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Roundball chatter

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

•  The Big Ten has to be happy as three of its members reached the Sweet 16 -- Michigan, Michigan State and Wisconsin.

•  Do you think coaching experience matters at this point of the season? Five coaches who have won the NCAA championship before are in this year's Sweet 16: Tom Izzo, Billy Donovan, Rick Pitino, Steve Fisher and John Calipari.

•  The coaching carousel continues to spin. This is a tough time of year for coaches getting the Ziggy. Guys not returning to their respective schools include Steve Donahue (Boston College), Jeff Bzdelik (Wake Forest), James Johnson (Virginia Tech), Ken Bone (Washington State) and Brad Huse (Montana State).

•  In more positive coaching news, the finalists for the Naismith Coach of the Year were announced. Wichita State's Gregg Marshall, Michigan's John Beilein, Virginia's Tony Bennett, SMU's Larry Brown and Florida's Billy Donovan are the five finalists for the award.

•  Buzz Williams left Marquette for the Virginia Tech job. He got a long-term contract to help turn things around in Blacksburg. While the job is challenging, I love his energy and enthusiasm.

•  The NCAA tournament produced a number of emotional moments for players finishing their collegiate careers. For guys like Doug McDermott of Creighton, Aaron Craft of Ohio State, C.J. Fair of Syracuse, Sean Kilpatrick of Cincinnati, Kendall Williams of New Mexico and Chaz Williams of Massachusetts, to name a few, the end was bittersweet.