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Without March Madness, college basketball fans can expect classic tournament games on CBS

It was a game that was so good that it became known as “The Shot” in college basketball. Raise a Grant Hill. A Christian Laettner turns around. Kentucky heartache. Duke high spirits.

The 1992 Kentucky-Duke Elite Eight Matchup is considered by many to be the greatest college basketball game ever. Laettner’s game-winning jump shot, which sent Duke to the Final Four, could be the most iconic shot ever. Now, 28 years later, a whole new generation experienced for the first time a moment that older generations will never forget. CBS broadcasts old NCAA tournament games in time slots that are reserved for a 2020 version that has never happened before.

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Kentucky fans feel the pain again.

Duke fans and basketball fans in general feel the rush.

If trends on Twitter once contain famous names that have disappeared from the public eye, this is usually not a good thing. It could mean that they died. Or worse, they have been “canceled” by an unforgiving crowd of social media users. But last Sunday, names like Laettner were trending because fans were consumed by a game, even if it was almost three decades ago.

According to Show Buzz Daily, over a million people watched CBS’s nostalgic games at 12 noon. and 4 p.m. on Sunday. The number of spectators is certainly not comparable to what a live tournament game would have gotten in a time slot on Sunday, but it almost corresponds to the championship game of the Missouri Valley Conference on Sunday afternoon two weeks earlier.

The relapse games had no hearty competition even on a Sunday without live sports. Nevertheless, the rating turned out to be sufficient to help CBS have another Sunday afternoon filled with classic tournament games. The network has also filled the entire CBS Sports channel with classic games for the next week.

Which games should be shown?

Current games like the championship game Villanova vs. North Carolina or Texas A & M’s unlikely comeback against UNI are instant classics from 2016.

What are the classic college basketball games at CBS?

Here is the CBS schedule for Sunday March 29th.

Time (ET)gameMatch
1 p.m.1985 NCAA Basketball National ChampionshipVillanova vs. Georgetown
2.30.1997 NCAA Basketball National ChampionshipArizona versus Kentucky
4 p.m.2010 NCAA Basketball National ChampionshipButler vs. Duke

A strong list of old games includes five heavyweight programs: Villanova, Georgetown, Arizona, Kentucky and Duke. This also includes Butler, the Cinderella team, who played one after the other in the championship game. The games start at 1pm. ET and will play all afternoon.

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