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Izzo long ago validated on Tobacco Road

Izzo long ago validated on Tobacco Road

Tom Izzo’s opinion that he needed a second NCAA title to “validate” his career sparked myriad responses. Mostly, the Michigan State basketball coach's innermost thoughts were met with rebuttals he has already proven himself. Let me tell you a story from the Heart of Tobacco...

How the good guys beat Duke and Kentucky

How the good guys beat Duke and Kentucky

A Michigan State fifth-year senior and an Auburn junior slew a pair of NBA Combine team dragons, leaving Duke and Kentucky short of an NCAA title – not to mention a Final Four – a fourth straight year. Experience still matters most in college basketball. Michigan State’s Kenny...

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...

Experience may not matter in Battle of Blues

Experience may not matter in Battle of Blues

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. – North Carolina seniors Luke Maye and Kenny Williams have played Duke twice a year and a third time in the ACC Tournament the past two seasons. They know what to expect from the Battle of the Blues. This also will be their fourth trip 10 miles down to the road...

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...

Coach K is raking in recruits without Capel

Coach K is raking in recruits without Capel

Duke’s first game against Pitt and former Blue Devils assistant Jeff Capel on Tuesday brought up a touchy subject with Mike Krzyzewski. Capel’s surprise move to Pitt had generated speculation that Duke recruiting might suffer.Try telling Michigan State coach Tom Izzo that Coach K...

Coach in waiting now opposite Duke bench

Coach in waiting now opposite Duke bench

Jim Boeheim, Syracuse’s 73-year-old coach, said something that helps explain Jeff Capel coaching Pitt basketball tonight against Duke rather than seated next to Mike Krzyzewski, 71, for another year as his associate head coach. Boeheim responded to a question about retirement...

Ferris State celebrating stories of redemption

Ferris State celebrating stories of redemption

One Ferris State offensive star overcame a troubled past, including legal transgressions that landed him in jail and cost him his football scholarship to Michigan State. Now Jayru Campbell is a Bulldogs’ phoenix. The junior quarterback won the Harlon Hill Award -- the Heisman...

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...

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 exhibition performance against Ferris State. He wasn't gauging the Blue Devils' readiness for their season opener with Kentucky next week in the Champions Classic. Coach...