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Roundball chatter

Updated: February 24, 2014, 1:01 PM ET
By Dick Vitale | ESPN.com

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

• Syracuse has found ways to win close games all season long and last week was a perfect example, as diaper dandy Tyler Ennis hit the game-winning shot at the buzzer at Pittsburgh. A few days later, C.J. Fair scored the winning hoop with 6.7 seconds left to beat NC State. Pulling out close calls such as these is the sign of a mature team with a winner's mentality.

• Wichita State just keeps on winning. Gregg Marshall's team deserves a lot of credit for consistency. Remember, the Shockers lost several players from last season's Final Four team, but the beat goes on. Sunday's win over Evansville left Wichita State at 27-0.

• Keep an eye on North Carolina, now winners of six straight games. James McAdoo had 24 points and 12 rebounds in a win over Pittsburgh and if he stays aggressive, the Tar Heels could make some noise. I cannot wait to call the Duke-UNC game Thursday. When these two schools meet, it is always special.

• Congratulations to Gary Williams, Nolan Richardson and Eddie Sutton, who were named finalists for the 2014 class of the Basketball Hall of Fame, and to former NBA commissioner David Stern, who will be inducted this summer in Springfied. It was a no-brainer that Stern was named to the Hall of Fame. In 30 years. he took the NBA to international status!

• I have said it time and time again: players have to be responsible for their actions. Indiana's Hanner Mosquera-Perea was suspended indefinitely after being arrested and charged with driving under the influence.

• Arizona State got a monster win over Arizona. Herb Sendek's team is trying to make it to the big dance, and that victory was a resume-builder. Jermaine Marshall was brilliant scoring 29 points, including a pair of crucial three-pointers in the second overtime. Thanks to the Sun Devils' win, UCLA is one game behind Arizona in the Pac-12 race. The Bruins have won six of their last seven games.

• Mark down March 7 on your calendar. That's when Harvard visits Yale and it could be for the Ivy League title. Both teams are 7-1 in conference play, two games ahead of the field. Yale already won at Harvard this season. The last time Yale made the big dance was 1962.

• Since Valentine's Day was last week, here's my All-Valentine's team: Khallid Hart, Marist; Carrington Love, Green Bay; J.T. Flowers, Yale; Terry Rose, Grambling; Denzel Valentine, Michigan State. Coach: Bob Huggins, West Virginia. Referee: Ted Valentine.

Dick Vitale

College Basketball analyst
Dick Vitale, college basketball's top analyst and ambassador, joined ESPN during the 1979-80 season. His thorough knowledge of the game is brought forth in an enthusiastic, passionate style. Vitale also contributes columns to ESPN.com.

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