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ACC Tournament is still Tobacco Road in Brooklyn

ACC Tournament is still Tobacco Road in Brooklyn

The ACC Tournament came to New York for the first time, but Duke beating Notre Dame for the title on Saturday demonstrated you can take the event to Brooklyn, but you can’t take Tobacco Road out of the event.Remember when Big East blue bloods Syracuse and Louisville were supposed...

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...

Chris Collins returns to his Chicago identity

Chris Collins returns to his Chicago identity

Chris Collins knew long before he took the Northwestern job that a good team can transform antiquated Welsh-Ryan Arena from a barn to a raucous place. He was a Chicago kid who experienced that atmosphere as a high school senior.Maybe that’s one reason he returned home four years...

Daniel Jones taking next step with Duke offense

Daniel Jones taking next step with Duke offense

DURHAM, N.C. — Judging a college football team’s spring drills can be tricky.The good or bad plays don’t necessarily reveal performance months later. The same is true of a coach’s comments. He can filter the good or the bad with coach-speak – depending on what he wants his...

Young ACC corners make their mark early

Young ACC corners make their mark early

Cornerback is one of those positions that used to require seasoned veterans. Rare was the incoming freshman that played. They needed time to learn the college game.But that’s not necessarily the case anymore. The mature true freshmen with ability are pressed into action. Nine of...

Duke needs healthy Jefferson more than Allen

Duke needs healthy Jefferson more than Allen

Back in July, few Duke fans would have viewed power forward Amile Jefferson as more valuable to the Blue Devils than shooting guard Grayson Allen.Allen was the 2015 Final Four super-sub who followed up a national championship season by leading the Blue Devils in scoring in 2016...

Tar Heels winning without the one and dones

Tar Heels winning without the one and dones

Two years ago it looked like the one-and-dones had won. The college basketball world was theirs to rule.Duke captured the NCAA title behind three freshmen who left early for the NBA Draft: Jahlil Okafor, Justise Winslow and Tyus Jones. In that same 2015 Final Four, Kentucky – led...

Virginians top returning ACC linebackers

Virginians top returning ACC linebackers

Virginia’s Micah Kiser is the ACC’s most prominent returning linebacker, but rival Virginia Tech tops the conference in linebacker numbers and talent. All three starters are back with two who earned All-ACC honors.The defending ACC Coastal Division champions again line up with...

Patriot League seeks another NCAA upset

Patriot League seeks another NCAA upset

The Patriot League gets a February head start on March Madness as one of the first leagues to open postseason play. Don’t be too quick to dismiss the Patriot League.Mighty Duke was the No. 2 seed in the 2012 NCAA Tournament when the Blue Devils were knocked off by No. 15 seed...

ACC returns another strong cast of receivers

ACC returns another strong cast of receivers

The ACC does wide receivers, too. Dynamic wideouts were one reason the ACC supplanted the SEC as the nation’s top football conference in 2016.The so-called basketball conference was highlighted by the play of Clemson quarterback Deshaun Watson leading the Tigers to the national...