Commentary

Weekend Roundup

Updated: December 7, 2009, 2:45 PM ET
By Dick Vitale | ESPN.com

It was another exciting weekend of college basketball.

Let's look at some of the things that transpired as we get ready for a big week which includes Kentucky vs. Connecticut at Madison Square Garden, as well as the Jimmy V Classic.

Kentucky and North Carolina had some thrilling moments. I hope you caught some of diaper dandy John Wall's act as he scored 16 points while dishing seven assists. He got the Wildcats off to a fantastic start; the combination of Wall and Patrick Patterson form a dynamite duo that is really impressive. Then you look at the other freshmen like Eric Bledsoe, DeMarcus Cousins, and Daniel Orton and you realize John Calipari has something special going on in Lexington.

That's why Calipari is getting the mega-dollars, to get his 'Cats to rise to the occasion against quality competition. They performed at the highest level and now it is off to the Big Apple for another great stage against Hall of Famer Jim Calhoun and the Huskies.

It was a rough weekend for Ohio State star Evan Turner. He took a terrible fall against Eastern Michigan, suffering a major injury to his vertebrae. He is expected to miss eight weeks and I hope he has a speedy recovery. I want to see him back on the floor so we can see his magical triple-double act. It is a major blow to the people in Buckeye land.

After the weekend, there were 16 teams that had perfect records. Among them was UNLV, who survived a scare against Santa Clara, and New Mexico, who blew out New Mexico State. The ACC lost its last unbeaten squad when Miami-Florida fell in a Maalox Masher at Boston College.

Kansas went out to UCLA and handed the Bruins another L. It has been a tough start for Ben Howland's team, but I believe they will bounce back and be competitive in the wacky Pac-10. Sherron Collins, Cole Aldrich and company continue to roll.

Speaking of the Pac-10, Arizona was handed a double-digit defeat against Oklahoma. Willie Warren enjoyed another fine performance with 25 big points.

Georgetown stayed among the unbeaten squads and will head into a showdown against Butler at the Jimmy V. Tempo will be a big factor. Will Greg Monroe play like the superstar that many projected him to be?

Wake Forest, a bit of a disappointment early in the season (including a home loss to William and Mary), went out to Spokane and rallied to stun Mark Few's 'Zags.

Duke bounced back after the loss at Wisconsin. Let me tell you, that was a good St. John's squad that fell at Cameron Indoor Stadium. The Red Storm will create some noise in the Big East with Paris Horne and DJ Kennedy, plus the potential return of injury-plagued Anthony Mason. This could be the best team Norm Roberts has coached since his arrival on the Jamaica, New York campus.

An injury-plagued Louisville suffered a rough loss at home as Charlotte hit 10 trifectas en route to blowout city. It was the worst home loss for the Cardinals in the Rick Pitino era. When Louisville is back at full strength, it will be business as usual.

College basketball always presents excitement and many storylines. This past weekend was no exception, baby!

Georgetown stayed among the unbeatens heading into a showdown against Butler at the Jimmy V. Tempo will be a big factor. Will Greg Monroe play like the superstar that many projected him to be?

Wake Forest, a bit of a disappointment early in the season (including a home loss to William and Mary), went out to Spokane and rallied to stun Mark Few's Zags.

Duke bounced back after the loss at Wisconsin. Let me tell you, that was a good St. John's squad that fell at Cameron Indoor Stadium. The Red Storm will create some noise in the Big East with Paris Horne and DJ Kennedy, plus the potential return of injury-plagued Anthony Mason. This could be the best team Norm Roberts has coached since his arrival on the Jamaica, New York campus.

An injury-plagued Louisville suffered a rough loss at home as Charlotte hit 10 trifectas en route to blowout city. It was the worst home loss for the Cardinals in the Rick Pitino era. When Louisville is back at full strength, it will be business as usual.

College basketball always presents excitement and many storylines. This past weekend was no exception, baby!

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.