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The best games of my career

Updated: February 26, 2014, 9:53 PM ET
By Dick Vitale | ESPN.com

Tyler Ennis, Quinn CookRich Barnes/Getty ImagesA record crowd of more than 35,000 watched Tyler Ennis and Syracuse beat Duke in overtime earlier this season.

I have been so fortunate to call so many great basketball games during my 35 years at ESPN.

It has been like stealing money -- sitting courtside, seeing the crème de la crème in college hoops squaring off. Picking the best games over my career is a difficult task.

Recently, I was blessed to call two Duke-Syracuse games. That led me to thinking about picking a super six games that I have called over the years. People have asked me to list my favorites, and I want to give the fans what they want, baby! 

It is not easy to pick just six, but here it goes.

North Carolina vs. Virginia, Feb. 10, 1983: A game featuring two superstars in Michael Jordan and Ralph Sampson. Virginia led by 10 with four minutes left when the Tar Heels staged an amazing rally. UNC came back and won by one point.

Duke vs. North Carolina, Feb. 2, 1995: The Tar Heels were expected to blow out the Blue Devils, but you throw out the records when these rivals meet. Jeff Capel hit a shot for for the ages that extended the game. Carolina came through and prevailed.

Georgetown vs. Connecticut, 1996 Big East tournament final: Ray Allen and Connecticut edged Allen Iverson and Georgetown by one.

Kentucky vs. Indiana, Dec. 10, 2011: The Hoosiers knocked off then-No. 1 Kentucky as Christian Watford hit the game-winning shot.

Louisville vs. Notre Dame, Feb. 9, 2013: It took five overtimes, but the Irish handed the Cardinals their last loss of the season. Louisville went on to cut down the nets in Atlanta.

Duke vs. Syracuse, Feb. 1, 2014: An overtime thriller in the two teams' first meeting as ACC foes. That game had high energy as the Carrier Dome was packed. Duke's Rasheed Sulaimon hit a dramatic 3-pointer to send it to overtime, but the Orange held on for the win.

I could have picked a number of other games, like an Arizona-Stanford game which was decided by a buzzer-beater. There were classic showdowns in the Big Ten and SEC that did not make my final list.

There you have it: my super six games that I have called during my career.

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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