ESPN’s 2011-12 men’s college basketball coverage on ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU, ESPN3, ESPN Regional Television and ESPN FULL COURT will feature a network record 1,450 games. Hall of Famer Dick Vitale, in his 33rd season with ESPN, will continue to call top games from various conferences, the weekly Saturday Primetime Presented by DIRECTV series and will provide postseason studio analysis. He will primarily work with play-by-play voice Dan Shulman.
Vitale covered many topics during the conference call including the changes to the Big East Conference, the highly talented recruiting class heading to Arizona, and how the NBA lockout affected college basketball. Some thoughts from Dickie V on Detroit-related topics brought up during Wednesday’s media conference call:
* Vitale shared his thoughts on the Dick Vitale Court Dedication game being played at Calihan Hall on Monday, Dec. 5 against Steve Lavin and the St. John’s Red Storm. He mentioned that he is very blessed and honored that the court will be named after him. He is humbled to think that his kids and grandkids will be able to see his name on the court forever. Vitale went on to say that seeing the court may bring him to tears on that night and that he is thankful for Detroit giving him a great opportunity during his career.
*After fielding some additional questions about the SEC and ACC, Vitale’s final question was to discuss some mid-major teams that could have a Cinderella season. Vitale named off four teams: Davidson, Creighton, Harvard, and Detroit.
*Vitale explained that he is excited to attend the game between Detroit and St. John’s and that the Titans will be a tough team in the Horizon League with Ray McCallum leading the team at point guard.