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Jefferson turning into key leader for Duke from the post

In ACC, College Basketball by Ken Cross

By Ken Cross Amile Jefferson is patient, alright. He’s in his senior year as a forward for the Duke Blue Devils and averaging a double-double in their 6-1 start.  He has functioned as a role player in his first three years, but now he is a leader and doing a really strong job keeping his teammates organized from his post position. It’s …

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Vanderbilt defense improving despite loss to Jayhawks in Maui Final

In Big 12, College Basketball, SEC by Ken Cross

By Ken Cross There were many reasons why the Vanderbilt Commodores were picked second behind Kentucky in the SEC as the resounding wins over St. John’s and Wake Forest and a 70-63 loss in a tightly contested Maui Final against Kansas suggested. Vandy is now on the national radar and joins Texas A&M and LSU as teams that can possibly challenge Kentucky …

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Eagles’ flight will once again be tough in ACC

In ACC by Ken Cross

By Manny Nunez When Boston College head coach Jim Christian took over the Eagles last season, he was working with a program that has not seen any kind of postseason action since 2011. The Eagles were recovering from an eight-win season, and the chance at making a name in the ACC with so many teams constantly making the tournament every year …

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Ben Simmons and LSU still have room to grow

In SEC by Blake Lovell

  By Blake Lovell Ben Simmons is the best player in college basketball right now. That much we know. But the problem is that his LSU Tigers aren’t benefiting from that. At least now right now. LSU jumped out to a quick start this season with three wins over inferior competition. The Tigers downed McNeese State, Kennesaw State and South …

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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 …