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

In AAC, Big 12 by Ken Cross

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

In Big 12 by Ken Cross

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

In WCC by Ken Cross

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 …

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Purdue Basketball: Despite loss to Butler, Boilers a Big Ten player

In Big Ten by Ken Cross

By Graham Hooten Purdue and Butler played virtually even Saturday afternoon in Indianapolis, but once the Bulldogs took command, the Boilermakers couldn’t quite catch the Big East juggernaut.  The Bulldogs lead stood at 64-49 with 3:47 remaining before Purdue staged a 19-6 rally over a 3:21 stretch behind as pair of three-pointers and a couple of free throws by Caleb Swanigan, who finished …

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USC Basketball: Reinhardt’s leadership a potential Trojans intangible

In Pac-12 by Ken Cross

By Manny Nunez One of Katin Reinhardt’s biggest dreams is to become a leader wherever he plays. In high Game after game while with the Monarchs, he would be the king on the floor and would own the arc,which gained him notoriety. His hot hand set up a ton of offers, coast to coast, for Reinhardt, but his idea was …

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Providence Basketball: Bentil joining Dunn in leading Friars to the altar

In Big East by Ken Cross

By Sam Mullan The Providence Friars were a team that raised eyebrows before the 2015-2016 season even started. Kris Dunn was a pick for the Wooden Award before he played even the first minute for the Friars in this, his senior year. However, as crazy as it sounds, it’s possible that Dunn hasn’t even been the best player on his team. When …

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Highlanders looking to enter Big West fray

In Big West by Ken Cross

By Manny Nunez The Big West is still known as a one-bid league where NCAA consideration is concerned, so no matter how strong the records are, the RPI usually places the conference’s two, three, and four teams in the CBI or the CollegeInsiders.com Tournaments in March. The only way in, even with being the best in the conference during the regular season, is …

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Gamecocks moving into rankings as heralded freshmen continue improvement

In SEC by Ken Cross

By Ken Cross It has been 12 years since the South Carolina Gamecocks have been ranked nationally.  They check in this week at No. 25 with a 9-0 record to start the season after Tuesday night’s 79-54 disposal of Drexel.  That 9-0 ledger is a landmark also because the only other Gamecocks team to render that type of success was …

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SEC notes, quotes, comments – Part 2 of 2

In SEC by Ken Cross

By Ken Cross The second half of the SEC “round-robin” shows an undefeated South Carolina Gamecocks team that is getting a balanced scoring attack and the usual tenacious defense as well as a dynamic scoring tandem at Tennessee in Kevin Punter, Jr., and Amani Moore, and a Texas A&M Aggies team that is off to an 8-2 start after a …

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UNLV’s offense could make Runnin’ Rebels an MWC contender

In Mountain West by Ken Cross

By Manny Nunez There is such great history surrounding the UNLV Runnin’ Rebels program. With the competition in the Mountain West Conference, however, things have been more bleak than usual. They have missed the big dance in consecutive seasons in the last two years for the first time since they missed the dance for six straight seasons from 2001 to 2006. Turmoil has …