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Roundball chatter

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

• Congratulations to coach Mike Krzyzewski on his 903rd win. It was so special to have Bobby Knight calling that game and it was an amazing moment at Madison Square Garden to see pupil and mentor together. You will never see a scenario like that again where a student breaks his teacher's record.

• I think that one early-season trend that has bothered me is the number of times officials have gone to the monitor. It really slows a game down, taking away the rhythm. I understand officials want to make sure of things and make the right calls, but I have seen some occasions where it dragged the game down.

• Will the SEC be the haves and have-nots this season? You have to wonder when South Carolina loses to Elon and LSU falls to Coastal Carolina. The top teams like Kentucky, Florida, Alabama, Vanderbilt and even Mississippi State will be special.

• Arizona's Sean Miller is already a rising star in the coaching profession but his stock is climbing even further. Right now he has the top recruiting class coming in, led by Brandon Ashley out of Findlay Prep.

• There have been so many shocks early in the season. Long Beach State beat Pittsburgh. Presbyterian stunned Cincinnati. Loyola-Marymount and Middle Tennessee State over UCLA. That is why the sport is so great, the fact it is so unpredictable. You don't see those kind of upsets in college football. It creates excitement galore.

• St. John's has an interesting young team. Steve Lavin's squad doesn't have depth, but they are aggressive and always attacking the basket. Against Texas A&M last week, the Red Storm went to the foul line 38 times while the Aggies went three times. The problem was, St. John's missed 16 from the charity stripe and lost by one point. This club will be tough because of its penetration ability and attacking style. They will get better with experience.