November 13, 2023


The Timeless Magnificence of Cameron Indoor Stadium and Allen Fieldhouse: Pilgrimage Sites for College Basketball Enthusiasts

For lovers of college basketball, there are a few must-have experiences to add to your bucket list. Mark your calendar and seek out the home game schedules to accomplish the goal of securing tickets to a pair of my favorite places as you take in the Duke Blue Devils at Cameron Indoor Stadium and the Kansas Jayhawks at Allen Fieldhouse. These venues are exceptional destinations for basketball lovers, akin to the revered status of Boston’s Fenway Park and Chicago’s Wrigley Field among diehard baseball fans.

Cameron Indoor Stadium: Where Tradition Meets Intensity
Nestled in the heart of Duke University, Cameron Indoor Stadium is not just a sports venue; it is a home where basketball history thrives. The electric atmosphere, as the Blue Devils take to the court, is unparalleled. The tightly packed arena amplifies the intensity of the game, creating an atmosphere that can only be described as spine-tingling. The fervor of the Cameron Crazies—Duke's zealous student section—is infectious, creating an environment that rattles even the most composed opponents. They have so many chants that they hand out cheat sheets before big games.

What truly sets Cameron Indoor Stadium apart is its rich history. The echoes of legendary coach Mike Krzyzewski, the winningest floor general in NCAA Division I men's basketball history, reverberate within its walls. It's where basketball icons like Grant Hill, Christian Laettner, and many more left an indelible mark in the sport's annals. The aura of greatness that permeates this stadium is not just a result of the banners and trophies but the unwavering pride and passion that every Duke fan exudes.

Allen Fieldhouse: A Mecca of Basketball Tradition
In the heart of Lawrence, Kansas, stands the iconic Allen Fieldhouse, a monument of basketball tradition and undying spirit. As the home of the Kansas Jayhawks, this revered shrine is steeped in an unparalleled legacy. The deafening roar of the Jayhawk faithful’s “Rock Chalk” chant reverberates through its hallowed halls, making it a fortress where opposing teams need to beware of “The Phog.”

What sets Allen Fieldhouse apart is its palpable sense of history. The likes of James Naismith, the inventor of basketball, coached at Kansas. The court is where basketball legends like Wilt Chamberlain, Danny Manning, and many others cemented their place in the sport's lore. The fans, with their unwavering loyalty and passion, create an atmosphere that not only energizes the players but pays homage to the rich legacy of the sport.

Why Every Basketball Fan Should Visit
The allure of Cameron Indoor Stadium and Allen Fieldhouse extends beyond the games themselves. These venues serve as living testimonials to the devotion and pride of their respective fan bases. The passion exhibited by the Cameron Crazies and the Jayhawk faithful is infectious, creating an experience that goes beyond merely watching a basketball game.

Visiting these meccas of basketball allows fans to immerse themselves in the deep-seated traditions and history of the sport. It's a chance to witness firsthand the energy and fervor that make college basketball such a beloved and incomparable spectacle. Thus, every college basketball fan should endeavor to witness the magic, the legacy, and the unmatched enthusiasm found within the walls of these storied arenas.

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October 25th, 2023

 Dickie V’s Super 6 Conferences for 2023-24


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My VBDI (Vitale Bald Dome Index)
  1. Big 12
  2. SEC
  3. Big East
  4. Big 10
  5. ACC
  6. Pac-12
In making my choices, I don’t just factor in the upper echelon teams, but look at the conference from top to bottom. Let’s face it, in many cases, it is remarkably close. But, I give the edge to conferences that not only have national championship contenders, but also analyze the strength of the league in respect to its depth.
Big 12
We’ll begin with the Big 12 which has expanded by four schools. But it’s still the Kansas Jayhawks that are the team to beat. That added depth with the Houston Cougars, Cincinnati Bearcats, BYU Cougars, and the UCF Golden Knights makes winning this league even more arduous. With the departure of the Texas Longhorns and Oklahoma Sooners after the season, the additions of the Arizona Wildcats, Arizona State Sun Devils, Colorado Buffaloes and Utah Utes make this league even more powerful on the hardwood in the upcoming years.
But enough about the future, let’s talk about this season. The Big 12 has ranked No. 1 or 2 in the top leagues for the past five seasons and this year is no exception. With eight members in the postseason last year (7 NCAA, 1 NIT), that total shouldn’t diminish this season. 
Kansas won the transfer lottery by snagging Michigan Wolverines’ Hunter Dickinson out of the portal. The three-time All-Big Ten performer will be featured more in the Jayhawks’ system and given them stability down low.
Impactful freshmen to watch are Ja’Kobe Walter from the Baylor Bears who might be the answer to their back court questions. I also want to see the physical nature of the Iowa State Cyclones’ Omaha Biliew on display. At 6-8, 210 pounds, he’s a versatile finisher. And not least, Kansas’ Elmarko Jackson, a 6-3 penetrating point guard should pair nicely with Dajuan Harris.
After years of success in the American Athletic Conference Houston rejoins four of its old Southwest Conference rivals this season and even with the loss of three starters from last year’s Sweet 16 team, the Cougars aren’t as vulnerable as you might think. With plenty of bench experience, look for Terrance Arceneaux’s role to increase as well as Emanuel Sharp to light it up from the perimeter.
I’m excited to see how one of the leading scorers the past three seasons will translate to a power conference as Max Abamas makes the move from the Oral Roberts Golden Eagles to Texas. Additionally, watch for another Longhorn as Dylan Disu is a potential all-conference caliber player.
Grant McCasland is the new head man at Texas Tech, while Josh Eliert is the interim head coach at West Virginia.
Do you enjoy the ups and downs of conference play? Well, then pay attention to the SEC this year. The Tennessee Volunteers are one of the oldest teams in the country and are listed as the odds-on favorite. But four other teams – Alabama Crimson Tide, Arkansas Razorbacks, Kentucky Wildcats, and Texas A&M Aggies - are poised to make a run at the top spot.
In contrast, John Calipari’s Kentucky squad is one of the youngest and most talented in Division I. But it’s veterans Antonio Reeves and Tre Mitchell that must guide these Diaper Dandies through the gauntlet.
There was no deeper league in the country last year as the SEC sent 10 of its 14 teams to the postseason, including a record-tying eight to the Big Dance of which three advanced to the Sweet 16 (Tennessee, Arkansas, Alabama). There’s no reason it shouldn’t get 7-8 teams in again.
If you’re looking for an inspirational story of hard work to reach the top, look no further than Aggies’ Wade Taylor IV who has steadily progressed into one of the sport’s best guards. Not listed on anyone’s top 100 in the class of 2021, his development has been fun to follow.
As far as newcomers to watch, take your pick from Kentucky’s crop of Diaper Dandies in Justin Edwards, a strong contender to be the No. 1 pick of the 2024 NBA Draft, as well as DJ Wagner, Aaron Bradshaw, Reed Sheppard, and Robert Dillingham. Don’t discount Auburn’s Aden Hollway. He’s an elite shooter as an undersized point guard.
More underrated players to keep an eye on include Tennessee’s Tobe Awaka, who excelled for Team USA this summer, Alabama’s Rylan Griffen, and Florida Gators’ Riley Kugel, who’s primed to be one of the league’s top scorers.
The only new coach in the conference is former Texas Longhorns coach Chris Beard who is taking over the Ole Miss Rebels. 
Big East
The casual basketball fan may not realize that the Big East Conference has averaged nearly five teams in the NCAA Tournament over the last 10 seasons. Add to the fact that the defending national champion UConn Huskies reside in the in league, having won their fifth title since 1999, there’s a lot of positive buzz around this conference.
The Marquette Golden Eagles weren’t having any of the 2022 preseason projection as the ninth-place team as it pulled off the double-double by winning the regular season and tourney titles. No one is overlooking the Golden Eagles this year, especially with reigning Big East Player of the Year Tyler Kolek leading this Final Four contender.
It’s not just a two-team race between UConn and Marquette though. The Creighton Blue Jays and Villanova Wildcats will vie for top spot as well. Creighton was a play away from the Final Four last season and with a stopper like Ryan Kalkbrenner in the middle, they might take that final step. After missing the tournament last year, a trio of transfers in T.J. Bamba, Tyler Burton and Hakim Hart are expected to put Nova back in the Dance.
Excitement is sweeping through Queens where coaching legend Rick Pitino overhauled the St. John’s Red Storm roster and are projected to make the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2019.
Expected to dazzle all season is 6-6 wing Stephon Castle from UConn. His size and dynamic play make him a possible one-and-done, but let’s just enjoy his on-court performance this season.
Others I like are Villanova’s Mark Armstrong who was part of Team USA in the U19 World Cup, Xavier’s Demond Claude, and Marquette’s David Joplin, the reigning Big East Sixth Man of the Year.
Two coaches joined the league in Kim English with the Providence Friars and Rick Pitino at the St. John’s Red Storm. Ed Cooley moved from Providence to the Georgetown Hoyas.
Is this year the Big 10 finally breaks through and wins its first national title since 2000 when Tom Izzo’s Michigan State Spartans took home the crown? Since then, the league has finished as a bride’s maid seven times, most recently with the  Michigan Wolverines in 2018.
Preseason headliners Purdue Boilermakers, Michigan State and the Illinois Fighting Illini might be in the early spotlight, but the rest of the league should not be overlooked as it is jammed with teams that have realistic chances to make the postseason.
With consensus preseason conference Player of the Year in 7-4 center Zach Edey leading Purdue, be on the lookout for some of the top guards in the country. Highlighting that list are Terrence Shannon (Illinois), Jahmir Young (Maryland Terrapins), Boo Buie (Northwestern Wildcats) and the outstanding Michigan State duo of A.J. Hoggard and Tyson Walker.
Edey has a chance to become the first player since the Virginia Cavaliers’ Ralph Sampson (1981-83) to win consecutive National Player of the Year honors.
Look for McDonald’s All-Americans Mackenzie Mgbako (Indiana Hoosiers), Xavier Booker (Michigan State), and Jeremy Fears Jr. (Michigan State) to lead the parade of newcomers.
Also keep an eye on these under the radar players: Michigan State’s Jaden Akins, Northwestern Wildcats’ Brooks Barnhizer, Purdue’s Trey Kaufman-Renn, Michigan’s Tarris Reed, and Rutgers Scarlet Knights’ Derek Simpson.
Penn State Nittany Lions’ Mike Rhodes is the only new coach in the league.
Highlighting the ACC’s depth over the last decade was the surprise run of the Miami Hurricanes to the Final Four last year as it marked the fifth different league team to reach the national semifinals since 2015. Even with that deep run, none of the other four teams to make the NCAA Tournament field (Duke Blue Devils, Pitt Panthers, Virginia Cavaliers, NC State Wolfpack) got past the second round. Hopes are high to place more than five teams in the Dance this go-around.
If some faces look familiar, but the uniform doesn’t, it’s because a record 10 players transferred from one ACC team to another during the offseason. One player that didn’t move is North Carolina Tar Heels fifth-year senior Armando Bacot who is the school’s all-time leader with 1,335 rebounds and 68 double-doubles.
Last season’s ACC Rookie of the Year, Duke’s Kyle Filipowski, who turned down NBA money to return, is the odds-on favorite to unseat Purdue’s Zach Edey for National Player of the Year honors.
Be on the lookout for UNC’s Elliot Cadeau as one of the top freshmen along with Duke’s sharpshooting Jared McCain and gamer Caleb Foster among the top newcomers.
I also like Duke’s Tyrese Proctor who is ready to explode this season and could find a spot on an All-America team. And a guy with a great name, Wooga Poplar down in Miami, needs to be a consistent scoring threat on the perimeter for the Hurricanes.
There are three new coaches in the conference in Adrian Autry (Syracuse Orangemen), Micah Shrewsberry (Notre Dame Fighting Irish), and Damon Stoudamire (Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets).
In the final year of the Pac-12 before most of the teams bolt after the season, the league looks to improve upon last year’s showing in the postseason as it failed to have a team make it beyond the Sweet 16 for the second consecutive season.
Arizona is once again the class of the conference, even after regrouping and replacing four starters through the transfer portal. But the anchor on the block is returning center Oumar Ballo, who averaged 14.2 points and 8.6 rebounds. Expect those numbers to rise if they want to make a deep NCAA Tournament run.
Overall play in the league should be high as it welcomes back five first team All-Conference selections [Ballo, Brandon Carlson (Utah Utes), Tristan da Silva (Colorado Buffaloes), N’Faly Dante (Oregon Ducks), Boogie Ellis (USC Trojans)], the most since 2007-08. Also keep an eye on Westwood for the reigning Pac-12 Freshman of the Year in UCLA Bruins’ Adem Bona, who withdrew from the NBA Draft, is one of the best defensive players in the league.
The top Diaper Dandy in ESPN’s Top 100 also resides in Los Angeles in USC Trojans’ Isaiah Collier. He’s also in the mix to be the No. 1 overall pick in the 2024 NBA Draft. Joining him in USC’s lineup is Bronny James (20th in ESPN Top 100) whose health and well-being was the offseason story. If James does play, it would be a substantial boost for the Trojans.
Colorado made waves as well by bringing in the highest-rated recruit in school history in guard Cody Williams (7th in ESPN Top 100). The brother of NBA star Jalen Williams could spark a deep tournament run by the Buffaloes. 
A few more breakout players are UCLA’s Dylan Andrews, an all-conference caliber guard, USC Trojans’ Kobe Johnson is a great perimeter defender while Arizona’s Kylan Boswell takes over a point guard for the Top 25 Wildcats.
California Golden Bears’ Mark Madsen is the lone new coach in the conference.
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August 20, 2023

Dazzling Dozen Diaper Dandies
I’ve listed my preseason All-Rolls Royce Team and Top 25. Now it’s time to announce my Dazzling Dozen Diaper Dandies for the upcoming season. These are players who are hitting the college hardwood for the first time and will make an immediate impact for their teams with their skill, passion and maybe some showmanship. The transition is never easy, but there’s a fierce competitive spirit each of these players brings in a new era of athleticism.
This might be one of the deeper classes of impactful freshmen I’ve seen in a long time, and I’m so excited to watch them develop into PTPers. All 12 are projected starters and eight are considered NBA lottery picks, which could make the 2024 draft one of the youngest on record.
It was frightful to see Bronny James get sidelined, but I’m keeping him on this list with the hopes we get to see his talent displayed at some point this year. Get well young man.
Here’s the Dazzling Dozen Diaper Dandies:
Xavier Booker, Michigan St.
Elliott Cadeau, UNC
Stephon Castle, UConn
Isaiah Collier, USC
Justin Edwards, Kentucky
Kwame Evans, Oregon
Bronny James, USC
Jared McCain, Duke
Mackenzie Mgbako, Indiana
DJ Wagner, Kentucky
Ja’Kobe Walter, Baylor
Cody Williams, Colorado
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August 9, 2023

Dick Vitale’s Preseason Top 25
As you know, I eat, sleep and breathe college basketball year-round. And this year is no exception. Now that the transfer market has settled down and teams are finishing up summer tours, I thought I’d share my projections for the upcoming season. 

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July 31st, 2023

2023-24 All-Rolls Royce Teams
There’s nothing better in the preseason than looking at the new rosters and getting a feel for what might be in store. I had to wait for the dust to settle with all the player and coach movement during the offseason. With 13 of the 18 returning players that averaged 19+ points last season transferring and six of the top eight 20-point scorers on the move as well, the roster shakeup was noticeable across the board.
I enjoy watching the progress of youngsters that move from role players to PTPers. With only four of the 19 players returning that made first, second or third-team All-America last year, it’s been a joy to dig deep and project the stars for the upcoming season. I don’t put freshmen on these teams as they haven’t played yet.
So, here’s my All-Rolls Royce teams for the season. It’s full of proven stars, some on the rise and all-around ballers.
Purdue’s Zach Edey leads my squads as one of the dominant post players last year and had the Boilermakers rolling until they got untracked in the first round by 16-seed Fairleigh Dickinson. The Boilermakers will once again be the favorite to win the Big 10 and finally make a deep run in March Madness.
North Carolina got a huge boost with Armando Bacot returning for his fifth year of eligibility. As the Tar Heels’ all-time leader in rebounds and double-doubles, he’ll be the anchor in hoping to lead North Carolina to its glory days of deep tournament runs.
Bruce Pearl puts together solid teams annually and Johni Broome looks to lead the Auburn Tigers on a deep NCAA run after they surrendered a 10-point halftime lead in a second-round loss to Houston in the Big Dance. He’s a powerful inside player capable of averaging a double-double just like he did during his sophomore campaign.
Tyler Kolek and four other starters will be returning to Marquette for the 2023-24 season, bringing about another case of unfinished business that coincided with a second-round loss to Michigan State. The reigning Big East Player of the Year is one of the top returning guards in the country.
A Bob Cousy Award finalist last season, Boo Buie returns for his fifth season as a Wildcat after scoring the third-most points in school history last season with 588. His leadership should put the Wildcats in the Dance for a second straight season, a program first.


First Team
Zach Edey, Purdue
Armando Bacot, North Carolina
Johni Broome, Auburn
Tyler Kolek, Marquette
Boo Buie, Northwestern


Second Team
Hunter Dickinson, Kansas
Dillon Jones, Weber State
DaRon Holmes, Dayton
Terrence Shannon Jr., Illinois
Wade Taylor IV, Texas A&M


Third Team
Kyle Filipowski, Duke
Adem Bona, UCLA
Tolu Smith, Mississippi State
Tyson Walker, Michigan State
Max Abmas, Texas
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June 22, 2023

Now that the 2023 NBA draft is completed I will share some observations in analyzing what transpired. First, it is a draft filled with many young players that will need time, in many cases, before making a strong impact.
No doubt the “Star of Stars” is 7-4 Victor Wembanyama who was a consensus No. 1 selection according to all the draft experts. He is a legit multi-skilled talent who has received so much national PR similar to 2003 when LeBron James arrived on the scene from high school to the Cleveland Cavaliers. Obviously, the San Antonio Spurs are hoping Victor can do the same. The previous two bigs that went No. 1 to the Spurs, Tim Duncan and David Robinson, played vital roles in leading them to NBA titles and are now in the Hall of Fame. It is pertinent that the Spurs add other talented people to help Victor reach his potential and achieve stardom.
This draft, in particular, is filled with so much POTENTIAL and it’s important that teams have PATIENCE with the young talent assembled.
The biggest surprise was Villanova’s Cam Whitmore, who was considered a top 10 selection, sliding down to 21. The Houston Rockets will benefit as Whitmore is an explosive talent who dropped according to insiders due to a lack of effort at times during evaluations. He could be the steal of the draft as some thought he would go as high as No. 5. This should really motivate him to show that he is the real deal.
On a sad note, after brilliant collegiate careers, three dominating college stars were not drafted at all. Yes, Kentucky’s Oscar Tshiebwe, Gonzaga’s Drew Timme, and UConn’s Adama Sanogo, though super on the college level, didn't have the skills and talent needed in the NBA according to the evaluators.
It will be interesting to see if they can sign on as free agents and prove all the critics wrong by earning a spot on an NBA roster.
Overall, this crop of 58 players features plenty of potential stars, high-end starters, quality reserves, some risk-reward projects and, yes, probably a few busts.
Two teams on the outside of the playoffs who made some huge pickups were the Dallas Mavericks and the Portland Trailblazers. Luka Donic got help as the Mavs traded down to get Duke’s Dereck Lively to help defend the paint. Then they traded for Marquette’s Oliver-Maxence Prosper and acquired veteran center Richaun Holmes from the Kings for added defensive depth for Donic and Kyrie Irving.
Taking Scoot Henderson at No. 3 was an easy choice for the Blazers as they added one of the older players in the draft in Iowa’s skilled power forward Kris Murray and a long-term project with another overseas star in defender Rayan Rupert. Murray is a big 3-and-D wing who will play from Day 1 in the league.
Now, we sit back and see what happens with those first round selections and watch the drive of some second-round choices who want to prove they should have gone higher.
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June 5, 2023

The NBA finals saw two games in Denver. TNuggets rolled. In game on, while Miami evened the series by three in game two.
The Stanley Cup finals began in Las Vegas. The Golden Knights scored three goals in the third period to take a 1-0 series lead over Florida.
The Oklahoma wimen’s softball team won its 50th straight game, blowing out Tennessee.
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May 29, 2023

The sixth game of the NBA Finals had a dramatic close. Miami was down 10, rallied to take a one point lead. Then Derrick White hit the winning follow-up to set up game seven.
The Florida Panthers clinched a berth in the Stanley Cup final, beating the Carolin Hurricanes.
I was thrilled when Notre Dame made the national lacrosse championship. By beating Virginia.
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May 22, 2023

The NBA playoffs have been surprising. Miami and Denver are up 3-0.

The NHL playoffs have also surprised as Florida and Las Vegas are impressive.

One of the greatest players in NFL history, Jim Brown passed away. RIP.

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May 15, 2023

The NBA playoffs had lots of excitement. The Lakers, led by LeBron James and Anthony Davis, knocked out the defending champion Warriors. The Celtics got a brilliant 51-point performance by Jayson Tatum in a game seven win over the Sixers. The Nuggets knocked off the Suns, costing Monty Williams his job. The eighth-seeded Heat advanced over the Knicks.
The Florida Panthers continued to play Cinderella. First they beat Boston and then took out Toronto.
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May 8th, 2023

The NHL playoffs have seen some surprises but the Florida Panthers are a Cinderella story. They beat the top team in the regular season, the Bruins, then jumped to a 3-0 lead on Toronto.
The NBA playoffs have been wild.The Celtics and Sixers are tied and could go seven in an intense battle.
I’m thrilled that we set a record $12.4 million for pediatric cancer research at the Dickie V gala.
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May 1, 2023

The NBA playoffs saw a few surprises. The Miami Heat as an eight seed stunned top-seeded Milwaukee. Jimmy Butler was dominant with back-to-back40+ point games. The seventh-seeded Lakers knocked off the Memphis Grizzlies.
The NFL draft saw Bryce Young go number one to Carolina. Will Levis of Kentucky fell out of th first round.
The NHL playoffs also saw drama. The Florida Panthers won game seven in overtime in one of the biggest shockers in NHL history. They beat a Bruins team that set a win record in the regular season. The Seattle Kraken, in its first playoff ever, beat the defending Stanley Cup champion Colorado Avalanche."
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April 24, 2023

The NBA playoffs have provided lots of excitement. The New York Knicks took a 3-1 lead over Cleveland. The Celtics took a 3-1 lead over Atlanta. The Lakers took a 2-1 lead over Memphis.
Baseball has seen the Tampa Bay Rays remain on fire. They jumped out to a 19-3 record/ Pittsburgh won seven in a row while the Orioles won six straight.
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April 17, 2023

The NBA playoffs got underway. DeAndre Fox and Malik Monk, former Kentucky teammates combined for 70 points as the Kings won a playoff game for the first time since 2006. The Knicks won game one in Cleveland.

The Boston Bruins finished with 65 regular season wins and 135 points. It was truly a special season.

The Tampa Bay Rays saw their season-opening win streak end at 13 games. It was a nice start!

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April 11, 2023

Congratulations to the NCAA men’s basketball champion UConn Huskies. Danny Hurley’s team won all six tourney games by double figures. Adama Sonogo and Jordan Hawkins led the Huskies to the winner’s circle.
A salute to Masters champion Jon Rahm. He beat Phil Mickelson and Brooks Koepka.
The transfer portal has seen numerous players move. Caleb Love went from North Carolina to Michigan. Denver Jones, who averaged 20 ppg. last season, went from FIU to Auburn. Houston got help adding LJ Cryer from Baylor.
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April 3, 2023

San Diego State and Connecticut advanced to the NCAA mens basketball final. The Aztecs beat Florida Atlantic on a buzzer beater by Lamont Butler.
Congratulations to the wimen’s champion LSU, which beat Caitlin Clark and Iowa in the final. LSU won in Kim Mulkey’s second year as coach.
Congrats to a great CLASS that has truly earned the honor of being selected to the NAISMITH BASKETBALL HALL OF FAME! It included Dewyane Wade, Dirk Nowitzki, Gregg Popovich and Gene Keady among others.
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March 27, 2023

The Final Four is set. Florida Atlantic is the biggest surprise as a ninth seed. The C-USA champion won 35 games under Dusty May.
Connecticut is playing the best basketball, with all four NCAA tourney win by 15 or more points.
Miami surprised Texas, rallying from a 13-point deficit in the second half.
San Diego State knocked off Alabama and Creighton to advance to Houston.
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March 20, 2023

The Sweet 16 is set. The SEC and Big East have three left. The Big 12 has two. The ACC, Mountain West, AAC, Ivy, WCC, Pac-12, Big 10 and C-USA have one each.
We have seen a number of shockers. Kansas and Purdue were 1-seeds ousted. Arizona and Marquette were two-seeds ousted.
Familiar names like Duke, Kansas and Kentucky are missing. Florida Atlantic and Princeton are still alive.
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March 12, 2023

The NCAA Tournament is set. The four #1 seeds were as expected though Kansas got a tough break being sent West. The region includes UCLA, Gonzaga, Arkansas, Connecticut. The East is tough with Purdue, Marquette, Kansas State, Kentucky, Tennessee, Duke, Memphis.
I feel for teams like Clemson, Rutgers and Vanderbilt that were left out. Maybe NC State and Nevada could have been left out. Clemson beat NC State by double figures three times. Vanderbilt beat Kentucky twice, Tennessee, Auburn, Arkansas, Mississippi State and Pittsburgh. Jerry Stackhouse did all he could.
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March 6, 2023


We are a week away from Selection Sunday. This could be the wildest NCAA Tournament ever. The key word is unpredictable. Marquette was picked ninth in the Big East preseason poll and they won the league. Kansas State was picked last in the Big 12 preseason poll and they shined under Jerome Tang.
The NBA saw Milwaukee’s 16-game win streak snapped by Philadelphia.
 “In 2020, Kennesaw State won one game. The Owls are now in the big dance!"
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