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Berry’s toughness leads North Carolina to national title

In 2017 NCAA Tournament, ACC by Ken Cross

By Ken Cross So North Carolina point guard Joel Berry had two injured ankles and so much was written about this that it sounded possible that he would ride to University of Phoenix Stadium in a wheel chair for the National Championship matchup with Gonzaga. Berry never relented.  He was the tough leader that coach Roy Williams had bragged on …

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Many crucial keys when Gamecocks face Gonzaga and Ducks battle Tar Heels

In 2017 NCAA Tournament, ACC, Pac-12, SEC, WCC by Ken Cross

By David Sisk Embed from Getty Images South Carolina vs Gonzaga Two Physical Teams – South Carolina has caught a break thus far with the tournament scheduling. Let’s face it, basketball is all about matchups. Marquette was bad defensively, Duke was tired from four games in four days during the ACC Tournament, and they were six deep with a predominately …

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Zagin’ to Phoenix

In 2017 NCAA Tournament, WCC by Ken Cross

By Ken Cross Gonzaga’s 19-year run under coach Mark Few has really no other peer.  The Bulldogs join Kansas, Michigan State, and Duke as the only four teams to make the NCAA Tournament for that period.  Few has presided over six Sweet 16 appearances and an Elite Eight and he surpassed 500 wins this season. Last Saturday, Gonzaga finally broke …

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Trust sets Gamecocks on college basketball’s biggest stage

In 2017 NCAA Tournament, SEC by Ken Cross

By Ken Cross The NCAA Tournament blitz by the South Carolina Gamecocks has been the top story throughout the last two weeks of the tournament and into Phoenix and the Final Four.  Three weeks ago, they were sent packing in the SEC quarterfinals by an Alabama team that was playing it’s best basketball of the year.  In that game, the Gamecocks …

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Heels not overlooking disciplined Butler

In 2017 NCAA Tournament, ACC, Big East by Ken Cross

By Ken Cross North Carolina point guard Joel Berry says his ankle is close to 100 percent, Justin Jackson continues to answer the same questions about the ascension of his game, and Tar Heels coach Roy Williams is just glad to be in Memphis.  The focus of all three, though, is on the Butler Bulldogs, who Williams hasn’t beaten in two …

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Backcourts will determine Kentucky-UCLA matchup

In 2017 NCAA Tournament, College Basketball, Pac-12, SEC by Ken Cross

By Daniel Greenwald In an alternate reality, this game would’ve been a stellar Final Four battle. Two offensively gifted squads chalked full of NBA talent pitting two of College Basketball’s blue bloods against each other. Kentucky versus UCLA should’ve been a Final Four collision. Yet due to one of several seeding quirks in this March Madness, a Sweet 16 showdown …

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SEC: Coaches’ pride and love for players on display as three SEC teams enter Sweet 16 play

In 2017 NCAA Tournament, SEC by Ken Cross

By Ken Cross The SEC’s hoops savvy just received a tremendous boost after South Carolina, Florida, and Kentucky made it into the Sweet 16 and Arkansas was about a minute away from doing the same.  Three SEC teams still fill the brackets while only one ACC team, North Carolina, carries the torch for the ACC. The Gamecocks and Gators knocked …

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Butler and Xavier are Big East’s lone survivors after first two rounds

In 2017 NCAA Tournament, Big East, College Basketball by Ken Cross

By Ethan Swiech March Madness, 2017 officially began on March 12th, when the selection committee pitted the first 68 teams (First Four and Round of 64). Of these 68 schools, seven elated Big East squads found their names on the bracket. As we head into the Sweet 16, the Butler Bulldogs and Xavier Musketeers are the only two that remain. …