Vitale: Roundball chatter

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

• Virginia Tech coach Seth Greenberg suffered a blow when forward J. T. Thompson was lost for the season after tearing the ACL in his left knee during a pickup basketball game. Thompson was the Hokies' fourth-leading scorer with 7.3 points per game in 34 contests last season. He was expected to contribute even more this season, complimenting the likes of Malcolm Delaney and Jeff Allen.

• I really believe Harrison Barnes will be next superstar down in Chapel Hill! The reports on the diaper dandy have been very positive. He was on top of my recent list of dazzling dozen diaper dandies.

• I hope the new NCAA president Mark Emmert does something to speed up the process in eligibility situations like Kentucky's Enes Kanter. It seems unfair to the player and the school to be forced to wait for a long time. I know the NCAA is holding an investigation, but it takes so long to get an answer.

• In the Big East, word is that Syracuse, Pittsburgh and Villanova are going to be the three best in the league! It is going to be very competitive again as you cannot count out the likes of Georgetown either. West Virginia will not be an easy opponent. St. John's has a veteran team. Louisville will be fine and tougher in Pitino's Palace. Never count out Jim Calhoun and Connecticut. Notre Dame, even without Luke Harangody, will also be competitive. The beat goes on in the conference, baby!

• It is official as the Big 12 has settled with the two schools leaving the league. Colorado plans to leave for the Pac-10 on June 30, 2011. Nebraska becomes an official member of the Big Ten on July 1, 2011. It will be interesting to see how the Buffaloes and Cornhuskers are treated by fans in the Big 12 this season. New Buffs coach Tad Boyle and Nebraska's Doc Sandler will have a challenge. Both will find hostile environments on the road for sure this season.