Spero Dedes and his impressive beard will be on play-by-play and the lovable (ok, not to everyone) Doug Gottlieb will be providing commentary and more than his fair share of outlandish opinions in Music City on Saturday as CBS telecasts Kentucky’s trip to the haunted house that is Memorial Gym for a 4 p.m. game with Vanderbilt.
It’s part of a tripleheader from the network that brings us (part) of the NCAA Tournament. Butler visits Georgetown tips off the CBS action at noon, followed by No. 3 Oklahoma visiting No. 25 dangerous Texas in Austin at 2 p.m.
Locally, WKYT-DT2 has the Louisville-Miami game at 2 p.m. It’s an important trip for the Cards, who are hoping to win the ACC regular season title as a consolation prize for having to sit out the post-season.
Meanwhile, at 2 p.m. over on Fox, soon-to-be-former No. 1 Villanova will try to shake off its painful visit to Xavier this week with a visit to Marquette, which at 7-8 in Big East play could use a marquee win to get the attention of the selection committee.
At 2 p.m. on ESPN, No. 9 Arizona visits No. 22 Utah, whose fan base must be tempted to storm the court if the Utes win given the fit Arizona coach Sean Miller threw after Colorado’s fans occupied the floor after the Buffaloes nipped the Wildcats earlier this week. It was the 10th time Arizona’s last 11 road losses that Miller and Company have had to scramble of the floor to beat the rush.
At 6:30 on ESPN, No. 7 North Carolina visits No. 3 Virginia in what could be UNC coach Roy Williams’ final trip to Charlottesville -- wait, wait, dadgum it, Ol’ Roy isn’t going to like that sort of conjecture. Williams blew a gasket this week over speculation he might retire at the end of the season. Williams said he had no intention of calling it quits, especially with the NCAA yet to make a ruling over the school’s academic/athletic transgressions. And who knows when that will happen.
Then at 8:30 on ESPN, a pair of sliding-off-the-bubble teams meet when Florida visits LSU. Even boasting Ben Simmons, the host Tigers have been a late-season disaster, dropping their last three games. Florida is also stumbling to the finish line, having lost its last two, including a 13-point home loss to Vanderbilt on Tuesday.
If you want to see who Duke’s Grayson Allen will trip next, you’ll have to wait until Sunday when the Blue Devils play Pittsburgh on CBS.
Here is the full list of college basketball games on television for Saturday:
Saturday, Feb. 27
▪ 12:00 - Ole Miss at Georgia (SEC)
▪ 12:00 - Texas Tech at Kansas (ESPN)
▪ 12:00 - Cincinnati at East Carolina (ESPNU)
▪ 12:00 - UCF at Temple (ESPN News)
▪ 12:00 - Butler at Georgetown (CBS)
▪ 12:00 - Rhode Island at Dayton (ESPN2)
▪ 12:00 - Lehigh at Army (CBS Sports)
▪ 12:00 - VCU at George Washington (NBC Sports)
▪ 12:00 - Georgia Tech at Boston College (Fox Sports South)
▪ 12:00 - Western Kentucky at UAB (Fox Sports Ohio)
▪ 2:00 - Oklahoma at Texas (CBS)
▪ 2:00 - Rutgers at Northwestern (ESPNU)
▪ 2:00 - Villanova at Marquette (Fox)
▪ 2:00 - Arizona at Utah (ESPN)
▪ 2:00 - Northern Iowa at Evansville (CBS Sports)
▪ 2:00 - Illinois State at Wichita State (ESPN2)
▪ 2:00 - Louisville at Miami (WKYT-DT2)
▪ 2:30 - South Carolina at Mississippi State (SEC)
▪ 2:30 - William & Mary at James Madison (NBC Sports)
▪ 4:00 - Kentucky at Vanderbilt (CBS)
▪ 4:00 - Texas A&M at Missouri (ESPNU)
▪ 4:00 - Notre Dame at Florida State (ESPN2)
▪ 4:00 - Maryland at Purdue (ESPN)
▪ 4:00 - DePaul at Providence (CBS Sports)
▪ 4:30 - UCLA at Stanford (Fox)
▪ 5:00 - Auburn at Alabama (SEC)
▪ 6:00 - Boise State at San Diego State (CBS Sports)
▪ 6:00 - West Virginia at Oklahoma State (ESPNU)
▪ 6:00 - Kansas State at Iowa State (ESPN2)
▪ 6:30 - North Carolina at Virginia (ESPN)
▪ 7:30 - Arkansas at Tennessee (SEC)
▪ 8:00 - Gonzaga at BYU (ESPN2)
▪ 8:00 - Baylor at TCU (ESPNU)
▪ 8:30 - Florida at LSU (ESPN)
▪ 10:00 - Fresno State at New Mexico (ESPN2)
▪ 11:00 - UC-Irvine at UC-Davis (ESPN2)