The last time CBS did not air the NCAA championship game, Virginia played LSU in the third-place game – hours after the assassination attempt on President Ronald Reagan.
CBS hands the reins to TBS for the Final Four semifinals Saturday and Monday’s championship game at 9 p.m. The network has carried every final since 1982, after the NBC team of Dick Enberg, Billy Packer and Al McGuire watched Indiana win in 1981.
Saturday’s action begins at 6 p.m., with Villanova facing Oklahoma. Both teams ousted top seeds in the regional finals.
North Carolina, the lone top seed to advance to Houston and 1981 runner-up, plays Syracuse at 8:49 p.m. The coaches in this matchup have already cut down the nets, with Jim Boeheim winning in 2003 in Roy Williams’ final game before moving to North Carolina.
Saturday’s winners advance to Monday’s final, with hopes of cutting down the nets and starring in their own shining moment.
The women’s Final Four is Sunday, with Connecticut against Oregon State on ESPN at 6 p.m. and Washington-Syracuse on ESPN2 at 8:30 p.m. The final will be Tuesday.
George Washington and Valparaiso meet in the NIT championship on ESPN Thursday at 7 p.m.
On the high school court, ESPN2 has boys semfinals Friday at 3 and 5 p.m. The boys final is Saturday at noon on ESPN, after the girls championship at 10 a.m.
TNT offers Bulls-Rockets Thursday at 7 p.m., with Clippers against the Thunder in the nightcap.
The Cavaliers visit the Hawks Friday at 8 p.m. on ESPN, followed by Celtics-Warriors.
ABC offers the Thunder and Rockets Sunday at 3:30 p.m.
The Wizards take on the Clippers Sunday at 3:30 p.m. on Comcast.
There’s three games Sunday to get the baseball season started. The Cardinals visit Pittsburgh at 1 p.m. on ESPN, then it’s Blue Jays-Rays at 4:30 p.m. on ESPN2. The night closes with a rematch of the 2015 World Series as the Royals host the Mets at 8:30 p.m. on ESPN.
The Nationals prepare for the season by facing the Twins Friday at 6 p.m. and Saturday at noon on MASN.
On the college diamond, Texas tangles with Oklahoma Friday at 8 p.m. on FoxSports1.
In softball, top-ranked Florida faces Alabama on ESPN2 Saturday at 3:30 p.m.
Marshall meets Alabama-Birmingham Saturday at 1 p.m. on MASN2, and Kansas takes on Oklahoma Sunday at 1 p.m.
The Capitals visit Colorado Friday at 9 p.m. and Arizona Saturday at 10 p.m. on Comcast.
The Bruins tangle with the Blackhawks Sunday at 12:30 p.m. on NBC, and the Blues face the Avalanche on NBC Sports network Sunday at 8 p.m.
NBC has the PGA tour event in Houston Saturday and Sunday at 3 p.m.
NASCAR visits Martinsville this weekend, with the Sprint Cup race Sunday at 1 p.m. on FoxSports1. The truck series goes Saturday at 2:30 p.m. on FoxSports1.
The IndyCar circuit heads to Phoenix, with coverage on NBC Sports network Saturday at 8:30 p.m. There’s qualifying Friday at 5 p.m. after practice at 1 p.m
NBC Sports network has the Bahrain Grand Prix Sunday at 10:30 a.m.
Aston Villa meets Chelsea on NBC Sports network Saturday at 7:40 a.m., followed by Arsenal-Watford. Leicester City faces Southampton Sunday at 8:25 a.m.
It’s Liverpool against Tottenham on NBC Saturday at 12:30 p.m.
Portland plays Orlando City on FoxSports1 Sunday at 8 p.m.
In college lacrosse, Virginia takes on Richmond Saturday at 1 p.m. on Comcast.
ESPN2 has women’s semifinals from the Miami Open Thursday at 1 and 7 p.m., and the men’s semifinals Friday at 1 and 7 p.m. It’s the women’s championship Saturday at 1 p.m on ESPN.
NBC Sports network has the World Figure Skating championships Thursday at 4 p.m., with action continuing Friday at 3 and 9 p.m. and at 2 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. NBC has coverage Saturday at 9 p.m.
It was an upsetting first round.
So two double-digit seeds advance to the Sweet 16, and one is assured of making the Elite Eight this weekend.
Syracuse and Gonzaga used the upset route to advance, and meet Friday at 9:40 p.m. on CBS. The winner gets either Virginia or Iowa State, who battle at 7:10 p.m.
Thursday’s action starts with Miami-Villanova on CBS at 7:10 p.m. followed by Kansas meeting Maryland. TBS has the West Region, as Texas A&M takes on Oklahoma at 7:40 p.m. before Oregon battles Duke.
The East Region goes on TBS Friday, with Notre Dame playing Wisconsin at 7:27 p.m. and North Carolina and Indiana at 9:57 p.m.
CBS brings the West and South regional finals Saturday at 6 and 8:30 p.m., and TBS has the East and Midwest games Sunday at 6 and 8:30 p.m.
The NCAA Division II championship game will be on CBS Saturday at 3 p.m.
The women’s tournament enters its Sweet Sixteen Friday. ESPN has South Carolina against Syracuse at 7 p.m. followed by Notre Dame-Stanford. ESPN2 has a pair of matchups between third and seven seeds, with Kentucky facing Washington at 7 p.m. and Tennessee taking on Ohio State at 9:30 p.m.
ESPN has four regional semifinals Saturday, starting with Connecticut clashing with Mississippi State at 11 a.m. It’s Texas-UCLA in the other part of that bracket, then Baylor battles Florida State at 4 p.m. followed by DePaul against Oregon State.
There are regional finals Sunday at 1 and 3:30 p.m. on ESPN.
Comcast has the Wizards’ contest with the Lakers Sunday at 9:30 p.m.
As Spring Training winds down, MASN shows the Orioles against the Yankees Friday at 1 p.m. and the Nationals’ contest with the Braves Sunday at 1 p.m.
ESPN offers Cubs-Giants Thursday at 7 p.m. and Cardinals taking on the Mets Friday at 1 p.m.
Kansas State hosts Oklahoma State Thursday at 7 p.m. on FoxSports1 and it’s TCU taking on Texas Saturday at 3:30 p.m.
Baylor battles Texas in college softball Friday at 7:30 p.m. on MASN2. ESPN2 has a pair of contests Saturday, as LSU faces Florida at noon and it’s Texas-Baylor at 9 p.m.
The PGA tour has Match Play championship from Texas this weekend, with coverage on NBC Saturday at 2 p.m. and Sunday at 3 p.m.
ESPN brings the NCAA ice hockey championship Saturday at 6 p.m.
The Capitals face the Devils on Comcast Friday at 7 p.m. and host the Blues Saturday at 8 p.m.
The Penguins take on the Rangers Sunday at 7:30 p.m. on NBC Sports network.
Army clashes with Colgate in men’s lacrosse on Comcast Saturday at 1 p.m. while Georgetown meets Marquette on FoxSports1 Saturday at 1 p.m.
ESPN2 has an international friendly between Spain and Italy Thursday at 3:30 p.m. and another matching Germany and England Saturday at 3:30 p.m.
NBC Sports network has the World Curling Championship Thursday at 9 p.m.
We’re done with Dayton.
Time for the main event.
With the First Four finished, the NCAA tournament fills the weekend schedule starting Thursday at noon when Duke faces North Carolina-Wilmington on CBS.
Virginia starts its tournament journey Thursday at 3:10 p.m. on TruTV, playing Hampton after Butler-Texas Tech start the day at 12:30 p.m.
Colorado clashes with Connecticut at 1:30 p.m. in the first of four games on TNT, and Iowa State-Iona gets the slate going on TBS at 2 p.m.
Syracuse faces Dayton Friday at noon on CBS to start the day. Villanova meets UNC-Asheville on TruTV at 12:30 p.m.
VCU goes against Oregon State at 1:30 p.m. on TNT and TBS gets its day going with California-Hawaii at 2 p.m.
CBS has four contests on Saturday starting at noon and three more Sunday. TNT has doubleheaders starting at 6 p.m. both days, with TBS getting going at 7 p.m. and TruTV carrying a contest Sunday at 7:30 p.m.
Then we’re down to the Sweet 16.
The women’s tournament gets going Friday at noon on ESPN2. Connecticut tips off Saturday’s action against Robert Morris at 11 a.m., then the rest of the field completes its first round.
The second round gets underway on ESPN2 Sunday at noon with four time slots for games, and ESPN has games Sunday at 7 and 9 p.m.
ESPN has NIT second round play Saturday at noon and Sunday at noon as Florida faces Ohio State.
ABC brings the big battle between the Warriors and Spurs Saturday at 8:30 p.m.
The Wizards face the 76ers Thursday at 7 p.m. on Comcast and the Knicks Saturday at 8 p.m.
NASCAR visits Fontana this weekend, with the Sprint Cup series going Sunday at 3:30 p.m. on Fox. FoxSports1 has the Xfinity race Saturday at 4 p.m.
Down under, it’s the Australian Open on NBC Sports network Sunday at 12:30 a.m. There’s qualifying Saturday at 2 a.m. after practice Thursday at 9:30 p.m. and Friday at 1:30 a.m.
Comcast offers the Capitals against the Predators Friday at 7 p.m. The Capitals visit Pittsburgh Sunday at 6 p.m. on NBC Sports network before the Wild meet the Blackhawks at 8:30 p.m.
NBC Sports network has the semifinals of Hockey East Friday, with UMass-Lowell against Providence at 5 p.m. followed by Northeastern-Boston College. The final is Saturday at 8 p.m.
The Nationals meet the Mets in spring training action Saturday at 1 p.m. on MASN and the Orioles take on the Rays Sunday at 1 p.m.
ESPN has the Diamondbacks against the Cubs Thursday at 7 p.m.
On the college diamond, Florida Atlantic faces Middle Tennessee on MASN2 Saturday at noon.
ESPN has Mat Madness – the Division I wrestling championships – with semifinals Friday at 8 p.m. and the championship Saturday at 8 p.m.
It’s time for the Arnold Palmer Invitational, with coverage on NBC Saturday and Sunday at 3 p.m.
D.C. United takes on Colorado on ESPN2 Sunday at 5 p.m. and FoxSports1 has Toronto meeting Kansas City at 7 p.m.
Everton battles Arsenal Saturday at 8:40 a.m. on NBC Sports network, followed by Chelsea-West Ham United and Swansea City meeting Aston Villa at 1:30 p.m.
Navy meets Loyola in college lacrosse Saturday at 1 p.m. on Comcast.
Comcast offers women’s lacrosse between Loyola and Navy Saturday at 3:30 p.m.
ESPN2 has the quarterfinals of the Paribas Open Thursday at 2 and 8 p.m. There’s men’s action Friday at 3 p.m. on ESPN with women’s semifinals on ESPN2 at 10 p.m., with men’s semifinals Saturday at 2 p.m.
The men’s and women’s finals will be on ESPN Sunday at 2 p.m.
There’s Alpine skiing on NBC Sports network Friday at 7 a.m., Saturday at 7 a.m. and Sunday at 6 a.m.
NBC Sports network has action from the indoor track and field championship Saturday at 9:30 p.m. and Sunday at 4 p.m.
Who nabbed the top seeds?
Who’s going to Dayton for the first four?
Which region will Dickie V be raving about Sunday night?
The answers come Sunday on CBS, starting at 5:30 p.m.
Before the big reveal, CBS has the Atlantic 10 championship game at 12:30 p.m. and Big Ten at 3 p.m.
Saturday’s action on CBS includes the Big Ten semifinals at 1 and 3:30 p.m., followed by the Mountain West title game at 6 p.m.
Virginia starts its ACC tournament run Thursday at 7 p.m. against Georgia Tech on ESPN and the ACC network. Top-seeded North Carolina starts its run Thursday at noon, with fourth-seed Notre Dame playing at 2 p.m. Miami battles Virginia Tech at 9 p.m.
The semifinals are Friday at 7 and 9, with the championship Saturday at 9 p.m.
ESPN2 has a pair of quarterfinals from the Big 12 Thursday at 12:30 and 3 p.m., then two games from the Big Ten tournament at 6:30 p.m. and 9 p.m.
Friday brings two quarterfinals from the Big Ten on ESPN at noon and 2:30 p.m. while ESPN2 has two contests from the American tournament at noon and 2:30 p.m. before the Big 12 semifinals at 7 and 9:30 p.m.
The SEC semifinals will be on ESPN Saturday at 1 and 3:30 p.m., followed by the Big 12 title game at 6 p.m.
The Big East tips on FoxSports1 Thursday at noon with top-seeded Villanova getting into the action. Butler battles Providence at 2:30 p.m., then Xavier plays at 7 p.m. and it’s Creighton-Seton Hall at 9:30 p.m. The semifinals are Friday at 6:30 and 9 p.m. and final moves to Fox Saturday at 5:30 p.m.
There’s a PAC-12 quarterfinal game on FoxSports1 Thursday at 11:30 p.m. and a semifinal Friday at 11:30 p.m. The final will be Saturday at 10 p.m.
Comcast has the quarterfinals of the Conference-USA tournament Thursday, with games at 1, 3:30, 7 and 9:30 p.m. The final is on FoxSports1 at 2:30 p.m.
The second round of the Atlantic 10 tournament will be on NBC Sports network Thursday at noon, 2:30 p.m., 6:30 and 9 p.m., with quarterfinals on Friday.
Five tournament berths are on the line on ESPN2 Saturday. Vermont takes on Stony Brook for the America East crown at 11 a.m., then it’s the MEAC at 1 p.m. and MAC at 7:30 p.m. The Southland tournament tips at 9:30 p.m. before the Big West at 11:30 p.m.
The American tournament has its semifinals Saturday at 3 and 5:30 p.m. with its final Sunday on ESPN at 3:15 p.m.
ESPN has the SEC tournament final Sunday at 1 p.m., and the Sun Belt tournament has its final Sunday at 1 p.m. on ESPN2
The CAA women’s tournament semifinals tip on Comcast Friday at 1:30 and 4 p.m. The final is Saturday at 4 p.m.
TNT offers the Bulls and Spurs Thursday at 8 p.m., with Cavaliers against Lakers in the nightcap.
The Thunder face the Spurs on ABC Saturday at 8:30 p.m. and the Cavaliers clash with the Clippers Sunday at 3:30 p.m.
The Wizards visit the Jazz Friday at 9 p.m. on Comcast and take on the Nuggets Saturday at 9:30 p.m.
The Penguins meet the Rangers Sunday at 12:30 p.m. on NBC. NBC Sports network offers Maple Leafs against Rangers Saturday at 7:30 p.m.
Fox has NASCAR Sprint Cup action Sunday at 3 p.m., while the Xfinity Series goes Saturday at 2:30 p.m.
The PGA tour visits the Tampa area, with coverage on NBC Saturday and Sunday at 3 p.m.
MASN brings spring training action from Florida Thursday, with the Orioles meeting the Yankees at 1 p.m. and the Nationals facing the Astros at 5 p.m. The Nationals battle the Cardinals Sunday at 1 p.m.
Norwich City meets Manchester City Saturday at 7:40 a.m. on NBC Sports network, followed by Stoke City-Southampton. Crystal Place clashes with Liverpool Sunday at 11:55 a.m.
New York City faces Toronto Sunday at 5 p.m. on ESPN2, and Portland plays San Jose at 7 p.m. on FoxSports1.
The road to Houston starts this weekend.
CBS has six games covering six different conferences as the first bids go out for the 68-team NCAA tournament field.
Saturday starts with North Carolina State against Notre Dame at noon, followed by LSU-Kentucky and Stanford visiting Arizona at 4 p.m.
SMU clashes with Cincinnati at noon Sunday, then the Missouri Valley Conference crowns its champion at 2 p.m. Big Ten leaders Maryland and Indiana battle at 4 p.m.
The Ohio Valley Conference has its championship game Saturday at 6 p.m. on ESPN2. Sunday, it’s the turn for the Big South at 2:30 p.m. and the Atlantic Sun at 7 p.m.
The other automatic berths will be claimed throughout the week.
On ESPN Thursday, Maryland meets Illinois at 7 p.m. followed by a top 25 battle between Arizona and California.
Georgia takes on South Carolina on ESPN2 Thursday at 7 p.m., then it’s Connecticut against SMU. Friday’s play starts in the MAC with Kent State facing Akron at 7 p.m. before Texas battles Oklahoma State.
FoxSports1 offers Stanford-Arizona State Thursday at 11 p.m.
Marshall meets Louisiana Tech on MASN Thursday at 7 p.m., followed by Southern Mississippi-Western Kentucky.
ESPN starts Saturday at noon with Ohio State-Michigan State. West Virginia takes on Baylor at 2 p.m. and top-ranked Kansas closes out the Big 12 regular season against Iowa State. Primetime belongs to the ACC, with Duke meeting North Carolina at 6:30 p.m. and Virginia hosting Louisville at 8:30 p.m.
Virginia Tech takes on Miami on ACC network Saturday at 6 p.m., and there’s Georgia Tech against Pittsburgh at 2 p.m.
Villanova meets Georgetown on Fox Saturday at noon, followed by Creighton-Xavier.
On ESPN2, Vanderbilt takes on Texas A&M Saturday at noon. It’s Syracuse-Florida State at 2 p.m. and Alabama against Georgia at 4 p.m. In primetime, Arizona State hosts California before a pair of quarterfinals in the West Coast Conference tournament at 10 p.m. and midnight.
Providence plays St. John’s on FoxSports1 Saturday at 12:30 p.m.
Comcast has quarterfinals from the CAA tournament Saturday, with Hofstra playing a Friday winner at noon and James Madison meeting William & Mary at 2:30 p.m. The semifinals are on NBC Sports network Sunday at 1 and 3:30 p.m.
George Washington faces Davidson on NBC Sports network Saturday at 3:30 p.m.
Florida Atlantic faces Alabama-Birmingham Saturday at noon on MASN, then Old Dominion takes on Rice. Grand Canyon plays Utah Valley at 4 p.m. and it’s off to the A-10 for Richmond against Dayton at 6 p.m.
MASN2 has a pair of games from Big East Saturday, with Seton Hall facing DePaul at noon followed by Marquette-Butler at 2:30 p.m.
TNT offers Spurs-Pelicans Thursday at 8 p.m. before the Thunder take on the Warriors in the nightcap.
The Wizards visit the Cavaliers Friday at 8 p.m. on Comcast and ESPN. ESPN has the Hawks against Lakers in the nightcap.
The Bulls face the Rockets on ABC Saturday at 8:30 p.m. and the Warriors take on the Lakers Sunday at 3:30 p.m.
Comcast has second round coverage of the ACC women’s tournament Thursday, with games at 11 a.m., 2 p.m., 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. There’s quarterfinal action Friday at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.
ESPN has four women’s tournament champion games Sunday, starting with the ACC at 12:30 p.m. The SEC crowns its champion at 2:30 p.m., then it’s the Big Ten title tilt at 7 p.m. and PAC-12 at 9 p.m.
There’s a quarterfinal game from the Atlantic 10 Friday at 4:30 p.m. on Comcast.
MASN2 has a pair of quarterfinal games from the Big 12 on Saturday at 7 and 9:30 p.m. and FoxSports1 has the semifinals Sunday at 2:30 and 5 p.m.
The Capitals visit Boston Saturday at 7 p.m. on Comcast.
NBC Sports network has the Blues against the Wild Sunday at 8 p.m.
On the college ice, Penn State faces Wisconsin Friday at 8 p.m. on MASN.
The MLS starts its season this weekend, with Portland clashing with Columbus at 4:30 p.m. on ESPN and Kansas City against Seattle on FoxSports1 at 7 p.m.
Tottenham Hotspur takes on Arsenal Saturday at 7:40 a.m. on NBC Sports network, followed by Manchester City-Aston Villa and Watford against Leicester City at 12:25 p.m. Crystal Palace clashes with Liverpool at 8:25 a.m. Sunday before West Bromwich Albion faces Manchester United.
The PGA tour visits Miami for the Cadillac Championships Saturday and Sunday at 3 p.m. on NBC.
NASCAR starts its west coast swing this weekend in Las Vegas, with the Sprint Cup race Sunday at 3:30 p.m. on Fox. The Xfinity Series race will be on FoxSports1 Saturday at 4 p.m.
NBC Sports network has the World Rugby Sevens Series Friday at 9 p.m. and Saturday at 7:30 p.m. The USA Sevens are Sunday at 6 p.m.