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Duke sticking point is Jones Family PG Glue

Duke sticking point is Jones Family PG Glue

The headlines, TV replays and talking head superlatives feature Zion Williamson, but it all overlooks a dose of Jones Family PG Glue that has held together Duke’s ups-and-downs this season. Duke’s losses can all be traced to how much glue freshman point guard Tre Jones was able...

Virginia adds more than a puff with Huff

Virginia adds more than a puff with Huff

College basketball teams with national title aspirations this time of year are balancing health with not disrupting a cohesive unit that can make a run through March Madness. In the ACC, the top three contenders are North Carolina and Virginia, tied for first in the...

Duke good guys win better than just great guys

Duke good guys win better than just great guys

Duke always recruits great players under coach Mike Krzyzewski, but there is a difference with this year’s cast of NBA one-and-dones and the past. The 2018-19 great players are also good guys. The Blue Devils' selfless play is their trademark entering Wednesday's home game...

Beating Blue Devils secret is outscoring them

Beating Blue Devils secret is outscoring them

For people waiting to see if North Carolina and Basketball Hall-of-Fame coach Roy Williams has the secret formula to slow down Duke, college hoop’s football version of the Alabama Death Star, forget digging into his game-plan history. Syracuse Basketball Hall-of-Fame coach Jim...

Coach K recruiting afterthought turns golden

Coach K recruiting afterthought turns golden

Where did Jordan Goldwire come from? Besides the end of Duke’s bench, that is. Usually, guys like Goldwire, Duke’s lightly recruited sophomore guard, only play during blowouts. With the Blue Devils' NBA combine roster, that means mop-up duty of an overmatched opponent. But on...

Earvin Johnson still playing throwback role

Earvin Johnson still playing throwback role

There are no more Magic Johnsons in college basketball. That has been my thought the past decade while watching one-and-done college prospects follow each other like lemmings to the same two schools, Duke or Kentucky. Their paths are considered the easiest to an NCAA title, even...

Tre Jones is much more than a little brother

Tre Jones is much more than a little brother

For all Cameron Indoor Stadium’s charm on television, it’s not a modern grandiose palace with plush accommodations tucked away from the masses. The hallway to the locker room is a few steps down the door from the very modest media room. I happened to be standing in the doorway...

How to feel better about a Duke rout

How to feel better about a Duke rout

My guys at Ferris State, who earned an exhibition game invitation from Duke as the defending NCAA Division II basketball champion, should feel more confident in themselves after watching Duke dismantle Kentucky on television. The numerical comparisons of Duke routing Ferris on...

North Carolina relying on veterans

North Carolina relying on veterans

Can anybody beat Duke? On paper, the answers appears to be no. We already know that Kentucky, the only school that can keep pace with Duke’s ability to recruit NBA lottery picks, isn’t a likely candidate. The Blue Devils’ NBA combine roster beat the Wildcats’ NBA combine roster...

Coach K postgame concerns included Ferris

Coach K postgame concerns included Ferris

DURHAM, N.C. – Mike Krzyzewski’s post-game concerns ranged beyond grading his No. 4-ranked basketball team’s performance as the Blue Devils prepared for their season opener with Kentucky on Nov. 6 in the Champions Classic. The venerable Coach K wanted to know if the Bulldogs,...