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Monday, June 17, 2013
Roundball chatter

By Dick Vitale
ESPN.com

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

• Connecticut coach Kevin Ollie and athletic director Warde Manuel had to be ecstatic with the recent news -- the Huskies will be eligible for the 2013-14 NCAA tournament. Last season, the overall APR over a four-year span was not good enough to qualify for the big dance. That won't be the case this season, and Huskies fans have to be thrilled. While UConn received good news, 10 others were banned for the 2013-14 postseason because of low APRs: Alabama State, Arkansas-Pine Bluff, Florida A&M, Florida International, Grambling State, Mississippi Valley State, New Orleans, Norfolk State, Savannah State and Southern.

• There was more news out of Storrs, as assistant coach George Blaney announced his retirement, ending his 43-year coaching career. He spent 12 seasons as an assistant at Connecticut, after serving as head coach at Holy Cross and Seton Hall. I wish him all the best in the future.

• I have often talked about learning from bad decisions in the game of life. Florida guard Scottie Wilbekin has a lot to learn, as he was suspended from the Gators due to a violation of a team rule. He has had some issues in the past, so hopefully he will get his act together in the near future.

• Veteran assistant coach Tom Abatemarco is a good hire by Max Good at Loyola Marymount. His departure is a big loss for Colorado!

• Congratulations to the city of Memphis. The FedEx Forum will host the first American Athletic Conference men's basketball tournament. I am sure that Josh Pastner is thrilled with the news. 

• Nebraska head coach Tim Miles made a smart move, bringing in Kenya Hunter to his staff. Hunter was important to Georgetown's recruitment process, and the Cornhuskers will certainly benefit from the addition.