1981-82 College Basketball Season

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Originally written by Jeff Haggar

Regular Season

OTA

I will resume this series with the 1981-82 regular season. In 1981-82 CBS acquired a share of the regular season rights which had been exclusive to NBC (although CBS had to scramble to arrange a schedule for its inaugural season as NBC still held exclusive rights to certain conferences). CBS also signed Billy Packer away from NBC to be its top analyst. Packer also played a key role in helping CBS put together its schedule.

In general, I intend to show all OTA network games with the caveat that in many time slots NBC ran about 6-7 regional games and I am not listing those. For 1981-82, I will list all CBS games, all NBC national games, plus all cases where NBC had just 2-3 regional games in one time slot.

As always, I will use a * to indicate unknown announcers and I appreciate any corrections, missing announcers. missing games, etc. And, of course, feel free to post any recollections you have of the college hoop TV coverage from this time.

1981-82 season

Sat 11/28/81, Michigan @ Arkansas, CBS, 4 pm (regional), Gary Bender, Billy Packer

Sat 11/28/81, Georgia @ San Francisco, CBS, 4 pm (regional), Frank Glieber, Steve Grote

Sat 12/5/81, UCLA @ Notre Dame, NBC, 2 pm, Dick Enberg, Al McGuire

Sat 12/5/81, Kentucky @ Ohio St, CBS, 2:30 pm, Gary Bender, Billy Packer

Sat 12/12/81, Wake Forest @ Marquette, CBS, 1:30 pm (regional), Gary Bender, Billy Packer

Sat 12/12/81, USC @ Long Beach St, CBS, 7 pm (regional), Frank Glieber, Steve Grote

Sat 12/19/81, UNLV @ Georgetown, CBS, 3:30 pm (regional), Gary Bender, Billy Packer

Sat 12/19/81, Kansas St @ Indiana, CBS, 3:30 pm (regional), Frank Glieber, Steve Grote

Sat 12/19/81, DePaul @ UCLA, NBC, 11:30 pm, Dick Enberg, Al McGuire

Sat 12/26/81, North Carolina vs Kentucky (at East Rutherford), NBC, 2 pm, Marv Albert, Al McGuire

Sat 12/26/81, Louisville @ DePaul, CBS, 4 pm, Gary Bender, Billy Packer

Tue 12/29/81, Maryland @ UCLA, CBS, 11:30 pm, Gary Bender, Billy Packer

Sat 1/9/82, San Francisco @ South Carolina, CBS, 1 pm (regional), Gary Bender, Billy Packer

Sat 1/9/82, Florida St @ Memphis St, CBS, 1 pm (regional), Frank Glieber, Steve Grote

Sat 1/9/82, Virginia @ North Carolina, NBC, 1 pm, Marv Albert, Al McGuire

Sat 1/16/82, Wichita St @ Tulsa, CBS, 1 pm (regional), Gary Bender, Billy Packer

Sat 1/16/82, Creighton @ Marquette, CBS, 1 pm (regional), Frank Glieber, Steve Grote

Sun 1/17/82, Louisville vs Missouri (at St Louis), NBC, 1 pm (regional), Dick Enberg, Al McGuire

Sun 1/17/82, Georgetown @ Syracuse, NBC, 1 pm (regional), Bob Costas, Bucky Waters

Sat 1/23/82, UAB @ DePaul, CBS, 2:30 pm, Gary Bender, Billy Packer

Sun 1/24/82, Virginia @ Louisville, NBC, 2 pm, Dick Enberg, Al McGuire

Sat 1/30/82, DePaul @ Syracuse, NBC, 3 pm (regional), Dick Enberg, Al McGuire

Sat 1/30/82, Minnesota @ Indiana, NBC, 3 pm (regional), Bob Costas, Fred Taylor

Sat 1/30/82, Georgia @ Kentucky, NBC, 3 pm (regional), Marv Albert, Bucky Waters

Sun 1/31/82, St John's @ Georgetown, NBC, 2 pm (regional), Dick Enberg, Al McGuire

Sun 1/31/82, Wake Forest vs Arkansas (at Little Rock), NBC, 2 pm (regional), Bob Costas, Lynn Shackelford

Sun 1/31/82, South Alabama @ West Virginia, CBS, 3:30 pm (regional), Gary Bender, Billy Packer

Sun 1/31/82, Cincinnati @ Virginia Tech, CBS, 3:30 pm (regional), Frank Glieber, Steve Grote

Sat 2/6/82, DePaul @ Marquette, NBC, 3 pm (regional), Dick Enberg, Al McGuire

Sat 2/6/82, Duke @ Maryland, NBC, 3 pm (regional), Marv Albert, Bucky Waters

Sun 2/7/82, St John's @ Louisville, CBS, 2:30 pm, Gary Bender, Billy Packer

Sun 2/7/82, Notre Dame @ UCLA, NBC, 4 pm, Dick Enberg, Al McGuire

Sat 2/13/82, Iowa @ Indiana, NBC, 3 pm (regional), Dick Enberg, Al McGuire

Sat 2/13/82, Virginia @ Clemson, NBC, 3 pm (regional), Marv Albert, Bucky Waters

Sun 2/14/82, Georgia vs North Carolina (at Greensboro), NBC, 1 pm, Marv Albert, Al McGuire

Sat 2/20/82, Missouri @ Georgetown, NBC, 1 pm, Dick Enberg, Al McGuire

Sat 2/20/82, Notre Dame @ South Carolina, CBS, 3 pm, Gary Bender, Billy Packer

Sun 2/21/82, Wichita St @ LSU, NBC, 1 pm, Dick Enberg, Al McGuire

Sat 2/27/82, St John's @ Syracuse, NBC, 3 pm (regional), Marv Albert, Bucky Waters

Sat 2/27/82, Minnesota @ Iowa, NBC, 3 pm (regional), Bob Costas, Fred Taylor

Sun 2/28/82, DePaul @ Notre Dame, NBC, 2 pm, Dick Enberg, Al McGuire

Sun 2/28/82, Marquette @ Louisville, CBS, 2:15 pm, Gary Bender, Billy Packer

Sun 3/7/82, North Carolina vs Virginia (at Greensboro - ACC final), NBC, 1 pm, Dick Enberg, Al McGuire

Sun 3/7/82, Memphis St vs Louisville (at Memphis - Metro final), CBS, 3:15 pm (regional), Frank Glieber, Steve Grote

Sun 3/7/82, UNLV @ South Carolina, CBS, 3:15 pm (regional), Verne Lundquist, Irv Brown

- On 2/13, NBC also planned regional coverage of Kentucky @ Alabama at 3 pm (with Bob Costas and Lynn Shackelford scheduled to announce), but this game never aired due to phone line problems.

ESPN

Thu 11/26/81, Yugoslavia national team @ Kentucky (exhibition), ESPN, 2 pm (tape delay - 7:30 pm Mon tip), Fred White, Larry Conley

Sat 11/28/81, Kansas vs North Carolina (at Charlotte), ESPN, 1 pm, Jim Simpson, Bucky Waters

* Sat 11/28/81, Pittsburgh @ UAB, ESPN, 9 pm, ??, ??

* Sun 11/29/81, Virginia vs George Mason (at Charlottesville - Cavalier Invitational final), ESPN, 9 pm, ??, ??

Thu 12/3/81, UCLA vs Rutgers (at East Rutherford), ESPN, 9 pm, Sam Rosen, Dick Vitale

Fri 12/4/81, Tulsa @ North Carolina, ESPN, 12:30 am (tape delay), Jim Forrest, Bones McKinney

* Fri 12/4/81, Boston College vs Villanova (at East Rutherford), ESPN, 7 pm, ??, Dick Vitale

* Fri 12/4/81, Houston vs Seton Hall (at East Rutherford), ESPN, 9:30 pm, ??, Dick Vitale

* Sat 12/5/81, Mississippi @ UAB, ESPN, 11:59 pm (tape delay - 10 pm tip), ??, ??

* Tue 12/8/81, Wichita St @ Long Beach St, ESPN, 10:30 pm, ??, ??

* Wed 12/9/81, Marquette @ Old Dominion, ESPN, 8 pm, ??, ??

* Sat 12/12/81, Syracuse vs Fordham (at East Rutherford), ESPN, 9 pm, ??, ??

* Sat 12/12/81, UNLV @ Cal-Irvine, ESPN, 11:30 pm, ??, ??

* Sun 12/13/81, St Peter's vs Seton Hall (at East Rutherford), ESPN, 1:30 am (tape delay - 7 pm tip), ??, ??

* Tue 12/15/81, Ohio St @ South Alabama, ESPN, 9 pm, ??, ??

* Fri 12/18/81, Houston vs Mississippi St (at Houston - Houston Classic semi), ESPN, 8 pm, ??, ??

* Fri 12/18/81, Iowa vs Clemson (at Houston - Houston Classic semi), ESPN, 10:30 pm, ??, ??

* Sat 12/19/81, Houston vs Iowa (at Houston - Houston Classic final), ESPN, 10 pm, ??, ??

Mon 12/28/81, Houston vs Purdue (at New Orleans - Sugar Bowl tournament semi), ESPN, 8 pm, Jim Simpson, Dick Vitale

Mon 12/28/81, LSU vs Wake Forest (at New Orleans - Sugar Bowl tournament semi), ESPN, 10:30 pm, Jim Simpson, Dick Vitale

Tue 12/29/81, Houston vs LSU (at New Orleans - Sugar Bowl tournament final), ESPN, 10 pm, Jim Simpson, Dick Vitale

* Sat 1/2/82, Duke @ Louisville, ESPN, 1 pm, ??, ??

* Sat 1/2/82, Iowa @ South Carolina, ESPN, 8 pm, ??, ??

* Sun 1/3/82, Murray St @ Western Kentucky, ESPN, 1 pm, ??, ??

* Mon 1/4/82, South Carolina @ Richmond, ESPN, 8 pm, ??, ??

* Mon 1/4/82, UTEP @ Utah, ESPN, 10 pm, ??, ??

* Wed 1/6/82, Lafayette vs St Joseph's (at Philadelphia - Palestra), ESPN, 7 pm, ??, Dick Vitale

* Wed 1/6/82, Boston College vs Villanova (at Philadelphia - Palestra), ESPN, 9 pm, ??, Dick Vitale

* Sat 1/9/82, Oregon @ California, ESPN, 12:30 am (tape delay), ??, ??

* Sat 1/9/82, Louisville @ Virginia Tech, ESPN, 1:30 pm, ??, ??

Sat 1/9/82, Maryland @ Duke, ESPN, 8 pm, Marty Brennaman, Bones McKinney

* Sat 1/9/82, BYU @ Wyoming, ESPN, 10 pm, ??, ??

* Sun 1/10/82, Jacksonville @ South Florida, ESPN, 4 pm, ??, ??

* Sun 1/10/82, Boston College @ Georgetown, ESPN, 8 pm, ??, ??

* Mon 1/11/82, DePaul @ Creighton, ESPN, 9 pm, ??, ??

* Tue 1/12/82, Cincinnati @ Memphis St, ESPN, 9 pm, ??, ??

* Wed 1/13/82, Louisville @ South Alabama, ESPN, 8 pm, ??, Dick Vitale

* Wed 1/13/82, South Carolina @ DePaul, ESPN, 10 pm (tape delay), ??, ??

* Thu 1/14/82, Syracuse @ Providence, ESPN, 12:30 am (tape delay), ??, ??

* Fri 1/15/82, San Francisco @ Pepperdine, ESPN, 11 pm, ??, ??

* Sat 1/16/82, Cincinnati @ Louisville, ESPN, 5 pm, ??, ??

* Sat 1/16/82, DePaul @ Old Dominion, ESPN, 7 pm, ??, ??

* Sun 1/17/82, Cal St Fullerton @ Long Beach St, ESPN, 1 am (tape delay), ??, ??

Sun 1/17/82, VCU @ South Alabama, ESPN, 3 pm, Gary Sanders, Larry Conley

* Mon 1/18/82, Arizona St @ UCLA, ESPN, 11 pm, ??, ??

Tue 1/19/82, LaSalle @ Penn, ESPN, 9 pm, Bill O'Donnell, John Andariese

* Wed 1/20/82, Connecticut @ Georgetown, ESPN, 8 pm, ??, ??

* Wed 1/20/82, Georgia @ Alabama, ESPN, 11:59 pm (tape delay - 8:30 pm tip), ??, ??

* Fri 1/22/82, Washington St @ Oregon, ESPN, 11 pm, ??, ??

* Sat 1/23/82, Virginia Tech @ Louisville (chk time 1:30?), ESPN, 3:30 pm, ??, ??

* Sat 1/23/82, South Carolina @ Texas, ESPN, 8 pm, ??, ??

Mon 1/25/82, Villanova @ Georgetown, ESPN, 8 pm, Len Berman, Bill Raftery

* Mon 1/25/82, Rutgers @ St Bonaventure, ESPN, 10 pm (tape delay), ??, ??

* Tue 1/26/82, SMU @ Rice, ESPN, 12:30 am (tape delay - 9 pm tip), ??, ??

* Wed 1/27/82, Army vs St John's (at East Rutherford), ESPN, 7 pm, ??, ??

* Wed 1/27/82, Duke vs Holy Cross (at East Rutherford), ESPN, 9:30 pm, ??, ??

* Fri 1/29/82, South Florida @ UAB, ESPN, 9 pm, ??, ??

Sat 1/30/82, Princeton @ Penn, ESPN, 7:30 pm, John Sanders, John Andariese

* Sun 1/31/82, Long Beach St @ Cal-Irvine, ESPN, 12:30 am (tape delay), ??, ??

Sun 1/31/82, UNCC @ VCU, ESPN, 4 pm, Jim Thacker, Gary Sanders

* Mon 2/1/82, Oral Roberts @ Xavier, ESPN, 8 pm, Bill O'Donnell, ??

* Wed 2/3/82, Syracuse @ Seton Hall, ESPN, 8 pm, ??, Dick Vitale

* Thu 2/4/82, Mississippi St @ Alabama, ESPN, 12:30 am (tape delay - 8:30 pm tip), ??, ??

* Fri 2/5/82, USC @ UCLA, ESPN, 11 pm, ??, ??

* Sat 2/6/82, Virginia vs Virginia Tech (at Roanoke), ESPN, 8 pm, ??, Dick Vitale

* Sat 2/6/82, Clemson @ South Carolina, ESPN, 10 pm (tape delay), ??, ??

Sun 2/7/82, UAB @ South Alabama, ESPN, 9:30 pm (tape delay), Jim Thacker, Gary Sanders

Mon 2/8/82, Syracuse @ Georgetown, ESPN, 8 pm, Len Berman, Bill Raftery

* Tue 2/9/82, California @ Oregon St, ESPN, 1 am (tape delay - 11 pm tip), ??, Pete Newell

* Tue 2/9/82, Missouri @ Kansas, ESPN, 8:30 pm, ??, ??

* Wed 2/10/82, St John's @ Connecticut, ESPN, 8 pm, ??, Dick Vitale

* Thu 2/11/82, Wichita St @ Creighton, ESPN, 11:59 pm (tape delay - 9 pm tip), ??, ??

* Fri 2/12/82, Washington @ California, ESPN, 11 pm, ??, ??

Sat 2/13/82, Western Kentucky @ Middle Tenn St, ESPN, 8:30 pm, John Sanders, Dick Vitale

* Sat 2/13/82, Cal-Irvine @ Fresno St, ESPN, 11 pm, ??, ??

* Sun 2/14/82, VCU @ South Florida, ESPN, 5 pm, ??, ??

* Mon 2/15/82, Virginia Tech @ Cincinnati, ESPN, 8 pm, ??, ??

Mon 2/15/82, St John's @ Providence, ESPN, 10 pm (tape delay), Len Berman, Bill Raftery

* Tue 2/16/82, Iowa St @ Missouri, ESPN, 9 pm, ??, ??

Wed 2/17/82, Georgetown @ Boston College, ESPN, 8 pm, Jim Simpson, Bill Raftery

Thu 2/18/82, UNLV vs Iona (at East Rutherford), ESPN, 7 pm, Jim Simpson, Dick Vitale

Thu 2/18/82, Notre Dame vs Seton Hall (at East Rutherford), ESPN, 9:30 pm, Jim Simpson, Dick Vitale

* Fri 2/19/82, BYU @ Utah, ESPN, 11:59 pm (tape delay - 9:30 pm tip), ??, ??

* Sat 2/20/82, Morehead St @ Eastern Kentucky, ESPN, 7:30 pm, ??, ??

Sun 2/21/82, UAB @ UNCC, ESPN, 4 pm, Jim Thacker, Gary Sanders

Mon 2/22/82, Memphis St @ Louisville, ESPN, 8 pm, John Sanders, John Clark

* Mon 2/22/82, Oregon @ Washington St, ESPN, 11 pm, ??, Pete Newell

* Wed 2/24/82, Seton Hall @ St John's, ESPN, 8 pm, ??, ??

* Fri 2/26/82, Fordham @ Iona, ESPN, 8 pm, ??, ??

* Fri 2/26/82, UCLA @ Oregon St, ESPN, 10:30 pm, ??, Dick Vitale

* Sat 2/27/82, UAB vs South Florida (at Birmingham - Sun Belt semi), ESPN, 7 pm, Jim Thacker, ??

* Sun 2/28/82, VCU vs South Alabama (at Birmingham - Sun Belt semi), ESPN, 8 am (tape delay - 9:30 pm tip), Jim Thacker, ??

* Sun 2/28/82, UAB vs VCU (at Birmingham - Sun Belt final), ESPN, 4 pm, Jim Thacker, ??

* Fri 3/5/82, Fresno St vs Cal St Fullerton (at Anaheim - PCAA final), ESPN, 11:59 pm, ??, ??

* Sat 3/6/82, Missouri vs Oklahoma (at Kansas City - Big 8 final), ESPN, 9 pm, ??, ??

* Sat 3/20/82, District of Columbia vs Florida Southern (at Springfield - D2 final), ESPN, 8 pm, ??, ??

Sun 3/21/82, Wabash vs Potsdam St (at Grand Rapids, MI - D3 final), ESPN, 8 pm (tape delay - Sat 9 pm tip), Jim Thacker, Irv Brown

* any help on missing games or missing announcers appreciated

- ESPN carried Maryland-Duke on 1/9, but otherwise ACC games on national cable were on USA Network this season

- The 2/24 Spokeman-Review describes the 2/22 Ore-WSU telecast as being "aborted". The wording from this article does not make it clear whether the telecast was scrapped entirely or partway through.

NCAA Tournament

Thu 3/11 (first round)

9 James Madison vs 8 Ohio St (at Charlotte), ESPN, 7 pm, Jim Thacker, Bill Foster

7 Wake Forest vs 10 Old Dominion (at Charlotte), ESPN, 9:30 pm, Jim Thacker, Bill Foster

8 Wyoming vs 9 USC (at Logan), CBS, 11:30 pm, Gary Bender, Billy Packer

other NCAA Productions games

7 Marquette vs 10 Evansville (at Tulsa), NCAAProd, 8 pm, Fred White, Gary Thompson

* 5 Indiana vs 12 Robert Morris (at Nashville), NCAAProd, 8 pm, ??, Larry Conley

* 5 West Virginia vs 12 NC A&T (at Logan), NCAAProd, 9 pm, ??, ??

* 11 Middle Tenn vs 6 Kentucky (at Nashville), NCAAProd, 10:30 pm, ??, Larry Conley

6 Houston vs 11 Alcorn St (at Tulsa), NCAAProd, 10:30 pm, Fred White, Gary Thompson

Fri 3/12 (first round)

* 10 Tenn-Chat vs 7 NC State (at Indianapolis), ESPN, 7 pm, ??, ??

* 9 Tennessee vs 8 SW Louisiana (at Indianapolis), ESPN, 9:30 pm, ??, ??

6 Iowa vs 11 NE Louisiana (at Pullman), CBS, 11:30 pm, Tim Ryan, Irv Brown

other NCAA Productions games

11 Northeastern vs 6 St Joseph's (at Uniondale), NCAAProd, 7 pm, Len Berman, Bill Raftery

* 5 Kansas St vs 12 No Illinois (at Dallas), NCAAProd, 8 pm, Fred White, ??

* 7 Pepperdine vs 10 Pittsburgh (at Pullman), NCAAProd, 9 pm, ??, ??

5 St John's vs 12 Penn (at Uniondale), NCAAProd, 9:30 pm, Len Berman, Bill Raftery

* 8 Boston College vs 9 San Francisco (at Dallas), NCAAProd, 10:30 pm, Fred White, ??

Sat 3/13 (second round) - tripleheader (all regionalized)

1 North Carolina vs 9 James Madison (at Charlotte), CBS, 12 pm, Jim Thacker, Bill Foster

3 Louisville vs 11 Middle Tenn (at Nashville), CBS, 2 pm, Frank Glieber, Steve Grote

2 Memphis St vs 7 Wake Forest (at Charlotte), CBS, 2:30 pm, Jim Thacker, Bill Foster

6 Houston vs 3 Tulsa (at Tulsa), CBS, 4 pm, Verne Lundquist, Dale Brown

1 Georgetown vs 8 Wyoming (at Logan), CBS, 4:30 pm, Gary Bender, Billy Packer

4 UAB vs 5 Indiana (at Nashville), CBS, 4:30 pm, Frank Glieber, Steve Grote

2 Missouri vs 7 Marquette (at Tulsa), CBS, 6:30 pm, Verne Lundquist, Dale Brown

4 Fresno St vs 5 West Virginia (at Logan), CBS, 7 pm, Larry Zimmer, Jerry Pimm

Sun 3/14 (second round) - doubleheader (all regionalized)

3 Villanova vs 11 Northeastern (at Uniondale), CBS, 2 pm, Jim Thacker, Bill Foster

1 Virginia vs 9 Tennessee (at Indianapolis), CBS, 2:15 pm, Gary Bender, Billy Packer

8 Boston College vs 1 DePaul (at Dallas), CBS, 4:30 pm, Frank Glieber, Steve Grote

2 Minnesota vs 10 Tenn-Chat (at Indianapolis), CBS, 4:30 pm, Gary Bender, Billy Packer

3 Idaho vs 6 Iowa (at Pullman), CBS, 4:30 pm, Fred White, Irv Brown, George Raveling (see note below)

4 Alabama vs 5 St John's (at Uniondale), CBS, 4:30 pm, Jim Thacker, Bill Foster

2 Oregon St vs 7 Pepperdine (at Pullman), ESPN, 7 pm, Irv Brown, George Raveling

5 Kansas St vs 4 Arkansas (at Dallas), ESPN, 9 pm (tape delay - 2 pm tip), Frank Fallon, Dan Spika

Thu 3/18 (regional semifinals)

3 Louisville vs 2 Minnesota (at Birmingham), ESPN, 8 pm, Tom Hammond, Larry Conley

2 Oregon St vs 3 Idaho (at Provo), ESPN, 10 pm (jip - 9 pm tip), Larry Zimmer, Irv Brown

1 Georgetown vs 4 Fresno St (at Provo), CBS, 11:30 pm, Frank Glieber, Steve Grote

4 UAB vs 1 Virginia (at Birmingham), ESPN, 1:30 am (tape delay - 10:30 pm tip), Tom Hammond, Larry Conley

Fri 3/19 (regional semifinals)

3 Villanova vs 2 Memphis St (at Raleigh), ESPN, 7 pm, Jim Thacker, Bill Raftery

8 Boston College vs 5 Kansas St (at St. Louis), ESPN, 9 pm (tape delay - 8 pm tip), Fred White, Gary Thompson

1 North Carolina vs 4 Alabama (at Raleigh), CBS, 11:30 pm (tape delay - 9:30 pm tip), Gary Bender, Billy Packer

6 Houston vs 2 Missouri (at St. Louis), ESPN, 1:30 am (tape delay - 10:30 pm tip), Fred White, Gary Thompson

Sat 3/20 (regional finals)

3 Louisville vs 4 UAB (at Birmingham), CBS, 12:30 pm, Gary Bender, Billy Packer

1 Georgetown vs 2 Oregon St (at Provo), CBS, 3 pm, Frank Glieber, Steve Grote

Sun 3/21 (regional finals)

1 North Carolina vs 3 Villanova (at Raleigh), CBS, 12 pm, Gary Bender, Billy Packer

6 Houston vs 8 Boston College (at St. Louis), CBS, 2:30 pm, Frank Glieber, Steve Grote

Sat 3/27 (Final Four)

1 North Carolina vs 6 Houston (at New Orleans), CBS, 3:30 pm, Gary Bender, Billy Packer

1 Georgetown vs 3 Louisville (at New Orleans), CBS, 6 pm, Gary Bender, Billy Packer

Mon 3/29 (championship)

1 North Carolina vs 1 Georgetown (at New Orleans), CBS, 8 pm, Gary Bender, Billy Packer

* any help on missing announcers appreciated

- 1982 was the first year that CBS took over the tournament from NBC.

- CBS introduced 11:30 games on the Thu/Fri nights of the first 2 weekends.

- CBS aired an NBA game in the noon timeslot on Sun 3/14 and only showed a doubleheader of NCAA games.

- A very interesting announcer situation on the 3/14 Idaho-Iowa game... Fred White started this game on pbp with Irv Brown as analyst, but White came down with laryngitis a few minutes into the game. So Brown shifted to pbp (for the first time ever) and George Raveling (Washington State coach) came out of the stands to serve as analyst for the remainder of the game.