This news might have flown briefly under the radar this past Tuesday, but the Final Four announcing team of Jim Nantz, Bill Raftery, Grant Hill, and Tracy Wolfson roaming the sidelines will be hand to cover Senior Day at Northwestern in Evanston. The game marks the first time that Northwestern has appeared on CBS since 2011. Figuring how historic this season has been for “Chicago’s Big Ten Team”, it is no wonder they are finally going to get some national love just nine days before the Big Dance begins for real in Dayton.
The Wildcats will take on Caleb Swanigan and Purdue during their Welsh-Ryan finale in the old configuration on Sunday, March 5 beginning at 4:30 p.m. Eastern time. This game (being the back end of the network tripleheader) will start shortly after the Missouri Valley Conference will decide its’ automatic bid qualifier to the NCAA Tournament in St. Louis.
Just FYI–Northwestern will play the 2017-2018 season at Allstate Arena in nearby Rosemont and eventually return to campus in their renovated and upgraded digs in November 2018.
And it will be a much bigger coup for CBS Owned & Operated station WBBM, aka CBS2 as they are the home court channel for one of the rare times since the NFL returned to CBS beginning with the 1998 season.
For the record, the highest rating in WBBM history was on Sunday, January 12, 1986 during the NFC Championship game whitewash which ended in the snow against the Los Angeles Rams at the old configuration of Soldier Field. Over 52 percent of television sets were tuned to that game, which broke the previous record from the week before in the Chicago Bears’ convincing shutout of future Super Bowl MVP Phil Simms and the New York Giants.