Each week I'll write about the sport I love, college basketball:
• Hilton Coliseum was a special place for me as I went to Ames for the first time. The Iowa State fans were incredible and I loved the hospitality and the environment. Fred Hoiberg's team got a big victory over a top-10 Michigan squad as Melvin Ejim, back from a knee injury, scored 22 points and pulled down nine rebounds. Iowa State has made the NCAA tournament two straight seasons, and they should make it three.
• Congratulations to Kansas coach Bill Self, who is this year's recipient of the Wayman Tisdale Humanitarian Award. Self has done so much for charities, including the V Foundation. I was fortunate enough to receive this honor and I can tell you how special it is.
• Duke was the big winner in recruiting as Jahlil Okafor and Tyus Jones announced they are going to play for Coach K. That's a nice package deal, landing two of the top four recruits in America.
• With the greater emphasis on calling fouls for hand-checking and illegal screens, I believe it is time to expand the foul rule to "six and you're out" in college hoops. The game is more physical and fans want to see the stars in action, not on the sidelines in foul trouble.
• I want to see a complete North Carolina team on the court. I think the Tar Heels will be better than many expect. Right now, with P.J. Hairston and Leslie McDonald out, it is struggle city, as shown by the loss to Belmont. The Tar Heels missed 26 free throws and made just two trifectas compared to 15 by Belmont.
• Sean Miller's Arizona kids got a solid road win versus an athletic San Diego State foe. Nick Johnson and Aaron Gordon were too much for the Aztecs. Will we see an NIT final between Arizona-Duke at Madison Square Garden?
• One player off to a terrific start this season is Florida's Casey Prather. He averaged 22.3 points per game over the first three games of the campaign, including 27 in a win over Arkansas-Little Rock (10-of-11 from the field). That's impressive, considering he averaged 6.2 points per game a season ago.
• My sympathies go out to the family of Joe Dean Sr., who recently passed away at age 83. He was a great athletic administrator at LSU and SEC broadcaster. RIP, Joe.
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