CBS giving fans March Madness fix of classic games

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March Madness won’t be completely gone from CBS this month.

The network announced Thursday it has added nine classic NCAA Tournament games to its programming schedule for this weekend and next, a welcome distraction for fans missing this year’s Tournament, which was canceled because of COVID-19 concerns.

The dive into the archives begins Saturday with a tripleheader starting at noon. First up is the 1982 national championship in which North Carolina edged Georgetown, featuring Michael Jordan, James Worthy and Patrick Ewing. That’s followed by the 1983 title game, in which Jim Valvano’s North Carolina State completed its miracle run by upsetting Houston. The nightcap is the 1992 East Regional final between Duke and Kentucky — the Christian Laettner game.

Sunday’s tripleheader starts at noon with the 2008 title game when Kansas beat Memphis in overtime. That’s followed by another overtime thriller, the 2019 final between Virginia and Texas Tech. The 2016 national championship rounds out the action, reliving Kris Jenkins’ buzzer-beater to lift Villanova past North Carolina.

The final three games will be broadcast March 29 beginning at 1 p.m., leading off with the 1985 title game, in which Villanova pulled off one of the biggest upsets ever against Georgetown. After that, the 1997 national championship in which Arizona beat Kentucky. The finale features the 2010 final, in which Duke hung on after Butler’s Gordon Hayward just missed a half-court shot at the buzzer.