Duke gaining needed warmup to NCAA
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Duke gaining needed warmup to NCAA

Blue Devils' four games in four days helps team with timing and roles

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Duke’s slide to the ACC Tournament’s No. 5 seed raised concern regarding the Blue Devils’ long-term fitness for the NCAA Tournament. That starting-gate position meant four games in four days if they made a run to the ACC title.

Normally, rest is better for a roster that is just beginning to approach full strength, but little is normal about how quickly the Blue Devils can score when their four perimeter players are in sync. Four games have helped them sharpen their timing and define their roles entering the NCAA Tournament. They’re beginning to justify their preseason No. 1 ranking. ... 

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Tom Shanahan

Tom Shanahan

Tom Shanahan is an award-winning sportswriter and the author of "Raye of Light". Tom has also written for the San Diego Union-Tribune, Voice of San Diego, Chargers.com, Rivals.com, and Gameday Central. He has won multiple first-place awards from the San Diego Press Club and first place from the Copley News Service Ring of Truth Awards. The National Football Foundation/San Diego Chapter presented him its Distinguished American Award in 2003 and USA Track and Field’s San Diego Chapter its President’s Award in 2000.

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