March 13th, 2015

Written by Dick Vitale. Posted in Blog, March 2015

I have heard people say that college basketball tournaments have little meaning. My friends, think again. It gives a team the opportunity to salvage their season.

Look at some of the upsets across America. These kids are playing hard for a shot at the big dance. Then there are teams like Manhattan and Belmont that will be dancing because they won their conference tournament. There is nothing like March Madness, baby!

March 9th, 2015

Written by Dick Vitale. Posted in Blog, March 2015

I had so much fun last night in Louisville, but certainly not as much as Rick Pitino & the Cards.They beat a superb Virginia team.

It was an incredible win for Louisville in a charged-up, emotional atmosphere. It was a great way to end the regular season. What a super finish as Louisville clinched the double-bye in the ACC tournament.

March 6th, 2015

Written by Dick Vitale. Posted in Blog, March 2015

I have broken down the Player of the Year, Coach of the Year and Diaper Dandy of the Year for 10 major conferences. There were some very difficult decisions in several categories.

AAC
PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Ryan Boatright, Connecticut
COACH OF THE YEAR: Frank Haith, Tulsa
DIAPER DANDY OF THE YEAR:BJ Tyson, East Carolina

ATLANTIC-10
PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Jordan Sibert, Dayton
COACH OF THE YEAR: Danny Hurley, Rhode Island
DIAPER DANDY OF THE YEAR: Jaylen Adams, St. Bonaventure

ACC
PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Jahlil Okafor, Duke
COACH OF THE YEAR: Tony Bennett, Virginia
DIAPER DANDY OF THE YEAR: Okafor

BIG 12
PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Perry Ellis, Kansas
COACH OF THE YEAR: Bob Huggins, West Virginia
DIAPER DANDY OF THE YEAR: Myles Turner, Texas

BIG EAST
PLAYER OF THE YEAR: LaDontae Henton, Providence
COACH OF THE YEAR: Chris Holtmann, Butler
DIAPER DANDY OF THE YEAR: Angel Delgado, Seton Hall

BIG TEN
PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Frank Kaminsky, Wisconsin
COACH OF THE YEAR: Mark Turgeon, Maryland
DIAPER DANDY OF THE YEAR: DeAngelo Russell, Ohio State

MISSOURI VALLEY
PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Seth Tuttle, Northern Iowa
COACH OF THE YEAR: Gregg Marshall, Wichita State
DIAPER DANDY OF THE YEAR: Brenton Scott, Indiana State

MOUNTAIN WEST
PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Derrick Marks, Boise State
COACH OF THE YEAR: Larry Shyatt, Wyoming
DIAPER DANDY OF THE YEAR: Rashad Vaughn, UNLV

PAC-12
PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Delon Wright, Utah
COACH OF THE YEAR: Sean Miller, Arizona
DIAPER DANDY OF THE YEAR: Stanley Johnson, Arizona

SEC
PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Willie Cauley-Stein, Kentucky
COACH OF THE YEAR: John Calipari, Kentucky
DIAPER DANDY OF THE YEAR: Karl-Anthony Towns, Kentucky

WCC
PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Kyle Wiltjer, Gonzaga
COACH OF THE YEAR: Mark Few, Gonzaga
DIAPER DANDY OF THE YEAR: Domantas Sabonis, Gonzaga

February 27th, 2015

Written by Dick Vitale. Posted in February 2015, Uncategorized

It has been a busy week.
On Wednesday, I had a great time at Florida Gulf Coast University. There was a book signing, I got to meet the school’s president, athletic director and many passionate fans. The Eagles fell short against North Florida on the hardwood.

Thursday night was out Stars and Cars event at Mercedes-Benz of Sarasota. We raised money for the V Foundation and were thrilled to have Indianapolis 500 champion Ryan Hunter-Reay in attendance. He is a terrific young man. Also there were former Red Sox star Rico Petrocelli, former NFL player Willie Clark, ex-Big Ten stars Marcus Liberty and Jerod Ward. It was a special evening for a very good cause.

February 23rd, 2015

Written by Dick Vitale. Posted in February 2015

Sunday night was Oscar night. Let me lay on you some of my Dickie V’s, the gold statues for college hoops, baby!
For SUPPORTING role:  NOTRE DAME’S JERIAN GRANT!
OSCAR for BEST DIRECTOR goes to JOHN CALIPARI, nipping Tony Bennett!
OSCAR in hoops for Most unheralded STAR: SETH TUTTLE of NORTHERN IOWA!
Most sensational performance goes to KENTUCKY!

February 18th, 2015

Written by Dick Vitale. Posted in February 2015

The weather was cold outside, with the roads icy, but that did not stop fans clad in Orange from showing up to Thompson-Boiling Arena. Their Vols put up a great effort, but fell to the undefeated Kentucky Wildcats.
By moving to 26-0, the ‘Cats set a school record for best start in a season. Willie Cauley-Stein and the Kentucky defense did a super job in the second half after Tennessee shot over 50 percent from the field in the first half.

February 12th, 2015

Written by Dick Vitale. Posted in Blog, February 2015

It has been a very tough week for college basketball.

First, the sport lost Dean Smith, the Michelangelo of coaching. We learned to admire and respect him for his accomplishments both on and off the court.

Now we have lost Jerry Tarkanian at age 84. Tark the Shark, who could ever forget him walking the sidelines with that towel in his mouth, chewing at it. Years ago, I labeled him as the Father Flanagan of coaching. If you were a young guy and had a problem, the call would be made to UNLV. Tarkanian would be able to get the most out of his players’ ability and talent.

Watching a practice session run by Tark was like being at a clinic. There was so much intensity, passion and emotion, especially on the defensive end. His players went at it full force, so the games turned out to be easier than those practices.

He was all about competing and get the most out of his people. Tarkanian had a great relationship with his players. Think about some of the names that dotted the Runnin’ Rebels roster: Larry Johnson, Stacey Augmon, Greg Anthony, Anderson Hunt and on and on.

When you talk to the athletes who wore that UNLV uniform and played under Tarkanian, you hear nothing but rave reviews. He was a lot more than just a basketball coach; he was a father figure, much like Smith was at North Carolina.

February 5th, 2015

Written by Dick Vitale. Posted in Blog, February 2015

It is always special to walk into Cameron Indoor Stadium at Duke. The fans down there treat me like royalty. It is also a pleasure to watch the Blue Devils in ACC play. Duke had had a battle but got to the winner’s circle against a Georgia Tech team that has come so close so many times but is 1-9 in the conference.

It was another milestone night for Coach K. He earned his 423rd ACC victory (regular season and conference tournament combined), passing the Michelangelo of coaching, North Carolina’s Dean Smith, as the winningest coach in league history.

January 26th, 2015

Written by Dick Vitale. Posted in Blog, January 2015

Mike Krzyzewski loves making history at Madison Square Garden. He won his 903rd game there, passing Bobby Knight on the all-time win list back on November 15, 2011. Then on Sunday, he got win number 1,000 when his Blue Devils rallied to beat St. John’s.

Duke was down 10 with just over 8 1/2 minutes left. Coach K made some adjustments. Marshall Plumlee came in and helped. Quinn Cook and Tyus Jones made several crucial shots and the Blue Devils got to the winner’s circle.

I will repeat what I have said on TV. Mike Krzyzewski is the best coach in any sport. I rank them: 1-Coach K; 2-Gregg Popovich of the Spurs; 3-Bill Belichick of the Patriots; 4-Geno Auriemma of Connecticut women’s basketball and 5-Nick Savan of Alabama football.

January 25th, 2015

Written by Dick Vitale. Posted in Blog, January 2015

Big Blue Nation was smiling after Saturday afternoon’s latest W. Kentucky moved to 19-0 by winning at South Carolina. Again it was defense, defense, defense, holding an 11th opponent to 50 points or fewer.

The Wildcats also got solid play from Devin Booker and Tyler Ulis off the bench. These guards could start at 99 percent of colleges in America, and they were super against the Gamecocks. Kentucky once again was able to get plenty of points on second chance opportunities, dominating the offensive glass.

South Carolina tried to get back in the game during the second half but could not get the deficit to single digits despite several opportunities. It was a great environment down in Columbia and a good win for the ‘Cats, especially after losing there last season.