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Michael Kruse has been a staff writer at the St. Petersburg Times since 2005. Before that, he was the editor of the ACC Basketball Handbook, a senior writer for Basketball America and the writer at large for the Times Herald-Record in New York. His work also has appeared in The Sporting News, ESPN The Magazine and Charlotte and Cleveland magazines, and on cbs.sportsline.com and ESPN.com. Kruse was born outside of Los Angeles and raised outside of Boston. He graduated in 2000 from Davidson College in North Carolina and now lives in Florida.