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Mathiang could be X-factor as Louisville takes on ACC at Barclays

In ACC by Ken Cross

By Ken Cross Mangok Mathiang is a kind, friendly big-hearted senior center of the Louisville Cardinals.  He is not bashful and will not shy away from a conversation with virtually anyone.  He played big minutes at Louisville this season whether it be as a starter or as a role player coming off the bench and contributed generally every night to …

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Defense, foul trouble undo Cardinals in loss at Wake

In ACC, College Basketball by Ken Cross

By Ken Cross The starts aligned against the Louisville Cardinals on Wednesday night and despite an early 14 point lead, the Cardinals couldn’t overcome a myriad of issues.  To start, Wake Forest was in must-win mode as they needed a win over the No. 8 Cardinals to take a giant step towards the NCAA Tournament. Louisville was constantly in foul …

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Wake’s Collins worthy of ACC POY

In ACC, College Basketball by Ken Cross

By Ken Cross John Collins, himself, was unbeatable Wednesday night in Wake Forest’s 88-81 victory over Louisville.  He finished with his seventh consecutive double-double as the Demon Deacons went to 18-12, 8-9 in the ACC, and on the verge of their first NCAA Tournament visit in Coach Danny Manning’ s third season. Collins, who finished with 25 points and 11 rebounds …

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Shooting, rebounding doomed Cardinals in loss to Carolina

In ACC by Ken Cross

By Ken Cross In Wednesday night’s 74-63 loss to North Carolina, the Louisville Cardinals executed their offensive actions well, they held the Tar Heels to 37 percent from the floor, they scored 17 points off 12 UNC turnovers, and they outscored the Heels, 40-26, in the paint and even had a 14-7 advantage on the fast break. So if you …

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Tar Heels’ Jackson still runs under the radar

In ACC, College Basketball by Ken Cross

By Ken Cross North Carolina’s Justin Jackson may be the most steady player in college basketball. His touch whether from three or on a runner in the paint is an obvious weapon.  In addition, his knowledge in surveying and evaluating lanes to use the dribble-drive or shoot the three may be his best and most underrated weapon. “Donovan Mitchell and …

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Cardinals, Tar Heels readying for ACC Showdown

In ACC by Ken Cross

By Ken Cross North Carolina stands one game ahead of the Louisville Cardinals in the loss column in the ACC as the two behemoth programs are set for battle Wednesday night in Chapel Hill.  The Cardinals have rebounded nicely to put themselves in contention for the ACC title after an 0-2 start.  The Tar Heels have won four of their …

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Irish once again on point with shooting prowess

In ACC, College Basketball by Ken Cross

By Ken Cross The Notre Dame Fighting Irish are known as an offense that runs different offensive sets efficiently to create opportunities for shooters.  If that doesn’t work, check with Irish leading scorer Bonzie Colson who has touch in the post like shooters such as V.J. Beacham, Steve Vasturia and Matt Farrell have on the perimeter. 10 ACC wins! And …

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Gottfried marches on despite unrealistic fan expectations

In ACC, College Basketball by Ken Cross

By Ken Cross North Carolina State coach Mark Gottfried and his Wolfpack went through the usual whirlwind of emotions when A.D. Debbie Yow announced on Wednesday that he would not be retained at season’s end.  The firing, resignation, or whatever, wreaked once again of unrealistic expectations of boosters who have no clue about the cycles  and the rebuilding of basketball programs. Gottfried took …