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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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Zagin’ to Phoenix

In 2017 NCAA Tournament, WCC by Ken Cross

By Ken Cross Gonzaga’s 19-year run under coach Mark Few has really no other peer.  The Bulldogs join Kansas, Michigan State, and Duke as the only four teams to make the NCAA Tournament for that period.  Few has presided over six Sweet 16 appearances and an Elite Eight and he surpassed 500 wins this season. Last Saturday, Gonzaga finally broke …

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Dons, Lions quietly adding depth to WCC

In WCC by Ken Cross

By Manny Nunez Everyone knows that the Ides of March are slowly creeping upon even the most casual college basketball fan. Even before the tournament, the buzz is felt throughout the nation with so many conference tournaments. For hundreds of schools, this is their final opportunity to try and punch a ticket and extend their season, no matter how low their …

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Zags have that Final Four look

In WCC by Ken Cross

By Manny Nunez Many teams have changed the aspect that there is not a plethora of depth in college hoops on the west coast over the course of the last few months. UCLA has garnered a lot of that glory with recruiting Lonzo Ball, thus changing the culture of Bruins basketball. USC has held their ground and hovered around the top …

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Waves’ Wilson working on restructure

In WCC by Ken Cross

By Manny Nunez It is always tough to try and build off the success from last year when you run a collegiate program. This holds even truer for all mid-major colleges, which is where Pepperdine falls. Last season the Waves were able to match their success from 2015 with 18 wins and a bid to the CBI. It isn’t the …

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Lions ready to compete despite loss to UConn

In College Basketball, WCC by Ken Cross

By Manny Nunez Even with a tough 65-62 loss to UConn on Thursday night, the competitiveness of the Loyola Marymount Lions was in full definition and will be a certainty as the season unfolds. Last season at 14-17 the Lions hung around until the end in most of their games and were extremely competitive. Winning three of their last five …

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Marching to Madness Episode 38: Portland assistant coach Bob Cantu

In Podcast, WCC by Blake Lovell

Hosts Blake Lovell and Ken Cross welcome back Portland assistant coach Bob Cantu on this episode of Marching to Madness. They discuss his transition from UTEP to Portland, how the program could evolve under new coach Terry Porter, and so much more. It’s yet another fascinating episode of Marching to Madness! And as always, you can subscribe to Marching to Madness on …

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WCC Coaching Changes: High level, name recognition steer busy month

In WCC by Ken Cross

By Ken Cross Athletic directors across the WCC have shown a collective serious approach to challenging Gonzaga and catching St. Mary’s and BYU as four have orchestrated a list of coaching moves over the past month to try to challenge the top of the conference.  However with Terry Porter’s hiring at Portland, Herb Sendek taking over Santa Clara, Damon Stoudamire at Pacific, …

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WCC Tournament primer: Zags need win for NCAA bid

In WCC by Ken Cross

By Ken Cross Gonzaga has generally ruled the WCC with a vengeance in the Mark Few era as mascot Spike the Dogs was just a pup when the Bulldogs weren’t an entity on the WCC scene.  St. Mary’s wrestled away the top seed for this weekend’s WCC extravaganza and many bracketologists have placed the Bulldogs squarely on the bubble, needing …

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WCC Basketball: Zags shed Pepperdine, acknowledge rise of the Waves

In News, WCC by Ken Cross

By Manny Nunez Embed from Getty Images The West Coast Conference has been a dog fight all season, where both Gonzaga and Saint Mary’s are beginning to feel the wrath of the rest of the teams. Most of the teams in the WCC are focused on a tough home environment from the Pepperdine Waves when they enter Firestone Fieldhouse, adjacent to the …