Dick Vitale sat down with us for an exclusive interview to discuss college hoops
There’s no greater ambassador and evangelist for college basketball than Dick Vitale, who was on the mic for ESPN’s first college hoops broadcast on Dec. 5, 1979 (DePaul 90, Wisconsin 77) and has been sharing his passion for the game with appreciative audiences ever since. Athlon Sports sat down for some preseason analysis, banter and bombast in an exclusive Q&A with Vitale
Kris Joseph leads experienced Orange squad that adds three standout freshmen
Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim will bring one of his most experienced teams into his 36th campaign. The Orange will feature four returning starters along with several reserves who played key roles off the bench last season. In addition, Boeheim has added three standout freshmen, including two McDonald’s All-Americans, into his rotation.
John Jenkins leads experienced, talented Commodores team hoping to make deep NCAA Tournament run
There was no press conference. No proclamations on Twitter. Nothing fancy. Just a simple press release. On April 20, Vanderbilt sent an email to announce that Festus Ezeli, John Jenkins and Jeffery Taylor would be back in school for the 2011-12 season.
Can Jeremy Lamb lead a young Huskies team back to the Final Four?
Expectations remain the same as previous seasons for the defending national champion UConn Huskies. “To make the NCAA Tournament and go as deep as we can,” coach Jim Calhoun says. “That’s exactly what I said last year. Actually, we went pretty deep.
Few programs reflect the way the expectations game works in college basketball today better than Rick Pitino’s University of Louisville program. Big East coaches picked the Cardinals to finish eighth last season. They came in third. Twice, Louisville defeated Connecticut, the team that won the NCAA title. The Cards were the Big East Tournament runner-up.