Roundball chatter

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

• College basketball started on Monday night. St. John's showed its youth in the first half against William and Mary, trailing by seven at halftime. Steve Lavin's kids, led by Mike Dunlap as the interim boss, grew up in a hurry in the second half and rolled to an opening win. Arizona was pushed by Valparaiso for a half before winning its debut. I think Sean Miller's team is ready for big things out west.

• I cannot wait to call the Michigan State-North Carolina game on the USS Carl Vinson on Friday. It is going to be so special on Veterans Day. I am looking forward to seeing my buddies Dan Shulman and Jay Bilas as I start my 33rd season of calling games.

• It is going to take a great effort to beat this Kentucky team. They are loaded. Good times are ahead for Big Blue Nation. John Calipari simply reloads with great talent.

• I feel for Virginia Tech coach Seth Greenberg as his forward T. J. Thompson. For the second straight season, Thompson is out with a torn ACL, this one suffered at a recent practice. One year, one ACL, another year, the other ACL.The kid worked so hard to rehab from last year's injury, and now he is done for this season. My heart goes out to them.

• Hoops is here baby and in college basketball, teams like Boise State get a legit shot at the gold prize. That is why the sport is light years ahead of college football, where a school can dominate, go undefeated and still have no shot at the national title. I feel for the likes of the Broncos, as well as Houston, two unbeaten football teams that will not get the opportunity to play for a championship.