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Roundball Chatter for Nov. 19-25

• So far this season, I have seen a number of good teams, but there are very few dominant squads. Indiana was pushed to overtime by Georgetown. Louisville was tested by Northern Iowa as Ben Jacobson's team rallied from a 40-22 deficit to almost pull off the upset in the Bahamas. Michigan was tested by Pittsburgh at Madison Square Garden. It is going to be an interesting season with lots of parity, my friends.

Morehead State had no choice but to suspend coach Sean Woods for one game. He must learn to use his fire in a positive manner. Woods, the former Kentucky Wildcat, has the making of a solid coach.

Greg Whittington and Otto Porter Jr. are going to be very special players all season long for Georgetown. Coach John Thompson III is relying on them big-time to play well night in and nght out. Porter is so versatile, doing so many things well. He can score, rebound, pass and block shots. They are super sophs for the Hoyas, and I believe Georgetown is a top 25 team. The Hoyas gave Indiana all it could handle in Brooklyn in the final of the Legends Classic.

• There was tough injury news in the Big Ten. Penn State was dealt a serious blow when point guard Tim Frazier was lost for the rest of the season with a ruptured left Achilles tendon. Coach Patrick Chambers said Frazier plans to apply for a fifth year of eligibility on a medical redshirt. The preseason All-Big Ten selection finished the year averaging 16.3 points over four games. The senior led the Big Ten in assists last season. Diaper dandy Gary Harris of Michigan State has a sprained left shoulder and will be out two to three weeks.

Larry Drew II of UCLA looks like a different player than when he was at North Carolina. I saw him in the Legends Classic and he had a lot more confidence handling the ball and running the Bruins offense. It is going to take a little time for Ben Howland's team to play as a unit, especially with Shabazz Muhammad missing some time. They will eventually be a very tough team. UCLA also lost Tyler Lamb, who elected to leave the program and has been granted his release.

• Congratulations to the newest group entering the college basketball Hall of Fame. It is led by former Georgetown star Patrick Ewing, who I placed as the number one player during my 30-plus years of calling games at ESPN. Also making it were Winston-Salem State's Earl "The Pearl" Monroe, Phil Ford of the Tar Heels, Kansas star Clyde Lovellette, Kenny Sailors of Wyoming and Grambling's Willis Reed; coaches Joe B. Hall of Kentucky and Virginia Union's Dave Robbins, as well as contributors Jim Host and Joe Dean Sr.

• Somebody that I believe should be in the college Hall of Fame but is not is Howard Garfinkel. Super Garf of Five-Star fame has meant so much to the sport of college basketball over the years. I know that Bob Knight and Mike Krzyzewski echo my sentiments that be deserves that honor.

• When watching so many offenses try to run-baby-run, I believe that patience and poise equal points. Hard work will pay off in the long run, especially come tournament time when scoring is more challenging.

• Hoop lovers, the Missouri Valley Conference needs some love. Commish Doug Elgin's league is underrated. Creighton beat Wisconsin; Wichita State beat VCU; Illinois State is solid; Northern Iowa took Louisville to the wire; Drake tested California.

• Congrats to Jack Taylor of Grinnell for shattering the NCAA scoring record by putting in 138. My question is, what happened to the defense and why did his coach press the entire game?