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ESPN extends contract for Dick Vitale through 2016-17 season

Hall of Famer Dick Vitale, one of sport’s most influential and recognizable personalities, has reached a new contract extension with ESPN to continue as a college basketball analyst with the company through 2016-17. Vitale will call some of the season’s top games across ESPN networks, including regular-season action primarily on ESPN and ESPN2 and the …

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ESPN analysts Jay Bilas, Dick Vitale see competition at UK as “great problem to have”

By LARRY VAUGHT College basketball analyst Jay Bilas sees competition, not too much depth, on John Calipari’s roster next season at Kentucky. “You can only have too much depth if it affects team chemistry. This is competition, so players should expect to compete for time,” said the ESPN analyst. “But, when you have too many …

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National media sees UK as preseason No. 1, but Dick Vitale warns Cats no “lock city”

By LARRY VAUGHT Chris Dortch, editor of Blue Ribbon College Basketball Yearbook, was on a radio show last week when he was asked whether he thought guards Andrew and Aaron Harrison would return to Kentucky for their sophomore season — as they announced they would do Friday rather than enter the NBA draft. “I had …

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Willie Cauley-Stein agrees with Dick Vitale that he has been a big “teaser” with inconsistent play

By LARRY VAUGHT Not many players would be willing to be as honest as Kentucky sophomore Willie Cauley-Stein. Then again, few college basketball players are quite like the flamboyant Wildcat. He readily admits that if a “couple of things had changed” that the perception of Kentucky going into tonight’s NCAA Midwest Region matchup would be …

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Dick Vitale picks Cats over unbeaten Wichita State, Jay Bilas takes Wichita State

ESPN analysts Dick Vitale, Jay Bilas and Jay Williams offered their thoughts about Midwest Region No. 1 seed Wichita State — and Vitale is already picking UK to beat Wichita State to advance to the Sweet Sixteen. Thoughts on Wichita State Bilas: “They will out tough Kentucky, but Louisville will beat them in the round …

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Seth Greenberg says UK lacks “strong voice in locker room”

By LARRY VAUGHT ESPN analyst Seth Greenberg senses a trust issue with Kentucky. “You have got to have guys who want to trust each other. They can be good kids, great kids, but there are so many people pulling at them that the last voice in their ear is the coach’s voice,” Greenberg said. He …

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Dick Vitale says UK “major disappointment”; Seth Greenberg says Cats have “to check their egos”

By LARRY VAUGHT Even though Kentucky still has time to make a postseason push, ESPN analyst Dick Vitale said Thursday that the Wildcats have “been a major disappointment no matter what happens” after starting the season No. 1 and entering SEC Tournament play unranked. “Look at the projections with all the high school McDonald’s All-Americans and …

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ESPN analyst Dick Vitale credits Casey Prather’s play for big part of Florida’s success

By LARRY VAUGHT Dick Vitale will be in Rupp Arena Saturday for the ESPN GameDay battle between No. 3 Florida and No. 14 Kentucky. While he knows how successful Kentucky has been under coach John Calipari in Rupp Arena, he warns that beating Florida anywhere is no easy task. “They have so much winning experience …

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