Roundball chatter

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

• The Maui Invitational has, as always, put together a great field for 2012. The Tar Heels of North Carolina and first-time participant Butler headline the field in Hawaii. Also included are Illinois, Marquette, Mississippi State, Southern California, Texas and host school Chaminade.

• Lon Kruger has inherited a tough suituation. Oklahoma has asked the NCAA to place its men's basketball program on two more years of probation and vacate all wins from the 2009-10 season for two major rules violations by former assistant coach Oronde Taliaferro. I know that Kruger will get the program back on track in the long run.

• Disappointing development out at UCLA. Coach Ben Howland suspended Jerime Anderson indefinitely from all team activities and at least the 2011-12 season-opener against Loyola Marymount following his recent arrest on suspicion of grand theft in connection with the theft of a laptop. The senior guard was expected to be a PTPer for the Bruins this season. Time will tell how this plays out.

• So sad as Big Blue Nation must be heartbroken hearing about the death of Desmond Allison, who was at UK under Tubby Smith.

• More tough news. I have said that life is all about making the right decisions. Former Charlotte star Rodney White, a former NBA first-round pick, was arrested for his involvement in a marijuana-producing operation. If you get with the wrong crowd, you pay the price.

• Mark down December10 on your calendar. Jared Sullinger and Ohio State take on Thomas Robinson and Kansas that day. It should be a great one, baby!