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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...

Thumbs up and thumbs down on the ACC

Thumbs up and thumbs down on the ACC

The ACC enters the postseason with the potential to have 10 teams earn NCAA bids. The conference has a good chance to end up with two Final Four teams for the second straight year. Here’s what was to like and not like about the 2017 ACC basketball season. ... Click here for...

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...

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....

Unexpected time for head coach in waiting

Unexpected time for head coach in waiting

Jeff Capel, Duke’s unofficial head-coach-in-waiting, faces a tough test the next four weeks replacing Mike Krzyzewski. Much more challenging than for one game a year ago or whatever future season it is that he succeeds his mentor.I feel confident labeling Capel the “unofficial...

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...

Looking back at the past calendar year

Looking back at the past calendar year

We’re close to the start of conference play and the New Year, so let’s review college basketball’s calendar year rather than last season. No story overlaps last and this season more than the childish behavior of Duke’s Grayson Allen.— Duke’s junior guard tripped Louisville and...

Duke let Grayson Allen walk and kick for too long

Duke let Grayson Allen walk and kick for too long

That’s enough of Grayson Allen’s petulant junior high antics.Fool us once, shame on Allen. Fool us twice, shame on us. Fool us three times, shame on Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski, ACC Commissioner John Swofford and NCAA President Mark Emmert if Allen isn’t suspended for multiple...

We learned little about Duke from Kansas game

We learned little about Duke from Kansas game

We learned as much about Duke’s basketball team in its third game of the season as we gained from Blue Devils Coach Mike Krzyzewski in a pregame interview.In one of those awkward faux conversations that TV dollars force coaches into, Coach K and Kansas Coach Bill Self met at...

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...