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Louisville Basketball: Cardinals’ tenacity will make them an ACC contender

In ACC by Ken Cross

  By Ken Cross Louisville coach Rick Pitino was outwardly questioned about the challenge of his non-conference schedule by the media denizens in the Commonwealth, which left people in the basketball community scratching their collective heads.  First, they lost two quality players and leaders in Terry Dozier and Montrezl Harrell to the NBA plus they were returning only 17 percent of …

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Kentucky Basketball: Ulis undeniably leader of Wildcats

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By Ken Cross The Louisville Cardinals played a gritty, hard-nosed game Saturday afternoon in a 75-73 loss at Kentucky.  Down 52-36 early in the second half, they staged a rally that saw them pull to within one at 65-64 with 5:36 remaining and also by two on a couple of other occasions. The key was getting down so far on …

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USC Basketball: Trojans readying for Pac-12 with 11-2 pre-conference start

In Pac-12 by Ken Cross

By Manny Nunez The USC Trojans have officially shown the Pac-12 conference that they will not be easy out anymore. After a solid 100-64 win over Lafayette Wednesday night, the Trojans are heading into conference play with their best start since the 2001-2002 season.   Embed from Getty Images “It was nice to end on a break just before the Christmas …

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Davidson Basketball: Gibbs’ relentlessness carries Wildcats

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By Ken Cross The energy and the consistent scoring ability of Davidson guard Jack Gibbs is starting to get national notoriety.  Once again, Wednesday afternoon, he eclipsed the 40-point mark with 41 points as Davidson needed ever ounce of energy, every drop of sweat, and every point from it’s 6-0, 195-pound prodigy, in a thrilling 81-77 victory over a deep, …

LMU Basketball: Three new shooters help Dunlap build offense

In WCC by Ken Cross

By Manny Nunez Since the early 1990’s, Loyola Marymount has gone through countless cycles of frustration. Just three times have Lions finished second in the West Coast Conference, and just once in 2006. That same year they were a layup away from making it to the NCAA Tournament; consequently though, the Lions have been seeking consistency from within the program and …

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Xavier Basketball: A character defining come back

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By Ken Cross The Xavier Musketeers’ 1-3-1 zone defense was as sharp as the namesake’s sword in the second half of their 78-70 come-from-behind win at Wake Forest. It knifed a sizzling Demon Deacons’ offense that shot 48.3 percent from the floor in the first half in amassing a 43-28 advantage over the No. 6 Musketeers after 20 minutes.  The …

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Wake Forest Basketball: Two halves do not equal a whole

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By Ken Cross The ink on the quill was ready to stroke a signature win for Danny Manning against the No. 6 Xavier Musketeers in the Skip Prosser Classic on Tuesday night, but just after halftime the well ran dry.  It was a tale of two halves as Wake Forest used 13 points from Bryant Crawford to push to a …

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Cincinnati Basketball: Bearcats get another shot at a Top 25 foe

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By Austin Carpenter With conference play right around the corner, the Cincinnati Bearcats welcome their final out-of-conference foe, the Iowa State Cyclones, into Fifth Third Arena tonight in a matchup that features one of the best offense teams in the nation in the Cyclones against a defensive juggernaut, headed by ten-year head coach Mick Cronin.  It’s a huge challenge for the …

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WVU Basketball: 6 key intangibles that make Mountaineers a Big 12 threat

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By Ken Cross In his eighth year, West Virginia basketball coach Bob Huggins may be presiding over a team that features the most depth and completeness in his Morgantown tenure.  They are outscoring their opponents by a whopping 26 points per game while bolting to a 9-1 record as that only loss came at the hands of Virginia two weeks …

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Pepperdine Basketball: Waves roll UL Lafayette, ready for WCC opener

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By Manny Nunez Gonzaga has been the gold standard in the West Coast Conference, especially in the 17-year Mark Few era even though BYU and Saint Mary’s have been challengers, but not stalwarts.  Meanwhile, Pepperdine wallowed in the depths of the league as they went nine years without a winning season until coach Marty Wilson led the Waves to an 18-15 record …