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November 12, 2010 at 7:37 AM

Dick Vitale’s love affair with UCLA is getting annoying

ESPN’ Dick Vitale, arguably the preeminent and most influential broadcaster in college basketball, has a thing for UCLA. It’s okay to have a crush on a school, but it’s not okay when that infatuation gets in the way of reason.
And Vitale is so in love with the powder blue Bruins, he doesn’t recognize any other school in the Pac-10.
In a national teleconference Tuesday, Vitale and co-hort Jay Bilas were asked if they think the Pac-10 will rebound this season. Vitale goes on and on about UCLA, he touches on Arizona and Arizona State. He even mentions Oregon and Stanford and not a word about Washington, the overwhelming conference favorite.
Anyone who regularly reads this blog knows I’m not a Husky homer, but every so often I’m still amazed at the so-called East Coast bias that tends to snub West Coast and especially Northwest teams. In a strange way, the success of the No.1-ranked Oregon football team could benefit UW’s men’s basketball team.
You can read Vitale’s full response on Doug Haller’s blog at the Arizona Republic, but here’s a snippet from Vitale.


“When you look at the Pac-10, obviously, you got to get UCLA back on top,” Vitale said. “They tell me they’re going to be better. I spoke to Ben Howland when I was out at Pauley Pavilion this summer and he expects his club, obviously, to be better than it was last year. I think they’ll play at a quicker pace, but he can’t get away from his style, which is defense and shot selection. But you got to get UCLA back up there.”
FRIDAY MORNING LINKS:
— In an interview with ESPN, UW coach Lorenzo Romar said the Huskies knew Turkish star Enes Kanter received compensation for playing in Europe, however, they believed he would be eligible for the NCAA. Said Romar: “We had thought it was acceptable compensation. At that point, we didn’t have all the information. From the information we had, we thought he’d be OK and sit some games.”
Gregg Bell at GoHuskies.com writes a nice feature on Isaiah Thomas.
SI.com caught with Thomas. It looks as if the interview was conducted before practice and check out the Husky men’s player in the background getting shots up before practice.
— The Dana Altman era begins at Oregon tonight with BTI invitational at McArthur Court. The Ducks will play three games in three days starting with North Dakota State. Oregon is without Jeremy Jacob, the team’s leading returning rebounder and best inside presence at 6-8, will miss the tournament after having arthroscopic knee surgery on Oct. 27.
— California and Stanford and leaning heavily on their freshmen. The Cardinal is young this season. How young? Stanford rolls out a roster of no seniors, nine freshmen, five juniors and a sophomore.
— Gonzaga is playing a top-tier Pac-10 during the 2011-12 season, but it’s not Washington. The Bulldogs will face Arizona at KeyArena on Dec. 17, 2011.
Bob Condotta wraps up our college basketball previews with a look at Seattle University and coach Cameron Dollar who has nine of 13 players from the Seattle-Tacoma area. “We are truly the city’s team,” he said.
— We’ll host a live chat at noon with former SU standout Carl Ervin.
— Our fact finders at the Times took a look at UW AD Scott Woodward’s claim that Oregon’s support of academics is an “embarrassment” and believe his statements have some merit, but are essentially half true.

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