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Duke gaining needed warmup to NCAA

Duke gaining needed warmup to NCAA

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...

Duke lacks intangibles Quinn Cook provided

Duke lacks intangibles Quinn Cook provided

It’s not time to panic, but Duke looks bewildered.There is still plenty of basketball to be played and there is too much talent on Duke’s roster. As many as three freshmen and junior Grayson Allen have been projected as first-round draft picks....

Duke struggling to find cohesive play

Duke struggling to find cohesive play

Duke is no longer a Ferrari greased by the feisty Grayson Allen. The Blue Devils, without Allen at the wheel, coughed and sputtered as they fell to Virginia Tech 89-75 Saturday in Blacksburg.What kind of team will Duke be when he returns? ... Click here for the rest of my...

Jefferson leadership role sidetracked by injuries

Jefferson leadership role sidetracked by injuries

Midway through the first half of the Duke-Kansas game on Tuesday night, Amile Jefferson did his best Charles Barkley imitation. Duke’s forward backed his way down the lane as highly touted freshman Josh Jackson tried to hold his ground.The Blue Devils’ wily graduate student was...

Duke envisions Jefferson playing Green role

Duke envisions Jefferson playing Green role

A year ago Duke’s thin roster needed Amile Jefferson as a vital piece. Jefferson and 7-footer Marshall Plumlee were the only reliable post players in a three-wing offense.The 6-foot-9, 225-pounder responded quickly — averaging a double-double, 10.5 points and 10.3 rebounds – but...

Duke bounce back may depend on Jefferson return

Duke bounce back may depend on Jefferson return

Duke basketball entered Monday night’s loss to Syracuse ranked 167th in the nation in defensive rebounding.That’s one stat that explains how the Blue Devils lost their third straight game for the first time since 2007, and dropped three in a row to unranked opponents for the...