March 21st, 2015

Written by Dick Vitale. Posted in Blog, March 2015

While it was upset city on Thursday, there were very few surprises on Friday.

One score that opened some eyes was the Iowa-Davidson result. The Hawkeyes beat a good Davidson team by 31 points as Aaron White scored 26 points, hitting 11-of-14 from the field.

Teams like Louisville, Maryland, Virginia and West Virginia found ways to get to the winner’s circle.

The Pac-12 moved to 4-0 as Oregon knocked off Oklahoma State.

March 19th, 2015

Written by Dick Vitale. Posted in Blog, March 2015

The first full day of the big dance produced a number of shockers. It was not a good day for the Big 12, which got out of the gate 0-3, including a pair of #3 seeds going down.

Iowa State was stunned by a UAB team which entered the Conference USA tournament with a 16-15 record. Blazers’ William Lee, who came in averaging eight ppg. and six rpg., put up 14 points and 12 rebounds. Robert Brown, who had 21 points, hit a key trifecta late.

Baylor led 56-44 with under three minutes left. Georgia State scored the final 13 points, including 12 by RJ Hunter, who hit the game-winning three-pointer. The Bears fell by one.

Texas was knocked off by Butler.

One of the best endings of the day saw UCLA get past SMU behind Bryce Alford’s hot shooting.

March 18th, 2015.

Written by Dick Vitale. Posted in Blog, March 2015

I am ready for this year’s @Allstate March Mayhem Challenge, baby!
Last year, I defeated Joel the Longhorn. Two years ago, it was a dolphin at the Atlanya aquarium.

This year, I face my toughest test, Punxsutawney Phil, the groundhog from Pennsylvania. Phil is great at predictions, picking whether there will be six more weeks of winter if he sees his shadow.

My friends, he has a pretty good bracket and this will not be easy. I am proud of Allstate for donating money to the V Foundation and the Groundhog Club.

I also enjoyed the satellite media tour. I appeared on Wake Up with Al, Morning Joe and Fox and Friends, among others.

March 17th, 2015

Written by Dick Vitale. Posted in Blog, March 2015

I am so excited that March Madness is here. No more talk about the bubbles, baby!

People love these three weeks of college basketball because of cinderellas and upsets. One team capable of surprising is Michigan State, a seventh-seed. Branden Dawson played 38 minutes in the Big Ten title game and is healthy.

My pick to win it all is Kentucky. Big Blue Nation will cut down the nets in Indianapolis with a 40-0 record.

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.