The coronavirus pandemic has led to the cancelation of what should have been an incredible 2020 NCAA Tournament. But that doesn't mean that we'll be left entirely without college hoops for the next few weeks.
According to NCAA media coordinator David Worlock, CBS is going to be airing some classic NCAA Tournament games to fill the voids. Three famous games will air each day on March 21, 22, and 29. The nine total games are eight national title contests and one Elite Eight matchup.
This Saturday will feature some old classics from the 1980s and 1990s. We'll get Michael Jordan's game-winner for UNC against Georgetown at noon. That'll be followed by Jimmy V's NC State Wolfpack upsetting No. 1 Houston and we'll finish with Grant Hill's pass to Christian Laetner for the game-winning jumper against Kentucky in the Elite Eight.
On Sunday, we get a trio of the past 15 years' most memorable national title games. At noon we'll see Bill Self's Jayhawks overtime win over John Calipari's Memphis team. Then we'll see last year's thrilling overtime finish between Virginia and Texas Tech. Finally, we'll see Villanova win their first title in decades against North Carolina.
Next Sunday will be a trio of some of the greatest title games of all-time, with 1985's Villanova vs. Georgetown at noon, then 1997's Arizona-Kentucky and finally 2010's Duke vs. Butler.
Here is the full lineup:
- Saturday, March 21: 12 p.m. EST - UNC vs. Georgetown, 1982 national title game
- Saturday, March 21: 2 p.m. EST - NC State vs. Houston, 1983 national title game
- Saturday, March 21: 4 p.m. EST - Duke vs. Kentucky, 1992 Elite Eight
- Sunday, March 22: 12 p.m. EST - Kansas vs. Memphis, 2008 national title game
- Sunday, March 22: 2 p.m. EST - Virginia vs. Texas Tech, 2019 national title game
- Sunday, March 22: 4 p.m. EST - Villanova vs. North Carolina, 2016 national title game
- Sunday, March 29: 12 p.m. EST - Villanova vs. Georgetown, 1985 national title game
- Sunday, March 29: 2 p.m. EST - Arizona vs. Kentucky, 1997 national title game
- Sunday, March 29: 4 p.m. EST - Duke vs. Butler, 2010 national title game
It may not have the suspense of a live game, but those three games should offer plenty of excitement for anyone who loves great basketball.
Which of the classic NCAA Tournament games being aired are you most looking forward to seeing?