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Time for hoops!

---Nothing says autumn like falling leaves and the start of the college basketball season, which officially tips off with practice today. With the return of four starters, expectations are elevated for coach Tom Parrotta at Canisius while the rest of the Big 4 lost plenty of talent from a year ago. The loss of Frank Turner is huge, but the Griffs hope to help fill his shoes with 7-foot-3 Marial Dhal, pictured above. He's the guy on the left the guy on the right lives at my house.

---Elsewhere, Kyle Singler and Duke are in pursuit of back-to-back championships.

---Thursday would have been John Wooden's 100th birthday.

---A potential NBA lockout could affect this year's draft class.

---Here's a Q&A on my good friend Tracy Dildy, the new head coach at Chicago State.

---Andy Katz interviews Memphis coach Josh Pastner as he gets ready for his second season at Memphis.

---Rodney McKissic



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Bob Dicesare

Bob DiCesare

Western New York native Bob DiCesare covers UB football, Big 4 basketball and writes an occasional column. He still holds a grudge against Chris Ford who, he's convinced, cost St. Bonaventure the 1970 NCAA basketball championship.

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Amy Moritz

Amy Moritz

Amy Moritz, a native of Lockport, has covered colleges for The Buffalo News since 1999. She has a bachelor’s degree in journalism/mass communication from St. Bonaventure University and a master’s degree in humanities from the University at Buffalo. An endurance athlete, she has completed several triathlons, half marathons and marathons.

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