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Oregon Basketball: Quack Attack taking prisoners on hardwood

In News, Pac-12 by Ken Cross

By Ken Cross Once the Oregon Ducks started to soar, the Pac-12 has had a tough time with matchups with each of their players in what has been a banner season for the league as it is the deepest maybe in it’s history.  Oregon has been the trend-setter, winning six in a row and nine of ten in setting atop …

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Seton Hall: Pirates on the cusp of NCAA play

In Big East, News by Ken Cross

By Noah Hessdorf It has been 10 seasons since the Seton Hall Pirates last made it to the NCAA Tournament. The last five years have featured Seton Hall squads that have been on the cusp of clinching a spot in the Big Dance, only to stumble during the final stretch of the season. They are constantly on the pundit’s “Bubble …

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Duquesne Basketball: Matchup against Dayton is proving ground

In Atlantic 10, News by Ken Cross

By Daniel Greenwald A promising 10-2 start to the season for the Duquesne Dukes seemed reason for optimism as the Dukes have endured three straight losing seasons, winning no more than 13 games in any of them since the arrival of Coach Jim Ferry. Ten victories before entering conference play appeared to be a signal that the tides may finally …

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Auburn Basketball: Pearl restructuring again after Canty suspension

In News, SEC by Ken Cross

By Ken Cross Rebuilding a program that hit the deepest of depths of a power conference is a daunting task.  The culture has to be set in the program before the engine will click.  For Bruce Pearl and Auburn, it has been one episode after another with injuries and suspensions.  The latest was not one that was predictable as leading scorer and …

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Georgia Basketball: Fox’s defensive mantra propels Bulldogs’ attack

In News, SEC by Ken Cross

By Ken Cross The Georgia Bulldogs may not get the acclaim of the Virginia Cavaliers for their lock-down defense, but coach Mark Fox has established that mantra in the program since he came here six years ago.  the mentality actually was foremost in equating to back-to-back 20-win seasons for the first time in the 110-history of the program in 2013-14 …

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WCC Basketball: Zags shed Pepperdine, acknowledge rise of the Waves

In News, WCC by Ken Cross

By Manny Nunez Embed from Getty Images The West Coast Conference has been a dog fight all season, where both Gonzaga and Saint Mary’s are beginning to feel the wrath of the rest of the teams. Most of the teams in the WCC are focused on a tough home environment from the Pepperdine Waves when they enter Firestone Fieldhouse, adjacent to the …

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Butler Basketball: Bulldogs persevere under tragic circumstances

In Big East, News by Ken Cross

By Noah Hessdorf It has been the most trying of seasons for the Butler Bulldogs.  The team started the season as a perennial Top 25 squad and then hit a roller coaster in Big East with iit’s inconsistency.  Then, even tougher, has been the off-the tragedies that have befell the Bulldogs.  Andrew Smith, who played on the back-to-back Final Four …