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Monday, July 15, 2013
Roundball chatter

By Dick Vitale
ESPN.com

• One of the scary images of last season came when Louisville's Kevin Ware was hurt against Duke in the NCAA tournament. The good news about Ware came recently when Cardinals coach Rick Pitino said he expects Ware back in time for the start of practice in October. Pitino said he's encouraged by Ware's rehabilitation, which included work on a stationary bicycle.

• Mississippi suspended SEC scoring leader Marshall Henderson indefinitely. There was a report that he failed a drug test; he has to learn from his mistakes. Henderson may be back for the start of the season, if he can get his act together. The young man will have to work hard to prove himself after this latest error in judgment. How many chances does a star like Henderson get? If he were a normal student he would be long gone.

• Rupp Arena is one of my favorite venues to call a game. Big Blue Nation has the most passionate fans in America, and now the home facility will be getting a facelift. The project should take two years to complete and the renovation is not going to add more seats, but will improve concourses and provide a new scoreboard.

• I hope for a speedy recovery to former Miami Hurricanes and current Dallas Mavericks guard Shane Larkin, who suffered a broken ankle during summer league practice. He hopes to return before the start of the regular season.

• The U.S. World University Games team, coached by Davidson's Bob McKillop, had a tough time. They fell short of a medal despite a roster which included Creighton's Doug McDermott, Michigan State's Adreian Payne, Louisville's Luke Hancock, Colorado's Spencer Dinwiddie and Indiana's Yogi Ferrell.