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Spartans finish where left off five years ago

Spartans finish where left off five years ago

We’re stranded in a basketball wasteland, left longingly to wonder how the 2020 NCAA basketball tournament would have turned out. And, tragically, it’s all necessary for life-and-death reasons – the COVID-19 pandemic. Well, with plenty of time to ponder the possibilities, let’s...

Another Basketball  Jones point guard tandem

Another Basketball Jones point guard tandem

DURHAM – The first Basketball Jones-led point guard tandem that pushed Duke to its 2015 NCAA basketball title was Tyus Jones and Quinn Cook. As interchangeable parts they set their Blue Devils lore into the quarry stone used to build Cameron Indoor Stadium. Now,...

Louisville rebuild takes big step at Cameron

Louisville rebuild takes big step at Cameron

DURHAM – The scandal-ridden and rag-tag Louisville basketball program that Chris Mack took over just two years ago has the gait of a legitimate national title contender, after all. Louisville’s climb to the No. 1 national ranking by the fifth week of the season with a 9-0 start...

No Inspector Renault moments around Izzo

No Inspector Renault moments around Izzo

Sportswriters are both romantics and cynics. That’s why Inspector Renault, a cynical character in Casablanca, a romantic movie, so often appears in sports stories.The latest example of Inspector Renault declaring he’s “shocked, shocked,” results from Christian Dawkins testifying...

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...

The education of a Tar Heels point guard

The education of a Tar Heels point guard

Watch Coby White now that the ACC basketball logjam at the top has been halved to three one-loss teams, Virginia, Duke and North Carolina. In the past week, North Carolina’s maturing freshman has moved ahead a couple chapters in the education of a point guard. You can hear it in...

Julius Peppers surprised Williams long ago

Julius Peppers surprised Williams long ago

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. -- The first time Roy Williams saw Julius Pepers in a summer basketball tournament he was still coaching at Kansas. Upon hearing Peppers was committed to North Carolina he thought the kid was in over his then-6-foot-5 height. “The Peach Jam is my favorite...

Clemson plays like a defending champion

Clemson plays like a defending champion

Much of the college football universe on Saturday was focused on a place called Papa John’s Stadium in a southern city better known for horse racing. Defending national champion Clemson‘s first road test was holding off Louisville, a challenger to the Tigers in the...

Why young QBs are defying Heisman odds

Why young QBs are defying Heisman odds

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Anyone who’s grown up on football believes quarterback is the most difficult position to play in the most complicated team game. Hall of Fame coaches have maintained over the years that it takes time for QBs to mature.So explain how three of the last...

Lamar Jackson changes look but not style

Lamar Jackson changes look but not style

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — He dressed in a conservative black business suit rather than the stylish light grey outfit he wore to the 2016 ACC Kickoff. His hair was cut close to the scalp compared to his former high-hair fluffy flair.And Louisville quarterback Lamar Jackson’s new...