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SEC Final: Wildcats coral Razorbacks

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By Ken Cross SEC Championship – (1) Kentucky 82, (3) Arkansas 65 – Game Key The Wildcats shot 62.5 percent from the floor over the first eight minutes, but turnovers were a huge problem as Arkansas was able to convert 16 points off nine turnovers in the first half.  Once the Wildcats got the game settled down, De’Aaron Fox was …

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Wildcats, Razorbacks race to SEC championship

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By Ken Cross SEC Semifinal No. 1 (1) Kentucky 79 (5) Alabama 74 Game Key This was a war of attrition as Alabama pushed Kentucky to the wire with a physical floor game and tough aggression. Bama took 18 more shots from the floor and was a (+5) on the backboard. There was just too much De’Aaron Fox in the clutch as …

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SEC Tournament: Commodores drop anchor on Gators; Razorbacks outpace Ole Miss

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By Ken Cross SEC Quarterfinal No. 3  (7) Vanderbilt 72 (2) Florida 62 Game Key Confidence. Once Vanderbilt settled into the game, the Commodores were the aggressors. This was a total team effort as Riley Lachance led four Commodores in double figures with 18 points.  Once the Gators were able to draw even at 42 on Kevaughn Allen’s own 8-2 …

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SEC Tourney: Wildcats, Tide matchup on Saturday

In College Basketball, SEC by Ken Cross

By Ken Cross SEC Quarterfinal 1 – Bridgestone Arena, Nashville, Tennessee (1) Kentucky 71  (8) Georgia 60 Game Key Kentucky played impeccably thorough defense in it’s win.  The Wildcats held Georgia to 2-of-11 from the field over the first eight minutes and only 33.3 percent for the game.  The defense also stymied Georgia scorer J.J. Frazier as he scored 15 points …

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Toye ignites Commodores into rematch with Gators

In College Basketball, SEC by Ken Cross

By Ken Cross Behind Vanderbilt’s 66-41 passing of the Texas A&M Aggies on Thursday night was a second 20 minutes of basketball that proved the left the Commodores can play at and if they sustain, the next couple of weeks could contain the sounds of the swoop of nets at the ‘Dores’ playing locations. With Vanderbilt holding only a 23-20 …

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Alabama opener shows unflappable execution

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By Ken Cross After watching Mississippi State pummel LSU on Wednesday, it served to reason that the Bulldogs had the offensive acumen to try to turn their afternoon matchup with Alabama into a track meet.  Coach Avery Johnson had the Crimson Tide so prepped that a notion like that would never be feasible. Alabama played their usual game in keeping …

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Bulldogs impressive in running through LSU

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By Ken Cross Watching the athletes of Mississippi State run through, around, and by LSU in Wednesday night’s SEC Tournament opener showed that this roster, composed of eight freshmen and four sophomores is going to be a threat, going forward in SEC cage wars in the coming years and maybe this weekend. While the plurality of the team still hasn’t experienced …

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SEC Tournament: Filling out the bracket

In College Basketball, SEC by Ken Cross

By Ken Cross Well, here goes nothing.  Let’s fill out the SEC Tournament bracket from Wednesday – Sunday to come up with a winner. Generally, doing this is a thankless job because it is a third season.  There are actually four seasons in college basketball: (1) Pre-Conference schedule; (2) Conference Schedule; (3) Conference Tournament; (4) NCAA, NIT, CBI, CIT, Vegas 16 …

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Capturing intangibles was huge for Gamecocks, moving forward

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By Ken Cross The South Carolina Gamecocks needed a kick start. They needed an opportunity to rediscover their identity and then capture a win.  That happened Saturday as they blasted Tennessee, 82-55, in Columbia.  They held The Volunteers to 18-of-54 from the field while forcing 20 turnovers as Tennessee could only manage three assists. “There was a lot of emotion …