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The two smartest guys are ones to watch

The two smartest guys are ones to watch

The NBA early entry withdrawal deadline spawned a spate of stories projecting college teams as winners and losers. They were based on players staying in school and those gone to the NBA – actually, overseas or to the G-League for most of them. Those evaluations were a little...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Ferris treasures experience visiting Duke

Ferris treasures experience visiting Duke

DURHAM, N.C. — If anyone wonders what Ferris State was doing on the court with Duke in a 132-48 exhibition game loss Saturday night at Cameron Indoor Stadium, it was coach Mike Krzyzewski’s idea.Coach K has been inviting the reigning NCAA Division II champion for the past nine...

Duke returns home still searching for glue man

Duke returns home still searching for glue man

Duke basketball’s three-game Canada exhibition tour confirmed – to the surprise of no one – that R.J. Barrett and Zion Williamson are special. Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski even said so three months before the Kentucky opener.“Zion and R.J. are a cut above everyone who’s on the...