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Tad Boyle came to Colorado in 2010 with the intention of turning the Buffaloes into winners, and he wasn’t looking for a quick fix.   “The challenge with Colorado basketball isn’t to build a successful team; it’s to...
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1 year ago
Maybe a season with lowered expectations is just what the Golden Bears need.   “I think we have a chance to be just as good as anybody in the league,” Cal coach Cuonzo Martin says. “On paper, it’s Oregon. After that,...
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1 year ago
The Pac-12 is in a better place than it was only a few years ago.   Coaching hires at Arizona, Oregon, Utah, USC, Colorado and Oregon State have improved the league at the top as well as the overall depth and consistency.   And yet...
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1 year ago
Lon Kruger’s club is ready, finally, for a facelift. Buddy Hield, Isaiah Cousins and Ryan Spangler started every game over the past three seasons as key cogs for a squad that progressed from simply an NCAA Tournament team into a national...
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1 year ago
Around the Big 12, it seems big changes are afoot.   Buddy Hield has left Oklahoma. Georges Niang is gone from Iowa State, a year after coach Fred Hoiberg left for the NBA. Oklahoma State, Texas Tech and TCU will have new coaches.  ...
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1 year ago
Almost nothing went according to plan in Year 1 of the Shaka Smart era at Texas, from opening last season in China without the athletic director who scheduled the game (and who hired Smart) — Steve Patterson — because he’d been...
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1 year ago
Rarely does a team lose its top scorer, rebounder and assists leader and expect to get better. But Scott Drew is confident it can happen this season at Baylor.   “We’ve got some experienced guys returning and some guys ready to...
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1 year ago
Many might remember West Virginia’s face-plant vs. Stephen F. Austin in the first round of last season’s NCAA Tournament. But what could be forgotten is the fact that the Mountaineers finished second both in the brutal Big 12 regular...
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1 year ago
Melo Trimble could have departed College Park for good and left Maryland without a returning starter for the first time since freshman eligibility was restored in 1972-73. Instead, the point guard opted at the last minute to remain with the...
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1 year ago
For a program returning its entire starting lineup, Michigan hardly resembles itself.   Three undergraduates transferred over the summer. Two mainstay assistants landed head coaching jobs. Spike Albrecht and Caris LeVert, the final remnants...
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1 year ago
The Big Ten will experience a changing of the guard in 2016-17.   A league that has supplied college basketball with standout veterans over recent years is losing several of them — Michigan State loses Denzel Valentine, Indiana loses...
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1 year ago
Two seasons ago, Duke won an NCAA crown with a nucleus of one-and-done talent and experienced complementary parts. Built on nearly the same blueprint, this year’s Blue Devils look poised to do something similar.   Three key members of...
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1 year ago
John Calipari’s best Kentucky teams have blended star freshmen with at least a couple of experienced returning players in the primary rotation, and UK fans will hope Calipari has found that blend again this season. Minutes after UK’s...
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1 year ago
Quietly, Dana Altman has gone about turning Oregon into one of the West’s most consistent programs. The Ducks had been knocking on the door of national prominence for a couple years before kicking it in by winning the Pac-12 and earning a No...
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1 year ago
As Kris Jenkins’ 3-pointer nestled into the nylon, and Villanova completed its ridiculous, improbable run to the 2016 national championship, nobody remembered that the Wildcats had sputtered in March several times over the previous six...
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1 year ago
In college hoops, there are some things going on that you wouldn’t notice by watching a game or two. But an examination of the thousands of games played over the past few seasons reveals some interesting nuggets. Be it strategy or statistical...
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1 year ago
Roy Williams spent the summer recovering from surgery after having his right knee replaced. The operation capped a season filled with physical pain and swings of emotion for North Carolina’s Hall of Fame coach. The Tar Heels won their first...
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1 year ago
Since winning the national title in 2008, the Kansas Jayhawks have earned four No. 1 seeds and three No. 2 seeds in the NCAA Tournament. They have just one Final Four berth to show for it.   Not to worry, though. In what’s becoming a...
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1 year ago
Malcolm Brogdon has left The Grounds. The face of the program during its rise under Tony Bennett, the steady and cerebral shooting guard capped his career by being voted ACC Player of the Year, Defensive Player of the Year and a consensus first-...
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1 year ago
Chris Mack and the Musketeers exceeded expectations last season, winning 28 games and spending much of the year ranked in the top 10.   This season, with arguably their three top players back, the Musketeers will be expected to contend for...
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1 year ago
One of Greg Gard’s biggest challenges in his first full season as Wisconsin’s coach might be distributing playing time on a deep and experienced roster.   The Badgers return their top 10 players in terms of minutes played from a...
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1 year ago
For one of the few times in 30 years, Arizona won’t play one of the nation’s most difficult non-conference schedules, choosing to play home games against Sacred Heart, Northern Colorado, Grand Canyon, Texas Southern, Cal-Bakersfield,...
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1 year ago
Names have changed, and roles have been rearranged at Michigan State, but the Spartans and Tom Izzo will carry their usual knockout power into the important parts of the season. Serious contention for championship belts, however, will probably have...
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1 year ago
Tom Crean’s team sits in a similar position to last season: Few will pick Indiana to win the Big Ten regular season, but few should be surprised if the Hoosiers deliver. After starting slowly, Indiana finished with gusto, winning the Big Ten...
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1 year ago
Virginia Tech’s NCAA Tournament drought reached its ninth year in 2015-16, but there were signs that it may soon come to an end. Buzz Williams, entering his third season as head coach, worked his magic and led the Hokies to a nine-win...
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