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Roundball chatter

Updated: November 18, 2010, 4:57 PM ET
By Dick Vitale | ESPN.com

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

• There have been a lot of surprising results involving schools from power conferences early this season. Look at Kennesaw State over Georgia Tech; Nicholls State over LSU; South Dakota State over Iowa; Gardner-Webb over Charlotte; Appalachian State over Tulsa; Arkansas-Little Rock over SMU; and NC-Asheville over Auburn.

What these scores tell me is there are a lot of good players who don't receive enough recognition. There is a lot of competition in college basketball.

• After calling the Butler-Louisville game on Tuesday night, I can tell you that the Yum Center is even better than I expected. It is a beautiful building with everything you would want. I was really impressed with the facilities; it is a lot different than when I coached at Detroit!

• Watching a few games this week, I hope the officials can keep the games moving. There are times I see talking and play slowing down, especially when teams should be going right to the foul line to attempt free throws.

• I am really looking forward to seeing Illinois and Texas at Madison Square Garden on Thursday at Madison Square Garden. Bruce Weber has a veteran club with Demetri McCamey returning to school and passing on the NBA. Jordan Hamilton is off to a fast start and I had him as one of my breakthrough players this season. Rick Barnes is just two wins away from 500 and he could get there if the Longhorns win the 2K Sports event benefitting Coaches vs. Cancer.

Shelvin Mack showed why he is one of the premier perimeter players in America in the loss to the Cardinals. At one point he had 17 of his team's 21 points. I think he is going to have a special season.

• Kansas State really showed something in its win over Virginia Tech Tuesday. Think about this ... All-Solid Gold guard Jacob Pullen played just two minutes in the first half, thanks to three quick fouls. Frank Martin's team still got to the winner's circle and that was impressive against Malcolm Delaney and company.

• Even though St. John's lost to St. Mary's, I feel the Red Storm will make it to the big dance. Steve Lavin has brought enthusiasm back to the Big Apple and his kids fought hard, even in defeat. Facing the Gaels on ghe road is a tough task, and it will help his team in the long run.

• Major news for the Hoosier fans as 6-11 super high school star Cody Zeller said yes to Tom Crean. Zeller is a great recruit who will make a major impact!

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.