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Gamecocks Basketball: Carrera, Silva defining toughness in post

In SEC by Ken Cross

By Ken Cross According to South Carolina coach Frank Martin, leading scorer and rebounder Michael Carrera hates losing like no other.  Carrera, one of three key seniors on this Gamecocks team, took the 73-50 loss at Alabama two weeks ago to heart.  Carrera’s disdain for losing that game had carried over into the rematch on Saturday, a 78-64 Gamecocks win, …

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SMU Basketball: Mustangs deserve opportunity to compete in postseason

In AAC by Ken Cross

By Sam Mullan When discussion started about SMU and the harshness of their NCAA sanctions which included a postseason ban, the Mustangs were sitting as the last undefeated team in Division I college basketball. Despite having a loss to Temple in their most recent game which was postponed one day due to a snow storm that hit the northeast, the talk of dropping …

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USC Basketball: Trojans rediscover defense in second half with win over Wazzu

In Pac-12 by Ken Cross

By Manny Nunez The USC Trojans left California on a three-game road trip with such heavy expectations, much higher than even many fans had anticipated. After beating Arizona in a four-overtime thriller, Andy Enfield had officially served notice in turning around  his program as USC can legitimately become one of a plethora of Pac-12 teams that can acquire a bid …

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Pepperdine Basketball: Waves flexing in WCC with win over BYU

In WCC by Ken Cross

By Manny Nunez The BYU Cougars knew that joining the West Coast Conference would not be a walk in the park. Entering last night’s game they had lost three of four at the Firestone Fieldhouse. The frustration continued where the Waves not only contained the Cougars from hitting shots as they went only 6-for-22 beyond the arc. Some unsung heroes emerged for Pepperdine …