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Billings stations recapturing madness, airing NCAA classics

Posted: 11:21 AM, Mar 20, 2020
Updated: 2020-03-20 13:26:45-04
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BILLINGS - It turns out all is not lost with the loss of college basketball's 2020 March Madness.

Billings sports radio stations ESPN 910 AM and 105.5 FM have unveiled a best-of-the past slate to re-broadcast on what would have been this year's NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament dates.

"The best part is, it's corona-free," said Jack Seymour, Operations Manager Desert Mountain Broadcasting referring to the latest inundation of coronavirus-filled news updates. "And they're the original broadcasts, so they have that vintage sound when you're listening."

Thursday's classic coverage tipped off with Magic vs. Bird in the 1979 NCAA Championship game played at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City. Johnson's Michigan State Spartans beat Bird and Co. 75-64 ending Indiana State's iconic run to the title game. It was the first men's championship for MSU.

Select games will air Thursdays - Sundays culminating on what would have been Championship Monday, April 6. That matchup will be a replay of last year's title showdown between Cinderella-squad Texas Tech and the Virginia Cavaliers.

Fri Mar 20

6:00p NCAA Classics
2018 First Round

UMB vs. Virginia

Sat Mar 21

10:00a NCAA Classics double header
2008 First Round

Davidson vs. Gonzaga

Follows 2008 Championship

Kansas vs. Memphis

Sun Mar 22

10:00a NCAA Classics
2013 Second Round

FGCU vs. Georgetown

Follows 2016 Championship

Villanova vs. North Carolina

Thurs Mar 26

6:00p NCAA Classics
2005 Elite 8

Illinois vs. Arizona

Fri Mar 27

6:00p NCAA Classics
1983 Championship

NC State vs. Houston

Sat Mar 28

10:00a NCAA Classics double header
2006 Elite 8

George Mason vs. Connecticut

Follows 2010 Championship

Duke vs. Butler

Sun Mar 29

10:00a NCAA Classics double header
2003 Elite 8

Marquette vs. Kentucky

Follows 1982 Championship

North Carolina vs. Georgetown

Sat Apr 04

10:00a NCAA Classics double header
2015 Final Four

Wisconsin vs. Kentucky

Follows 1985 Championship

Villanova vs. Georgetown

Mon Apr 06

6:00p NCAA Classics
2019 Championship

Virginia vs. Texas Tech