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Duke runs past Louisville behind Allen, dunks

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By Ken Cross A long early week for the Louisville Cardinals stretched to the hardwood on Wednesday night in Durham, N.C. as No. 5 Duke got 28 points from Grayson Allen coupled with a 12-0 run midway through the first half to pin the Cards to the mat in an 82-56 win. As the game ebbed and flowed, Allen took …

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Auburn Basketball: McLemore’s injury galvanized an entire arena

In College Basketball, SEC by Ken Cross

By Ken Cross After Auburn sky walker Anfernee McLemore lost his balance coming down for a rebound late in the first half of Saturday’s game, it brought coach Bruce Pearl’s “next man up” mantra for the Tigers to yet another level.  The 6-7 power forward/center suffered a season ending injury that includes an ankle dislocation, a fractured tibia, and torn …

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Duke edges Clemson, takes over second in ACC

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By Ken Cross No. 12 Duke finished on a 9-0 run over the last 1:33 to win at No. 11 Clemson, 66-57, as the Blue Devils broke the second place tie in the ACC in handing the Tigers their second loss this week. The Tigers were out of rhythm on offense all afternoon as Duke used it’s 2-3 zone with …

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Gamecocks Basketball: Lesson in leadership helped spur win

In College Basketball, SEC by Ken Cross

By Ken Cross A lack of leadership and players taking ownership have haunted the South Carolina Gamecocks all season long.  It’s a young team and a team in transition even now only one year removed from the Final Four.  Coach Frank Martin has implored players to step up and take a leadership role as well as talk, communicate, and have …

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Charlotte Basketball: Don’t do the math

In College Basketball by Ken Cross

By Ken Cross In terms of entertainment value and just watching a basketball game, UTEP’s 87-86 win over the Charlotte 49ers on Thursday evening had all of that and more. These two teams are going through potentially two of the worst seasons in each program’s history.  The RPIs were incredible as Charlotte came in at 312 and the Miners were …

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Rhode Island’s win streak now at 16; Matthews injured

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By Ken Cross The Rhode Island Rams won their 16th in a row in an 85-67 win over Richmond on Tuesday night, but there were tense moments late in the first half when E.C. Matthews went down with what looked like a knee injury and had to be helped from the floor. Matthews is the Rams’ second leading scorer at …

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Georgia Basketball: Defense, glass will aid a reboot

In College Basketball, SEC by Ken Cross

By Ken Cross It has been a tough month for the Georgia Bulldogs as they have dropped six of their last seven games and have fallen to 4-8 overall in an unforgiving SEC that could receive as many as a record eight or nine NCAA bids Defense and rebounding have been the major problem in the Bulldogs’  last three games …

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Washington Basketball: Green’s buzzer-beater an exclamation point

In College Basketball, Pac-12 by Ken Cross

By Ken Cross The Washington Huskies had been flying under the radar and when the Arizona schools descended on Seattle, a 2-0 weekend ledger announced the Huskies’ arrival as a potential threat in the Pac-12 championship race.  After controlling the tempo and outlasting Arizona State, 68-64, on Thursday night, Washington had a flare for the dramatic in it’s 78-75 win …

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Pac-12 Basketball: Bruins, Trojans will be around in March

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By Manny Nunez UCLA and USC faced off at Pauley Pavilion Saturday afternoon, causing a ruckus in the Pac-12 as to where these two teams would seed as the conference heads into its final month. UCLA got that much needed win to stay atop as being of the best four teams in the conference, winning 82-79 on a clutch three …

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Clemson Basketball: Tigers close strong, shade Wake

In College Basketball, News by Ken Cross

By Ken Cross Gabe DeVoe scored 24 points, 13 over the last 7:53 of the first half, but it was Marcquise Reed who took over down the stretch as he scored eight of his 20 points to lead No. 20 Clemson to a 75-67 win over Wake Forest in Winston-Salem on  Saturday. “We had a hard time guarding for a …