Best wishes to a friend of the game

Updated: December 20, 2007, 11:30 PM ET
Free Vitale: Like everyone else in the college basketball universe, our very best wishes for a speedy recovery to our good friend and the game's good friend, Dick Vitale. No one in the game's history has shown greater passion and love for the game and those who play it than Vitale, and he is and has been a truly beautiful person. We are all thinking of you, Dick, and we cannot wait for your return. You're the best.

Better without Durant? Get the net!: Texas was very good last season and could have easily advanced to the Sweet 16 to meet North Carolina in the NCAA Tournament. Remember that Texas, which started four freshmen and a sophomore last season, went 25-10 overall and 12-4 in the Big 12 and lost to Kansas in overtime in the Big 12 title game. The Horns were really good, despite their youth and inexperience.