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Jayhawks blast Sooners as Young’s struggles continue

In News by Ken Cross

By Ken Cross Devonte’ Graham scored 23 points to pace five Kansas Jayhawks in double figures as they shot 60.9 percent from the floor in handing struggling Oklahoma it’s sixth loss in a row, 104-74, in Lawrence, Kansas, Monday evening. Kansas led wire-to-wire and was never threatened as Graham and Lagerald Vick scored 13 of the Jayhawks first 20 points …

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Hurricanes wait out Irish, break three-game losing streak

In News by Ken Cross

By Ken Cross Miami’s Lonnie Walker, IV, once again found his groove on Monday night as he scored 19 points, including five threes to lead the Hurricanes to a hard-fought 77-74 win over Notre Dame in South Bend.  Walker was only 9-0f-29 from the floor in Miami’s recent three losses, but he steadied the ‘Canes as he helped them break …

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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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Shockers top Bearcats, edge closer in AAC race

In News by Ken Cross

By Ken Cross Wichita State guard Landry Shamet scored 16 of his game high 19 points in the first half and the Shockers held off a late Cincinnati rally to dust the Bearcats, 76-72, in the first meeting between the two schools this season.  The win brought both Wichita State and Houston to within one game of the first place …

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Pac-12 Basketball: Trojans, Bruins flex on the Oregons

In Pac-12 by Ken Cross

By Manny Nunez Southern California had a plethora of action on the court Saturday night. With a lot of attention averted to the NBA Saturday Night All Star Showcase, both SoCal Pac-12 schools were working on keeping their bubbles from bursting as the Trojans and Bruins pulled off wins over Oregon State and Oregon, respectively. As for the Trojans… The …

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Duke edges Clemson, takes over second in ACC

In College Basketball by Ken Cross

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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Episode 227: Pac-12 Network basketball analyst Kevin O’Neill

In Podcast by Ken Cross

In this episode of Marching to Madness, hosts Blake Lovell and Ken Cross welcome in Pac-12 Network analyst and former coach Kevin O’Neill. Topics of discussion include: trends so far in college basketball, the impact of Virginia’s style of play, DeAndre Ayton vs. Marvin Bagley, Aaron Holiday’s season at UCLA, Washington’s arrival in the Pac-12 landscape, Utah and Justin Bibbins, …

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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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Gamecocks’ flawless first half leads win over Auburn

In News by Ken Cross

By Ken Cross The South Carolina Gamecocks used a 21-2 run midway through the first half in bolting to a 45-19 lead over No. 10 Auburn as they downed the Tigers, 84-75 in Columbia on Saturday afternoon.  The win snapped a six-game losing streak as the ‘Cocks won for the first time since a 77-72 win at Florida on Jan. …

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Marching to Madness Episode 226: LSU head coach Will Wade

In Podcast by Blake Lovell

In this episode of Marching to Madness, hosts Blake Lovell and Ken Cross welcome back LSU head coach Will Wade. Topics of discussion include: building the foundation of the LSU program, the impact Tremont Waters has made in his first season, Duop Reath’s development, the emergence of Daryl Edwards, positives and negatives on defense, trends in the SEC, keys to …