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Monday, March 18, 2013
Roundball Chatter for March 18

By Dick Vitale

• This is going to be one of the toughest NCAA tournaments to project. When you look at it, the unpredictability is incredible. When it is all said and done, while there are a lot of teams that could win two games and make it to the Sweet 16, there are only a handful that could win six and cut down the nets. I believe the Big Ten has the best chance to win it all in Atlanta with five teams capable of getting the job done. It would be the first time since 2000 that the Big Ten won it all, when Michigan State won in Indianapolis.

• Gonzaga has had loads of success. Is this the year they make the big party and best sporting event of all, the Final Four?

• Wow, Rick Pitino, Mike Krzyzewski and Tom Izzo are in the same bracket. The selection committee did no favors to the Cardinals.

• A key to North Carolina's late-season surge was defense. The players bought into Roy Williams' system and it made a difference.

• When you look at this Kentucky team, it has been a real challenge for John Calipari most of the year. I think deep down he anticipated and expected a better season though many teams would give anything to have the kind of year that the 'Cats had.

• Connecticut's season ended due to past woes with the APR. Kevin Ollie did a great job leading the Huskies to 20 wins in his first year as head coach. Now Connecticut knows about an early-season challenge in November. Connecticut joins Indiana, Boston College and Washington in the semifinals of the 2K Sports Classic benefiting the Wounded Warrior Project at Madison Square Garden.

• St. John's, Georgia Tech, Mississippi and Penn State will be participating in the second annual Barclays Center Classic men's basketball tournament on Nov. 29 and 30, 2013. Steve Lavin's team will be close to home for that one.

• USA Basketball made good decisions in naming the coaching staff for the World University Games. Davidson coach Bob McKillop will be in charge with South Carolina coach Frank Martin and Michigan coach John Beilein serving as assistant coaches.