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Colorado Basketball: Overtime win over Sun Devils equals growth

In News, Pac-12 by Ken Cross

By Ken Cross Colorado went 0-2 at the Oregons last week which may have been a slight cause for some anxiety in Boulder, but Thursday night the fate of the herd may have changed in an enormous way.  They trailed Arizona State for  31:09, yet was able to get the game to overtime where the Buffaloes pulled out an inspiring …

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Trojans end slide in emphatic fashion

In College Basketball, News, Pac-12 by Ken Cross

By Manny Nunez As the USC Trojans basketball program has grown, early or long losing streaks are unheard of.  The Trojans lost three in a row to three quality teams in Texas A&M, SMU, and Oklahoma before halting that slide Thursday night with an 82-59 win over Santa Clara. Bennie Boatwright led USC with 21 points and 11 boards as …

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Sun Devils rise attributed to blend of experience, youth

In News, Pac-12 by Ken Cross

By Manny Nunez Lets face it, if this really is a down year for the Pac-12 as many of the pundits acquiesce and with conference play looming, the usual upsets from within the league are certain to happen. That could arguably make things very challenging to have a number of teams make the NCAA Tournament as at large bids. If …

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Three-point play: Robinson’s impact, Vols in Europe, Stanford a Pac-12 sleeper

In CUSA, Pac-12, SEC by Ken Cross

Here’s to you, Mr. Robinson One of the mysteries of the summer appeared at Western Kentucky where Chalmette, La. native and 5-star Mitchell Robinson indeed inked with the Hilltoppers as it pushed Western Kentucky into solid position to obtain a top 10 recruiting class in Rick Stansbury’s first full recruiting season in Bowling Green.  Fast-forward to July 3 and assistant …

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Pac-12 – Spring Edition – From Tempe to Seattle

In College Basketball, Pac-12 by Ken Cross

By Ken Cross “This IS the Pac-12! It IS the Conference of Champions! Hey, wait a minute, aren’t you Dave?” – (sic, Bill Walton) Walton and Dave Pasch are a killer duo on ESPN on Thursdays and some Saturdays and thinking about them and the improvements and depth in this league make college hoops fans wish for a fast-forward to …

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Many crucial keys when Gamecocks face Gonzaga and Ducks battle Tar Heels

In 2017 NCAA Tournament, ACC, Pac-12, SEC, WCC by Ken Cross

By David Sisk Embed from Getty Images South Carolina vs Gonzaga Two Physical Teams – South Carolina has caught a break thus far with the tournament scheduling. Let’s face it, basketball is all about matchups. Marquette was bad defensively, Duke was tired from four games in four days during the ACC Tournament, and they were six deep with a predominately …

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Backcourts will determine Kentucky-UCLA matchup

In 2017 NCAA Tournament, College Basketball, Pac-12, SEC by Ken Cross

By Daniel Greenwald In an alternate reality, this game would’ve been a stellar Final Four battle. Two offensively gifted squads chalked full of NBA talent pitting two of College Basketball’s blue bloods against each other. Kentucky versus UCLA should’ve been a Final Four collision. Yet due to one of several seeding quirks in this March Madness, a Sweet 16 showdown …

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Wildcats edge Ducks in Pac-12 title thriller

In College Basketball, Pac-12 by Ken Cross

By Manny Nunez Minutes before Arizona’s 83-80 Pac-12 Championship win over Oregon, the Ducks announced Chris Boucher would miss the remainder of the season with a torn ACL during their win over Cal on Friday night. In no instance did it seem as if there would be any uprising of this caliber before tipoff, and yet, all the hype led …