Vitale was scheduled to handle the game with Dan Shulman.
“I won’t be able to get out there,” said Vitale, who lives in Florida. Vitale called Maryland’s season-opening game against Kentucky in
ESPN said Fran Fraschilla would replace Vitale on the broadcast.
But Vitale, in a phone interview, offered some thoughts on the Terps and the
* Vitale said Maryland might have been in better position for an
"Their preseason schedule did not help them. I don't think they had enough competition early," Vitale said.
Maryland is scheduled to play in next season’s Paradise Jam in the U.S. Virgin Islands that will include, among others, Vanderbilt,
* Vitale said he didn't believe the Terps were out of contention for an NCAA berth "but they can't afford to lose the last two games."
After hosting the Tar Heels, the Terps travel to
* Vitale said Maryland's four-member freshmen class is progressing. Some fans may lose perspective because Kentucky won last season's national championship on the strength of a dominant freshman class. He said freshmen usually need more time to develop, and it helps when they have a veteran supporting cast.