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Sun Devils rise into Top 10 with blitz of Jayhawks

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By Ken Cross Arizona State coach Bobby Hurley couldn’t have written the script any better.  His Sun Devils, who were coming off an 82-70 victory over St. John’s at Staples Center, took an eye-popping 95-85 win over Kansas at Phog Allen Field House on Sunday afternoon.  Suffice it to say, Arizona State has arrived as proven with it’s No. 5 …

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Gravett arrives late, passes Gamecocks past Chanticleers

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By Ken Cross Hassani Gravett scored on a layup off dribble penetration in the half court and converted a free throw with 6.5 seconds remaining as South Carolina shaded Coastal Carolina, 80-78, and won for the eighth time in ten tries this season. Gravett made up for an errant throw out of bounds on the possession as he tried to …

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Signature win for Hopkins sparks Washington

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By Ken Cross Signature wins are always unexpected and often come at the expense of college basketball’s elite.  The Washington Huskies announced their arrival in the Mike Hopkins era on Wednesday night with an impressive 74-65 win over No. 2 Kansas in the Sprint Center in Kansas City, Mo. Hopkins spent 22 years as an assistant at Syracuse beside Coach …

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Seminoles get signature ‘W’ in handling Gators

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By Ken Cross So the Florida State Seminoles lost Jonathan Isaac, Dwayne Bacon, and Malik Beasley to the NBA in the last two years, coach Leonard Hamilton has this team at the point where he can recruit consistently at a high level and plug new players in that will perform. Monday night’s 83-66 win over Florida gave FSU it’s signature …

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UNLV growing back into college basketball landscape

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By Ken Cross UNLV coach Marvin Menzies is growing the Rebels slowly yet surely although they dropped their second  game of the week, a 91-88 overtime thriller to Arizona in the Thomas & Mack Center. Menzies know the players and they program have to take steps, but it doesn’t hurt the initial pain of a loss especially the two overtime …

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Xavier-Cincinnati rivalry stoked with postgame barbs

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By Ken Cross The Crosstown Shootout in Cincinnati between the Bearcats and the Xavier Musketeers is for real.  We knew that many moons ago as the two schools are separated by three miles and has always had an air of terseness between the two even in years when the teams were not national players. Reference 2011 when a brawl broke …

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Huggins analyzes Mountaineers as December begins

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By Ken Cross West Virginia’s Mountaineers won their seventh in a row Thursday night as they handled NJIT, 102-69, but Coach Bob Huggins had analyzed his team a few days earlier as he noticed several fundamental parts of the game that need to change as a Dec. 5 home matchup with Virginia looms while the Backyard Brawl with Pitt is …

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North Carolina’s Maye continues rise as Heels vanquish Michigan

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By Ken Cross Not only has North Carolina’s Luke Maye become a phenom in Chapel Hill as potentially the next great North Carolina player, he is getting plenty of accolades nationally.  Last weekend at the PK80, for example, ESPN’s Bill Walton espoused his admiration for Maye in the eloquent terms that only Walton can say. Maye and the Tar Heels …

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Gators accrue toughness in PK80

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By Ken Cross Any questions about how tough the Florida Gators are from the standpoint of toughness may have been answered in the PK80 despite a tough 87-84 loss to Duke where they lost a 17-point lead with 10:15 remaining.  It was all about the fight, the will to contest, and the drive that saw Florida push even though the …

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Aggies get statement win and Top 10 ranking

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By Manny Nunez In the all-competitive SEC, all Texas A&M has wanted to do year-in and year-out was to stay relevant. To no surprise, however, the Aggies entered this season as one of the top teams in the conference and were picked third as they return eight players, including four starters. A lot from what they have carried over from …