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  • Louisville coach Rick Pitino will try again for his career college win number 500 when his Cardinals take on Purdue at the Wooden Tradition in Indianapolis on Saturday. Pitino went for 500 last week but Louisville fell to Dayton. While Pitino goes for win 500, Boilermakers coach Matt Painter will be on the sidelines for his one hundredth collegiate game.

  • Meanwhile Pitino had to suspended Derrick Caracter for a violation of curfew. I have said it before and I will say it again, players have to be held accountable for their actions. Caracter showed a lack of responsibility and will pay the price again. It is a shame that a talented young man cannot abide by a simple rule such as a curfew.

  • You have to love the scheduling of Notre Dame this season. The Irish, currently riding a 25-game homecourt win streak, play just four of their first 14 games away from South Bend -- three at the Paradise Jam and one at Madison Square Garden. Notre Dame beat Kansas State in that contest. The Irish have five straight games at home before going to Marquette on January 12th.

  • Interesting game this weekend when UAB and Kentucky hook up. You may remember the intensity shown by Mike Davis when he coached against the Wildcats when he served as Indiana's head coach! Meanwhile Kentucky fans will remember those three letters, U-A-B from the upset in the NCAA tournament second round back in 2004. This match-up takes place in Louisville. The 'Cats actually have a three-week stretch in between contests at Rupp Arena (December 1 vs. North Carolina through December 22nd against Tennessee Tech).

  • Another game of interest features New Mexico and Texas Tech. Yes my friends, people will talk about that because of the coaching showdown between teacher and pupil, Robert Montgomery Knight of the Red Raiders and Steve Alford of the Lobos. I think both coaches are much more concerned with the play of their respective teams than anything else.

  • While on the subject of teacher vs. student, this weekend in Connecticut, Hall of Fame coach Jim Calhoun and his Huskies meet up with former assistant coach Tom Moore and his Quinnipiac squad. Calhoun has felt his relationship with Moore was like a father and his son, so that contest should be emotional.

  • California has a solid, underrated talent in Ryan Anderson. He is averaging almost a double-double, leading the Pac-10 in scoring at 22.7 ppg. while grabbing 9.4 boards per outing.

  • Keep an eye on the Commodores of Vanderbilt. Kevin Stallings' squad is off to a 10-0 start for the first time since 2003-04, when the team opened 12-0. Vandy rallied from an 18-point deficit to win at DePaul in overtime on Wednesday. Center A.J. Ogilvy out of Australia is a diaper dandy who has not received enough publicity so far; he has been a difference-maker up front.

  • How about a salute to VMI senior forward Reggie Williams. Earlier in the week he hit 17-of-22 shots from the field, scored 43 points and grabbed 10 rebounds in a game against a school called Newport News Apprentice. The Keydets put up 112 points for the game. Teammate Chavis Holmes added 30 in that contest. Wow, 73 of the team's 112 points, that is a pretty good night!

  • The WAC and the Great Alaska Shootout have worked out a deal where the conference will send a team to the event for the next five years. That is a good move for both parties and the conference will get good exposure from competing in that event.

  • CJ Giles, playing in his first game in 20 months, struggled in his debut for Oregon State. He did not even attempt a field goal, finishing with two free throws in a win over Cal State-Bakersfield. The former Kansas big man is too talented and he will contribute in time for coach Jay John.

  • Tough news for a couple of LA schools. UCLA's James Keefe will redshirt as he recovers from a shoulder injury. USC's Kasey Cunningham suffered a knee injury in practice earlier in the week.

    Dick Vitale coached the Pistons and the University of Detroit before broadcasting ESPN's first college basketball game in December 1979. Send him a question for possible use on ESPNEWS.