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Keven Moore: Looking back on magical time, terrific memories at 35th Lafayette High School reunion

The 15th of October marked the first day of high school basketball practice in the state of Kentucky. It also marked the day some 38 years earlier when 12 young men — arguably one of the best high school teams in the history of Kentucky — laced up their sneakers to pursue the coveted Kentucky State Championship, led by Jock Sutherland one of the most colorful coaches ever to wear a whistle...

Billy Reed: No longer mesmerizing, today's college basketball could use some changes

In more than 50 years of covering college basketball, I have never gone to a game hoping to see a defensive battle. Never. I have gone to games dreading a defensive battle. But I have never looked forward to that 52-49 scrum when both teams look as if they’re afraid to shoot. And when they do finally let go off the ball, it’s more apt to be Anvil Chorus than string music.   I love offense....

Billy Reed: Academic fraud scandal at North Carolina still doesn’t mean everyone is guilty

My relationship with North Carolina goes back to Dec. 13, 1966, when I covered the Tar Heels’ 64-55 victory over Kentucky in Lexington’s Memorial Coliseum. At that time the young Carolina coach Dean Smith wasn’t far removed from the days when he was being hung in effigy on the Chapel Hill campus. I wrote a game story that complimented Carolina’s execution of Smith’s ball-control game plan...

Billy Reed: Academic fraud scandal at North Carolina still doesn't mean everyone is guilty

My relationship with North Carolina goes back to Dec. 13, 1966, when I covered the Tar Heels’ 64-55 victory over Kentucky in Lexington’s Memorial Coliseum. At that time the young Carolina coach Dean Smith wasn’t far removed from the days when he was being hung in effigy on the Chapel Hill campus. I wrote a game story that complimented Carolina’s execution of Smith’s ball-control game plan...

From the stands at the Dean Smith Center: Missed free throws are universally evil

Obstructed views come with the territory of watching a game in the stands with a laptop. (Photo by James Pennington)   DEAN SMITH CENTER, SECTION 118, ROW T, SEAT 9—Everywhere you go, people worry about free throws. It’s a universal fixation among college basketball fans. Free throws are worth one point—half a dunk, one of the surest scoring maneuvers in sports, or 33 percent of a shot seven...