Roundball Chatter for Feb. 11
• In all of my years calling college basketball games for ESPN, I cannot remember a conference having more exciting moments than the Big Ten this season Think about last week, with Michigan-Ohio State, Illinois-Indiana and Wisconsin-Michigan. WOW!
• With the shot clock and the three-point shot, it amazes me how many teams don't get to the 60-point mark in games. Come on, shoot the rock better, baby!
• Miami used to be known for football, football, football. Now the Hurricanes are making some big noise in hoops. Jim Larranaga has his team unbeaten in the ACC and Miami is drawing big-time attention. LeBron James and Dwyane Wade were there for the win over North Carolina last weekend. Did they give up the cash for their seats? Congrats to the 'Canes for their roll.
• My sympathy to St. John's coach Steve Lavin on the passing of his father, Cap. The senior Lavin was a fixture out in the Bay Area and a loss to college basketball.
• The pairings for the final edition of BracketBusters are out. The marquee game to me is Creighton against St. Mary's. Wow, Doug McDermott and Matthew Dellavedova should put on quite a show. This event has helped improve the RPI of several bubble teams over the years. This season, a team like Indiana State can help its cause with a win over Iona. Nate Wolters of South Dakota State, who recently put up 53 points in a game, is also in this year's event. There are plenty of quality teams in the BracketBusters, and it will be missed.
• Michigan gave John Beilein a nice birthday gift. His Wolverines won a hard-fought game over the Buckeyes. It was a great game at Crisler and a great present for the Michigan coach. Unfortunately life in the Big Ten is so rough, the Wolverines fell at Wisconsin. Beilein's recent schedule was like root canal -- at Indiana, Ohio State, at Wisconsin and then at Michigan State.
• How big was the Illinois win over Indiana? Lock Illinois in the big dance. If there are 68 better than we have some really good teams. The Illini has too many big W's to be denied ... Indiana, Ohio State, Butler, Gonzaga.
• I am so excited with the news that I will call games at the Final Four for the first time in my career. I will serve as the analyst, calling a semifinal and the championship for ESPN International. I am thrilled for this awesome opportunity to sit courtside for the NCAA Championship game. All my buddies in Italy are going to be able to hear me. I just hope they can understand what I'm saying.
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