99.1 The Sports Animal, via Westwood One, the official network radio partner of the NCAA, will rerun 15 Great Games in NCAA Tournament History to help college basketball fans experience the madness of March, after the NCAA cancelled this year’s winter and spring championships, including March Madness, due to the evolving COVID-19 public health threat.
The three-week run of games will begin Thursday, March 19, at 8 p.m. ET, with the 1979 NCAA championship game between Michigan State and Indiana State, which starred Magic Johnson and Larry Bird. At halftime, Westwood One will air an interview with Johnson and Bird discussing the game and their long rivalry. The special series will conclude with an encore presentation of last year’s NCAA championship game between Virginia and Texas Tech on Monday, April 6, at 8 p.m. ET.
Each game will feature play-by-play as it aired originally, edited down to minimize interruptions, and will include interviews and additional perspective from some of the players and coaches involved in the contest. Kevin Kugler, Jason Horowitz, or Ryan Radtke will host these games, which also include the 1982 NCAA championship game when Michael Jordan hit the game-winning shot for North Carolina, Villanova’s 1985 upset over Georgetown, Davidson’s 2008 victory over Gonzaga when Steph Curry scored 40 points, and the historic 2018 first-round matchup when UMBC became the first #16 seed to beat a #1 seed (Virginia).
Where to Listen
FM 99.1 and AM 990 in Knoxville, streaming here at 991TheSportsAnimal.com, the free WNML Sports Animal app and via TuneIn.com.
Westwood One’s complete rebroadcast schedule of Great Games in NCAA Tournament History follows:
- Thursday, March 19th, 8pm ET: 1979 Championship Game – Michigan State vs. Indiana State
- Friday, March 20th, 8pm ET: 2018 First Round – UMBC vs Virginia
- Saturday, March 21st, 12pm ET Doubleheader: 2008 First Round – Davidson vs. Gonzaga
followed by 2008 Championship Game – Kansas vs. Memphis
- Sunday, March 22nd, 12pm ET Doubleheader: 2013 Second Round – FGCU vs. Georgetown
followed by 2016 Championship Game – Villanova vs. North Carolina
- Thursday, March 26th, 8pm ET: 2005 Elite 8 – Illinois vs. Arizona
- Friday, March 27th, 8pm ET: 1983 Championship Game – NC State vs. Houston
- Saturday, March 28th, 12pm ET Doubleheader: 2006 Elite 8 – George Mason vs. UConn
followed by 2010 Championship Game – Duke vs. Butler
- Sunday, March 29th, 12pm ET Doubleheader: 2003 Elite 8 – Marquette vs. Kentucky
followed by 1982 Championship Game – North Carolina vs. Georgetown
- Saturday, April 4th, 12pm ET Doubleheader: 2015 Final Four – Wisconsin vs. Kentucky
followed by 1985 Championship Game – Villanova vs. Georgetown
- Monday, April 6th, Time TBA: 2019 Championship Game – Virginia vs Texas Tech