Commentary

Roundball chatter

Updated: August 6, 2012, 12:42 PM ET
By Dick Vitale | ESPN.com

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

• A number of in-season tournament matchups have been announced. One that I am really looking forward to is the Legends Classic in Brooklyn from November 19-20. One semifinal really stands out, as UCLA takes on Georgetown. Indiana meets Georgia in the other semifinal, and a potential Indiana-UCLA showdown in the final would be an outstanding game. Don't count out the Hoyas or the young and improving Bulldogs. It should be a great two days of hoops.

• The development of one Bruin diaper dandy has been delayed. 6-foot-9 Tony Parker suffered a strained left hamstring last week and will be sidelined two to four weeks. He was a 2012 McDonald's All-American and part of one of the premier recruiting classes in the nation. He will be back in plenty of time for the start of the season.

• The NCAA sent another message out, loud and clear. Central Florida's self-reported penalties for infractions were not enough and the program is ineligible for the NCAA men's basketball tournament this season. I think that was the right decision by the NCAA as it continues to crack down on wrongdoing.

• Mike Davis is back on a college sideline. The former Indiana and UAB coach is taking over as the interim coach at Texas Southern after Tony Harvey resigned for personal reasons. Texas Southern finished 15-18 overall last season but was third in the SWAC at 12-6 in league competition.

• Another school currently playing overseas in August is Cuonzo Martin's Tennessee Volunteers. His squad will gain experience traveling to Italy. They will play four games in 10 days while making stops in Rome, Vatican City, Florence, Pisa, the Republic of San Marino, Lake Como and Milan.

• Missouri is also taking a trip, part of a five-game, 10-day tour of Europe. That should help Frank Haith's team get acquainted since there are so many new faces. Among the transfers playing this season is former Connecticut forward Alex Oriakhi, who will be eligible right away for the Tigers.

• Year number two for the tournament known as the Battle 4 Atlantis should be special. Last year, Harvard was the surprise winner in a field which included Connecticut and Florida State. This year, Louisville, Duke, Memphis, Missouri, VCU, Minnesota and Stanford are all part of the event.

• All the best to record-breaking coach Don Meyer, who recently had a pacemaker put in. Meyer retired with 923 victories during his illustrious career.

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 ESPN.com.