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Roundball chatter

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

• Tommy Amaker has a chance to bring hoop hysteria to Harvard. This is the year Harvard goes dancing! The Crimson won 23 games last season and Amaker thinks the program can take the next step. Keep an eye on the Crimson in the Ivy League!

• I wish all the best to Saint Louis coach and former ESPN colleague, Rick Majerus. He eats, drinks and sleeps college basketball and recently had a stent inserted into his heart. He plans to be on the sidelines coaching the Billikens this season.

• Butler coach Brad Stevens has to be thrilled that former All-SEC guard Rotnei Clarke will transfer in from Arkansas. Clarke will sit out the upcoming season but will be eligible in 2012-13. He averaged over 15 points per game for the Razorbacks last season.

• I cannot wait for college hoops to start, and a lot of pairings were announced for tournaments being run by the Gazelle Group. I have always felt that Rick Giles and his team have done a great job for college basketball. In the 2K Sports Classic, the semifinal match-ups at Madison Square Garden feature Mississippi State vs. Texas A&M and St. John's against Arizona on November 17. The Legends Classic at the Meadowlands on August 19th features Vanderbilt against NC State and Texas versus Oregon State. At the CBE event at Sprint Center in Kansas City, Mo., on Monday, November 21, Missouri will meet Notre Dame and that game will be followed by California taking on Georgia.

• I am excited about the Michigan-Memphis and Kansas-Georgetown showdowns out at the Maui Invitational quarterfinals. The other games in the round include UCLA vs. host Chaminade and Duke against Tennessee. This is an incredible tourney, baby!

• Out in Puerto Rico on November 17, Alabama meets Maryland and Colorado faces Wichita State in one half of the bracket in San Juan. The other half features Purdue vs. Iona and Temple against Western Michigan. That field is loaded, my friends.