28 Dec 2008 00:18:34
1968-1977 College Basketball TV History

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1967-68 season

Sat 1/20/68, UCLA @ Houston, TVS, 9 pm, Dick Enberg, Bob Pettit

- This game (played at the Astrodome) was the first ever national
telecast of a college basketball regular season game.
- The book How March Became Madness comes with a DVD titled The Game
That Changed College Basketball which contains the end of the first
half and the entire second half of this historic telecast.

1968-69 season

Sat 1/18/69, Houston @ UCLA, TVS, 11:30 pm, Dick Enberg, Rod Hundley

- This was a rematch of the 1968 game. TVS often used this late night
time slot for its nationally syndicated games which were played on the
west coast.

1969-70 season

* Sat 1/3/70, Notre Dame @ UCLA, TVS, 11:30 pm, Dick Enberg, ??
Sat 2/21/70, Kentucky @ LSU, TVS, 3:30 pm, John Ferguson, Joe Dean

- The LSU game was the first time Pete Maravich appeared on national
TV.

1970-71 season

Sat 1/2/71, Dayton @ UCLA, TVS, 11:30 pm, Monte Moore, Ed Macauley
* Sat 1/9/71, Loyola-Chi @ Detroit, TVS, 1:30 pm
* Sat 1/16/71, New Mexico St @ Marquette, TVS, 1:30 pm
Sat 1/23/71, UCLA @ Notre Dame, TVS, 3:30 pm, Dick Enberg, Rod
Hundley
* Sat 2/6/71, Creighton @ Notre Dame, TVS, 1:30 pm
* Sat 2/6/71, UCLA @ USC, Hughes, 11:30 pm
* Sat 2/13/71, Notre Dame @ DePaul, TVS, 1:30 pm
Sat 2/20/71, Notre Dame @ West Virginia, TVS, 2 pm, Dick Enberg, Rod
Hundley
* Sat 2/27/71, Jacksonville @ Houston, TVS, 1:30 pm
* Sat 3/6/71, Marquette @ Xavier, TVS, 4 pm
* Sat 3/13/71, USC @ UCLA, Hughes, 5 pm, Don Klein, ??

- The UCLA games from this season were syndicated nationally. The
other games appear to be part of the aforementioned TVS game of the
week package.

1971-72 season

* Wed 12/22/71, Notre Dame @ UCLA, TVS, 11 pm
Sat 1/8/72, UCLA @ Oregon, TVS, 11:30 pm, Dick Enberg, Rod Hundley
Sun 1/9/72, Marquette @ South Carolina, TVS, 4 pm, Dick Enberg, Rod
Hundley
* Sat 1/15/72, Notre Dame @ Tulane, TVS, 1:30 pm
Sat 1/22/72, Long Beach St @ Loyola-Chi, TVS, 1:30 pm, Dick Enberg,
Rod Hundley
Wed 1/26/72, Providence @ USC, TVS, 10 pm, Charlie Jones, Elgin
Baylor
Sat 1/29/72, UCLA @ Notre Dame, TVS, 3:30 pm, Dick Enberg, Rod
Hundley
Sun 1/30/72, Long Beach St @ Pacific, TVS, 3 pm, Dick Enberg, Rod
Hundley
* Sat 2/5/72, Marquette @ DePaul, TVS, 1 pm
* Sat 2/5/72, USC @ UCLA, TVS, 11:30 pm, Dick Enberg, ??
* Sat 2/12/72, DePaul @ Notre Dame, TVS, 1 pm
Sat 2/19/72, Clemson @ Maryland, TVS, 4 pm, Dick Enberg, Rod Hundley
* Sat 2/26/72, Marquette @ Detroit, TVS, 1:30 pm
* Sat 3/4/72, Florida St @ Cincinnati, TVS, 1:30 pm

1972-73 season

* Sat 1/6/73, SW Louisiana @ Jacksonville, TVS, 12 pm
* Sat 1/6/73, Oregon St @ UCLA, Hughes, 11:30 pm
Sun 1/7/73, Kansas @ Notre Dame, TVS, 1 pm, Merle Harmon, Rod Hundley
* Sat 1/13/73, Cincinnati @ Florida St, TVS, 1 pm
Sun 1/14/73, NC State @ Maryland, Chesley, 12 pm, Ray Scott, Billy
Packer
* Sat 1/27/73, North Carolina @ Maryland, Chesley, 12 pm, *Jim
Thacker, *Billy Packer
Sat 1/27/73, UCLA @ Notre Dame, TVS, 3:30 pm, Dick Enberg, Rod
Hundley
Sat 2/3/73, UCLA @ USC, TVS, 11:30 pm, Dick Enberg, Rod Hundley
* Sat 2/10/73, St Bonaventure @ South Carolina, TVS, 1:30 pm
* Sat 2/17/73, Villanova @ South Carolina, TVS, 3:30 pm
Sat 2/24/73, SW Louisiana @ Oral Roberts, TVS, 1:30 pm, Ray Scott,
Bill O'Donnell
* Sat 3/3/73, Grambling @ Kentucky St, TVS, 1:30 pm
* Sat 3/3/73, Marquette @ Long Beach St, TVS, 11:30 pm

- The 1/14 game was the first Super Bowl Sunday college basketball
national telecast (syndicated by Chesley which covered the ACC).

1973-74 season

* Sat 12/1/73, Maryland @ UCLA, TVS, 11:30 pm
Sat 12/15/73, UCLA vs NC State (at St Louis), ABC, 5 pm, Keith
Jackson, Bill Russell
* Sat 1/5/74, Marquette @ South Carolina, TVS, 1 pm
Sun 1/13/74, Maryland @ NC State, Chesley, 1 pm, Jim Thacker, Billy
Packer
Sat 1/19/74, UCLA @ Notre Dame, TVS, 1 pm, Dick Enberg, Rod Hundley
Sat 1/26/74, Maryland @ North Carolina, Chesley, 1 pm, Jim Thacker,
Billy Packer
Sat 1/26/74, Notre Dame @ UCLA, TVS, 11:30 pm, Al Michaels, Tom
Hawkins
* Sat 2/2/74, Davidson @ Notre Dame, TVS, 1 pm
* Sat 2/16/74, Notre Dame @ South Carolina, TVS, 1 pm
* Sat 2/23/74, West Virginia @ Notre Dame, TVS, 1 pm
* Sat 3/2/74, Indiana @ Ohio St, TVS, 3 pm
Sat 3/9/74, NC State vs Maryland (at Greensboro - ACC final), Chesley,
8:30 pm, Jim Thacker, Billy Packer
* Sat 3/9/74, UCLA @ USC, TVS, 11:30 pm

- The 12/15 game appears to be the first ever major network telecast
of a regular season game. ABC (which had recently lost the NBA rights
to CBS) televised this game using their former NBA announcer crew.

- Once again, Chesley syndicated an ACC game nationally on Super Bowl
Sunday (1/13).

- The NCAA tournament started the afternoon of 3/9 with a doubleheader
on NBC. The ACC and Pac 8 had first round byes, and these leagues were
still staging conference tournament and regular season action after
the NCAA tournament started.

- The ACC title game was often syndicated outside of the ACC region in
these years (and I remember watching this telecast in NY). This was
one of the greatest games in college basketball history. 1974 was the
last year that only one team from a conference could go to the NCAA
tournament (and this OT classic featuring the #1 and #4 ranked teams
played a huge role in the expansion of the NCAA tournament). Maryland
turned down an NIT bid the next day.

1974-75 season

* Sat 12/21/74, Notre Dame @ UCLA, TVS, 11:30 pm
Sat 12/28/74, UCLA @ Maryland, TVS-Chesley, 9 pm, Dick Enberg, Billy
Packer, Jim Thacker
Sat 1/4/75, Notre Dame @ Maryland, TVS-Chesley, 1 pm, Dick Enberg,
Billy Packer, Jim Thacker
* Sat 1/18/75, North Carolina @ NC State, *Chesley, 1 pm
Sat 1/25/75, UCLA @ Notre Dame, TVS, 1 pm, Dick Enberg, Rod Hundley
Sat 2/1/75, Maryland @ NC State, *Chesley, 1 pm, Jim Thacker, Billy
Packer
* Sat 2/8/75, South Carolina @ Notre Dame, TVS, 1 pm
* Sat 2/15/75, LaSalle @ Notre Dame, TVS, 3 pm
* Sat 2/22/75, Marquette @ South Carolina, TVS, 1 pm
* Sat 3/1/75, Ohio State @ Indiana, TVS, 1 pm

- The 12/28 game was the first time that Enberg and Packer ever worked
together. Some background info on that...

Enberg's book Oh My! says that the first time these two worked
together was on a UCLA-Maryland game in 1974.

Packer's book Hoops says that the first time these two worked together
was on a UCLA @ Maryland game on Super Bowl Sunday 1975. Packer is
clearly incorrect on the date because these teams did not play on
1/12/75 (or any other SB Sunday for that matter) and there was no
national college BB telecast on this date either. Packer spends a few
pages on this telecast which he says was a joint production between
TVS and Chesley and talks about meeting Enberg for the first time
earlier that day. He also says that Enberg called pxp for one half and
Jim Thacker did pxp for the other half and that Packer was the analyst
throughout.

Interestingly, in their respective books, both Enberg and Packer state
that the UCLA-Md game was the only time they worked together before
NBC paired them for the 1975-76 season. However, the Enberg/Packer/
Thacker trio also worked the 1/4 ND-Md game one week later.

- The other ACC home games on this list might have been joint TVS-
Chesley productions.

1975-76 season

Sat 11/29/75, Indiana vs UCLA (at St Louis), NBC, 11:30 pm, Dick
Enberg, Billy Packer
Sat 1/3/76, Notre Dame @ UCLA, NBC, 4 pm, Dick Enberg, Billy Packer
Sat 1/10/76, Louisville @ Providence, NBC, 1 pm, Dick Enberg, Billy
Packer
Sat 1/17/76, Vanderbilt @ Kentucky, NBC, 4 pm, Dick Enberg, Billy
Packer
Sat 1/24/76, UCLA @ Notre Dame, NBC, 4 pm, Dick Enberg, Billy Packer,
John Wooden
Sun 1/25/76, Maryland @ North Carolina, NBC, 1 pm, Dick Enberg, Billy
Packer
Sat 1/31/76, Maryland @ Notre Dame, NBC, 4 pm, Dick Enberg, Billy
Packer
Sat 2/7/76, Michigan @ Indiana, NBC, 1 pm, Dick Enberg, Billy Packer
Sat 2/14/76, Maryland @ Clemson, NBC, 4 pm, Dick Enberg, Billy Packer
* Sat 2/21/76, Marquette @ Louisville, NBC, 4 pm
* Sat 2/28/76, San Francisco @ Cincinnati, NBC, 4 pm
Sat 3/6/76, Alabama @ Kentucky, NBC, 1 pm, Dick Enberg, Billy Packer
Sun 3/7/76, South Carolina @ Marquette, NBC, 1:30 pm, Dick Enberg,
Billy Packer

- For this season, NBC joined forces with TVS on a weekly package. On
Saturdays, NBC televised a doubleheader consisting of one timeslot
with many regional games and one timeslot with a national game
(although some NBC affiliates didn't carry these "national" games).
This listing only covers the national games. NBC also carried Sunday
games on 1/25 and 3/7.

- NBC used Enberg and Packer on the national games. I assume this duo
also called the 2/21 and 2/28 games.

- Yes, the 11/29 game was a live telecast (a 10:30 pm local start in
St Louis).

1976-77 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
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.

- I assume Enberg and Packer called the 2/27 game.