After revealing in October that he'd been diagnosed with lymphoma, legendary college basketball commentator Dick Vitale is returning to the microphone, and his first game back will be a big one. Vitale will be on the call for Tuesday's showdown between No. 1 Gonzaga and No. 2 UCLA, ESPN announced Thursday.

"My family and I are absolutely jumping with joy," Vitale said. "Knowing I'll be courtside with all my buddies and calling No. 1 versus 2, this is the best medicine I could ask for. To all of you, I simply say 'thank you from the bottom of my heart' for your prayers and messages, phone calls and texts."

Vitale is still undergoing treatment as part of a six-month regimen of chemotherapy that he started this month. The 82-year-old icon has maintained an active presence on social media during the early stages of his diagnosis, sharing motivational tips and basketball insights.  

"At this point and time in Dick's medical care, we feel it is safe for him to travel," said Dr. Richard Brown, who is overseeing Vitale's treatment. "Although a cancer diagnosis can be challenging at times, with Dick and specifically his passion for sports, we feel it is best for him to continue doing what he loves most, calling games and being Dick Vitale."

Vitale has continued to use his platform to raise awareness for cancer research, as he's done for years. In his typical form, he shared the news of his impending return to work with great enthusiasm on Thursday.