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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...

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...

Fatigue not among reasons for concern with youthful Duke

Fatigue not among reasons for concern with youthful Duke

Duke sophomore guard Grayson Allen, the ACC’s second-leading scorer, turned 20 years old in October. Three other Blue Devils in their six-man rotation are freshmen teenagers. Luke Kennard turned 19 in late June. Brandon Ingram graduated last spring as a 17-year-old and...

Louisville and Duke trending in opposite directions

Louisville and Duke trending in opposite directions

Duke’s weaknesses remain glaring despite a 72-65 upset of No. 13-ranked Louisville Monday at Cameron Indoor Stadium, but Cardinals fans should be more distressed about remaining regular-season games than the Blue Devils’ partisans.Louisville was supposed to be inspired to play...

Too soon to write off Duke despite tough stretch

Too soon to write off Duke despite tough stretch

Unranked Duke – that sure sounds strange – faces a tough upcoming stretch with three ranked opponents. They face Louisville Monday, Virginia Saturday and  heated rival North Carolina the following Wednesday (Feb. 17).Who saw this coming? ... Click here for the rest of...