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Roundball chatter

8/5/2013

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

• Vanderbilt coach Kevin Stallings saw his team take a major hit. Top scorer Kedren Johnson has been suspended for the 2013-14 season because of an academic violation. Another starter, Kevin Bright, opted to sign with a pro team in Germany instead of returning to Nashville. Johnson, who had 28 points versus Davidson in 2013, averaged 13.5 points, 3.6 assists and 3.5 rebounds per game, while Bright, who started 29 games last season, averaged just under 7 points and 5.5 rebounds per game.

• Oregon State had two key players suspended as well. Senior forward Devon Collier and junior forward Eric Moreland were suspended indefinitely for violations of team rules. It is all about accountability and responsibility.

• There will be a good-looking coaching showdown in the first round of the Battle 4 Atlantis. It is a GQ Special, baby! Jay Wright of Villanova and new USC coach Andy Enfield will go head-to head. Other first-round pairings include UTEP versus Tennessee, Kansas against Wake Forest and Iowa against Xavier.

• Last year, Georgetown tried to start its season against Florida on a ship near Jacksonville. That game lasted a half before condensation put a damper on the second period. This year, the Hoyas will face Oregon in South Korea at a U.S. Army base. Give John Thompson III credit for interesting planning.

• I'm thinking of how the Carrier Dome will rock when Syracuse and Hall of Famer Jim Boeheim welcome the Dukies. My gut says they will break a record with over 50,000 in attendance.