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Auburn accentuates win with stellar defense

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By Ken Cross Defense travels and in this case, it was a welcomed sight for Coach Bruce Pearl.  The Tigers’ freshman of a year ago had all of the offensive skills you could throw on the table, so in the off-season, the emphasis was on all aspects on the defensive end of the floor. That emphasis came together in the …

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Mack looking for Xavier to improve rebounding presence

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By Ken Cross Although Xavier has scored over 100 points in back-to-back openers for the first time, coach Chris Mack cautioned that there are areas the Musketeers need to fix in order to go forward and be successful.  Rebounding is an area of concern although the Musketeers shot 61 percent in the first two games combined and then averaged 41 …

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Davidson proving to be an early offensive dynamo

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By Ken Cross The question arose, “Just how good can Davidson be offensively?” The Wildcats drilled a school and Atlantic 10 record 26 three-pointers in a 110-62 performance over Charleston Southern last Friday and then they came back Tuesday night and knocked down 13 more in undressing UNC Wilmington, 108-81, at Belk Arena. “The scary thing is I think we …

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Razorbacks’ resounding start shows several components

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By Ken Cross Maybe the Arkansas Razorbacks have been undervalued and picked much too low in the SEC.  They came into the season as generally a mid-SEC pick that would be placed on the bubble by the bracketologists in March.  Notably, they seemed to start revving their motors at the “Fastest 40” pace in a 95-56 win over Samford on …

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Trojans opener emphasized their maturity

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By Ken Cross Chimezie Metu and Bennie Boatwright played against NBA veterans all summer in the pick up leagues in southern California.  They became stronger and their games matured. “Chimezie and I played against a lot of grown men and they didn’t take it easy on us,” commented Boatwright, “It was a great experience.” Friday night in USC’s opening 84-42 …

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Utah Valley, Manyang set precedent in growth

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By Ken Cross Utah Valley basketball is on the rise all right.  Friday night, the Wolverines led Kentucky by double digits and by nine at halftime before absorbing a 73-63 loss.  They jumped on a charter and headed to Durham where they battled Duke for most of the first half before the Blue Devils pulled away for a 99-69 win. …

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Depth in post paces Gamecocks in win over Wofford

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By Ken Cross Coming into the season, we knew that big men Chris Silva and Maik Kotsar will figure into the fortunes of the South Carolina Gamecocks on both ends of the floor if the team is to be successful. Friday night in the season opening 73-52 win over Wofford in the opening of the Richardson Indoor Stadium, we saw …

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A-10 set for most comprehensive TV sked in it’s history

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By Ken Cross As the Atlantic 10 continues to gain on what is known as college basketball’s Power-6, the league is set for the televising of wall-to-wall hoops on ESPN, CBS Sports Network, and NBCSN.  The league announced on Thursday that those three entities will share a record 117 national TV appearances by the league’s 14 teams. There will also …

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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 …