Dick VitaleABC-ESPN (Bristol, CT)
Twitter: @DickieV
About: Dick Vitale, college basketball’s top analyst and ambassador, joined ESPN during the 1979-80 season  just after the network’s September 1979 launch following a successful college and pro coaching career.  In 2008, Vitale received the sport’s ultimate honor when he was selected as an inductee into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. His thorough knowledge of the game is brought forth in an enthusiastic, passionate, sometimes controversial but never boring style.


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Oct 18, 2021Pre-Season Rankings for Dick Vitale
1Gonzaga (55)
0-0Actual: 1
Highest: 1 - 55 Voters
Lowest: 4 - Jon Wilner
1562
Points
2UCLA (8)
0-0Actual: 2
Highest: 1 - 8 Voters
Lowest: 9 - Justin Jackson
1459
Points
3Texas
0-0Actual: 5
Highest: 2 - 3 Voters
Lowest: 11 - Andrew Kahn
1315
Points
4Michigan
0-0Actual: 6
Highest: 2 - Stephen Tsai
Lowest: 15 - Jeff Welsch
1255
Points
5Kansas
0-0Actual: 3
Highest: 2 - 20 Voters
Lowest: 8 - 2 Voters
1427
Points

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6Memphis
0-0Actual: 12
Highest: 2 - Luke DeCock
Lowest: NR - 7 Voters
831
Points
7Villanova
0-0Actual: 4
Highest: 2 - 6 Voters
Lowest: 10 - Scott Richey
1332
Points
8Purdue
0-0Actual: 7
Highest: 2 - 2 Voters
Lowest: NR - Stephen Means
1213
Points
9Baylor
0-0Actual: 8
Highest: 5 - John Werner
Lowest: 18 - 3 Voters
992
Points
10Alabama
0-0Actual: 14
Highest: 7 - 2 Voters
Lowest: 22 - Rick Bozich
713
Points
11Duke
0-0Actual: 9
Highest: 5 - 2 Voters
Lowest: 17 - Jeff Rabjohns
963
Points
12Kentucky
0-0Actual: 10
Highest: 4 - Bennett Conlin
Lowest: NR - 3 Voters
894
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13North Carolina
0-0Actual: 19
Highest: 8 - 2 Voters
Lowest: NR - David Jablonski
547
Points
14Arkansas
0-0Actual: 16
Highest: 5 - Jon Wilner
Lowest: NR - 2 Voters
673
Points
15Illinois
0-0Actual: 11
Highest: 3 - Bob Ballou
Lowest: 20 - Donald Hunt
861
Points
16Houston
0-0Actual: 15
Highest: 8 - Bruce Pascoe
Lowest: 21 - Kevin McNamara
694
Points
17Maryland
0-0Actual: 21
Highest: 14 - Bret Bloomquist
Lowest: NR - 12 Voters
294
Points

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18Oregon
0-0Actual: 13
Highest: 7 - Donald Hunt
Lowest: NR - 2 Voters
775
Points

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19LSU
0-0Actual: 37
Highest: 19 - Dick Vitale
Lowest: NR - 62 Voters
7
Points
20Ohio State
0-0Actual: 17
Highest: 9 - Stephen Means
Lowest: 24 - 2 Voters
581
Points
21Auburn
0-0Actual: 22
Highest: 9 - 2 Voters
Lowest: NR - 16 Voters
267
Points
22Tennessee
0-0Actual: 18
Highest: 9 - Bret Bloomquist
Lowest: NR - 3 Voters
563
Points

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23Notre Dame
0-0Actual: 45
Highest: 23 - Dick Vitale
Lowest: NR - 62 Voters
3
Points
24Florida State
0-0Actual: 20
Highest: 10 - Rick Bozich
Lowest: NR - 2 Voters
381
Points
25Michigan State
0-0Actual: 26
Highest: 19 - Jeff Welsch
Lowest: NR - 38 Voters
87
Points