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Vanderbilt Basketball: Confidence shaky after 0-3 SEC start

In SEC by Ken Cross

By Ken Cross The Vanderbilt Commodores knew coming into this season that they could be a player in the SEC cage wars.  The key was their trademark three-point game plus the inside domination of 7-0, 245-lb. center Damion Jones, who eschewed the NBA for another year so he could return to Vanderbilt and try to help the team win the SEC …

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Clemson Basketball: Pitino impressed with Tigers’ rejuvenation, Brownell

In ACC by Ken Cross

By Ken Cross Once Clemson moved into ACC play, the Tigers picked up their second-wind. With five minutes left at North Carolina, they were in position to win the game before faltering down the stretch in an 80-69 loss that was closer than the score suggests.  The Tigers have since reeled off wins over Florida State, Syracuse, and Louisville which …

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Louisville Basketball: Cardinals’ lack of physicality, offense equates to loss at Clemson

In ACC by Ken Cross

By Ken Cross Intangibles play key roles in basketball games, as the restructuring 13-2 Louisville Cardinals found out  Sunday in dropping a 66-62 defeat to Clemson in the Bon Secours Wellness Arena in Greenville, South Carolina. This is the Tigers’ home for the year as Littlejohn Coliseum is being renovated. The Cardinals, as shooters, were as cold as the arena that houses a …

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Arizona-USC thriller: Trojans showing arrival on national scene

In Pac-12 by Ken Cross

By Manny Nunez Saturday night’s 103-101 USC win over No. 6 Arizona in a four-overtime affair was a game where two teams left all they had on the court in a grueling 60-minute session of basketball. USC had not been 3-1 to start conference play since 2007, and they had to do it against an Arizona team which was devastated after …

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Gamecocks Basketball: Martin’s defensive adjustments throttle Vandy shooters

In SEC by Ken Cross

By Ken Cross The South Carolina Gamecocks truly may not believe they can lose after trailing Vanderbilt most of the day before pulling out a 69-65 win.  After their 15th consecutive win to start the season on Saturday, Sindarius Thornwell, who is rising as one of the top players in the SEC, acknowledged that the streak is nice, but it …

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Arizona State Basketball: Sun Devils lacking consistent offense

In Pac-12 by Ken Cross

By Manny Nunez Somehow, USC’s 75-65 win over Arizona State turned into a competitive basketball game before the Trojans could nail down a 2-1 Pac-12 record and go to 13-3 overall. Arizona State had no rhythm and continuity for most of the game.  The Sun Devils shot 31.3 percent in the first half, made only 4-of-11 free throws, and couldn’t regroup …

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Davidson Basketball: Sticking to the system pays off for injured Wildcats

In Atlantic 10 by Ken Cross

By Ken Cross The Davidson Wildcats have had some horrible luck this season with injuries.  The latest round hit just as the Atlantic 10 season kicked off last Saturday at St. Bonaventure.  Starters Jordan Barham had a knee injury at Cal in late December while Brian Sullivan is still aggravated with symptoms of a concussion. The wrath of those injuries hit …

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Sooners-Jayhawks make their own instant classic

In Big 12 by Ken Cross

By Ken Cross Monday night’s thrilling 109-106 shading of the Oklahoma Sooners by the Kansas Jayhawks had it own share of “one shining moments.” There was really no way to pick out a play that hurt the other team.  It was just two of the nation’s elite going at each other with wreckless abandon in a classic Big 12 matchup. …