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Monday, October 15, 2012
Roundball Chatter

By Dick Vitale
ESPN.com

•It was great to see so many schools embracing Midnight Madness. There was somuch enthusiasm all over the country as the season officially got underway. My friends, the 2012-13 campaign should be very exciting.

•South Carolina's 6-2 senior guard LaShay Page should be happy to be playing for Frank Martin. Page transferred from Southern Mississippi, where he was the Golden Eagles' leading scorer. Last season, he played in the NCAA tourney in a losing effort against Kansas State, then coached by Frank Martin. Page has experienced going against the veteran coach, and now he is playing for him, eligible this season as a graduate student.

•Congratulations to Kansas coach Bill Self, who will be awarded the John R. Wooden Award's "Legends of Coaching" honor in 2013. The "Legends of Coaching" award was adopted by the Wooden Award Committee in 1999.

•UCLA suffered a blow when veteran guard Tyler Lamb underwent arthroscopic knee surgery before the start of the season. He is expected to miss at least four weeks, making his availability for the opener against Indiana State questionable. Lamb played in all 33 games as a sophomore last season, starting all but one. He averaged nine points per game.

•UNLV also suffered a setback when sophomore Bryce Dejean-Jones sustained fractured bones in his left hand. Dejean-Jones is expected to be in a cast for the next 4-6 weeks. The 6-5 guard from Los Angeles transferred to UNLV from USC after the 2010-11 season and sat out last year.

•Wisconsin was also hit by the injury bug. Senior forward Mike Bruesewitz had successful surgery after he injured his leg after awkwardly coming in contact with the back half of basket standard, while diving out of bounds at practice. Bruesewitz is expected to miss four to six weeks of action. He has appeared in 98 career games with 49 starts; last season he averaged 5.6 PPG and 5.1 RPG.