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Monday, February 13, 2012
Roundball chatter

By Dick Vitale
ESPN.com

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

• Watching Kentucky in person last week, I was really impressed by the way guard Marquis Teague played under control. When I saw him earlier in the season, he was more out of control, making poor passes and rushing some shots. John Calipari has taught him some discipline and he has really improved. When talking about the Wildcats, you look at their defense. Anthony Davis has been brilliant blocking and changing shots.

• I had a great debate over which school has the best frontcourt in America? While some would go with the 'Cats trio of Davis, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist and Terrence Jones, I would give the slightest of edges of the Carolina trio of Tyler Zeller, Harrison Barnes and John Henson.

• The Pac-12 announced its newest class to its version of a Basketball Hall of Fame. Among those being inducted this year include Richard Jefferson of Arizona, UCLA's Ed O'Bannon and A.C. Green of Oregon State. Wow, I saw a lot of these guys play in college, so it is a special treat to see them being honored.

• Rick Pitino is doing a great job at Louisville and now Wayne Blackshear is back from a shoulder injury. The Cardinals beat Connecticut at home and won at West Virginia last week. This team is playing well at the right time.

• Keep an eye on Ronald Roberts of St. Joe's, who is one of the most underrated sixth men in America. The athletic and exciting Roberts has been scoring in double-figures off the bench for Phil Martelli's Hawks. He's shooting over 60 percent from the field and if you don't believe his value, ask Dayton coach Archie Miller. Against the Flyers earlier this season, Roberts put up a career-high 27 minutes in 28 minutes, including the team's final 15 points of the contest. He helped St. Joe's win last weekend.

• Alabama coach Anthony Grant decided to suspend forward Tony Mitchell indefinitely for conduct detrimental to the team. Then Grant suspended three more players -- JaMychal Green, Trevor Releford and Andrew Steele. I still believe the Tide can make some noise come tournament time. Hopefully these players will learn from this situation and come back in a strong fashion.

• Tennessee has really showed signs of improvement under first-year head coach Cuonzo Martin. The Vols are tough on defense and have bought in to Martin's philosophy. If you don't believe me, ask Florida coach Billy Donovan, whose Gators were swept by the Vols. Tennessee won at Florida last weekend for its first SEC road win this season.

• I do not like to see coaches get fired during the regular season. Air Force let go of coach Jeff Reynolds after a poor start in Mountain West play. Why not let him serve out the rest of the season and then make a change?