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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...

Coach K is about more than Duke basketball

Coach K is about more than Duke basketball

Duke football and basketball play-by-play man Bob Harris relates a story that tells us more about Blue Devils basketball coach Mike Krzyzewski than NCAA titles or the Olympic gold medals he’s collected on the side.It also tells us why Harris will be in Miami on Saturday afternoon...

Pastner gains new chance at Georgia Tech

Pastner gains new chance at Georgia Tech

Josh Pastner won nearly 70 percent of his games in seven seasons as the Memphis Tigers’ head coach, but that’s not enough when you follow John Calipari.Coach Cal won 76 percent of his contests with a Final Four trip – a 2008 national runner-up finish to Kansas – in nine seasons...

Calipari fighting tried and true method at Duke and Stanford

Calipari fighting tried and true method at Duke and Stanford

Kentucky fans nod their heads, agreeing with their basketball coach over controversial words that appear aimed at Duke’s Mike Krzyzewski.Duke fans are upset at the thinly veiled shot. Coach K and his staff are above the fray — for now, anyway — but no doubt had some mocking if...

Kentucky recruits put on a show for Calipari

Kentucky recruits put on a show for Calipari

RALEIGH — Kentucky coach John Calipari made a quick trip to Tobacco Road to watch two of his 5-star bluegrass recruits – Bam Adebayo and De’Aaron Fox — battle head-to-head in the semifinals of the 44th annual HighSchoolOT Holiday Invitational at the Broughton High gym that...

Divide in developing talent separates Coach K and Coach Cal

Divide in developing talent separates Coach K and Coach Cal

Mike Krzyzewski heard himself described last year as moving to the dark side of recruiting where John Calipari resides. He was living and dying with three freshmen projected as one-and-done players jumping to the NBA.Indeed, Duke won the NCAA title behind three freshmen that soon...

Duke and Wisconsin spared us celebrating the Kentucky way

Duke and Wisconsin spared us celebrating the Kentucky way

Duke’s freshmen players talked about committing to the Blue Devils and coach Mike Krzyzewski to win a national title. The name on the front of the jersey mattered. Kentucky’s freshmen -- starting with John Wall as head coach John Calipari's first freshman lottery pick...

Final Four coaches release statement

Final Four coaches release statement

The Final Four basketball coaches released a statement Wednesday through the National Association of Basketball Coaches prior to the teams arriving in Indianapolis for practice and media interviews for Saturday's semifinal games at Lucas Oil Stadium.The coaches are Duke's...

Indy next stop for college hoop teams and one NBA combine

Indy next stop for college hoop teams and one NBA combine

Anyone with a child learns the Sesame Street-style quiz. This one regards the Final Four basketball teams gathering this weekend in Indianapolis to decide the NCAA championship.Which one of these doesn’t fit?Duke basketball coach Mike KrzyzewskiMike Kryzewski is in his 35th year...

Calipari evil Al Davis of the NCAA

Calipari evil Al Davis of the NCAA

Connecticut guard Shabazz Napier put on a senior refuse-to-lose run — one I believe Michigan State senior Keith Appling would have recorded without his wrist injury — to beat Kentucky Monday night for the NCAA title.You have to celebrate for Napier and ache for Appling, who was...