- Dick Vitale, College Basketball analyst
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Each week I'll talk about the sport I love, college basketball:
• It will be interesting to watch the debut of Kansas' 6-foot-2 guard Josh Selby. There has been so much hype around Selby and coach Bill Self has to be excited to have him in the equation. USC visits Lawrence for Selby's debut and there should be excitement galore at Allen Field House.
• Coaches have to make difficult decisions. Charlotte's first-year coach Alan Major dismissed leading scorer Shamari Spears, the former Boston College transfer, after he was suspended for the third time in two seasons for violating unspecified rules. Spears was averaging 17 points per game.
• The best diaper dandy combination in America is in Lexington, Kentucky. My friends, John Calipari has a dynamic duo with Terrence Jones inside and Brandon Knight on the perimeter. They will win a lot of games in Big Blue Country this season because of this twosome. Both have put up big numbers at times already. That said, Calipari is also relying on Darius Miller and DeAndre Liggins to come through. That duo has been more aggressive this season.
• Some early season teams that have not lived up to expectations are Virginia Tech, Gonzaga, Butler and UCLA! It is a long season, however, and these teams can certainly bounce back and play the way fans anticipated before the season.
• How about a salute for the Colonial Athetic Association? This is an underrated league when you look at Drexel at 7-1 and coming off an upset of Louisville. George Mason is 8-2, Old Dominion is 8-2 and VCU is 6-3. Coach Buzz Peterson led UNC-Wilmington to a win over Wake Forest. This will be a very competitive conference again this season.
• This is the time of year where some players unhappy with their situation opt to transfer. Whether it is over playing time or other factors, you will see some names in the transactions. UCLA freshman guard Matt Carlino has decided to leave the Bruins, with UNLV as a potential place for him to land.
• Oakland's Keith Benson can flat-out play. Just ask Bruce Pearl about the 26-point, 10-rebound performance against the Vols. There are a lot of players across America that only get big-time recognition when they score an upset.
• On May 20th, 2001, we honor Roy Williams, John Calipari and their two great programs at my Dickie V. Gala. Kentucky fans have reached out, let's hear from some Tar Heels!
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