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Roundball chatter

Updated: July 22, 2013, 2:41 PM ET
By Dick Vitale | ESPN.com

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

• Congratulations to Michigan coach John Beilein on his contract extension. He will be with the Wolverines through the 2018-19 campaign. He led Michigan to the Final Four last season, and with Mitch McGary coming back, the Wolverines will be a top-10 team in the season ahead.

Kyle Wiltjer decided to leave Kentucky and join Mark Few's Gonzaga program. Wiltjer averaged over 10 points per game last season as a valuable member of Kentucky's bench. I believe he has the potential to do very well with the Zags.

• The Gazelle Group, led by Rick Giles, does a super job putting together college hoop tournaments. They announced the pairing for two semifinals later this season: Indiana-Washington and Connecticut-Boston College at Madison Square Garden in the 2K Sports Classic; for the Legends Classic in Brooklyn, the pairings feature Pittsburgh-Texas Tech and Stanford-Houston.

• I have always said that when you make poor decisions in life, you pay the consequences. Auburn guard Shaq Johnson, who started 21 games last season, found that out the hard way. After being arrested and charged with marijuana possession, he was thrown off the team by coach Tony Barbee.

• Georgia State received a boost when former NC State and Kentucky guard Ryan Harrow was given immediate eligibility for the upcoming season. Harrow averaged just under 10 points per game for the Wildcats last season.

• Also in the state of Georgia, Brian Gregory's Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets added a valuable player in former Tennessee guard Trae Golden. He averaged over 12 points per game for the Vols last season.

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.

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