Tuesday, November 20, 2007
Dick Vitale - This and That
Don't tell me that Memphis beating Connecticut at Madison Square Garden wasn't special for coach John Calipari. Getting a "W" over Hall of Fame coach Jim Calhoun meant a lot, whether the game was in mid-November or early April. My friends, these are two very competitive coaches who were rivals when Calipari was at Massachusetts. John downplayed the significance when we spoke just before the game, but I am not buying it at all. I was so impressed with the quickness of Derrick Rose; he is so special to see in person. Chris Douglas-Roberts, called CDR by some, is a guy who will make opponents need CPR this season. Calipari's team has been in the Elite Eight two straight seasons and the goal is clear this time around … Final Four and cutting down the nets in San Antonio. As for Connecticut, this is still a young team that is learning. It is great to see AJ Price is healthy and playing well. The Big East is loaded this season, and the Huskies will make some noise too.You also saw the importance of Joey Dorsey as Memphis struggled a bit defensively when he took a seat on the pine with two fouls. Calipari's kids were resilient.