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Davidson’s Gibbs ‘splashes’ as Curry watches

In Atlantic 10 by Ken Cross

By Ken Cross When shooters hit a zone and play at another level, they have an air of invincibility.  Their focus is imperial and they are thinking the game and where and how their next shot will evolve.  At Davidson, long-noted as one of the most efficient shooting teams in college basketball under Bob McKillop, they do this in a …

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Hoyas early sked prepping them for Big East

In Big East, College Basketball by Ken Cross

By Sam Mullan With every tough start to a season, there will be those fans who are ready to throw in the towel and give up on their team and coach, despite there being so much basketball left to play. When a program has had historical success, it becomes that much harder to ride the lows. Welcome to the Georgetown …

The Wooden Legacy offered intrigue as Sparty prevails

In Big East, Big Ten, Pac-12 by Ken Cross

By Manny Nunez Feast Week in college basketball features some intriguing match ups based on the brackets in numerous tournaments across the nation. The Wooden Legacy has quickly become one of the best and this year, Arizona, Michigan State, Providence were the top teams as the Friars upset Arizona in the semifinals while Michigan State took down a tough Boise State team …

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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 …