- Dick Vitale, College Basketball analyst
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Each week I'll talk about the sport I love, college basketball:
Gary Williams must be the ACC coach of the year. His Terps, picked fifth in the ACC preseason poll, got a big W against Duke to tie the Blue Devils for first in the ACC. Now the big question is, who should be ACC Player of the Year? Is it Duke's Jon Scheyer or Maryland's Greivis Vasquez?
NBA scouts love Evan Turner's game; he is Mr. Versatility! The Ohio State star has had a special season and may have been the runaway winner for national player of the year if he wasn't sidelined for about a month due to a back injury.
Notre Dame coach Mike Brey deserves a lot of credit. When Luke Harangody was injured, many teams would have packed it in and moaned about losing a star player. Instead, Notre Dame fought hard and is now in the hunt for an NCAA berth following a win over Connecticut.
It has been a disappointing season for Oklahoma. Its star player, Willie Warren, is done for the season following ankle surgery. Hopefully he will come back and be a major contributor with the Sooners next season.
Buzz Williams has done an amazing job with a team that lost three stars from last year. No Jerel McNeal, Wesley Matthews or Dominic James, yet Marquette played its way into the Big Dance according to the VBDI (Vitale Bald Dome Index).
College coaching can sometimes take a toll. Kentucky coach John Calipari injured his hand during a recent loss at Tennessee. He said he hurt it by punching a clipboard. Frustration can set in when your team is in struggle city, baby!
I have said it many times before, and I will say it again: athletes have to be held accountable for their actions, even if it's late in the season. At Alabama, forward JaMychal Green was suspended for violating team rules.
Good news for fans at Purdue. E'Twaun Moore and JaJuan Johnson have both decided to return to school next season to enjoy their senior campaigns. I am sure Matt Painter is smiling over that decision.
Oregon State coach Craig Robinson received a contract extension. The new two-year deal will take him through the 2015-16 season. Oh, yeah, and Robinson is the brother-in-law of President Barack Obama.
Binghamton decided to pull out of the America East tournament. The school voluntarily withdrew after a four-month investigation into the athletic department found that school officials failed to act when numerous problems were uncovered, including enrollment violations and poor enforcement of academic standards for athletes. I think that was a wise decision by a conflicted college program. Binghamton was 13-18 this season, 8-8 in conference play, and finished in fifth place. Mark Macon did a pretty good job as interim coach considering the circumstances.