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This month's crossword is provided to us by Chris King, a University of South Carolina student and S.C. native. Call him USC's puzzlemaster: He's been published frequently in the Daily Gamecock, including an end-of-semester, seven-puzzle extravaganza featuring crosswords and sudoku, and he created the USC Puzzle Hunt, cousin to the renowned MIT Mystery Hunt. He's also an inveterate sports fan, which led him to create this puzzle in honor of the start of the NCAA hoops season.