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Gamecocks Basketball: Carrera’s warrior mentality reasserts team

In News, SEC by Ken Cross

By Ken Cross After South Carolina dropped two consecutive losses for the first time this season, Saturday’s 73-69 overtime win over Florida was a character defining win in several ways. Kentucky blew the Gamecocks out of Colonial Life Arena last Saturday and then they went to Missouri on Tuesday night and struggled all evening before dropping a close 72-67 decision after erasing …

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USC Basketball: Trojans’ fast close equates to character win

In News, Pac-12 by Ken Cross

By Manny Nunez Embed from Getty Images For the first 32 minutes of USC’s 79-72 win over Colorado, the Buffaloes had the upper hand in every statistical category against USC. They were outrebounding, outshooting, and practically outplaying the Trojans at every point. The Trojans had no answer with the Buffaloes’ post game, anchored by physical Josh Scott. They just seemed like they …

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Pitt Basketball: Robinson Helps Pitt Avoid Disaster

In ACC, News by Ken Cross

By Daniel Greenwald The emotions involved with winning and losing are often paired together in a similar cliché, “the thrill of victory and the agony of defeat.” Pittsburgh’s 101-96 double overtime victory over Wake Forest on Tuesday night undoubtedly provided more relief than exuberance for the Pitt Panthers. A loss may very well have sunk the Panthers already teetering NCAA Tournament …

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Davidson Basketball: Short-handed Wildcats’ perform to embedded Davidson standard

In Atlantic 10, News by Ken Cross

By Ken Cross The Davidson Wildcats have been up and down in Atlantic 10 play as injuries and illnesses have played a reoccurring role.  The ‘Cats are 0-3  against league leaders in Dayton, VCU, and St. Bonaventure, and now, after a hard-fought 83-79 win over Richmond on Tuesday night, Davidson is again on the prowl for a Top-4 seed at the A-10 Tournament in …

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UNC Basketball: Tar Heels back on track after rough stretch

In ACC, News by Ken Cross

By Ken Cross No. 8 North Carolina keeps it’s lead in the ACC for now, but the Tar Heels had been reeling after two losses on the road at Louisville and at Notre Dame.  These were games where the Cardinals and the Fighting Irish were able to accentuate their character and mantra in their style of play as the Heels were …

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Temple Basketball: Owls’ fly high; should receive proper acclaim

In AAC, News by Ken Cross

By Sam Mullan Once again, succinctly stated, the American Athletic Conference  could not have been more disrespected when it came to the tournament last season. Only two teams from the conference made the tournament, SMU and Cincinnati. Both Temple and Tulsa were mentioned as those that could have and even should have been included. Now let’s shift forward to the 2015-2016 season. …

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ACC Basketball: Tar Heels – Panthers postgame

In ACC, News by Ken Cross

By Ken Cross Breaking down North Carolina’s 85-64 win over Pitt on Sunday The Tar Heels had struggled offensive in the last three games.  The telling stat was 34 assists against 31 turnovers. Tar Heels guard Marcus Paige, on how UNC took care of that by making the extra pass and assisting 32 makes with 26 dimes on Sunday: “What …

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Wolfpack Basketball: Barber may be top ‘Cat’ in deep ACC

In ACC, College Basketball, News by Ken Cross

By Daniel Greenwald Quick, agile, nimble, and crafty are all adjectives commonly associated with your typical house cat. Those qualities are also on display when you watch a different kind of cat, North Carolina State’s electric point guard Cat Barber. Barber’s standout performance this season has propelled him into the national spotlight and the forefront of ACC Player of the Year consideration. Following last …

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Kentucky Basketball: That Calipari influence

In News, SEC by Ken Cross

By Ken Cross All the people wishing to dance on the grave of the Kentucky Wildcats may wish to run for cover after Saturday’s surprising 89-62 romp over the South Carolina Gamecocks in Columbia.  The ghost of the John Calipari influence was on hand Saturday in a haunting fashion through the ball skills of point guard Tyler Ulis, who ran the …