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Collins’ presence stymies Lammers in Deacons win over Yellow Jackets

In ACC by Ken Cross

By Ken Cross Embed from Getty Images The effect of Wake Forest big man John Collins is not lost on anyone in the ACC.  He is eight in the ACC in scoring (17.8 ppg.), fifth in rebounding (9.2 rpg) and leads the league by shooting at 60.9 percent from the field.  He is eclectic in that he can influence a …

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Off the dribble: Leaders emerged when Carolina needed them most

In ACC by Ken Cross

By Ken Cross Pitt looked like anything but a last place team in the ACC Tuesday night as  North Carolina edged the Panthers, 80-78, in Chapel Hill.  The win called for the more experienced Tar Heels to thrive at clutch moments in the game.  None more than junior Justin Jackson who finished with 20 points, six boards, and three assists …

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Villanova’s DiVincenzo plays hero in come from behind win over Virginia

In ACC, Big East by Ken Cross

By Ethan Swiech If you’re a Villanova fan, that doesn’t know the name Donte DiVincenzo, you do now. The freshman guard from Wilmington, Del., came to the rescue in the final seconds of a tight encounter against Virginia. DiVincenzo made the winning shot just before the horn sounded on a tip-in, providing the Wildcats with a thrilling 61-59 victory in …

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Duke bedeviled Miami with diverse line up change

In ACC by Ken Cross

By Ken Cross The Miami Hurricanes had put together possibly their best half of the season Saturday night at Duke as they totally dominated the Blue Devils in taking a 36-25 lead to halftime.  The Hurricanes had held Duke to 28.6 percent, 8-for-28 from the floor, and had a balanced scoring attack from their starting five as Davon Reed led …

Off the Dribble: Piling up points in Raleigh

In ACC, College Basketball by Ken Cross

By Ken Cross Coming into Saturday’s 93-88 Wake Forest win over North Carolina State in Raleigh, it stood to reason that the scoreboard might look like a pin ball machine as these two defenses had struggled all season.  To highlight, Wake Forest is last in the ACC in field goal percentage defense (44.5) and then 13th in points allowed (74.9 …

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Tar Heels’ offensive staple once again the catalyst

In ACC by Ken Cross

By Ken Cross North Carolina basketball is an iconic entity that never has to reinvent the way it plays.  The talent level on this team is diverse as the Tar Heels can beat the opposition in many different ways. That’s what we have seen in the last three outings – a team with the ability to reinvent itself from game …

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Demon Deacons shooting clinic is quite the show

In ACC, College Basketball by Ken Cross

By Ken Cross The flurries of multiple shots in a couple of minutes, the waves of three-point field goals, and the cuts to the basket for layups and dunks were done with such immediacy on Wednesday night that the Wake Forest Demon Deacons looked like shooting clinicians, en mass, in the 110-76 win over LSU. Wake shot a season-high 59.4 …

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Underrated Collins pushing Demon Deacons

In ACC, College Basketball by Ken Cross

By Ken Cross Wake Forest coach Danny Manning plays lots of people.  He will get nine, ten, or eleven players into the game and find minutes accordingly.  One intangible that has allowed the Deacons to start at 7-2 is the rise of 6-10, 235-pound John Collins in the paint.  Manning wanted one post player to emerge around lots of talented …

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Mountaineers outlast Virginia in Top 25 battle

In ACC, Big 12 by Ken Cross

By Ken Cross TALE OF THE TAPE: West Virginia had a little more will and a little more athleticism on Saturday as the Mountaineers went on a 9-0 run over a late 1:49 stretch to pull out a 66-57 win over Virginia in a game played at more of a Cavaliers pace.  Esa Ahmad hit a three off the right baseline …

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ACC, Big Ten tied at 4-4 after Tuesday

In ACC, Big Ten, College Basketball by Ken Cross

By Ken Cross The ACC-Big Ten Challenge is in it’s 18th year and is currently tied at 4-4 as the ACC is looking to win it’s first challenge since 2008.  The Big Ten has five wins and there have been two ties since the last ACC win of the Challenge. Here’s look at Monday and Tuesday’s action. Click the links …