1958-59 College Basketball Season

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Originally written by GRL

For the 1958-1959 season, NBC held the rights to air college basketball, with Lindsey Nelson as the primary announcer.

There appears to still have been limitations to the games carried in this schedule (the Pacific Coast Conference wasn't covered due to time purposes, the Big Ten and (with one exception) the Atlantic Coast Conference due to their own regional networks), but a wider range of games were contracted than had been the case in prior seasons.

As always, additional information concerning these broadcasts shall be much appreciated.

Regular Season


Saturday 12/13:

St. Louis-Kentucky, 3:00, NBC. Lindsey Nelson

Saturday 12/20:

Missouri-Texas Tech, 3:00, NBC. Lindsey Nelson


Saturday 1/3:

Notre Dame-North Carolina (in Charlotte, NC), 1:00, NBC. Curt Gowdy

Saturday 1/10:

Kentucky-LSU, 3:00, NBC. Lindsey Nelson

Saturday 1/17:

Tennessee-Kentucky, 3:00, NBC. Lindsey Nelson

Saturday 1/24:

Xavier-Cincinnati, 3:00, NBC. Lindsey Nelson

Saturday 1/31:

Colorado-Kansas, 3:00, NBC. Lindsey Nelson


Saturday 2/7:

Holy Cross-West Virginia, 3:00, NBC. Lindsey Nelson

Saturday 2/14:

Cornell-Princeton, 3:00, NBC. Lindsey Nelson

Saturday 2/21:

DePaul-Notre Dame, 3:00, NBC. Lindsey Nelson

Saturday 2/28:

Army-Navy, 3:00, NBC. Bob Wolff


Saturday 3/7:

Cincinnati-Bradley, 3:00, NBC. Lindsey Nelson


1959 NIT

Saturday 3/14- NIT First Round

NYU-Denver, 3, NBC. Lindsey Nelson

Saturday 3/21- NIT Championship

St. John's-Bradley, 4, NBC. Lindsey Nelson

-National coverage of the NIT switched to NBC, who in that year also aired a regular-season college basketball package with Nelson as announcer.