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Auburn Basketball: McLemore’s injury galvanized an entire arena

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By Ken Cross After Auburn sky walker Anfernee McLemore lost his balance coming down for a rebound late in the first half of Saturday’s game, it brought coach Bruce Pearl’s “next man up” mantra for the Tigers to yet another level.  The 6-7 power forward/center suffered a season ending injury that includes an ankle dislocation, a fractured tibia, and torn …

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Gamecocks Basketball: Lesson in leadership helped spur win

In College Basketball, SEC by Ken Cross

By Ken Cross A lack of leadership and players taking ownership have haunted the South Carolina Gamecocks all season long.  It’s a young team and a team in transition even now only one year removed from the Final Four.  Coach Frank Martin has implored players to step up and take a leadership role as well as talk, communicate, and have …

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Auburn Basketball: Defense complementing superior offense

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By Ken Cross Last season, like this season, the Auburn Tigers could score the ball on generally anyone.  The problem was stopping teams defensively as coach Bruce Pearl’s youthful Tigers were learning the stridence that it took to compete in all phases at an elite level. Guard Mustapha Heron noted on Saturday that the defensive mantra was built over the …

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Georgia Basketball: Defense, glass will aid a reboot

In College Basketball, SEC by Ken Cross

By Ken Cross It has been a tough month for the Georgia Bulldogs as they have dropped six of their last seven games and have fallen to 4-8 overall in an unforgiving SEC that could receive as many as a record eight or nine NCAA bids Defense and rebounding have been the major problem in the Bulldogs’  last three games …

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Auburn Basketball: Brown steady and strong; Tigers rise to No. 8

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By Ken Cross Auburn coach Bruce Pearl has seen so much growth and maturity in this season’s 21-2 start with nine players who are on the same page with each other and, of course, their coach.  Guard Bryce Brown has been one of the focal points so far as he continues his torrid pace behind the three-point line and in …

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Kentucky Basketball: What now for young Wildcats?

In College Basketball, SEC by Ken Cross

 By Ken Cross There’s nothing wrong with youthful exuberance, but the youth of the Kentucky Wildcats may be catching up with them in the tough SEC. It goes beyond Tuesday night’s 75-68 loss to South Carolina where the Wildcats led 57-43 with 11:30 to play.  They had a flagrant one foul on Hamidou Diallo  at that point.  He literally took …

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Gamecocks Basketball: Kentucky win may be a turning point

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By Ken Cross The entire South Carolina Gamecocks basketball season may have turned in the last 11:30 of Tuesday night’s 75-68 win over Kentucky.  With a basically new team that has seen the ebbs and flows of the game, it was time for the Gamecocks to turn back an ebb and they did. South Carolina picked up it’s aggression on …

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Kentucky Basketball: Toughness still on learning curve for Wildcats

In News, SEC by Ken Cross

By Ken Cross John Calipari was at his best last night after the Kentucky Wildcats slipped Texas A&M, 74-73, in Rupp Arena.  Calipari is still totally concerned about this Kentucky team developing a tough mentality and then being able to carry that game to game. He was alluding to missed free throws in the clutch by and then the Wildcats …

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Missouri Basketball: Tigers’ teamwork at front of win over Gamecocks

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By Ken Cross   Leading Missouri to an 11-3 start, coach Cuonzo Martin has seamlessly blended a group of upperclassmen who are hungry to win with a top five recruiting class and now the production is being seen in across the various dynamics of the team.  Martin and the players say that there is still a ways to go though …

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Missouri Basketball: Defense, shooting pace Tigers’ win in SEC opener

In News, SEC by Ken Cross

By Ken Cross The Missouri Tigers have already formed the identity of first-year coach Cuonzo Martin as they are defending at a high level in the half court while smothering opponents with defensive pressure that has been the coach’s calling card throughout his career.  That identity was on display Wednesday night as Missouri held South Carolina to 38.6 percent from …