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Gaels eclipse Zags as WCC favorite

In College Basketball by Ken Cross

The script changes in the WCC as the St. Mary’s Gaels are the pick to win the league, according to the coaches as the WCC Media Day commenced in Las Vegas on Thursday. The Gaels received the nine first place votes of the coaches as coach Randy Bennett went with Gonzaga. “We are kind of proud of what they are …

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Mizzou seniors are huge players in team’s ’17-18 success

In College Basketball, SEC by Ken Cross

By Ken Cross When Cuonzo Martin brought in 6-10 Michael Porter and his brother 6-11 Jontay, the narrative shifted to not only being competitive in the SEC, but getting back to the NCAA Tournament in Martin’s first season. Add the addition of former Illinois-commit Jeremiah Tilmon solidified the idea that the Tigers, only one year removed from three consecutive 20-loss …

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Gilbert, Adams equate to strong UConn backcourt

In College Basketball by Ken Cross

By Ken Cross Like any young college basketball star, sitting and watching his UConn Huskies play basketball and struggle for much of last season was tough on star guard Alterique Gilbert.  Two shoulder dislocations in the last 18 months sidelined one of college basketball’s most exciting talents; the latest coming in the Huskies’ third game of last season which was …

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Wildcats predictably receive Pac-12 nod

In College Basketball, Pac-12 by Ken Cross

By Ken Cross As Pac-12 Media Day commences today in San Francisco, the Arizona Wildcats are tabbed as the Pac-12 favorite by the media covering the Pac-12.  The Wildcats received 22 first place votes while the USC Trojans picked up one. Guards Parker Jackson-Cartwright and Rawle Alkins join swingman Allonzo Trier and center Dusan Ristic in the starting line up …

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Rhode Island setting recruiting pace with key signings

In Atlantic 10, College Basketball by Ken Cross

By Ken Cross The state of Maryland has been good to Rhode Island basketball coach Dan Hurley.  The seventh-year Rams coach ended last week by signing four-star recruit Jermaine Harris of Rock Creek Christian Academy in Upper Marlboro, Md. and then add Brenden Adams of Calvert Hall College High School in Hanover, Md. Harris, the No. 85 rated player in …

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Bennett picks up point guard for 2018 recruiting class

In ACC, College Basketball by Ken Cross

By Ken Cross As Devon Hall finishes his Virginia career on the point on at a 2-guard this season, Virginia coach Tony Bennett fortified the point guard position today in receiving a commitment from Woodland Hills, CA native Kihei Clark. Clark, a diminutive 5-9, 145-pound point guard, from Taft High School had lots of interest on the west coast, but …

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Pearl, Tigers ready for NCAA Run

In College Basketball, SEC by Ken Cross

By Ken Cross Auburn coach Bruce Pearl seemed contrite as he addressed the charges revealing associate head coach Chuck Person as a member of four assistants in an FBI sting that resulted in those arrests earlier this week.  Pearl had prepared a statement and he stuck with it as he was asked further questions numerous time concerning the situation. Pearl …

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Aztecs start practice as Dutcher assumes reigns

In College Basketball, Mountain West by Ken Cross

By Ken Cross The San Diego State Aztecs opened practice Friday for the first time in 18 years without Steve Fisher, who led the Aztecs program to it’s best and most consistent years in it’s history.  Now, there is a there is a familiar face is on that bench as associate head coach Brian Dutcher transitioned to the position of …