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Numerous upsets mean college basketball is back with a vengeance

In ACC, Big East, Big Ten, College Basketball, Pac-12 by Ken Cross

By Ken Cross If the first two days of the new college basketball season are any indication, plenty of hoop heads are going to be losing lots of sleep over the next five months.  Upsets from the mid-major ranks emerged Friday and Saturday.  It’s questionable though whether William & Mary’s win over N.C. State was an upset, but it was …

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Fab Five: College basketball’s opening night features must see action

In AAC, ACC, Big 12, College Basketball, CUSA, Pac-12, SEC, WCC by Ken Cross

By Ken Cross Over the next five months, college basketball offers something that no other sport can – must watch games on every night of the season from Nov. 13 through the National Championship game on the first Monday night in April.  The sport continues to flourish although skeptics try to accuse it of being ravaged by the one-and-done methodology. …

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Sunshine state ready for another ACC challenge

In ACC by Ken Cross

By Ken Cross The presence of coaches Jim Larranaga at Miami and Leonard Hamilton at Florida State bare little coincidence to the Hurricanes and Seminoles becoming viable players in the ACC landscape  almost immediately upon the arrival of both coaches.  Miami won the league’s tournament championship and regular season title in 2013. Florida State won the tournament title in 2012 …

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Talented ACC sees multiple suitors for title

In ACC by Ken Cross

About two-thirds of the way through last season, a relieved Louisville coach Rick Pitino paid the ultimate respect to his Cardinals’ new digs in the ACC.  He noted that the grind each night reminded him of the old Big East.  His Cardinals went on to finish 12-6 in the ACC and then raced to the Elite Eight and finished with …