Roundball chatter

Updated: December 30, 2013, 3:19 PM ET
By Dick Vitale | ESPN.com

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

• The loss of Mitch McGary is a major blow to Michigan, as he has elected to have back surgery and his return this season is said to be highly doubtful. He had already missed three of the team's first 11 games and was averaging less than 10 points and 25 minutes per game. McGary's back has been an issue since the preseason.

• Before the season, Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim was ...

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