1985-86 College Basketball Season

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Originally written by Jeff Haggar, GRL and Frank Woods

Regular Season

OTA

Sat 11/30/85, Michigan vs Georgia Tech (at Springfield), CBS, 1:30 pm, Gary Bender, Billy Packer

Sat 12/7/85, Kansas vs NC State (at Greensboro), CBS, 12:30 pm, Gary Bender, Billy Packer

Sat 12/14/85, St John's @ UCLA, CBS, 3:45 pm, Gary Bender, Billy Packer

Sat 12/21/85, Georgetown @ DePaul, NBC, 3:30 pm, Marv Albert, Al McGuire

Sat 12/28/85, Louisville @ Kentucky, CBS, 12:30 pm, Brent Musburger, Billy Packer

Sat 1/11/86, Georgetown @ St John's, CBS, 2 pm, Brent Musburger, Billy Packer

Sat 1/11/86, Notre Dame @ DePaul, CBS, 4 pm (regional), Gary Bender, Doug Collins

Sat 1/11/86, USC @ Washington, CBS, 4 pm (regional), Jim Nantz, Larry Conley

Sat 1/18/86, Ohio St @ Boston College, CBS, 2 pm (regional), Gary Bender, Doug Collins

Sat 1/18/86, Kentucky @ Florida, CBS, 2 pm (regional), Verne Lundquist, Larry Conley

Sat 1/18/86, UCLA @ Notre Dame, NBC, 2:30 pm, Marv Albert, Al McGuire

Sat 1/18/86, Syracuse @ Louisville, CBS, 4 pm (regional), Brent Musburger, Billy Packer

Sat 1/18/86, Arizona @ Miami, CBS, 4 pm (regional), Jim Nantz, Bill Raftery

Sun 1/19/86, North Carolina @ Marquette, CBS, 2:30 pm, Brent Musburger, Billy Packer

Sat 1/25/86, Illinois @ Indiana, CBS, 1 pm, Brent Musburger, Billy Packer

Sat 1/25/86, Louisville @ Kansas, NBC, 1 pm (regional), Jay Randolph, Bucky Waters

Sat 1/25/86, St John's @ Pittsburgh, CBS, 3 pm (regional), Gary Bender, Doug Collins

Sat 1/25/86, USC @ Arkansas, CBS, 3 pm (regional), Jim Nantz, Bill Raftery

Sat 1/25/86, Georgia Tech @ North Carolina, NBC, 3 pm, Marv Albert, Al McGuire

Sat 1/25/86, UCLA @ California, NBC, 5 pm (west coast), Phil Stone, Dan Belluomini

Sun 1/26/86, Notre Dame @ North Carolina, NBC, 1 pm, Marv Albert, Al McGuire

Sat 2/1/86, St John's @ Syracuse, NBC, 1 pm (regional), Dick Enberg, Al McGuire

Sat 2/1/86, Maryland @ Villanova, NBC, 3 pm (regional), Bob Costas, Jack Givens

Sat 2/1/86, UCLA @ Louisville, NBC, 3 pm (regional), Marv Albert, Bucky Waters

Sat 2/1/86, Arizona St @ Washington St, NBC, 5 pm (west coast), Phil Stone, Dan Belluomini

Sun 2/2/86, LSU @ Georgetown, CBS, 12 pm, Brent Musburger, Billy Packer

Sun 2/2/86, Kentucky @ NC State, NBC, 1 pm, Dick Enberg, Al McGuire

Sat 2/8/86, Michigan @ Illinois, NBC, 1 pm (regional), Dick Enberg, Al McGuire

Sat 2/8/86, South Carolina @ UAB, NBC, 1 pm (regional), Tom Hammond, Jack Givens

Sat 2/8/86, Memphis St @ UNLV, CBS, 2 pm, Brent Musburger, Billy Packer

Sat 2/8/86, Louisville @ NC State, NBC, 3 pm, Marv Albert, Bucky Waters

Sat 2/8/86, Notre Dame @ Syracuse, CBS, 4 pm, Gary Bender, Doug Collins

Sat 2/8/86, Washington @ USC, NBC, 6 pm (west coast), Phil Stone, Dan Belluomini

Sun 2/9/86, Georgia Tech @ Duke, NBC, 1 pm, Dick Enberg, Al McGuire

Sat 2/15/86, Iowa @ Michigan, NBC, 1 pm, Dick Enberg, Al McGuire

Sat 2/15/86, Louisville @ DePaul, CBS, 2:30 pm (regional), Gary Bender, Billy Packer

* Sat 2/15/86, UCLA @ Arizona St, CBS, 2:30 pm (regional), ??, ??

Sat 2/15/86, Georgetown @ Villanova, NBC, 3 pm, Bob Costas, Bucky Waters

Sun 2/16/86, Notre Dame @ Duke, NBC, 1 pm, Dick Enberg, Al McGuire

Sat 2/22/86, Louisville @ Houston, NBC, 1 pm (regional), Marv Albert, Bucky Waters

Sat 2/22/86, UAB @ Michigan, CBS, 2 pm, Gary Bender, Doug Collins

Sat 2/22/86, St John's @ DePaul, NBC, 3 pm (regional), Dick Enberg, Al McGuire

Sat 2/22/86, Kentucky @ Georgia, NBC, 3 pm (regional), Bob Costas, Pete Maravich

Sat 2/22/86, Oklahoma @ Duke, CBS, 4 pm, Brent Musburger, Billy Packer

Sat 2/22/86, UCLA @ USC, NBC, 5 pm (west coast), Phil Stone, Dan Belluomini

Sun 2/23/86, North Carolina @ NC State, NBC, 1 pm, Dick Enberg, Al McGuire

Sun 2/23/86, Georgetown @ Syracuse, CBS, 2:30 pm, Brent Musburger, Billy Packer

Sat 3/1/86, NC State @ Oklahoma, NBC, 1 pm, Bob Costas, Bucky Waters

Sat 3/1/86, Notre Dame @ Marquette, CBS, 2 pm (regional), Verne Lundquist, James Brown

Sat 3/1/86, Boston College @ Villanova, CBS, 2 pm (regional), Jim Nantz, Bill Raftery

Sat 3/1/86, LSU @ Kentucky, NBC, 3 pm (regional), Dick Enberg, Al McGuire

Sat 3/1/86, DePaul @ UCLA, NBC, 3 pm (regional), Don Criqui, Pete Maravich

Sat 3/1/86, Illinois @ Georgia Tech, CBS, 4 pm, Brent Musburger, Billy Packer

Sun 3/2/86, Iowa @ Indiana, CBS, 12 pm, Gary Bender, Doug Collins

Sun 3/2/86, North Carolina @ Duke, NBC, 1 pm, Dick Enberg, Al McGuire

Sat 3/8/86, Kentucky vs Alabama (at Lexington - SEC final), NBC, 2:30 pm, Marv Albert, Bucky Waters

Sat 3/8/86, Indiana @ Michigan, CBS, 4 pm (regional), Brent Musburger, Billy Packer

Sat 3/8/86, UCLA @ Oregon, CBS, 4 pm (regional), Verne Lundquist, James Brown

Sun 3/9/86, Duke vs Georgia Tech (at Greensboro - ACC final), NBC, 1 pm, Dick Enberg, Al McGuire

- The 1/18 regional telecast is the first CBB game that Jim Nantz called for CBS.

- On 1/25, NBC had also planned regional coverage of LSU @ Auburn in the 1 pm time slot (with Jack Givens as analyst). However, that game was postponed due to a chicken pox epidemic on the LSU campus.

- NBC used Pete Maravich on a few late season games.

ESPN

Sun 11/24/85, UCLA @ North Carolina, ESPN, 7 pm, Mike Patrick, Billy Cunningham

Wed 11/27/85, Oregon St @ Wichita St, ESPN, 7 pm, Jim Thacker, Larry Conley

Fri 11/29/85, North Carolina vs Missouri (at Anchorage - Alaska qtr), ESPN, 7 pm, John Sanders, Dick Vitale

Fri 11/29/85, UNLV vs Villanova (at Anchorage - Alaska qtr), ESPN, 9:30 pm, John Sanders, Dick Vitale

Sat 11/30/85, North Carolina vs Purdue (at Anchorage - Alaska semi), ESPN, 2 pm, John Sanders, Dick Vitale

Sat 11/30/85, Alaska Anchorage vs Missouri (at Anchorage - Alaska loser br), ESPN, 4:30 pm, John Sanders, Dick Vitale

Sun 12/1/85, Purdue vs Arizona (at Anchorage - Alaska cons), ESPN, 7 pm, John Sanders, Dick Vitale

Sun 12/1/85, North Carolina vs UNLV (at Anchorage - Alaska final), ESPN, 9:30 pm, John Sanders, Dick Vitale

Tue 12/3/85, Notre Dame @ Indiana, ESPN, 7:30 pm, Harry Kalas, Jim Gibbons

Sat 12/7/85, Loyola-Chicago @ Notre Dame, ESPN, 4 pm, Harry Kalas, Jim Gibbons

Tue 12/10/85, Iona @ Louisville, ESPN, 7 pm, Fred White, Gary Thompson

Tue 12/10/85, Auburn @ UAB, ESPN, 9 pm, Jim Thacker, Larry Conley

Fri 12/13/85, Loyola-Chicago @ Bradley, ESPN, 7:30 pm, Jim Thacker, Larry Conley

Sat 12/14/85, Pittsburgh @ West Virginia, ESPN, 7 pm, Woody O'Hara, Jay Jacobs

Sat 12/14/85, Kentucky @ Kansas, ESPN, 9 pm, Jay Randolph, Gary Thompson

Tue 12/17/85, North Carolina @ Jacksonville, ESPN, 8 pm, Jim Thacker, Larry Conley

Wed 12/18/85, Indiana @ Louisville, ESPN, 7:30 pm, Fred White, Larry Conley

Thu 12/19/85, Wake Forest @ NC State, ESPN, 9 pm, Jim Simpson, Dick Vitale

Fri 12/20/85, Richmond vs VCU (at Richmond - Times-Dispatch semi), ESPN, 7 pm, Jim Thacker, Larry Conley

Fri 12/20/85, Virginia vs Old Dominion (at Richmond - Times-Dispatch semi), ESPN, 9:30 pm, Bob Rathbun, Larry Conley

Sat 12/21/85, West Virginia @ Virginia Tech, ESPN, 7 pm, Bob Rathbun, John Kerman

Sat 12/21/85, Richmond vs Virginia (at Richmond - Times-Dispatch final), ESPN, 9 pm, Jim Thacker, Larry Conley

Thu 1/2/86, Georgetown @ Pittsburgh, ESPN, 7 pm, Len Berman, Bill Raftery

Thu 1/2/86, Boston College @ Syracuse, ESPN, 9 pm, John Sanders, Dick Vitale

Thu 1/2/86, Washington @ California, ESPN, 11 pm, Ted Robinson, Dan Belluomini

Sat 1/4/86, NC State @ North Carolina, ESPN, 1:30 pm, Marty Brennaman, Billy Cunningham

Sat 1/4/86, Kentucky @ Vanderbilt, ESPN, 7 pm, Jim Simpson, Dick Vitale

Sat 1/4/86, Duke @ Maryland, ESPN, 9 pm, Mike Patrick, Dan Bonner

Mon 1/6/86, Syracuse @ Villanova, ESPN, 8 pm, Len Berman, Bill Raftery

Mon 1/6/86, South Carolina @ Memphis St, ESPN, 10 pm, Fred White, Larry Conley

Tue 1/7/86, St John's @ Boston College, ESPN, 8 pm, John Sanders, Dick Vitale

Wed 1/8/86, Wake Forest @ Georgia Tech, ESPN, 8 pm, Mike Patrick, Dan Bonner

Wed 1/8/86, Texas @ Arkansas, ESPN, 10 pm, Paul Eells, Tommy Matthews

Thu 1/9/86, VCU @ UAB, ESPN, 7 pm, Jim Thacker, Larry Conley

Thu 1/9/86, Louisville @ Memphis St, ESPN, 9 pm, Fred White, Steve Grote

Thu 1/9/86, UCLA @ Washington, ESPN, 11 pm, Ted Robinson, Dan Belluomini

Sat 1/11/86, Pittsburgh @ Syracuse, ESPN, 8 pm, Jim Kelly, Dick Vitale

Mon 1/13/86, Villanova @ Connecticut, ESPN, 8 pm, Len Berman, Bill Raftery

Mon 1/13/86, South Alabama @ UAB, ESPN, 10 pm, Jim Thacker, Larry Conley

Tue 1/14/86, North Carolina @ Maryland, ESPN, 9 pm, Mike Patrick, Billy Cunningham

Thu 1/16/86, Wake Forest @ Duke, ESPN, 9 pm, Marty Brennaman, Dan Bonner

* Thu 1/16/86, Washington St @ Oregon St, ESPN, 11 pm, ??, ??

Sat 1/18/86, Duke @ North Carolina, ESPN, 1:30 pm, Marty Brennaman, Billy Cunningham

Sat 1/18/86, Pittsburgh @ Villanova, ESPN, 7 pm, John Sanders, Dick Vitale

Sat 1/18/86, Texas @ SMU, ESPN, 9 pm, Merle Harmon, Dan Spika

Mon 1/20/86, Villanova @ Georgetown, ESPN, 8 pm, Len Berman, Bill Raftery

Tue 1/21/86, Seton Hall @ Connecticut, ESPN, 7 pm, John Sanders, Bill Raftery

Tue 1/21/86, Duke @ Georgia Tech, ESPN, 9 pm, Jim Simpson, Dick Vitale

Thu 1/23/86, Clemson @ South Carolina, ESPN, 7 pm, Fred White, Larry Conley

Thu 1/23/86, NC State @ Maryland, ESPN, 9 pm, Mike Patrick, Billy Cunningham

Sat 1/25/86, SMU @ Houston, ESPN, 7 pm, Merle Harmon, Larry Conley

Sat 1/25/86, Maryland @ Duke, ESPN, 9 pm, Marty Brennaman, Len Elmore

Mon 1/27/86, Georgetown @ Providence, ESPN, 7:30 pm, Len Berman, Bill Raftery

Mon 1/27/86, Virginia Tech @ Memphis St, ESPN, 9:30 pm, Fred White, Larry Conley

Tue 1/28/86, Syracuse @ Boston College, ESPN, 7 pm, Len Berman, Bill Raftery

Tue 1/28/86, Wake Forest @ Maryland, ESPN, 9 pm, Mike Patrick, Dan Bonner

Wed 1/29/86, Kentucky @ LSU, ESPN, 8 pm, Jim Simpson, Dick Vitale

Wed 1/29/86, USC @ UCLA, ESPN, 10 pm (tape delay - 9 pm tip), Ted Robinson, Dan Belluomini

Thu 1/30/86, UAB @ Old Dominion, ESPN, 7 pm, Jim Thacker, Larry Conley

Thu 1/30/86, North Carolina @ Virginia, ESPN, 9 pm, Jim Simpson, Dick Vitale

Thu 1/30/86, Arizona St @ Washington, ESPN, 11 pm, Ted Robinson, Dan Belluomini

Sat 2/1/86, Clemson @ North Carolina, ESPN, 4 pm, Mike Patrick, Bones McKinney

Sat 2/1/86, Tennessee @ Florida, ESPN, 7 pm, Jim Simpson, Dick Vitale

Mon 2/3/86, Providence @ St John's, ESPN, 7:30 pm, Len Berman, Bill Raftery

Mon 2/3/86, Cincinnati @ Memphis, ESPN, 9:30 pm, Fred White, Larry Conley

Tue 2/4/86, North Carolina @ Georgia Tech, ESPN, 11 pm (tape delay - 7 pm tip), Marty Brennaman, Billy Cunningham

Thu 2/6/86, Washington @ UCLA, ESPN, 11 pm, Ted Robinson, Dan Belluomini

Sat 2/8/86, UNCC @ Western Kentucky, ESPN, 7 pm, Bob Rathbun, Larry Conley

Sat 2/8/86, Kentucky @ Mississippi, ESPN, 9 pm, Jim Simpson, Dick Vitale

Mon 2/10/86, St John's @ Georgetown, ESPN, 8 pm, Len Berman, Bill Raftery

Mon 2/10/86, Bradley @ Illinois St, ESPN, 10 pm, Jim Thacker, Larry Conley

Tue 2/11/86, DePaul @ Old Dominion, ESPN, 8 pm, Jim Thacker, Larry Conley

Thu 2/13/86, Old Dominion @ VCU, ESPN, 7 pm, Bob Rathbun, Larry Conley

Thu 2/13/86, Maryland @ NC State, ESPN, 9 pm, Marty Brennaman, Len Elmore

Fri 2/14/86, Oregon St @ Washington, ESPN, 11 pm, Don Poier, Irv Brown

Sat 2/15/86, Virginia @ Georgia Tech, ESPN, 4 pm, Mike Patrick, Len Elmore

Sat 2/15/86, Mississippi St @ Kentucky, ESPN, 7 pm, John Sanders, Jack Givens

Sat 2/15/86, Alabama @ Auburn, ESPN, 9 pm, Jim Simpson, Dick Vitale

Sat 2/15/86, Stanford @ California, ESPN, 11 pm, Wayne Hagin, Jim Barnett

Mon 2/17/86, Syracuse @ Pittsburgh, ESPN, 7:30 pm, Len Berman, Bill Raftery

Mon 2/17/86, Tulsa @ Wichita St, ESPN, 10 pm, Jim Thacker, Larry Conley

Tue 2/18/86, St John's @ Villanova, ESPN, 8 pm, Jim Kelly, Dick Vitale

Wed 2/19/86, Auburn @ Georgia, ESPN, 7 pm, Jim Simpson, Dick Vitale

Wed 2/19/86, Florida St @ Louisville, ESPN, 9 pm, Fred White, Larry Conley

Thu 2/20/86, Maryland @ North Carolina, ESPN, 9 pm, Mike Patrick, Dan Bonner

Sat 2/22/86, Clemson @ Virginia, ESPN, 1:30 pm, Marty Brennaman, Billy Cunningham

Sat 2/22/86, Notre Dame @ Miami, ESPN, 7 pm, Harry Kalas, Jim Gibbons

Sat 2/22/86, Florida @ LSU, ESPN, 9 pm, Jim Simpson, Dick Vitale

Sat 2/22/86, Arizona @ Oregon St, ESPN, 11 pm, Bill Romer, Bruce Larson

Mon 2/24/86, Connecticut @ Pittsburgh, ESPN, 7:30 pm, Len Berman, Bill Raftery

Mon 2/24/86, Kansas @ Oklahoma, ESPN, 9:30 pm, Jay Randolph, Gary Thompson

Wed 2/26/86, Louisville @ South Carolina, ESPN, 7:30 pm, Jay Randolph, Gary Thompson

Wed 2/26/86, Syracuse @ St John's, ESPN, 9:30 pm, Len Berman, Bill Raftery

* Thu 2/27/86, Old Dominion vs UNCC (at Birmingham - Sun Belt qtr), ESPN, 1 pm, ??, Larry Conley

* Thu 2/27/86, Jacksonville vs VCU (at Birmingham - Sun Belt qtr), ESPN, 3:30 pm, ??, Larry Conley

* Thu 2/27/86, UAB vs South Alabama (at Birmingham - Sun Belt qtr), ESPN, 7 pm, ??, Larry Conley

Thu 2/27/86, NC State @ Georgia Tech, ESPN, 9 pm, Jim Simpson, Dick Vitale

Thu 2/27/86, Oregon St @ Stanford, ESPN, 11 pm, Ted Robinson, Dan Belluomini

* Fri 2/28/86, Jacksonville vs Old Dominion (at Birmingham - Sun Belt semi), ESPN, 7 pm, ??, Larry Conley

* Fri 2/28/86, UAB vs Western Kentucky (at Birmingham - Sun Belt semi), ESPN, 11:59 pm (tape delay - 9:30 pm tip), ??, Larry Conley

Sat 3/1/86, Virginia @ Maryland, ESPN, 1:30 pm, Mike Patrick, Billy Cunningham

Sat 3/1/86, Seton Hall @ St John's, ESPN, 7 pm, John Sanders, Bill Raftery

Sat 3/1/86, Jacksonville vs UAB (at Birmingham - Sun Belt final), ESPN, 9 pm, Bob Rathbun, Larry Conley

Sun 3/2/86, Xavier vs St Louis (at Indianapolis - Midw Coll final), ESPN, 2 pm, Andy McWilliams, Dick Vitale

Mon 3/3/86, Fairfield vs Holy Cross (at East Rutherford - MAAC final), ESPN, 7 pm, Fred White, Dick Vitale

Mon 3/3/86, St Joseph's vs West Virginia (at East Rutherford - A10 final), ESPN, 9:30 pm, Fred White, Dick Vitale

* Mon 3/3/86, Arizona @ UCLA, ESPN, 11:59 pm (tape delay - 9 pm tip), ??, ??

Wed 3/5/86, Tulsa vs Bradley (at Tulsa - MVC final), ESPN, 9 pm, Wayne Larrivee, Larry Conley

Thu 3/6/86, Syracuse vs Boston College (at New York - Big East qtr), ESPN, 1 pm, John Sanders, Dick Vitale

Thu 3/6/86, Georgetown vs Pittsburgh (at New York - Big East qtr), ESPN, 3:30 pm, John Sanders, Dick Vitale

Thu 3/6/86, St John's vs Seton Hall (at New York - Big East qtr), ESPN, 7 pm, Len Berman, Bill Raftery

Thu 3/6/86, Villanova vs Providence (at New York - Big East qtr), ESPN, 9:30 pm, Len Berman, Bill Raftery

Fri 3/7/86, Duke vs Wake Forest (at Greensboro - ACC qtr), ESPN, 12 pm, Jim Simpson, Dick Vitale

Fri 3/7/86, Virginia vs NC State (at Greensboro - ACC qtr), ESPN, 2:30 pm, Jim Simpson, Dick Vitale

Fri 3/7/86, Syracuse vs Georgetown (at New York - Big East semi), ESPN, 7 pm, Len Berman, Bill Raftery

Fri 3/7/86, St John's vs Villanova (at New York - Big East semi), ESPN, 9:30 pm, Len Berman, Bill Raftery

* Fri 3/7/86, Maryland vs North Carolina (at Greensboro - ACC qtr), ESPN, 11:59 pm (tape delay - 7 pm tip), ??, ??

* Sat 3/8/86, Georgia Tech vs Clemson (at Greensboro - ACC qtr), ESPN, 2:30 am (tape delay - 9:30 pm tip), ??, ??

Sat 3/8/86, Duke vs Virginia (at Greensboro - ACC semi), ESPN, 1:30 pm, Jim Simpson, Dick Vitale

Sat 3/8/86, Georgia Tech vs Maryland (at Greensboro - ACC semi), ESPN, 4 pm, Jim Simpson, Dick Vitale

Sat 3/8/86, St John's vs Syracuse (at New York - Big East final), ESPN, 7 pm, Len Berman, Bill Raftery

Sat 3/8/86, UTEP vs Wyoming (at Laramie, WY - WAC final), ESPN, 9 pm, Bill Howard, Carl Arky, Dave Logan

Sat 3/8/86, Montana St vs Montana (at Reno - Big Sky final), ESPN, 11 pm (jip - 10 pm tip), Wayne Dzubak, Bus Connor

Sun 3/9/86, Texas Tech vs Texas A&M (at Dallas - SWC final), ESPN, 2 pm, Merle Harmon, Larry Conley

Sun 3/9/86, Duke vs Georgia Tech (at Greensboro - ACC final), ESPN, 11:59 pm (tape delay - 1 pm tip), Jim Simpson, Dick Vitale

* Sun 3/23/86, Sacred Heart vs SE Missouri St (at Springfield - D2 final), ESPN, 12:30 am (tape delay), ??, ??

* any help on missing games or missing announcers appreciated

- On 11/26, ESPN televised a Dial Dick Vitale show hosted by Jim Kelly where Vitale fielded questions over the phone (each January, after the Tuesday night games, ESPN also ran a live edition of Dial Dick Vitale).

- ESPN carried the Raycom feed for many of the ACC telecasts.

- This season ESPN introduced the "Championship Week" concept by carrying many conference tournament games (including a doubleheader of title games from different leagues on 3/3 at the Meadowlands Arena).

- There were 3 separate telecasts of the ACC Tournament championship game with different announcer crews (live on Raycom to ACC markets, live on NBC to the rest of the country, and tape delay on ESPN).

USA

Fri 11/29/85, Duke vs St. John's (at MSG - Big Apple Classic semi), 7:00 pm, USA. Howard David, Bill Raftery

Fri 11/29/85, Kansas vs Louisville (at MSG - Big Apple Classic semi), 9:15 pm, USA. Howard David, Bill Raftery

Sun 12/1/85, Duke vs Kansas (at MSG - Big Apple Classic final), 9:00 pm, USA. Howard David, Bill Raftery

Sat 12/28/85, Iona vs James Madison (at MSG - ECAC Holiday Festival consolation), 12:30 pm, USA

Sat 12/28/85, St. John’s vs St. Bonaventure (at MSG - ECAC Holiday Festival Final), 2:30 pm, USA

Thu 1/2/86, Vanderbilt at Mississippi, 8:00 pm, USA

Wed 1/8/86, Connecticut at Georgetown, 8:00 pm, USA

Thu 1/9/86, LSU at Alabama, 8:00 pm, USA

Mon 1/13/86, Notre Dame at BYU, 7:30 pm, USA

Wed 1/15/86, Syracuse at Georgetown, 8:00 pm, USA, Steve Grad, Jack Rohan

Thu 1/16/86, St. John's at Seton Hall, 2:00 am (tape delay - 9:00 pm tip), USA

Thu 1/16/86, Auburn at Alabama, 8:00 pm, USA, Bob Carpenter, Jack Rohan

Wed 1/22/86, Boston College at Pittsburgh, 8:00 pm, USA

Thu 1/23/86, Georgia at Kentucky, 8:00 pm, USA, Bob Carpenter, Jack Rohan

Sat 1/25/86, Georgetown at Boston College, 8:00 pm, USA, ??, Jack Rohan

Wed 1/29/86, Villanova at St. Johns, 8:00 pm, USA

Wed 1/29/86, Utah at Notre Dame, 10:00 pm (tape delay), USA

Thu 1/30/86, Georgia at Tennessee, 8:00 pm, USA

Mon 2/3/86, Maryland at Notre Dame, 7:30 pm, USA

Wed 2/5/86, Notre Dame at Dayton, 7:30 pm, USA

Wed 2/5/86, Syracuse at Seton Hall, 9:30 pm, USA

Thu 2/6/86, Florida at Auburn, 8:00 pm, USA, Al Albert, Jack Rohan

Wed 2/12/86, Villanova at Syracuse, 8:00 pm, USA, Al Albert, Jack Rohan

Thu 2/13/86, Kentucky at Alabama, 8:00 pm, USA, Bob Carpenter, Bucky Waters

Tue 2/18/86 Connecticut at Seton Hall, 2:00 am (tape delay - 9:00 pm tip), USA

Wed 2/19/86,  Pittsburgh at Providence, 8:00 pm, USA

Thu 2/20/86, LSU at Vanderbilt, 8:00 pm, USA

Tue 2/25/86, DePaul at Notre Dame, 7:30 pm, USA

Wed 2/26/86,  Boston College at Georgetown, 8:00 pm, USA

Thu 2/27/86, Kentucky at Tennessee, 8:00 pm, USA

Tue 3/5/86, Indiana at Michigan State, 8:00 pm, USA

SPN

During the 1980s, a range of cable channels aired college basketball games, making arrangements with specific conferences and teams in order to fill the schedule.

An example of these arrangements can be found through the example of the Satellite Program Network. During its existence (it changed its name to Tempo in 1986, before being sold to NBC and dissolved in 1989 for the use of its transponder space for CNBC), the Satellite Program Network served as a service that brokered programming rather than producing it, offering air time to anyone who could pay their fees, and thereby serving as a service that aired programming largely not present on cable otherwise.

In the case of its 1985-1986 college basketball programming, this status as a broker is reflected in the games aired. Within two exceptions, all broadcasts documented to date fit two different forms:

1) An arrangement to air all home games of Oral Roberts University, apparently with Oral Roberts paying over $100,000 for broadcast time;

2) A "game of the week" arrangement with the Missouri Valley Conference.

The Satellite Program Network is not an easy service to research (not aided by the frequent use of SPN as its identification in listings)- as such, while some newspapers (the Daily Oklahoman, Tampa Tribune, and Los Angeles Times) have been highly useful in this study, these listings are highly tentative and subject to correction.

And now, the broadcasts:

NOVEMBER

Tuesday 11/26:

Baylor-Oral Robers, 8:30, SPN. Announcers unknown

Saturday 11/30:

Texas Southern-Oral Roberts, 8:30, SPN. Announcers unknown

DECEMBER

Wednesday 12/4:

San Diego State-Oral Roberts, 8:30, SPN. Announcers unknown

Saturday 12/7:

Oklahoma State-Oral Roberts, 8:30, SPN. Announcers unknown

Saturday 12/14:

Texas A&M-Oral Roberts, 8:30, SPN. John Walls, Jim King

Thursday 12/19:

Oral Roberts-Tulsa, 8:30, SPN. Announcers unknown

Saturday 12/28:

Arkansas-Oral Roberts, 8:30, SPN. Announcers unknown

JANUARY

Thursday 1/2:

Tulsa-Oral Roberts, 8:30, SPN. Announcers unknown

Saturday 1/4:

Tulsa-West Texas, 1:00, SPN. Wayne Larrivee, Ron Jacober

Alabama State-Oral Roberts, 8:30, SPN. Bob Carpenter, Jim King

Wednesday 1/8:

Southern-Oral Roberts, 8:30, SPN. Announcers unknown

Saturday 1/11:

Bradley-Drake, 1:00, SPN. Wayne Larrivee, Ron Jacober

St. Louis-Oral Roberts, 8:30, SPN. Announcers unknown

Monday 1/13:

Evansville-Oral Roberts, 8:30, SPN. Announcers unknown

Saturday 1/18:

Wichita State-Indiana State, 1:00, SPN. Wayne Larrivee, Ron Jacober

Monday 1/20:

Hofstra-Notre Dame, 7:30, SPN. Announcers unknown

Tuesday 1/21:

BYU-Oral Roberts, 10:30, SPN. Announcers unknown

Saturday 1/25:

Indiana State-Illinois State, 1:00, SPN. Wayne Larrivee, Ron Jacober

FEBRUARY

Saturday 2/1:

Bradley-Tulsa, 1:00, SPN. Wayne Larrivee, Ron Jacober

Detroit-Oral Roberts, 8:30, SPN. Announcers unknown

Monday 2/3:

Loyola (IL)-Oral Roberts, 8:30, SPN. Announcers unknown

Saturday 2/8:

Tulsa-Drake, 1:00, SPN. Wayne Larrivee, Ron Jacober

Saturday 2/15:

Illinois State-Tulsa, 1:00, SPN. Wayne Larrivee, Ron Jacober

Saturday 2/22:

Wichita State-Bradley, 1:00, SPN. Wayne Larrivee, Larry Donald

Xavier-Oral Roberts, 8:30, SPN. Announcers unknown

Monday 2/24:

Butler-Oral Roberts, 8:30, SPN. Announcers unknown

MARCH

Saturday 3/1:

Creighton-Wichita State, 1:00, SPN. Wayne Larrivee, Ron Jacober

NCAA Tournament

Thu 3/13 (first round)

1 Duke vs 16 MVSU (at Greensboro), ESPN, 12 pm, Fred White, Bucky Waters

1 Kansas vs 16 NC A&T (at Dayton), ESPN, 2:30 pm, Tom Hammond, Billy Cunningham

7 Bradley vs 10 UTEP (at Ogden), ESPN, 4:30 pm, Frank Fallon, Bob Ortegel

4 Georgetown vs 13 Texas Tech (at Dayton), ESPN, 7 pm, Tom Hammond, Billy Cunningham

12 DePaul vs 5 Virginia (at Greensboro), ESPN, 9:30 pm, Fred White, Bill Raftery

3 North Carolina vs 14 Utah (at Ogden), CBS, 11:30 pm, Dick Stockton, Billy Packer

other NCAA Productions games

9 Temple vs 8 Jacksonville (at Dayton), NCAAProd, 12 pm, Mick Hubert, Jim Gibbons

2 Georgia Tech vs 15 Marist (at Baton Rouge), NCAAProd, 1 pm, Bob Carpenter, Joe Dean

2 Louisville vs 15 Drexel (at Ogden), NCAAProd, 2 pm, Frank Fallon, Lynn Shackelford

* 8 Old Dominion vs 9 West Virginia (at Greensboro), NCAAProd, 2:30 pm, ??, ??

10 Villanova vs 7 Virginia Tech (at Baton Rouge), NCAAProd, 3:30 pm, John Sanders, Jack Givens

4 Oklahoma vs 13 Northeastern (at Greensboro), NCAAProd, 7 pm, Bob Rathbun, Bucky Waters

3 Memphis St vs 14 Ball St (at Baton Rouge), NCAAProd, 8 pm, John Sanders, Jack Givens

6 UAB vs 11 Missouri (at Ogden), NCAAProd, 9 pm, Frank Fallon, Bob Ortegel

5 Michigan St vs 12 Washington (at Dayton), NCAAProd, 9:30 pm, Mick Hubert, Jim Gibbons

11 LSU vs 6 Purdue (at Baton Rouge), NCAAProd, 10:30 pm, Bob Carpenter, Joe Dean

Fri 3/14 (first round)

4 Illinois vs 13 Fairfield (at Charlotte), ESPN, 12 pm, Mike Patrick, James Brown

14 Cleveland St vs 3 Indiana (at Syracuse), ESPN, 2:30 pm, Ralph Hacker, Dan Bonner

5 Maryland vs 12 Pepperdine (at Long Beach), ESPN, 5 pm, Mike Walden, Larry Conley

7 Navy vs 10 Tulsa (at Syracuse), ESPN, 7 pm, Ralph Hacker, Dan Bonner

6 NC State vs 11 Iowa (at Minneapolis), ESPN, 9 pm (jip - 8 pm tip), Frank Herzog, Gary Thompson

1 Kentucky vs 16 Davidson (at Charlotte), ESPN, 10 pm (jip - 9:30 pm tip), Mike Patrick, James Brown

8 Auburn vs 9 Arizona (at Long Beach), CBS, 11:30 pm, Verne Lundquist, Larry Conley

other NCAA Productions games

6 St Joseph's vs 11 Richmond (at Syracuse), NCAAProd, 12 pm, Mike Gorman, Ron Perry

2 Michigan vs 15 Akron (at Minneapolis), NCAAProd, 1 pm, Wayne Larrivee, Gary Thompson

* 4 UNLV vs 13 NE Louisiana (at Long Beach), NCAAProd, 2:30 pm, ??, ??

5 Alabama vs 12 Xavier (at Charlotte), NCAAProd, 2:30 pm, Jim Thacker, Dave Gavitt

7 Iowa St vs 10 Miami (OH) (at Minneapolis), NCAAProd, 3:30 pm, Frank Herzog, Gary Thompson

8 Western Ky vs 9 Nebraska (at Charlotte), NCAAProd, 7 pm, Jim Thacker, Dave Gavitt

1 St John's vs 16 Montana St (at Long Beach), NCAAProd, 9 pm, Mike Walden, Lynn Shackelford

2 Syracuse vs 15 Brown (at Syracuse), NCAAProd, 9:30 pm, Mike Gorman, Ron Perry

14 Ark-LR vs 3 Notre Dame (at Minneapolis), NCAAProd, 10:30 pm, Wayne Larrivee, Gary Thompson

Sat 3/15 (second round) - tripleheader (all regionalized)

5 Michigan St vs 4 Georgetown (at Dayton), CBS, 12 pm, Gary Bender, Doug Collins

1 Duke vs 8 Old Dominion (at Greensboro), CBS, 2:15 pm, Jim Nantz, Bill Raftery

11 LSU vs 3 Memphis St (at Baton Rouge), CBS, 2:15 pm, Dick Stockton, Billy Packer

1 Kansas vs 9 Temple (at Dayton), CBS, 2:30 pm, Gary Bender, Doug Collins

2 Louisville vs 7 Bradley (at Ogden), CBS, 4:15 pm, Tim Ryan, Lynn Shackelford

2 Georgia Tech vs 10 Villanova (at Baton Rouge), CBS, 4:45 pm, Dick Stockton, Billy Packer

12 DePaul vs 4 Oklahoma (at Greensboro), CBS, 4:45 pm, Jim Nantz, Bill Raftery

3 North Carolina vs 6 UAB (at Ogden), CBS, 6:45 pm, Tim Ryan, Lynn Shackelford

Sun 3/16 (second round) - tripleheader (all regionalized)

5 Alabama vs 4 Illinois (at Charlotte), CBS, 12 pm, Mike Patrick, James Brown

7 Navy vs 2 Syracuse (at Syracuse), CBS, 12 pm, Gary Bender, Doug Collins

6 NC State vs 14 Ark-LR (at Minneapolis), CBS, 2:15 pm, Dick Stockton, Billy Packer

1 Kentucky vs 8 Western Ky (at Charlotte), CBS, 2:30 pm, Mike Patrick, James Brown

14 Cleveland St vs 6 St Joseph's (at Syracuse), CBS, 2:30 pm, Gary Bender, Doug Collins

8 Auburn vs 1 St John's (at Long Beach), CBS, 4:30 pm, Verne Lundquist, Larry Conley

7 Iowa St vs 2 Michigan (at Minneapolis), CBS, 4:45 pm, Dick Stockton, Billy Packer

4 UNLV vs 5 Maryland (at Long Beach), ESPN, 7 pm, Mike Walden, Larry Conley

Thu 3/20 (regional semifinals)

8 Auburn vs 4 UNLV (at Houston), ESPN, 6:30 pm, Fred White, Gary Thompson

11 LSU vs 2 Georgia Tech (at Atlanta), CBS, 9 pm (regional), Dick Stockton, Larry Conley

2 Louisville vs 3 North Carolina (at Houston), CBS, 9 pm (regional), Brent Musburger, Billy Packer

1 Kentucky vs 5 Alabama (at Atlanta), CBS, 11:30 pm (tape delay - 6:30 pm tip), Dick Stockton, Larry Conley

Fri 3/21 (regional semifinals)

6 NC State vs 7 Iowa St (at Kansas City), ESPN, 7:30 pm, Fred White, Gary Thompson

1 Duke vs 12 DePaul (at East Rutherford), CBS, 10 pm (regional, tape delay - 9:30 pm tip), Gary Bender, Doug Collins

1 Kansas vs 5 Michigan St (at Kansas City), CBS, 10 pm (regional), Verne Lundquist, James Brown

7 Navy vs 14 Cleveland St (at East Rutherford), CBS, 12:30 am (tape delay - 7 pm tip), Gary Bender, Doug Collins

Sat 3/22 (regional finals)

2 Louisville vs 8 Auburn (at Houston), CBS, 1:30 pm, Brent Musburger, Billy Packer

11 LSU vs 1 Kentucky (at Atlanta), CBS, 4 pm, Dick Stockton, Larry Conley

Sun 3/23 (regional finals)

1 Duke vs 7 Navy (at East Rutherford), CBS, 1:30 pm, Gary Bender, Doug Collins

1 Kansas vs 6 NC State (at Kansas City), CBS, 4 pm, Brent Musburger, Billy Packer

Sat 3/29 (Final Four)

2 Louisville vs 11 LSU (at Dallas), CBS, 3:30 pm, Brent Musburger, Billy Packer

1 Duke vs 1 Kansas (at Dallas), CBS, 6 pm, Brent Musburger, Billy Packer

Mon 3/31 (championship)

2 Louisville vs 1 Duke (at Dallas), CBS, 9 pm, Brent Musburger, Billy Packer

* any help on missing announcers appreciated

- The ESPN studio announcers were Bob Ley and Dick Vitale - also true for most (maybe all) previous years.

- Jim Nantz made his NCAA tournament pbp debut.

NIT

Mon 3/24/86, Wyoming vs Florida (at New York - semi), USA, 7:00. Howard David, Bill Raftery

Mon 3/24/86, Ohio State vs Louisiana Tech (at New York - semi), USA, 9:00. Howard David, Bill Raftery

Wed 3/26/86, Ohio State vs Wyoming (at New York - final), USA, 9:00. Howard David, Bill Raftery