1976-77 College Basketball Season

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Originally written by Jeff Haggar

Regular Season

Sun 1/2/77, Michigan @ South Carolina, NBC, 1:30 pm, Dick Stockton, Billy Packer

Sun 1/2/77, Houston @ UCLA, NBC, 4 pm, Dick Enberg, John Wooden

Sun 1/9/77, NC State @ Maryland, NBC, 12:30 pm, Dick Enberg, Billy Packer

Sun 1/16/77, Notre Dame @ Marquette, NBC, 1:30 pm, Dick Enberg, Billy Packer

Sun 1/23/77, UCLA @ Notre Dame, NBC, 1:30 pm, Dick Enberg, Billy Packer

Sun 1/30/77, UCLA vs Tennessee (at Atlanta), NBC, 1:30 pm, Dick Enberg, Billy Packer

Sun 2/6/77, Providence @ Louisville, NBC, 1:30 pm (regional), Curt Gowdy, John Wooden

Sun 2/6/77, Marquette @ Cincinnati, NBC, 1:30 pm (regional), Dick Enberg, Billy Packer

Sun 2/13/77, Michigan @ Indiana, NBC, 1:30 pm, Dick Enberg, Billy Packer

Sun 2/20/77, North Carolina @ Virginia, NBC, 1:30 pm (regional), Curt Gowdy, Billy Packer

Sun 2/20/77, Indiana @ Purdue, NBC, 1:30 pm (regional), Dick Enberg, John Wooden

Sun 2/27/77, Louisville @ North Carolina, NBC, 1:30 pm, Dick Enberg, Billy Packer

Sat 3/5/77, San Francisco @ Notre Dame, NBC, 12:30 pm, Dick Enberg, Billy Packer

Sun 3/6/77, Marquette @ Michigan, NBC, 1:30 pm, Dick Enberg, Billy Packer

- For this season, NBC moved the national games to Sundays, starting with a doubleheader on 1/2. NBC provided split-national coverage of two games each on 2/6 and 2/20.

- NBC added a Saturday game on the last weekend of the season to show undefeated San Francisco. That weekend, Packer called 3 ACC tournament games in Greensboro on Thu 3/3, both ACC semis the next night, then went to South Bend to call SF-ND on Sat aft, went back to Greensboro to call the ACC title game that same night, and then went to Ann Arbor to call Marq-Mich the next day.

NCAA Tournament

Sat 3/12 (first round) - doubleheader

Marquette vs Cincinnati (at Omaha), NBC, 2 pm (regional), Marv Albert, Gary Thompson

UCLA vs Louisville (at Pocatello), NBC, 4 pm, Dick Enberg, Billy Packer

UNLV vs San Francisco (at Tucson), NBC, 6 pm (regional), Jim Simpson, Tom Hawkins

other NCAA Productions games

* Utah vs St John's (at Tucson), NCAAProd, 3:30 pm, ??, ??

* So Illinois vs Arizona (at Omaha), NCAAProd, 4:30 pm, ??, ??

* Idaho St vs Long Beach St (at Pocatello), NCAAProd, 6:30 pm, ??, ??

VMI vs Duquesne (at Raleigh), NCAAProd, 7 pm, Jim Thacker, Bones McKinney

Wake Forest vs Arkansas (at Norman), NCAAProd, 7 pm, Jay Randolph, Frank Fallon

* Kentucky vs Princeton (at Philadelphia), NCAAProd, 7 pm, ??, ??

North Carolina vs Purdue (at Raleigh), NCAAProd, 9:30 pm, Jim Thacker, Bones McKinney

Kansas St vs Providence (at Norman), NCAAProd, 9:30 pm, Jay Randolph, Frank Fallon

* Notre Dame vs Hofstra (at Philadelphia), NCAAProd, 9:30 pm, ??, ??

Sun 3/13 (first round) - doubleheader

Michigan vs Holy Cross (at Bloomington), NBC, 1:30 pm, Curt Gowdy, John Wooden

Syracuse vs Tennessee (at Baton Rouge), NBC, 3:30 pm, Dick Enberg, Billy Packer

other NCAA Productions games

* Detroit vs Middle Tenn St (at Baton Rouge), NCAAProd, 1 pm, ??, ??

UNC Charlotte vs Central Mich (at Bloomington), NCAAProd, 4 pm, Merle Harmon, Fred Taylor

Thu 3/17 (regional semifinals) - one game (regionalized)

North Carolina vs Notre Dame (at College Park), NBC, 8 pm (regional), Dick Enberg, Billy Packer

Michigan vs Detroit (at Lexington), NBC, 8 pm (regional), Curt Gowdy, John Wooden

Marquette vs Kansas St (at Oklahoma City), NBC, 8 pm (regional), Jay Randolph, Gary Thompson

Idaho St vs UCLA (at Provo), NBC, 11 pm (regional - west coast only), Jim Simpson, Tom Hawkins

other NCAA Productions games

* Kentucky vs VMI (at College Park), NCAAProd, 6 pm, ??, ??

* UNC Charlotte vs Syracuse (at Lexington), NCAAProd, 6 pm, ??, ??

* UNLV vs Utah (at Provo), NCAAProd, 8:45 pm, ??, ??

* Wake Forest vs So Illinois (at Oklahoma City), NCAAProd, 10 pm, ??, ??

Sat 3/19 (regional finals) - tripleheader

North Carolina vs Kentucky (at College Park), NBC, 12 pm, Curt Gowdy, John Wooden

UNC Charlotte vs Michigan (at Lexington), NBC, 2 pm (regional), Jim Simpson, Tom Hawkins

Marquette vs Wake Forest (at Oklahoma City), NBC, 2 pm (regional), Jay Randolph, Gary Thompson

UNLV vs Idaho St (at Provo), NBC, 4 pm, Dick Enberg, Billy Packer

Sat 3/26 (Final Four)

Marquette vs UNC Charlotte (at Atlanta), NBC, 2 pm, Dick Enberg, Billy Packer

North Carolina vs UNLV (at Atlanta), NBC, 4 pm, Curt Gowdy, Billy Packer

Mon 3/28 (consolation/championship)

UNLV vs UNC Charlotte (at Atlanta), NCAAProd, 5:30 pm, Jim Thacker, Bones McKinney

Marquette vs North Carolina (at Atlanta), NBC, 8 pm, Curt Gowdy, Billy Packer, Dick Enberg

* any help on missing announcers appreciated

- NBC added first round Sunday coverage.

- For the first (and only) time, NBC aired a prime time regional semifinal game in 1977. (Side note: The Detroit coach was Dick Vitale.)

- NBC used a similar announcer pattern on the Final Four as in 1976, except this time NBC used all three on the title game. ESPN Classic re-aired both Marquette Final Four games during an Al McGuire tribute several years ago.

- NCAA Productions covered all games not televised by NBC.