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Villanova’s defense, Tar Heels’ offense dominate Final Four

In 2016 NCAA Tournament, ACC, Big East by Ken Cross

By Ken Cross Saturday’s two Final Four encounters turned out to be sporadic mismatches even though Syracuse made a small run at North Carolina in the second half to cut the score to 57-50 before taking an 83-66 defeat in the second game.  Earlier, the story of the afternoon evolved around the Villanova Wildcats’ defense controlling the high-scoring Oklahoma Sooners …

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Sooners’ cohesiveness around Hield, Kruger could spell title

In 2016 NCAA Tournament, Big 12 by Ken Cross

By Ken Cross Embed from Getty Images Oklahoma and Villanova are a clash of two-seeds in game one of the Final Four at NRG Stadium in Houston and for Villanova, Sooners sharp-shooter Buddy Hield has been on the radar all week.  He’s the second leading scorer in Oklahoma basketball history and first in three-point field goals.  The matchup of the physical …

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Marching to Madness Episode 11: Final Four Preview with Donnie Tyndall

In Podcast by Ken Cross

Final Four week is officially here in the NCAA tournament! With that in mind, Marching to Madness hosts Blake Lovell and Ken Cross bring back former Tennessee, Southern Miss, and Morehead State head coach Donnie Tyndall to the show to dive into both Final Four matchups. How will Syracuse’s zone cause issues for North Carolina? Will the Tar Heels be …

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Marching to Madness Episode 9: ETSU head coach Steve Forbes

In Podcast by Blake Lovell

Another week, another special guest on the Marching to Madness podcast! This time around, hosts Blake Lovell and Ken Cross are joined by East Tennessee State head coach Steve Forbes. The trio discuss the upcoming Vegas 16 tournament in Las Vegas that the Bucs will be participating in, dive into Forbes’ experience in coaching Ron Baker and Fred VanVleet during …

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Same Faces Different Places: The ACC Flavored Final Four

In ACC, College Basketball by Ken Cross

By Daniel Greenwald North Carolina and Syracuse face off Saturday night in a mysterious Final Four matchup as both teams hail from the ACC and their trips to this point couldn’t be more different. It has been a track of polar opposites, a tale of two cities if you will. Differences aside, both teams sit one win away from a date with destiny in …

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Colonials capture NIT crown

In Atlantic 10, College Basketball by Ken Cross

By Ethan Swiech George Washington’s basketball program made the Atlantic 10 proud on Thursday night. The Colonials won the championship of the National Invitational Tournament by defeating the top-seeded Valparaiso Crusaders, 76-60. The victory represented George Washington’s first tournament championship in school history. “We didn’t make the NCAAs and we are all heartbroken and it’s hard to bounce back but …

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Boeheim’s presence always makes Syracuse a threat

In 2016 NCAA Tournament, ACC by Ken Cross

By Ken Cross The atrocity that was an NCAA Tournament ban a year ago plus a nine-game suspension of coach Jim Boeheim this season didn’t cool the passion, didn’t cool the love, and it didn’t cool the stature of one of the greatest institutions in sports – the basketball program at Syracuse University.  The reason? the heartbeat of the ‘Cuse …

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Wildcats ready to prowl Final Four

In 2016 NCAA Tournament, Big East by Ken Cross

By Noah Hessdorf The Villanova Wildcats are in the Final Four. They have purged their reputation as a team that couldn’t get out of the first weekend of the Big Dance. Since reaching the Final Four in 2009, the Wildcats have been knocked out of the tournament in the first or second round in four of the last five seasons …

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Tar Heels reach higher ground as size shades Notre Dame

In 2016 NCAA Tournament, ACC, College Basketball by Ken Cross

By Ken Cross The Notre Dame Fighting Irish can’t feel like they played a bad game in Sunday’s 88-74 loss to North Carolina in the East Regional final in Philadelphia.  The Irish shot 55 percent, they went to the line and made 20-of-24 free throws, and they had 17 assists against six turnovers. The difference once again for UNC was Brice Johnson, …

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‘Cuse press accentuates Orange mission

In 2016 NCAA Tournament, ACC, College Basketball by Ken Cross

By Manny Nunez The college basketball universe seemed like it would all be back to normal when all the number-one seeds won their respective Sweet 16 games and were one game away from the Elite Eight. Virginia had been cruising up to their matchup with tenth-seeded Syracuse with a much better offensive attack than in the last two seasons. Sunday afternoon, …