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Cincinnati, SMU both deserve a Top 4 seed

In AAC, College Basketball by Ken Cross

By Ken Cross Watching Sunday afternoon’s SMU win over Cincinnati in Dallas, it became clear that both teams were under-appreciated coming into the game.  The Bearcats were on the cusp of the Top 10, having won 15 in a row while the Mustangs had an 18-game home winning streak and had finally popped into the Top 25 just this week. …

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Charleston, Orlando, and NYC get Feast Week rolling

In AAC, ACC, Big East, Big Ten by Ken Cross

By Ken Cross College basketball is a unique sport in that it offers NCAA Tournament caliber match ups almost every night of the season.  Michigan took the 2K Classic at Madison Square Garden with a 76-54 win over SMU while Villanova won the Gildan Charleston Classic, 69-59 over Central Florida.  Xavier took the Tire Pros Invitational in Orlando over Northern Iowa behind …

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AAC: Bearcats to edge Huskies, Mustangs for title

In AAC by Ken Cross

Cincinnati Bearcats 2015-2016 Record: 22-11 (12-6/T 3rd) Postseason: Lost NCAA first round matchup to St. Joe’s, 78-76, in what was deemed possibly the top game of the 2016 NCAA Tournament. COACH SPEAK Mick Cronin, a disciple of both coaches Bob Huggins and Rick Pitino, has kept the Bearcats in step with six straight 22-plus win seasons and six NCAA Tournaments …

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AAC: Houston, Memphis, Temple add depth

In AAC by Ken Cross

Houston Cougars 2015-2016 Record: 22-10 (12-6/T 3rd) Postseason: Lost at Georgia Tech, 81-62, in first round of the NIT COACH SPEAK Kelvin Sampson is another coach that the NCAA used to try to make an example out of over some minor violations.  However, in the end, Sampson is having the last laugh in Houston.  He turned the Cougars into a …

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AAC: Bulls can run forward

In AAC by Ken Cross

7. South Florida Bulls 2015-2016 Record:  8-25 (4-14/T 9th) Postseason: None COACH SPEAK Orlando Antigua had a tough run in Tampa as he tried to clean things up and give the program so structure.  He is a John Calipari disciple, so given time, he should make the Bulls a viable program. Five To Watch: Jahmal McMurray (Fr., Guard) – He …

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UCF, Tulane rebuild in AAC under new coaches

In AAC by Ken Cross

AAC Projections – 10/11: 10. Central Florida Golden Knights 2015-2016 Record: 12-18 (6-12/ 8th) Postseason: None COACH SPEAK Johnny Dawkins take over for Donnie Jones after eight years at Stanford where he led the Cardinal to the Sweet 16 in 2014.  Stanford upset Kansas in the round of 32. FIVE TO WATCH A.J. Davis (Jr., Forward) – Led UCF in …

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Temple Basketball: Owls’ fly high; should receive proper acclaim

In AAC, News by Ken Cross

By Sam Mullan Once again, succinctly stated, the American Athletic Conference  could not have been more disrespected when it came to the tournament last season. Only two teams from the conference made the tournament, SMU and Cincinnati. Both Temple and Tulsa were mentioned as those that could have and even should have been included. Now let’s shift forward to the 2015-2016 season. …

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SMU Basketball: Mustangs deserve opportunity to compete in postseason

In AAC by Ken Cross

By Sam Mullan When discussion started about SMU and the harshness of their NCAA sanctions which included a postseason ban, the Mustangs were sitting as the last undefeated team in Division I college basketball. Despite having a loss to Temple in their most recent game which was postponed one day due to a snow storm that hit the northeast, the talk of dropping …

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SMU Basketball: Focused Mustangs defy penalty logic

In AAC by Ken Cross

By Sam Mullan The idea behind a suspension is to punish; not just punish a particular player or coach, but to punish the team, making it harder for them to win. Ideally, not only will that player or coach not want to be sidelined again, but teammates will do their part to keep that teammate or their coach out of …