Roundball chatter

Updated: July 16, 2014, 3:30 PM ET
By Dick Vitale |

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

• The Missouri Valley Conference made a great decision when it kept its men's basketball tournament in St. Louis through at least 2018. The conference tourney, known as Arch Madness, is a staple during Championship Week.

• Keep Dec. 6 open on your calendar. I am looking forward to a West Coast showdown that day as Gonzaga visits Arizona in a game that could feature two teams in the top 15. It will be fun to watch Sean Miller of the Wildcats and Mark Few of the Zags match wits.

• Indiana added a solid long-range shooter in 6-foot-4 guard Nick Zeisloft from Illinois State. Zeisloft, who earned a degree in finance from Illinois State, will have two years of eligibility remaining. He played two seasons for the Redbirds and was a career 37.3 percent shooter from 3-point range. Zeisloft made 60 3-pointers last season and shot 41.8 percent from long distance.

• Surfing around the Internet, I saw some interesting names on Kelvin Sampson's roster at Houston. Devonta Pollard, who started his career at Alabama, is there. Former Purdue guard Ronnie Johnson is also a Cougar, though he has to sit out the upcoming season as a transfer. There is a young man named Drexler -- Hall of Famer Clyde Drexler's son, Adam, is on the roster. There is also a name veteran basketball observers will recognize as director of basketball operations, Steve Yoder. Sampson also has one of his former stars, ex-Sooner guard Hollis Price, on his support staff.

• Butler suffered a blow when Austin Etherington, a transfer from Indiana, had foot surgery. He is expected to miss three to four months leading up to the season.

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


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