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Updated: March 25, 2009, 2:49 PM ET
By Dick Vitale | ESPN.com

Each week I'll talk about the sport I love, college basketball:

• One of the sad realities of the NCAA tournament is saying farewell to the seniors when their teams get bounced. I just want to say thanks for the memories to some of those players. I loved watching the Marquette trio of Jerel McNeal, Dominic James and Wesley Matthews; James showed so much courage and heart coming back from a broken bone in his foot to compete against Missouri. Jon Brockman poured out his heart and soul at Washington. Darren Collison, Josh Shipp and Alfred Aboya were winners who made it to three straight Final Fours. VCU's Eric Maynor celebrated a big win over Duke. Florida State guard Toney Douglas was one of the most underrated players in America. Ben Woodside of North Dakota State put up 60 points in a game earlier this season. LSU's Marcus Thornton was SEC Player of the Year. Think about what Luke Nevill accomplished at Utah. The list goes on and on, baby! All of them were seniors and each made the sport so special to cover.

• I hope UCLA's Jrue Holiday decides to return to school next season. I think he needs UCLA more than the school needs him. He needs to get better to become a star. Holiday has lots of potential but another year in school, gaining more discipline, experience and practice time.

• You can expect a number of players to come out and say they are going to test the waters in pursuit of the NBA draft. Maryland's Greivis Vasquez previously said he would look into entering the draft. Now N.C. State's Brandon Costner has declared his intention for the draft.

• The Sweet 16 was like a chalkboard. Only two schools advanced as lower seeds-- Purdue at #5, Arizona at #12. Only three schools in the Sweet 16 had never been to the Final Four: Missouri, Gonzaga and Xavier. Could this be the year they break through?

• The Big East (5) and Big 12 (3) had half of the participants in the Sweet 16. The ACC and Big Ten had two apiece.

• Boston University is looking for a head coach and I have a candidate for them to consider. How about Connecticut assistant Andre LaFleur? He was a star at Northeastern and has had an excellent teacher in Hall of Famer Jim Calhoun. LaFleur would be able to recruit well in New England.

• I was saddened by the news of Butch Komives' passing. The former Bowling Green star went on to a career in the NBA.

Dick Vitale

College Basketball analyst
Dick Vitale, college basketball's top analyst and ambassador, joined ESPN during the 1979-80 season. His thorough knowledge of the game is brought forth in an enthusiastic, passionate style. Vitale also contributes columns to ESPN.com.