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Miami Basketball: Lessons Learned as offense hits stride

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By Ken Cross Jim Larranaga boasts a deep and athletic Miami basketball team that was still smarting from it’s lack of offensive execution late in last Monday’s loss to Duke.  The Hurricanes had the week to make corrections and it certainly showed on Sunday in an entertaining 86-81 win at N.C. State. Larranaga noted that it was as easy as …

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Davidson Basketball: ‘Resilient’ Wildcats survive St. Bonaventure

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By Ken Cross Davidson coach Bob McKillop turned to a boxing analogy on Friday night to sum up his Wildcats’ 83-73 win over St. Bonaventure in an extremely physical game that saw both team on attack all evening.  The Bonnies made key shots, but had two second half runs that Davidson answered in winning it’s fifth Atlantic 10 game in …

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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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Boise State Basketball: Hutchinson’s performance in rarified air

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By Ken Cross Boise State’s Chandler Hutchinson arrived on the national scene in a major way on Saturday night with his school record 44-point performance in the Broncos’ 83-80 win over San Diego State.  The 6-7 senior from Mission Viejo, California, came in averaging 18.3 points, 8.4 rebounds, and 3.5 assists per game and should have already been recognized across …

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Hilltoppers Basketball: Road weary WKU stakes 5-0 league start

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By Ken Cross After winning it’s first two Conference USA games over Louisiana Tech and Southern Miss at home and  now with three consecutive road wins over Marshall, ODU, and Charlotte, the Hilltoppers are at 5-0 in CUSA and have staked their claim as a challenger to Middle Tennessee and UAB as a title contender. Saturday night was an example …

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Marshall Basketball: Herd reasserts transition game amidst injuries

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By Ken Cross Coming into Thursday night’s 91-83 win over the Charlotte 49ers, Marshall coach Dan D’Antoni knew he would have to have even more guard contributions with talented big man Ajdin Penava out of the lineup due to an ankle injury.  Three Thundering Herd guards, C.J. Burks (33), CUSA leading scorer Jon Elmore (19), and Rondale Watson (20) combined …

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Hokies Basketball: When shots fall, the inevitable happens

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By Ken Cross The Virginia Tech Hokies shot 51 percent from the field in Wednesday night’s 83-75 win over Wake Forest as they were able to sustain a return to consistency after shooting 52.6 percent in beating Pittsburgh over the weekend.  This provided a total relief to coach Buzz Williams after the squad shot a combined 35 percent in back-to-back …

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USC Basketball: Trojans back on track behind McLaughlin, Metu

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By Manny Nunez Southern Cal’s Chimezie Metu was congratulated before tipoff when he reached a personal milestone scoring 1000 career points, reaching it against Washington at their Pac-12 opener. It’s only fitting as he and Bennie Boatwright have been the sole leaders of the Trojan offense. For a change over the last two contests, senior Jordan McLaughlin has appeared in …

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Kentucky Basketball: Toughness still on learning curve for Wildcats

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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 …