennessee 4pm Eastern, Saturday on ESPN. Kansas State plays at Alabama at 6pm Eastern on ESPN2. Both games are part of the Big Twelve-SEC Challenge.

If you’re not enticed by these over-the-air or cable broadcasts, virtually every game at any level is aired somewhere whether ESPN3, ESPN+ or a school website. That goes for DI, DII or DIII, men and women.

Nice to see Jimmy Dykes on the roster of broadcasters. A former assistant men’s coach and head women’s coach. He knows the game and is a gentleman. He’ll be working with ESPN veteran Karl Ravech on Kentucky at Texas Tech.

Who’s this guy, Tim Miles? He’s coached like a half dozen schools and now does work for Fox and the Big Ten Network. Saw him on St. John’s-Marquette the other night. I worry about guys who refer to themselves on-air in the third person which he did. “You’ll have Coach Miles again this weekend on St. John’s-DePaul.” Okay. That’s comforting.


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Fox Schedule of college basketball games:

Friday, January 24

7:00 PM FS1                    Wisconsin @ Purdue               Brandon Gaudin, Stephen Bardo

9:00 PM FS1                    Marquette @ Butler                 Vince Welch, Nick Bahe

Saturday, January 25

12:00 PM  FS1                  Illinois @ Michigan                 Jeff Levering, Len Elmore

2:00 PM    FS1                  St. John’s @ DePaul                Vince Welch, Tim Miles

9:00 PM    FS1                  Washington @ Colorado         Aaron Goldsmith, Casey Jacobsen

Sunday, January 26

3:00 PM   FOX                 Michigan St. @ Minnesota        Tim Brando, Jim Jackson

5:00 PM   FOX                 UCLA @ Oregon                         Joe Davis, Steve Lavin

4:00 PM   FS1                  Xavier @ Creighton                   Kevin Kugler, Nick Bahe


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ESPN Schedule of college basketball games:

Friday January 24


Yale at Brown
Derek Jones, Sydney Johnson  ESPNU


Northern Kentucky at Wright State  ESPNU
Jordan Bernfield, Rob Kennedy

Saturday, January 25


Missouri at No. 14 West Virginia
Clay Matvick, Tom McCormick  ESPN 

Miami at North Carolina
Doug Sherman, Cory Alexander  ESPN2 

Iowa State at No. 16 Auburn
Rich Hollenberg, Chris Spatola  ESPNU 

Pittsburgh at Syracuse
Wes Durham, Malcolm Huckaby  ACC Network


LSU at Texas
Jon Sciambi, Fran Fraschilla  ESPN 

Virginia Tech at Boston College

Jay Alter, Dalen Cuff  ESPN2 

Mississippi State at Oklahoma
Chuckie Kempf, Dan Dakich  ESPNU



Tennessee at No. 3 Kansas
Dan Shulman, Jay Bilas ESPN

Big 12/SEC Challenge
TCU at Arkansas
Roy Philpott, Bryndon Manzer ESPN2 

Big 12/SEC Challenge
Oklahoma State at Texas A&M
Kevin Fitzgerald, Sean Farnham  ESPNU


Ole Miss at Georgia
Mike Morgan, Pat Bradley  SEC Network


No. 15 Kentucky at No. 18 Texas Tech
Karl Ravech, Jimmy Dykes  ESPN 

Big 12/SEC Challenge
Kansas State at Alabama
Tom Hart, Andy Kennedy  ESPN2  

Tulane at East Carolina
Dave LaMont, Mark Adams  ESPNU

8 PM

Vanderbilt at South Carolina
Dave Neal, Joe Kleine  SEC Network 

Big 12/SEC Challenge
No. 1 Baylor at Florida
Bob Wischusen, Dick Vitale  ESPN 

UCF at Wichita State
Anish Shroff, Mark Wise  ESPNU 

Notre Dame at No. 5 Florida State
Mike Monaco, Dan Bonner  ACC Network


Colorado State at Utah State
Steve Quis, Richie Schueler  ESPNU

Sunday, January 26


Virginia at Wake Forest
Dave O’Brien, Jordan Cornette  ACC Network


Loyola Chicago at Northern Iowa
Robert Lee, Julianne Viani  ESPNU


Stanford at California
Roxy Bernstein, Corey Williams  ESPNU

Monday, January 27


North Carolina at NC State
Sean McDonough, Jay Bilas  ESPN 

Florida A&M at Norfolk State
Derek Jones, Sydney Johnson  ESPNU


No. 3 Kansas at Oklahoma State
Bob Wischusen, Fran Fraschilla  ESPN


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CBS Schedule of college basketball games (either CBS over-the-air or CBS Network (Cable):


Friday, 1/24

6:30 PM  ET

CBSSN (Cable)

Kent State at Buffalo – 

Dave Ryan and Steve Wolf

Saturday, 1/25 

1:00 PM, ET

#9 Villanova at Providence (Over the Air)

Ian Eagle and Bill Raftery

1:30 PM ET

Army at Navy –Men’s (Cable)

Jason Knapp and Mo Cassara

 4:00 PM ET

SMU at #20 Memphis (Cable)

Brent Stover, Bob Wenzel and Gary Parrish

6:00 PM, ET

George Mason at Davidson (Cable)

Jason Horowitz and Chris Walker

 8:00 PM, ET

New Mexico at Nevada (Cable)

Rich Waltz and Tim Doyle

Sunday, 1/26  

12:00 PM, ET

Tulsa at UCONN (Cable)

Andrew Catalon, Steve Lappas 

 1:00 PM ET

#17 Maryland at Indiana (Over the Air)

Kevin Harlan and Jim Spanarkel 

2:00 PM, ET

USF at #25 Houston (Cable)

John Sadak and Avery Johnson

4:00 PM, ET

#4 San Diego St. at UNLV (Cable)

Carter Blackburn and Pete Gillen 







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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