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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...

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...

Jefferson leadership role sidetracked by injuries

Jefferson leadership role sidetracked by injuries

Midway through the first half of the Duke-Kansas game on Tuesday night, Amile Jefferson did his best Charles Barkley imitation. Duke’s forward backed his way down the lane as highly touted freshman Josh Jackson tried to hold his ground.The Blue Devils’ wily graduate student was...

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...

Cutcliffe says no need for expanded playoff

Cutcliffe says no need for expanded playoff

The College Football Playoff is underway. That’s what Duke coach David Cutcliffe believes a topsy-turvy November weekend of conference upsets demonstrated to us.His unranked Blue Devils kicked off the chain of surprises when Duke beat No. 17 North Carolina 28-27 on Thursday night...

Duke finishes upset bid this time

Duke finishes upset bid this time

DURHAM, N.C. — Duke won more than a late-season game with a 28-27 upset of No. 17 North Carolina Thursday night before ESPN’s cameras. The young Blue Devils validated their previous near-upsets of Louisville and Virginia Tech.Until beating North Carolina, some national fans might...

Blue Devils test another ranked opponent

Blue Devils test another ranked opponent

Two or three years from now we’ll be talking about the seamless transition from Virginia Tech legend Frank Beamer’s retirement to Justin Fuentes’ successful first season in Blacksburg.By then, the Hokies may add to the ACC Coastal title to the one they’re so close to clinching in...

Beamer and Fuente make it work at Virginia Tech

Beamer and Fuente make it work at Virginia Tech

 Two or three years from now we’ll be talking about the seamless transition from Virginia Tech legend Frank Beamer’s retirement to Justin Fuentes’ successful first season in Blacksburg.By then, the Hokies may add to the ACC Coastal title to the one they’re so close to...