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Second season starting

Updated: December 29, 2008, 5:39 PM ET
By Dick Vitale | ESPN.com

We are starting the second phase of the college basketball season. I break down college basketball into four quarters -- the pre-conference schedule, league play, conference tournament action and then March Madness, the greatest three weeks in all of sports. The final quarter is for the big prize, the national championship and the right to cut down the nets in Detroit.

In the first part of the season, there were a number of surprises and disappointments. Now teams will be tested as we ...

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