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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 …

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BYU Basketball: Cougars establish themselves in second half in staving off hungry Lions

In College Basketball, WCC by Ken Cross

By Manny Nunez BYU survived quite the scare last night against Loyola Marymount as the Lions accentuated a 17-0 run which included nine three pointers that gave them a 19-point lead nearing the end of the half. Steven Haney and Joshua Spiers combined for six of those in a  4:19 stretch that turned a 31-29 deficit into a 48-31 lead. The story though …

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Big East Basketball: Strength defined inside league race

In Big East by Ken Cross

By Sam Mullan When the former Big East, a behemoth basketball conference from 1979-2013,  seemed to crumble before our very eyes, the college basketball community saw the losses that the conference was experiencing as the subtraction of powerhouses in Syracuse, Cincinnati, Pittsburgh, UConn, and Louisville were well-chronicled. However, breaking off didn’t mean breaking down. In fact the Big East is as strong …

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SEC Basketball: Aggies keep charging toward lofty perch

In SEC by Ken Cross

By Ken Cross Even though the Texas A&M Aggies are ranked No. 10 in the nation and stand at 16-2 and a perfect 6-0 SEC ledger after Tuesday night’s 71-57 win over LSU, they still seem under the radar as a solid favorite in the SEC.  Too many times, there is a narrow mentality, especially nationally, that if Kentucky is …

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Northwestern Basketball: Thinking Tournament

In Big Ten by Ken Cross

By Graham Hooten Prior to entering Saturday’s 71-62 loss to Penn State, the Northwestern Wildcats were in the thick of contention for a shot at the NCAA tournament. At 15-3 (3-2 B1G), Northwestern had yet to lose a “bad” game, and were in the best position in years to make a run at their first tournament appearance in school history. Bryant …

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Syracuse Basketball: Orange screens, rolls and defends Duke

In ACC by Ken Cross

By Ken Cross Even though Syracuse associate head coach Mike Hopkins is sure to write his name in Orange lore after Jim Boeheim passes the torch to him, having Boeheim back on the bench has been a God-send after an unceremonious and unnecessary nine-game suspension by the NCAA sidelined one of college basketball’s legends for nine games, including the first …

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Villanova Basketball: WIldcats setting the pace in Big East

In Big East by Ken Cross

By Noah Hessdorf The No. 4 Villanova Wildcats are the only team left in the Big East with an undefeated conference record. Nova is 6-0 on the season after another crucial victory over Georgetown on Saturday night. The team has surpassed every opponent thus far from the intense conference. It has recorded victories against Xavier, Creighton, Seton Hall, Butler, Marquette …

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Auburn Basketball: Resiliency, character defining Tigers

In SEC by Ken Cross

By Ken Cross Saturday afternoon’s 75-70 Auburn Tigers win over Kentucky defined coach Bruce Pearl and his program perfectly – the Tigers will get down and dirty and dig when the going gets tough.  Two earlier losses in the week to Missouri and Vanderbilt left this injured team teetering, but Pearl, like Seattle Seahawks coach Pete Carroll, once again masterfully motivated his team while …