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Super Seven: Players to watch as A-10 unfolds

In Atlantic 10, College Basketball by Ken Cross

By Ken Cross This Atlantic 10 season should be another competitive one inside the league with as many as six teams competing for the conference championship.  Rhode Island’s chance took a huge hit with E.C. Matthews going down for the season with a knee injury in the first game of the season.  After two weeks, the A-10 has the fourth …

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ACC claims an impressive triplicate of tournament championships

In ACC, College Basketball by Ken Cross

By Ken Cross “I’m very pleased with how we’re playing offense right now,” Miami coach Jim Larranaga noted of his Hurricanes, who averaged 93.3 points per game in winning the Puerto Rico Tipoff, “We’re playing fast, faster than how we’re practicing. I like when we get out in the open court, because we have so many weapons.” Depth in a …

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Izzo, Spartans’ chemistry will equate to Big Ten and national challenge

In Big Ten, College Basketball by Ken Cross

By Manny Nunez When the tournament brackets were announced last season, Michigan State never responded about being placed seventh in the East bracket with Villanova as the top seed after a strong February and early March. It was arguably one of the tougher sides of the tournament with so much competition. Few teams had one thing that the Spartans brought to …

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Pearl guarded on rules changes at beginning of season

In College Basketball, SEC by Ken Cross

By Ken Cross After watching Auburn beat UAB and Georgia Southern and lead Colorado by as many of 15 before dropping a 91-84 decision on Tuesday, it became very apparent that the new rules changes that have been implemented to speed up the college game are going to matter very little to Coach Bruce Pearl’s Tigers. This is a team …

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Kentucky’s guards change Wildcats’ personna

In ACC, SEC by Ken Cross

By Ken Cross When viewing Kentucky or Duke for the first time in a season, you have to grab the rosters and study to attach names and numbers based on the one-and-done implementation by elite coaches in John Calipari and Mike Krzyzewski. With that come different styles and methods of play. For Kentucky, the NBA  inherited the riches of the …

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Simmons’ unselfishness will make LSU a tough out

In SEC by Ken Cross

By Ken Cross As the No. 1 high school player in the nation, Australian -native Ben Simmons has drawn a myriad of attention since coming to the States three years ago and that has magnified in  LSU’s first two games. Although the 81-70 win on Friday over McNeese State and Monday evening’s 91-69 dismissal of Kennesaw State were tune-ups, it is …

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Arizona readying for tough non-conference ledger before Pac-12 play

In Pac-12 by Ken Cross

By Manny Nunez Arizona Wildcats head coach Sean Miller had huge shoes to fill after he replaced the legendary Lute Olsen. Coming from Xavier, the one main criteria he brought to the team was his leadership and unity that he has brought back as he has led the Wildcats to the Elite Eight twice in his tenure. Miller has shown …

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Numerous upsets mean college basketball is back with a vengeance

In ACC, Big East, Big Ten, College Basketball, Pac-12 by Ken Cross

By Ken Cross If the first two days of the new college basketball season are any indication, plenty of hoop heads are going to be losing lots of sleep over the next five months.  Upsets from the mid-major ranks emerged Friday and Saturday.  It’s questionable though whether William & Mary’s win over N.C. State was an upset, but it was …

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UCF recruit Tacko Fall gains NCAA eligibility the day before the Knights’ opener

In AAC by Ken Cross

By Sam Mullan Finally, almost in an 11th hour decision, the NCAA gave 7-foot-6 Senegal native Tacko Fall an academic waiver, so he could play immediate for coach Donnie Jones and the Golden Knights who are at Davidson Saturday evening. It’s been less than a month since the NCAA ruled Kentucky’s Skal Labissiere as eligible after a fair amount of …