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Roundball Chatter for Dec. 31

Updated: December 31, 2012, 12:26 PM ET
By Dick Vitale | ESPN.com

• If you don't think the NCAA rule which allows a player immediate eligibility when transferring is a factor, just look at Arizona and Missouri. Mark Lyons, who came to the Wildcats from Xavier, and Alex Oriakhi (ex-Connecticut to Mizzou) have been important members of their new teams. Lyons hit the winning two free throws in a victory over San Diego State. He also had the winning bucket vs. Florida. Oriakhi gives the Tigers size and muscle up front. Sean Miller and Frank Haith should be thrilled with those additions. 

• I was happy for coach Kevin Ollie of Connecticut for getting a five-year contract. He rolled up his sleeves and went to work, earning his new deal. The move will help the school in recruiting, erasing any doubts of those who may have questioned Ollie's status for the future.

• There are several reasons that Wyoming is still among the unbeaten in college basketball. Larry Shyatt's team has four players averaging in double figures, led by Leonard Washington up front. He's putting up 14.8 points and 8.7 rebounds per game. Another is the Cowboys' effort on defense, a staple of Shyatt's teams in the past. Wyoming is giving up 54.5 PPG while holding opponents below 39 percent from the field. 

• What a difference a year makes. Georgetown sophomore Greg Whittington averaged 4.3 points and 2.9 rebounds playing just over 20 minutes per game last season. This campaign, he is averaging 12.5 PPG and 7.4 RPG while playing over 35 minutes per contest. He is one reason why the Hoyas are 10-1.

• A number of tournament fields were announced for 2013 events. In Puerto Rico, the tournament is set with Auburn, Charlotte, Florida State, Georgetown, Kansas State, Long Beach State, Michigan and VCU. The Old Spice Classic in Orlando is set with Butler, LSU, Memphis, Oklahoma State, Purdue, Saint Josephs, Siena and Washington State. Among the teams in the DirectTV field in Anaheim are Arizona State, College of Charleston, Creighton, George Washington, Marquette, Miami and San Diego State. The Charleston Classic includes Temple, New Mexico, Georgia and Clemson.  The Hawaiian Airlines Diamond Head Classic includes George Mason, Hawaii, Iowa State, Saint Marys, Oregon State and South Carolina. 

• It may take a little time to get his rhythm back, but Saint Louis is happy to see Kwamain Mitchell in the lineup. After missing the first 11 games of the season, he had five assists and four points in 19 minutes in a victory over Southern Illinois-Edwardsville.

• Sean Kilpatrick of Cincinnati has had a solid season, but he picked a bad time to have an off shooting night. He went five-of-22 from the floor in a Bearcat loss to New Mexico, 55-54. If he had made one more shot from the field ... 

•  UCLA got a big win over Missouri. By the end of the season, Shabazz Muhammad may be the best diaper dandy around; he had 27 big points against the Tigers.

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.