Indiana State vs. Michigan State top-rated game ever
The highest-rated basketball game ever - college or pro - was played 30 years ago next Thursday. The Michigan State-Indiana State NCAA final on NBC attracted 24.1 percent of U.S. households, almost double what last year's Kansas-Memphis game averaged. (The classic trio of Dick Enberg, Billy Packer and Al McGuire on the call!)
I watched in a bar at JFK after returning from a trip to Las Vegas. The drinking age was 18 then, which was convenient, because that's how old I was.
Second-highest rated game: Villanova-Georgetown, April 1, 1985, at 23.3 percent of homes. With all due respect to Duke-Kentucky and others . . . that '85 game was the best ever in the NCAAs, especially impressive since it lacked final-play dramatics.