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Starting guard trio initiating Cyclones’ lift off

In College Basketball by Ken Cross

By Ken Cross The Iowa State Cyclones were supposedly rebuilding to the point where they would sink to the lower echelon of the deep Big 12 this season before making it’s way back.  Coach Steve Prohm and his new Cyclones squad had obviously had no pretenses of such preseason chatter as they have won six in a row after an …

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Marching to Madness Episode 204: ESPN analyst Dino Gaudio

In College Basketball by Blake Lovell

In this episode of Marching to Madness, hosts Blake Lovell and Ken Cross welcome in ESPN college basketball Dino Gaudio. Topics of discussion include: Florida’s recent struggles, the West Virginia-Virginia matchup, Villanova and the Big East, early superlatives with thoughts on college basketball’s best player and team, and so much more. It’s another exciting episode of Marching to Madness! Be …

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Irish prove fearless in capturing Maui Crown

In College Basketball by Ken Cross

By Ken Cross Wichita State led for 38 minutes in Notre Dame’s 67-66 Maui Championship win on Wednesday night, but it was the 2-3 zone and a staunch mental toughness of the Fighting Irish that allowed them to advance. “They are really good,” explained Notre Dame’s Mike Brey, “We couldn’t guard them man-to-man. Thank God our zone got us back …

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Enfield’s building project ready to erupt

In College Basketball by Ken Cross

By Manny Nunez Being competitive in the NCAA took recruiting the top athletes and building your starting five riding them all the way through April. Such is not the case where you see so many mid major teams gather their troops and groom them for a few years, eventually leveling ground with their opponents. That is what the USC Trojans …

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Lovell’s Notebook: OVC thoughts, Seton Hall, and more

In College Basketball by Blake Lovell

Regular season college basketball will be played in a little over a week. I’m ready. This season, I’ll be doing a regular column with random thoughts on lots of different conferences/teams/players in the world of college basketball. Let’s dive into today’s notebook. – The Ohio Valley Conference should boast an intriguing regular season title race this year. While most preseason …

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Three-point play: Tri-captains, Recruiting, NCAA transfer rule outlined by Pitino

In ACC, College Basketball by Ken Cross

By Ken Cross The Louisville Cardinals are getting ready for one of the most deep and talented teams of the Rick Pitino era. The chemistry and definition of the basketball team was capitalized with the election of Anas Mahmoud, Deng Adel, and Quentin Snyder as the tri-captains for the 2017-18 campaign. “I am surprised but very excited to see that …

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Lovell’s Notebook: Jonathan Stark’s game set to take another step forward

In College Basketball by Blake Lovell

The Ohio Valley Conference Tournament has produced several memorable moments the past few years. There was eighth-seeded Austin Peay shocking the world in 2016 by winning four games in four days to claim the OVC Tournament crown. There was Jacksonville State knocking off the OVC’s top two seeds to make the NCAA Tournament for the first time. And then there …

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Three-point Play: Seminoles’ recruits, North Dakota, Jayhawks in Italy

In Big 12, Big Sky, College Basketball by Ken Cross

Staying power in ACC It is true that losing the talents and productivity of Xavier Rathan-Mayes, Dwayne Bacon, and Jonathan Isaac will be felt throughout the Florida State basketball program.  It is also true that FSU coach Leonard Hamilton is an underrated coach and maybe even more – an underrated recruiter. Hamilton restocked well with his five-man incoming class led …

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ACC Notes: Adel’s return signals big things for Cardinals

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By Ken Cross Embed from Getty Images After Donovan Mitchell and Jaylen Johnson departed Louisville for the NBA Draft, the Cardinals were relieved when the 6-7 junior Deng Adel pulled his name out and announced on May 24 that he was coming back for his junior season. Adel is a huge piece of the puzzle for the Cardinals as coach Rick Pitino …

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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 …