Chat with Dick Vitale
Welcome to SportsNation! On Thursday, Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Famer Dick Vitale stops by to chat some college basketball.
Vitale, college basketball's top analyst and ambassador, joined ESPN during the 1979-80 season. His thorough knowledge of the game is brought forth in an enthusiastic, passionate style.
Send your questions now and join Vitale Thursday at 11 a.m. ET!
Dick Vitale (11:01 AM)
Good morning and congratulations to coach Mike Krzyzewski of Duke on passing Dean Smith for number two on the Division I coaching win list. I have said it before and will say it again, Coach K is the best coach in any sport.
Ray Stinger Jr (Pittsburgh)
Hi Dickie V!!! Do you think Jamie Dixon will stay at Pitt (ala Coach K at Duke) or are we Panther fans going to have to endure each off season of worrying is this or that college comes calling to take him away?
Dick Vitale (11:03 AM)
I think Dixon is locked in. He loves the city, loves the people, and I think he will stay at Pittsburgh for many years to come. He has done a super job there and I love the Oakland Zoo.
J Hawkins (Chicago Ill)
In your opinion who is the #1 freshmen in America right now? , wouldnt u agree on kyrie Irving until he went down with in injury ?
Dick Vitale (11:03 AM)
Yes, but right now I would go with Ohio State's Jared Sullinger. He is the best diaper dandy in the nation and he may deserve to be in the discussion for the national Player of the Year. He has been so impressive for Thad Matta's club.
What do you predict syracuses regular season record Dickie V? How do you think Scoop of ice cream (what i call him. Scoop Jardine) is doing?
Dick Vitale (11:04 AM)
I think with the development of Rick Jackson, the athleticism of Kris Joseph and the presence in the backcourt of Jardine, I feel Syracuse has a legit shot in the Big East, which is the best conference in America.
Boyd (Nashville) [via mobile]
Dickie V! What are your thoughts on Vandy so far this season?
Dick Vitale (11:05 AM)
Good win last night over Marquette in a dogfight. It is a real good Marquette team and Vandy is a team that more people should be talking about in the SEC East. Kevin Stallings can flat-out coach. Good win earlier against North Carolina and really gave Missouri a battle. I like Jenkins a lot.
would mike kzrzyewski do better coaching the lakers than phil jackson would at duke?
Dick Vitale (11:07 AM)
Yes. My feeling is absolutely. I think a lot of NBA guys would struggle with recruiting and the rules in college. Coach K has already proven himself handling pro players with the Olympic team and World Championship squad.
mike (at work (why???))
Buckeyes have upper class leadership (lighty, Buford) Outside shooter (diebler) inside precense (sullinger) Ball handler ( craft) and bench and the top coach.What could they possibly be missing for a championship?
Dick Vitale (11:08 AM)
Since he has all the ingredients, I congratulate you for your analysis. I think Ohio State is one team that can match Duke right now. Sullinger is a man.
Mr. Vitale, what is it that makes Coach K so much better than his peers? What does he do better than them?
Dick Vitale (11:09 AM)
He has incredible ability to get people to play as a unit. He understands their strengths and weaknesses. He is a master motivator and teacher, plus he has a great school to sell, which equates into great athletes.
What are your thoughts on the Illini? Do you feel they have a shot at winning the Big Ten or will their lack of an inside game hinder them?
Dick Vitale (11:10 AM)
Tough at home but they have to find a way to win away from home. The Illini has to be more consistent and cannot lose to the likes of Illinois-Chicago. The win at Iowa was a good one because it was on the road, though this is not a vintage Iowa team.
sloan Cherry (tampa)
yo dickie v! do u think the gators have a chance 2 b a legitimate contender with their bad start. Thanks
Dick Vitale (11:11 AM)
They have been a disappointment to me. I don't see them being a national contender right now. They need to get a little more firepower.
hey Dick, do you expect another game again between louisville and kentucky? What predictions do you have for the game? thanks
Dick Vitale (11:12 AM)
I think the difference will be Terrence Jones of Kentucky. That gives them the slightest of edges against a talented louisville team that doesn't have a super but has a lot of good athletes.
Matt (Bethlehem, PA)
Do you see Kansas as the team to beat in the Big 12?
Dick Vitale (11:14 AM)
Absolutely, you have to go through Lawrence. I originally thought Kansas State but the Wildcats lack chemistry and leadership. You can't have two seniors getting suspended the way Pullen and Kelly were. It is incredible to see Kansas in the top five considering the school lost Cole Aldrich, Sherron Collins and Xavier Henry. Most schools that lose three NBA players struggle the next season. Credit to Bill Self.
Why is it sideline ettiquette never brought up when discussing coaches? K is among the worst in the nation. His language is abhorrent and anyone with children under 10 wouldn't want to sit within 25 rows of him.
Dick Vitale (11:16 AM)
Let em say this. If we had to reprimand every coach that used profanity. A lot of people don't want to buy it, but sometimes it is a motivational scenario. I am not condoning it, and it is done with love and care and they want to get the most out of their players. Come on, get real.
Heyo Dickie V, How are my huskies going to develop into more than The Kemba Walekr show? Do you have a contender for a surprise late developer to guide my huskies deep into brackets?
Dick Vitale (11:17 AM)
Connecticut needs to be more than Walker. They need balance as they are going againstt he toughest competition in the Big East conference.
Ted (SJU fan)
How big was the St. John's win at West Virginia?
Dick Vitale (11:18 AM)
Real major win, first significant one in the Laqvin career. I believe he will have many of them in his Red Storm career. It blows my mind that they lost to Fordham and St. Bonaventure.
are you ever going to coach again (i reccomened georgiatech)
Dick Vitale (11:18 AM)
My coaching career is still intact as I have not lost a game in 32 years.
Chris Fiegler (Latham,NY)
What is the Best NCAA Men's College Basketball team that you have seen this year?
Dick Vitale (11:19 AM)
Absolutely Duke, with Ohio State close behind.
C.J. (San Diego)
Does San Diego St have enough talent to make an impact during March Madness?
Dick Vitale (11:20 AM)
Yes, I don't think there is any doubt they can create problems. I think Sweet 16, and after that they could run into a dilemma. Steve fisher has done a solid job and Kawhi Leonard and company can flat out play.
Hayden (Logan, Utah)
What do you think about my man Stew Morril and the USU aggies? What a place to play! People are scared to come to Logan!
Dick Vitale (11:21 AM)
They are really tough at home and no big guys want to go there to play. It is difficult for them to attract the major schools to visit non-league. Mr. Wesley is a solid player who needs more ink, baby!
Matt (Toronto, ON)
The Big East looks like they are going to beat each other up this year (again)... Do you think this helps or hinders their chances come March and hopefully April?
Dick Vitale (11:22 AM)
I really don't think it hurts them. You saw it last night with Notre Dame over Georgetown. The competition is so keen and I think they can play with others teams in other conferences. It makes the Big East teams tougher down the line.
Randy (Sheboygan, Wisconsin)
Any love for the Badgers? Your Home Page doesn't have them in the Top 25. You'd rank them where in the Big 10?
Dick Vitale (11:23 AM)
They will be there this week after the win over Minnesota. People underrate Wisconsin and with Bo Ryan, they always have a chance to win, especially in Badger country.
Andy (Kansas City)
Which teams have the best chance of winning the Big East?
Dick Vitale (11:24 AM)
I think when it is all said and done Pittsburgh because of its experience and mental toughness on defense. I know there was a slip against Tennessee at Consol Energy Center but I like the talent and depth of Jamie Dixon's club, plus the Oakland Zoo is a factor at Petersen Events Center.
is duke the only good team in the ACC
Dick Vitale (11:26 AM)
Carolina is better than people believe and the Tar Heels will get better and better. They will not be a pushover for Duke or anybody else. They will not be cupcake city.
Duke Wellington (Durham, NC)
Let's talk about Syracuse's 2-3 zone.....what do you think about Kyle Singler? Best player in the country?
Dick Vitale (11:28 AM)
Singler is the most complete inside-outside player and with his winner's mentality, he is the best player. Syracuse's 2-3 is long, lean and it works in rhthym to create havoc for the opposition. It gets into your head as well psychologically.
Does Enes Kanter have a shot at playing this year? What's the NCAA waiting for???
Dick Vitale (11:30 AM)
My reports are it is doubtful that he will win the case. There was $30,000 given beyond school expenses according to insiders. I think it is going to be difficult to win that battle. They are arguing it was $16,000 at the time, they are willing to repay the money. The kid wants to play in college, the father said no, no, no. This is different that the Newton case. His father turned down millions. If I was casting a ballot, I would put him in the uniform when SEC play starts. He has sat out a lot already. As long as Kanter's family makes restitution.
Thanks for all the work you do for Jimmy V. Have you ever thought about challenging 100 lucky ducks in the sports world to step up and donate $1million each? I look at al the people at the ESPYs and think that it could easily happen. Imagine the Dicky V million dollar cancer club. You'd raise 100M in one night, more than the foundation has done in 17 years. It would be awesome baby.
Dick Vitale (11:32 AM)
That is a great suggestion. Come on guys, step up and let's donate to the V Foundation...we need help. We need to be this dreaded disease. Go to my website at dickvitaleonline.com for more details on how to donate.
Mayar Zokaei (Los Angeles, CA)
Rice super soph Arsalan Kazemi is doing some damage in Houston, judging by the Owls' nightly box scores: 17 pts, 11 rebs, 4 dunks in 29 mins per. He's also the 1st Iranian-born player to garner a D-1 scholarship. Can he bring the "Harvard of the South" back to C-USA respectability with former Cal coach Ben Braun? Can they beat Memphis? Can Kazemi play in the NBA?
Dick Vitale (11:33 AM)
He has nine double-doubles this season. Ben Braun has done a nice job with the program. Central Florida is the dangerous sleeper to challenge Memphis in C-USA. Also keep an eye on Southern Miss.
JD (Madison, GA)
IS UGA a sleeper team in the SEC?
Dick Vitale (11:36 AM)
Trey Thompkins and CJ Leslie are two tough players to stop. Thompkins is rounding into from after being injured earlier this season. The SEC East is very tough, though I love Mark Fox as a coach.
Mr. Vitale,The Lobos seem to be having issues with their youth, and haven't seemed to gel as expected thus far. Do you believe they will get it together in time to challenge for the MWC? Allot of talent there. Thanks, and Happy New Year!
Dick Vitale (11:37 AM)
I think the addition of Drew Gordon is a plus. Tough game at Texas Tech but Steve Alford got the W. Mountain West is a very difficult league with San Diego State. BYU, UNLV, an improved Colorado State team and the Lobos. Going to be fun to watch that conference this season.
Dick Vitale (11:37 AM)
I appreciate all of the fans and all of the questions. You are the heart and soul which is what our game is all about. I love interracting with the fans. I hope you all have a super slam, bam, jam 2011. I will be back again next Thursday at 11 am ET, so tell your friends to join in.