- Dick Vitale, College Basketball analyst
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Each week, I write about the sport I love, college basketball:
• Missouri ended its coaching search by hiring Kim Anderson, a former assistant coach under Norm Stewart. Anderson had success in Division II, winning the 2014 national championship at Central Missouri. It will be interesting to see how he fares in the SEC. Elsewhere, Southern Mississippi hired former Nebraska coach Doc Sadler to replace Donnie Tyndall, who went to Tennessee.
• Texas was the big winner in the Myles Turner recruiting sweepstakes. Schools like Duke and Kansas were also in the running. Texas coach Rick Barnes has an experienced team returning, and adding Turner to the mix means a preseason top-20 ranking, for sure.
• The ACC/Big Ten Challenge matchups are out, and there will be a number of exciting showdowns. They'll include Duke-Wisconsin, Michigan-Syracuse, Louisville-Ohio State, Iowa-North Carolina, Michigan State-Notre Dame, Maryland-Virginia and Pittsburgh-Indiana. All I can say is WOW!
• Chane Behanan never played a game for Colorado State. After transferring from Louisville, Behanan decided to enter the NBA draft instead of performing for the Rams.
• Guard Naadir Tharpe of Kansas will not return to Lawrence for his senior season; he wants to move closer to home. Kansas inked point guard Devonte Graham, who was originally supposed to attend Appalachian State before changing his mind. Also moving on is Maryland guard Seth Allen, who announced his plans to transfer.
• Notre Dame, Florida State, Providence and Massachusetts headline the teams participating in the 2014 Hall of Fame Tip-Off. The tournament concludes with the championship game on Nov. 23 at Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Connecticut.
• You can go home again. James Dickey, most recently the head coach at Houston, has returned to Oklahoma State as an assistant. He also served there as an assistant in the 2000s.
Each week, Dick Vitale compiles news, notes and observations about the sport he loves, college basketball.