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Wildest hoops season gets wilder

Updated: February 28, 2013, 3:02 PM ET
By Dick Vitale | ESPN.com

I cannot remember a wilder and more exciting college basketball season in my years at ESPN. Over 30 years of action, and every night this season, we get another incredible story.

Look at last night. Penn State did not have a Big Ten win. Michigan was a top 10 team and big favorite over the Nittany Lions. So what happens? Another shock city upset. It throws more bracket predictions out the window.

I hope Joe Lunardi has an eraser when he makes his brackets each night. He does a super job, but things change by the minute these days.

There has been so much drama, so much excitement. Georgetown rallied from a seven-point deficit in her second overtime to edge Connecticut up in Storrs.

Bubble teams are trying to scrap and claw their way into the big dance. Arkansas lost a tough one at LSU. Baylor got past West Virginia and any road win these days is important.

How tough is it to get a W on the road? Go ask Indiana after it lost at Minnesota. What about Florida falling at Tennessee? The Vols have been warming up at the right time. Memphis went to Xavier and saw an 18-game win streak go away.

For all of those naysayers who believe that the college basketball regular season is meaningless, go look at the 2012-13 campaign. The Penn State-Michigan surprise reminds me of what happened when Kansas lost to TCU, giving the Horned Frogs their first conference triumph.

These kids are playing so hard night in and night out. They have been proud of their efforts. There have been so many Maalox mashers, so many games going to the wire and numerous ones into overtime and beyond. How about that five-overtime thriller between Louisville and Notre Dame?

My friends, the best is yet to come. Championship Week should have many incredible moments as many conferences are so balanced. Can you really pick a lock in the SEC, Big East, Big Ten?

Then we have March Madness and I feel for the NCAA Selection Committee. How do you seed this field based on all of the wacky results? Is this the year that a low seed cuts down the nets in Atlanta?

Based on everything that has happened, who knows? Did a lot of people think Michigan was going to lose at Happy Valley?

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.