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Aztecs ready to again challenge Mountain West

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By Ken Cross As coach Steve Fisher took the San Diego State basketball program to it’s highest levels in his 19 years, the script flips to his well established assistant Brian Dutcher as the Aztecs open their schedule tomorrow evening against San Diego Christian in Viejas Arena. Flip Card – San Diego State vs San Diego Christian SDSU is looking …

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Bruins trio still on lockdown in Hangzhou hotel

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By Ken Cross While the UCLA Bruins get ready for their season opener against Georgia Tech in Shanghai, China, players LiAngelo Ball, Cody Riley, and Jalen Hill remain in Hangzhou in what was the Bruins hotel.  The trio was arrested on Tuesday after allegedly stealing sunglasses out of a Louis Vuitton store. The players were ordered generally on lockdown as …

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Georgia trying to solidify perimeter as opener awaits

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By Ken Cross Even though the Georgia Bulldogs return nine of their top ten scorers from last season and four returning starters, it’s the many assets that J.J. Frazier provided that coach Mark Fox has been scrambling all through the preseason practices to replace. Fox has talent in the back court as Juwan Parker, Pape Diatta, Turtle Jackson, and Tyree …

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Mountaineers head to Germany to battle Aggies

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By Ken Cross It’s finally game week and one of the premiere matchups on Friday night takes place at the Ramstein Air Base in southwest Germany where Bob Huggins and his West Virginia Mountaineers are set to take on Texas A&M.  Huggins, like many coaches, is very cautious coming into the season, as his Mountaineers are a perennial Top 10 …

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Padgett appreciative of Louisville players, new staff

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By Ken Cross Louisville interim-coach David Padgett may have felt like he was a chess piece as he jumped from the Director of Basketball Operations to head coach at Louisville amid Coach Rick Pitino’s firing. Padgett, though, played at U of L from 2005-2008 and has been along side Pitino in assembling a core of talent that has the potential …

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Shoulder injury sidelines ETSU’s Rodriguez

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By Ken Cross It seems there are more and more injuries across the boards in almost every competitive sport at every level.  The injury issues hit East Tennessee State in a major way as newcomer Jeromy Rodriguez had to be shelved for the season with a shoulder injury.  The injury occurred in a pick up game earlier in the off-season …

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Auburn to hold out duo indefinitely

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By Ken Cross Credit Auburn and coach Bruce Pearl.  There is no reason to even think about compromising the Auburn Tigers position or season amid the FBI investigation that saw Auburn assistant coach Chuck Person arrested for his involvement in a bribery scheme that was uncovered in late September. With that, Auburn has noted today that sophomores Danjel Purifoy and …

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Providence exhibitions see the highs and lows

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By Ken Cross There’s no doubt that the Providence Friars are going to be a player in the Big East as Ed Cooley’s squad looks like a top four competitor in there with Villanova, Seton Hall, and Xavier.  However, this week was a myriad of emotions for the Friars. On Wednesday, Providence made a statement as they lit up Connecticut, …

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Gamecocks see Booker, Minaya contributions in exhibition opener

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By Ken Cross Monday night’s 85-44 win over Division-II Erskine showed potentially how the South Carolina Gamecocks may go about winning this season.  A “by committee” approach seems to be the appropriate definition this season.  Four players landed in double figures, led by 15 points and nine rebounds from Chris Silva. It was also an introduction to the newcomers in …

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Missouri State’s experience gives slight edge in MVC

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By Ken Cross Count the MVC preseason favorite Missouri State Bears among the programs that benefitted from the success of the Wichita State Shockers.  While the Shockers program was so dominant in the MVC, it set the bar high and made the upper echelon of programs even more competitive.  Wichita State became the gold standard while Illinois State, Northern Iowa, …