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College Hoops: Thick of the season schedule for CBS, ESPN, Fox, NBCSN, PAC-12 and Big Ten Networks

#1 Baylor and #14 West Virginia play Saturday; NBC Sports Network has #6 Dayton at UMass, ESPN features #9 Maryland at Mich State


NBC Sports Network has the rights to Atlantic 10 Basketball. This year the conference’s Dayton Flyers are garnering many headlines. Ranked sixth in the country, Dayton is at UMass on Saturday at 12:30. Whit Watson and John Giannini preside over the NBCSN microphones. Watson is a former ESPNer who works for NBC’s Golf Channel. Giannini coached at Rowan, Maine and LaSalle.

Nice to see Tom McCarthy on CBS Broadcast this weekend, working Indiana at Michigan. Times have changed. Neither team is ranked. McCarthy is good. He isn’t programmed or scripted. He also does Phillies baseball and gets an occasional rep on CBS’ NFL coverage.

Dave Neal has a good partner this weekend in Debbie Antonelli. Mississippi State at Arkansas. Dave’s dad, Bob, was one of the lead voices of Turner’s NBA package in the 80s and 90s.

If you woke up out of a deep sleep and looked at those Big East standings, you’s think the world has turned upside down.  Georgetown, DePaul and St. John’s are holding up the rest of the league from the bottom of the standings. Where have you gone Ray Meyer, Lou Carnesecca and big John Thompson?  Always reliable Tim Brando and Donny Marshall will be at Hinkle to add some spice. Andy Katz will chime in too. Yes, Andy. There’s life after ESPN.

Former Iowa quarterback Paul Burmeister presides over La Salle at Saint Louis for NBCSN. Paul also does Notre Dame football on radio.

Dave O’Brien, lead play-by-player for ACC Network and a solid basketball announcer has Louisville at Clemson Saturday.

There are guys on this roster of broadcasters whom I couldn’t identify if you put a gun to my head.

The list of telecasts below represents only those on some form of television or cable. Many others are streamed free of charge or behind a firewall.

J. B. Long, Voice of the Los Angeles Rams and Ted Robinson, for former Voice of the 49ers call games this weekend for the Pac-12 Network.

Did you know that the very capable Roxy Bernstein whom you hear and see on ESPN and the Pac-12 Network is a brother-in-law of Joe Pasternack, coach of UC, Santa Barbara. Joe’s wife Lindsay is Roxy’s sister. Can you name two fairly well known sportscasters who are UC, Santa Barbara alumni? Yes, Jim Rome and Fox’ Charissa Thompson.

Full schedule follows:


Friday, Feb. 14

Buffalo at Toledo | 6:30 p.m. | CBSSN, Dave Ryan, Steve Wolf

Yale at Princeton | 7 p.m. | ESPNN, Derek Jones, Noah Savage

Davidson at St. Bonaventure | 7 p.m. | ESPN2,  Mike Corey, Mark Plansky

Akron at Central Michigan | 7 p.m. | ESPNU, Jon Meterparel, David Padgett

UIC at Wright State | 9 p.m. | ESPN2, Jordan Bernfield, Rob Kennedy

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

Saturday, Feb. 15

Oklahoma at No. 3 Kansas | 12 p.m. | ESPN, Jason Benetti, Fran Fraschilla

Syracuse at No. 8 Florida State | 12 p.m. | ESPN2, Doug Sherman, Cory Alexander

Northwestern at No. 13 Penn State | 12 p.m. | Big Ten Network, Jason Horowitz, Brian Butch

Purdue at Ohio State | 12 p.m. | FOX, Kevin Kugler, Jim Jackson, Lisa Byington

Tulsa at South Florida | 12 p.m. | ESPNU, Dave LaMont, Mark Adams

Saint Joseph’s at Rhode Island | 12 p.m. | CBSSN, Jason Knapp and Mike O’Donnell

No. 6 Dayton at UMass | 12:30 p.m. | NBCSN, Whit Watson, John Giannini

No. 24 Texas Tech at Oklahoma State | 1 p.m. | CBS, Ian Eagle and Bill Raftery

Mississippi State at Arkansas | 1 p.m. | SEC Network, Dave Neal, Debbie Antonelli

Ole Miss at No. 12 Kentucky | 2 p.m. | ESPN, Karl Ravech, Jimmy Dykes

Old Dominion at North Texas | 2 p.m. | ESPNU, Pat O’Keefe, King McClure

Bradley at Southern Illinois | 2 p.m. | CBSSN, Alex Del Barrio and Tim Doyle

Texas at Iowa State | 2 p.m. | ESPN2, Rich Hollenberg, Robbie Hummel

Wisconsin at Nebraska | 2:15 p.m. | Big Ten Network, Chris Vosters, Shon Morris

Georgetown at No. 19 Butler | 2:30 p.m. | FOX, Tim Brando, Donny Marshall, Andy Katz

La Salle at Saint Louis | 2:30 p.m. | NBCSN, Paul Burmeister, David Kaplan

Georgia at Texas A&M | 3:30 p.m. | SEC Network, Paul Sunderland, Dane Bradshaw

No. 5 Louisville at Clemson | 4 p.m. | ACC Network, Dave O’Brien, Jordan Cornette, 

Notre Dame at No. 7 Duke | 4 p.m. | ESPN, Bob Wischusen, Dick Vitale  

No. 25 LSU at Alabama | 4 p.m. | ESPN2, Kevin Fitzgerald, Sean Farnham

VCU at Richmond | 4 p.m. | CBSSN,  John Sadak and Bob Wenzel

No. 14 West Virginia at No. 1 Baylor | 4 p.m. | Big 12 N/ESPN+, Mark Neely, Lance Blanks

No. 22 Illinois at Rutgers | 4:30 p.m. | Big Ten Network, Cory Provus, Jess Settles

George Washington at George Mason | 4:30 p.m. | NBCSN, Kenny Rice, Tim McCormick

Kansas State at TCU | 5 p.m. | Big 12 N/ESPN+, Clay Matvick, Bryndon Manzer

No. 9 Maryland at Michigan State | 6 p.m. | ESPN, Dan Shulman, Jay Bilas, Holly Rowe

No. 11 Auburn at Missouri | 6 p.m. | ESPN2, Roy Philpott, Jon Sundvold

No. 20 Houston at SMU | 6 p.m. | ESPNU, Anish Shroff, Mark Wise

UNLV at New Mexico | 6 p.m. | CBSSN, Rich Waltz and Chris Walker

Tennessee at South Carolina | 6 p.m. | SEC Network, Mike Morgan, Pat Bradley

Pitt at Virginia Tech | 6 p.m. | ACC Network, Mike Monaco, Paul Biancardi

DePaul at No. 23 Creighton | 7:30 p.m. | FS1, Jeff Levering and Dickey Simpkins

No. 10 Seton Hall at Providence | 8 p.m. | CBSSN, Andrew Catalon, Steve Lappas

Vanderbilt at Florida | 8 p.m. | SEC Network, Richard Cross, Mr. or Ms. TBD

Washington State at USC |  8 p.m. | Pac-12 Network, J.B. Long and Bob Montgomery

UNI at Illinois Chicago | 8 p.m. | ESPN2, Mike Corey, Kevin Lehman

Virginia at North Carolina | 8 p.m. | ESPN, Jon Sciambi, Dan Dakich

No. 2 Gonzaga at Pepperdine | 10 p.m. | ESPN, Roxy Bernstein, Corey Williams

No. 16 Colorado at Oregon State | 10 p.m. | FS1, Aaron Goldsmith and Casey Jacobsen

Washington at UCLA | 10 p.m. | ESPN2, Dave Pasch, Bill Walton

Utah State at Fresno State | 10 p.m. | ESPNU, Steve Quis, Ben Braun

BYU at San Diego | 10 p.m. | CBSSN, John Schriffen and Ryan Hollins

Arizona at Stanford | 10:30 p.m. | Pac-12 Network, Ted Robinson and Don MacLean

UC Irvine at Hawai’i | 11:59 p.m. | ESPN2, Kanoa Leahey, Adrian Branch

Sunday, Feb. 16


Cincinnati at East Carolina | 12 p.m. | CBSSN, Michael Grady and Bob Wenzel

No. 15 Villanova at Temple | 1 p.m. | ESPN, Kevin Brown, Bryce Drew

No. 21 Iowa at Minnesota | 1 p.m. | FS1, Brandon Gaudin and Tim Miles

Indiana at Michigan | 1 p.m. | CBS, Tom McCarthy and Dan BonnerImage result for nbc sports network logo

Tulane at Wichita State | 2 p.m. | CBSSN, Carter Blackburn and Pete Gillen

Duquesne at Fordham | 2 p.m.| NBCSN, Steve Schlanger, Blaine Fowler

Memphis at UConn | 3 p.m. | ESPN, Adam Amin, Seth Greenberg

No. 4 San Diego State at Boise State | 4 p.m. | CBSSN, Dave Ryan, Steve Wolf and Heather Cox

Missouri State at Indiana State | 4 p.m. | ESPNU, Robert Lee, Julianne Viani

N.C. State at Boston College | 6 p.m. | ACC Network, Wes Durham, Malcolm Huckaby

Arizona State at California | 6 p.m. | ESPNU, Roxy Bernstein, Corey Williams

Utah at No. 17 Oregon | 9 p.m. | FS1, Aaron Goldsmith and Casey Jacobsen












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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