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Trae Young hoisting Sooners as Big 12 play begins

In Big 12 by Ken Cross

By Ken Cross The dynamic of Trae Young staying in his native Oklahoma to play for the Sooners is something that the elite high school players should look at when they are coming out of high school and try to push into Kentucky or Duke or a blue blood program that collects one-and-done players. Young was the premiere point guard …

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Three-point Play: Seminoles’ recruits, North Dakota, Jayhawks in Italy

In Big 12, Big Sky, College Basketball by Ken Cross

Staying power in ACC It is true that losing the talents and productivity of Xavier Rathan-Mayes, Dwayne Bacon, and Jonathan Isaac will be felt throughout the Florida State basketball program.  It is also true that FSU coach Leonard Hamilton is an underrated coach and maybe even more – an underrated recruiter. Hamilton restocked well with his five-man incoming class led …

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WVU’s Huggins fine after scare

In Big 12, College Basketball by Ken Cross

By Ken Cross West Virginia coach Bob Huggins is moving forward after a scary situation occurred Monday night just before halftime of the Mountaineers’ 77-62 win over Texas. As the Mountaineers broke the huddle, Huggins bent over on the floor and seemed to have passed out.  Actually, his defibrillator went off and he noted that it felt like somebody had hit …

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Fantastic February Finishes for the Big Ten and Big 12

In Big 12, Big Ten by Ken Cross

By Aaron Ettinger Following another wild weekend, the Big Ten and Big 12 conference races are taking shape. For the Big 12, it is status quo at the top. For the Big Ten, it is going to be a wild finish to the season. “So Close” for Baylor, but The Big 12 Championship still runs through Lawrence, Kansas The Baylor …

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Longhorns’ freshman Andrew Jones solid in point guard role

In Big 12 by Ken Cross

By Ken Cross When Texas Longhorns coach Shaka Smart suspended leading scorer Tevin Mack for conduct detrimental to the team in mid-January, it meant that all of his heralded freshmen would need to step up and that they did.  Big-man Jarrett Allen and point guard Andrew Jones grew up immediately into roles even more as both their minutes increased at …

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Jayhawks-Wildcats lived up to championship billing

In Big 12, SEC by Ken Cross

By Aaron Ettinger Throughout the week, the Kansas-Kentucky game was being touted as a “blockbuster” matchup, a “showcase event”, and a “national championship preview,” and it truly lived up to all of the hype. As fans are finally awakening from their football-comas and tuning into college basketball, the NCAA needed this game to live up to the high expectations. Too …

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A Pressing Issue in Morgantown

In Big 12 by Ken Cross

By Aaron Ettinger The phrase,“Huggy Bear,”gives off a comforting, gentle, and soft feeling which is exactly the opposite of the smothering defense being used by West Virginia coach Bob Huggins for the last three seasons. West Virginia owes its success with full-court pressure to Huggins’ willingness to reinvent himself 37 years into his decorated coaching career as he picked up his 800th win …

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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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Kentucky, Kansas post wins in Champions Classic

In ACC, Big 12, Big Ten, College Basketball, SEC by Ken Cross

By Ken Cross Kentucky’s athleticism caused Michigan State major problems in the Wildcats’ 69-48 win in the Madison Square Garden opener of the Champions Classic on Tuesday night.  The Wildcats held Michigan State to only 33 percent from the floor as the Spartans were 5-of-26 from three.  Later, Kansas staved off a late Duke rally as Frank Mason III hit …