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Roundball Chatter for April 1

Updated: April 1, 2013, 12:13 PM ET
By Dick Vitale | ESPN.com

• After watching Indiana fall to Syracuse in the NCAA tournament, I believe that Cody Zeller is not ready for the NBA yet. He needs to get stronger. I know he would be drafted on potential, but he might be better off with another year of college basketball.

• Isn't it amazing that Wichita State lost its top five scorers from a season ago, and is now in the Final Four? Those five players combined to average 57 points per game last season. Gregg Marshall has done an incredible job.

• Tommy Amaker and Johnny Dawkins got some company in the Duke backcourt to coaching fraternity. Bobby Hurley was named head coach at Buffalo, while Chris Collins was hired at Northwestern. Hurley was gaining coaching experience working with his brother Danny at Rhode Island. Collins is energetic, enthusiastic and will provide juice and spirit to the program. His dad, Doug, established himself in Chicago with the Bulls. It was a great hire for the Big Ten school.

• Coaching is all about today. We would all like to have the success that Tubby Smith and Ben Howland have had in their careers. What did it get both of these fine men? They got the ziggy and it is hard to believe.

• Congratulations to Steve Alford on landing the UCLA job. It will be a challenge but Alford has been a success everywhere he has been, including his most recent stint at New Mexico.

• I love it when teams schedule tougher non-league opponents. Michigan and Cincinnati have done that, scheduling each other. The two schools also agreed to schedule a two-game home and home men's basketball series to be played between the 2015-16 and 2018-19 seasons.

• You hear about coaches getting extensions these days. Bucknell's Dave Paulsen, Iowa State's Fred Hoiberg, VCU's Shaka Smart and Josh Pastner of Memphis were among the beneficiaries of new deals.

• After serving as an Associate Head Coach for 19 years, it was only fitting that Pacific promoted top assistant Ron Verlin to be its new basketball coach. Verlin replaced Bob Thomason after he spent 25 years coaching his alma mater.

• NC State guard Lorenzo Brown opted for the NBA draft. Arkansas guard B.J. Young and forward Marshawn Powell also decided to declare for the NBA draft. Oklahoma's Amath M'Baye also declared. You will be hearing a lot of players opting to leave college in the next few weeks.

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.