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Eyes raised by Cronin, Bearcats at AAC media day

In AAC by Ken Cross

By Ken Cross So the fun started today in Philadelphia at the American Athletic Conference Media Day where the Cincinnati Bearcats were picked to win the league over newcomer Wichita State by the league’s coaches.  However, there were no Bearcats on the all-AAC preseason first team which didn’t go unnoticed by coach Mick Cronin. “People think we are picked to …

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Brown brings offensive pop to revamped Ducks

In Pac-12, Pac12 by Ken Cross

By Ken Cross Dana Altman had to turn over his Oregon roster with nine people leaving the Final Four team that was with one point of overcoming North Carolina and playing for a national championship.  With that, creativity is sometimes in the wings in who you recruit. So when Elijah Brown graduated from New Mexico after his junior year and …

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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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UW’s Hopkins brings 2-3 to Seattle

In Pac-12, Pac12 by Ken Cross

By Ken Cross In sailing as the first lieutenant to a Hall of Fame coach in Jim Boeheim for a haul of 21 years, coach Mike Hopkins undoubtedly took on some of the characteristics of Boeheim in that time at Syracuse.  Of course probably the first that comes to mind is that 2-3 zone that has set the Orange apart …

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Bruins’ new digs pumping even more pride into program

In Pac-12 by Ken Cross

By Ken Cross No, they didn’t replace Pauley Pavilion; nor should they replace such an iconic cathedral in the realm of college basketball.  But, the UCLA basketball community got it right when the $35 million Mo Ostin Center was verified as the home away from Pauley for the Bruins. The new practice facility, which opened with the season, is a …

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George Washington reboots but with plenty of potential

In Atlantic 10 by Ken Cross

By Ken Cross The George Washington Colonials opened the first practice of 2017-18 as a more stable program with coach Maurice Joesph being in control from the beginning.  Last season, Joseph took over for deposed coach Mike Lonergan in mid-September and posted 20 wins as he was able to get the attention of his players and get them on the …

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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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Padgett adds Trent Johnson to Louisville staff

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By Ken Cross Louisville coach David Padgett needed a strong assistant coach as he sails what could be uncharted waters in abruptly being named head coach upon the firing of Hall of Fame coach Rick Pitino last month.  Enter former college basketball coach Trent Johnson, who was sidelined last season after his firing from TCU. Johnson was a head coach …

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Marching to Madness Episode 188: Hawaii head coach Eran Ganot

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In this episode of Marching to Madness, hosts Blake Lovell and Ken Cross welcome back Hawaii head coach Eran Ganot. Topics of discussion include: handling the NCAA restrictions last season, how the team is setting the tone this offseason, building chemistry with this year’s roster, the development of Jack Purchase, Mike Thomas’ versatility and leadership, how Leland Green can be …

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Antelopes tabbed favorite in WAC

In WAC by Ken Cross

By Ken Cross Grand Canyon University, in it’s first year of WAC and NCAA Tournament eligibility after it’s four-year transition to Division-1 is a the pick to win the 2017-18 WAC basketball title, per the eight head coaches who could not vote for their respective teams.  Antelopes’ guard Josh Braun has garnered WAC preseason Player of the Year honors as …