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SEC: Notes, quotes, comments – Part 1 of 2

In SEC by Ken Cross

By Ken Cross SEC Basketball is up and running at a rampant pace.  Kentucky was picked off at Pauley Pavilion in the first road game for eight of their players after the Wildcats beat Duke in Chicago. Vanderbilt made it to the finals of the Maui Invitational before a tough loss to Kansas in a game that the Commodores could …

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Bearcats-Musketeers rivalry as strong as any in Crosstown Shootout

In AAC, Big East by Ken Cross

By Sam Mullan Basketball season is up and running, with non-conference games heating up. Any rivalry games outside of conference play are being played at this time, and possibly the best of them all is the Crosstown Shootout between Cincinnati and Xavier. The Bearcats and Musketeers have been facing off since 1927-1928, and began meeting every year beginning in 1945-1946. …

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Zags’ depth, efficiency lacking without injured Karnowski

In WCC by Ken Cross

By Manny Nunez In Mark Few’s 16-year reign as the coach of the Gonzaga Bulldogs, he has reached the NCAA tournament in all 16 years and has only lost the regular season title twice as St. Mary’s has been most the primary challenger to the Zags’ WCC throne. Kyle Wiltjer is now the next Gonzaga player who is in line to be the …

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Barham’s athleticism a tough cover in the paint

In Atlantic 10 by Ken Cross

By Ken Cross Davidson coach Bob McKillop noted that one of his “five cardinal rules” for his Wildcats is to attack space.  There is a number of ways to do that on a basketball court based on the type of defensive scheme that an opponent has proliferated. In Tuesday night’s 96-86 win over Eastern Washington of the Big Sky Conference, senior …

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Aggies an SEC contender despite Saturday’s loss

In SEC by Ken Cross

By Ken Cross After Texas A&M coach Billy Kennedy garnered a Top 10 recruiting class to add to solid veterans like Danuel House, Tony Trocha-Moralos, Jalen Jones, and Alex Caruso, the strength of schedule almost became imperative to keep the Aggies in position to contend for the SEC title and an impending NCAA bid. Beating Gonzaga and losing to Syracuse in …

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Manning looking for even more post presence and more consistent defense

In ACC, SEC by Ken Cross

By Ken Cross This 6-2  start to the Wake Forest season has underscored the fact that the depth of the ACC is better than ever.  No one paid much attention to the Demon Deacons as a preseason threat to a possible NCAA bid, but after wins over Indiana, UCLA, and their 88-85 thriller over Arkansas on Friday night, Danny Manning’s …

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ACC/Big Ten defined challenge

In ACC, Big Ten by Ken Cross

By Ken Cross College basketball is at a point where there are so many even teams that home court is, more now than ever, the difference in who wins and loses games.  The ACC/Big Ten Challenge mirrored that in an emphatic way. Maryland made several runs at North Carolina in Chapel Hill on Tuesday night before the Tar Heels pulled …

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Aztecs finding way in early season win at The Beach

In Mountain West by Ken Cross

By Manny Nunez San Diego State coach Steve Fisher has been on a topsy-turvy road with the Aztecs’ 4-3 start. In fact, SDSU hasn’t started with three losses at this juncture since 2006; yet, ironically the squad already already knocked off No. 14 Cal at the Las Vegas Invitational last weekend. In ’06, they were able to recover slightly and eventually bounce …