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USC Basketball: Trojans readying for Pac-12 with 11-2 pre-conference start

In Pac-12 by Ken Cross

By Manny Nunez The USC Trojans have officially shown the Pac-12 conference that they will not be easy out anymore. After a solid 100-64 win over Lafayette Wednesday night, the Trojans are heading into conference play with their best start since the 2001-2002 season.   Embed from Getty Images “It was nice to end on a break just before the Christmas …

The Wooden Legacy offered intrigue as Sparty prevails

In Big East, Big Ten, Pac-12 by Ken Cross

By Manny Nunez Feast Week in college basketball features some intriguing match ups based on the brackets in numerous tournaments across the nation. The Wooden Legacy has quickly become one of the best and this year, Arizona, Michigan State, Providence were the top teams as the Friars upset Arizona in the semifinals while Michigan State took down a tough Boise State team …

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Arizona readying for tough non-conference ledger before Pac-12 play

In Pac-12 by Ken Cross

By Manny Nunez Arizona Wildcats head coach Sean Miller had huge shoes to fill after he replaced the legendary Lute Olsen. Coming from Xavier, the one main criteria he brought to the team was his leadership and unity that he has brought back as he has led the Wildcats to the Elite Eight twice in his tenure. Miller has shown …

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Numerous upsets mean college basketball is back with a vengeance

In ACC, Big East, Big Ten, College Basketball, Pac-12 by Ken Cross

By Ken Cross If the first two days of the new college basketball season are any indication, plenty of hoop heads are going to be losing lots of sleep over the next five months.  Upsets from the mid-major ranks emerged Friday and Saturday.  It’s questionable though whether William & Mary’s win over N.C. State was an upset, but it was …

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Fab Five: College basketball’s opening night features must see action

In AAC, ACC, Big 12, College Basketball, CUSA, Pac-12, SEC, WCC by Ken Cross

By Ken Cross Over the next five months, college basketball offers something that no other sport can – must watch games on every night of the season from Nov. 13 through the National Championship game on the first Monday night in April.  The sport continues to flourish although skeptics try to accuse it of being ravaged by the one-and-done methodology. …

Bruins can prove fifth in Pac-12 is too low

In College Basketball, Pac-12 by Ken Cross

By Manny Nunez Last season, the UCLA Bruins were nervously awaiting Selection Sunday as they were one of the last teams to sneak in o the Big Dance and then they proved they belonged with an upset of SMU and a resounding 92-75 win over UAB before bowing out to Gonzaga in the Sweet 16.   Led by top NBA prospects Kevon Looney and Norman Powell, …

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Pac-12: Road to title goes through Tucson – again

In Pac-12 by Manny Nunez

By Manny Nunez and Ken Cross Look away from the NCAA tournament last season, and with the four teams that earned an  NCAA bid (Arizona, UCLA, Oregon, Utah) were beating each other up which made earning those bids tough if you weren’t a Wildcat. We even remember the shock we went through when the Bruins were one of the last …