Roundball chatter

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

• Congratulations to Louisville coach Rick Pitino, former Virginia All-American Ralph Sampson and official Hank Nichols for being among the finalists for the Basketball Hall of Fame. I have said many times that Pitino belomgs in the Hall. Also among the finalists were Reggie Miller, Don Nelson, Bernard King and Jamaal Wilkes.

• Kansas really showed something by coming back from a 19-point deficit to beat Missouri and win an eighth straight Big 12 regular-season title. It is truly an amazing accomplishment for Bill Self and company. Thomas Robinson showed why it is neck-and-neck with Anthony Davis of Kentucky for national Player of the Year honors.

• Congrats also to Rice coach Ben Braun on his 600th victory. He earned it in a win over Central Florida. Braun is the 12th active Division I coach with 600 wins. Southern Mississippi's Larry Eustachy added to the milestone list from Conference USA with his 400th overall victory.

• South Florida is now 11-5 in the Big East following a huge win over Cincinnati. This is a program with 18 Ws overall. Split the final two regular season games against Louisville and West Virginia, and win a game or two in the Big East tournament at Madison Square Garden and the selection committee will have as hard time keeping Stan Heath's team out of the big dance.

• I hear a lot of people talking about the things that Duke doesn't do well. I will tell you something they do well -- find ways to win! Mike Krzyzewski has a team that could win the ACC regular-season title. They can shoot the trifecta and make big plays at winning time.

• Some may wonder about North Carolina's win over Virginia. Any victory on the road is a good one, especially against a team that loves the control tempo and take you out of your rhythm. I am sure that Hall of Fame coach Roy Williams is happy to have the W in his pocket.