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Padgett appreciative of Louisville players, new staff

In News by Ken Cross

By Ken Cross Louisville interim-coach David Padgett may have felt like he was a chess piece as he jumped from the Director of Basketball Operations to head coach at Louisville amid Coach Rick Pitino’s firing. Padgett, though, played at U of L from 2005-2008 and has been along side Pitino in assembling a core of talent that has the potential …

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Marching to Madness 2017-18 Conference Preview: SEC

In Podcast by Blake Lovell

In this special preview episode of Marching to Madness, host Blake Lovell and Ken Cross dive into their conference preview for the SEC. Topics include: the biggest storylines surrounding the league, underrated players heading into the season, picks for the biggest sleeper team in the conference, who could win Coach of the Year and Player of the Year, the front-runner …

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Shoulder injury sidelines ETSU’s Rodriguez

In News by Ken Cross

By Ken Cross It seems there are more and more injuries across the boards in almost every competitive sport at every level.  The injury issues hit East Tennessee State in a major way as newcomer Jeromy Rodriguez had to be shelved for the season with a shoulder injury.  The injury occurred in a pick up game earlier in the off-season …

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Auburn to hold out duo indefinitely

In News by Ken Cross

By Ken Cross Credit Auburn and coach Bruce Pearl.  There is no reason to even think about compromising the Auburn Tigers position or season amid the FBI investigation that saw Auburn assistant coach Chuck Person arrested for his involvement in a bribery scheme that was uncovered in late September. With that, Auburn has noted today that sophomores Danjel Purifoy and …

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Providence exhibitions see the highs and lows

In News by Ken Cross

By Ken Cross There’s no doubt that the Providence Friars are going to be a player in the Big East as Ed Cooley’s squad looks like a top four competitor in there with Villanova, Seton Hall, and Xavier.  However, this week was a myriad of emotions for the Friars. On Wednesday, Providence made a statement as they lit up Connecticut, …

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Marching to Madness Episode 193: ETSU head coach Steve Forbes

In Podcast by Blake Lovell

In this episode of Marching to Madness, hosts Blake Lovell and Ken Cross welcome back East Tennessee State head coach Steve Forbes. Topics of discussion include: the team’s preparation this offseason, building chemistry with newcomers, what things could look like defensively this season, Desonta Bradford’s development, the progression of Jermaine Long, and so much more. It’s another jam-packed episode of …

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Lovell’s Notebook: OVC thoughts, Seton Hall, and more

In College Basketball by Blake Lovell

Regular season college basketball will be played in a little over a week. I’m ready. This season, I’ll be doing a regular column with random thoughts on lots of different conferences/teams/players in the world of college basketball. Let’s dive into today’s notebook. – The Ohio Valley Conference should boast an intriguing regular season title race this year. While most preseason …

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Gamecocks see Booker, Minaya contributions in exhibition opener

In News by Ken Cross

By Ken Cross Monday night’s 85-44 win over Division-II Erskine showed potentially how the South Carolina Gamecocks may go about winning this season.  A “by committee” approach seems to be the appropriate definition this season.  Four players landed in double figures, led by 15 points and nine rebounds from Chris Silva. It was also an introduction to the newcomers in …

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Missouri State’s experience gives slight edge in MVC

In News by Ken Cross

By Ken Cross Count the MVC preseason favorite Missouri State Bears among the programs that benefitted from the success of the Wichita State Shockers.  While the Shockers program was so dominant in the MVC, it set the bar high and made the upper echelon of programs even more competitive.  Wichita State became the gold standard while Illinois State, Northern Iowa, …

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Maye looks at Tar Heels’ upcoming season

In News by Ken Cross

By Ken Cross North Carolina Tar Heels junior Luke Maye still gets plenty of chatter about “The Shot”.  You know – that was the jumper that gave the Heels the two-point win over Kentucky in the Elite Eight and was a gigantic step on the path of last season’s National Championship squad. Maye has turned into an outstanding spokesman and …