Every Friday I will give my thoughts on the game I love, college basketball.
Kansas State diaper dandy Michael Beasley has to be considered for National Player of the Year. He put on a show when the Wildcats knocked off previously-unbeaten Kansas earlier in the week. Beasley did it on offense, on defense and on the glass. He is a special player my friends! He is super, scintillating and sensational! Frank Martin's team has also been aided by a healthy Bill Walker.
Suspensions at Connecticut, Arkansas, Eastern Michigan (dismissal), Kansas State, New Mexico State, and the incident involving Missouri players missing curfew (plus Stefhon Hannah injured in an alercation) ... when is this going to stop. Young men are being held accountable for their actions, and the bottom line is they must use better judgment to avoid these situations.
It is an interesting Saturday in the Big East. It marks the first time in conference history that eight league games will be played on the same day. Five of the eight games will be televised nationally, either on the ESPN family of networks, on CBS or through national syndication. The schedule includes Syracuse at Villanova, Marquette at Cincinnati, Pittsburgh at Connecticut, Rutgers at Louisville, DePaul at Notre Dame, West Virginia at Providence, Seton Hall at Georgetown and St. John's at South Florida. Wow, there are some pretty big games among those eight league showdowns.
At this time of year, the busiest people in college basketball are the members of the NCAA selection committee. George Mason AD Tom O'Connor and his committee are going to a lot of games, watching a lot of teams and preparing for a challenging task. They have to find the best 34 at-large teams to fill out the field of 65, and my friends, it is a thankless job at times. The committee does an incredible job, and there will always be a debate about the final few teams that get into the big dance.
It is time for Billy Donovan to get credit for an amazing situation at Florida. How many schools could lose the talent the defending two-time champs lost and still contend for an NCAA berth? Nick Calathes has been an unsung diaper dandy and Marreese Speights has really improved inside. Florida is making some noise in the SEC!
Bobby Gonzalez has to be proud of his Seton Hall Pirates. His team almost blew a big second-half lead before responding to the challenge in overtime to get past state rival Rutgers. Eugene Harvey is another guy who needs some more publicity.
Tom Izzo has to be happy with the way his Spartans have responded after the loss at Iowa. Michigan State is off to its best start in school history after a win over Illinois.
Dick Vitale coached the Pistons and the University of Detroit before broadcasting ESPN's first college basketball game in December 1979. Send him a question for possible use on ESPNEWS.