#12 Duke Blue Devils: College Basketball 111 in 111

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Welcome to The Sports Bank’s third annual college basketball season preview series.  Two years we looked at 99 teams in 99 days.  Last year, we were slightly more aggressive and expanded to 111 teams in 111 days and will do so again as we look ahead to the 2012-2013 season.

We will rank the 75 power conference teams and top 36 mid-majors in reverse power ranking order.  We’ll break down rosters, transfers, incoming freshmen, non-conference schedules, and pick a player to watch for each team.

Here’s a major reach of a statement; The Duke Blue Devils are going to be good this year.  (Although they were good last year and shocked in the opening round of the NCAA Tournament by 15 seed Lehigh.)  Do they have enough talent to be a true title contender though?  I just don’t see it.

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Cavs Kyrie Irving backs off earlier remarks about his, Coach K.’s Team USA future

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Kyrie Irving had to clarify remarks he made Monday night on Mike Krzyzewski’s future with the U.S. Olympic basketball program. The Cavaliers franchise point guard and #1 pick in the #NBA draft this past June, had to back off earlier made comments by saying he spoke prematurely in saying Krzyzewski would coach the 2016 U.S. Olympic team.

“I spoke to Coach K (and) he did tell me he was coaching, but I prematurely spoke on that,” said Irving, who played at Duke last season. “But I know he’s going to be part of USA Basketball. That’s the most important thing. That’s what made my decision easier.” He’s going to be part of the USA staff anyway whether he’s coaching or not. That way it’s easy for me,” he was quoted in the Cleveland Plain Dealer.

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2012 Olympic Basketball Team Unveils 20 Final NBA Candidates

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Basketball, especially the NBA variety, is truly a night thing; like comedy. So to see the Chicago Bulls playing a live game versus the Memphis Grizzlies at noon on a Monday is pretty cool. It’s the Martin Luther King Jr. Day matinee in Memphis, the Civil Rights game. The city is sullen today as it’s where MLK was slain in the 1960s. Today, the site of the assassination, the Lorraine Hotel, is a tribute to his legacy- a civil rights museum.

As I type this, the Bulls are down 39-29 with a 6 and a half left in the first half. But there’s other NBA related news today.

Bulls guard Derrick Rose (who’s sitting this one out with a turf toe injury) has been named one of the 20 finalists for the 2012 U.S. Olympic Men’s team.  Rose was a member of the 2010 USA World Championship team that claimed the gold medal in Istanbul, Turkey.  As the starting point guard for the 2010 U.S. squad, Rose averaged 7.2 ppg, 3.2 apg, and 2.1 rpg in 23.1 mpg.

For our famous “Dream Team vs. Redeem Team” essay

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#2 Ohio State (ment) Game: Buckeyes Crush #4 Duke 85-63

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In the transition from 2010 to 2011, the Ohio State Buckeyes lost Evan Turner, the man who swept all the national college basketball player of the year awards, but got better. Last year they were the tournament’s overall #1 seed, lost a couple key guys this offseason, but may be better this year than they were last year. They certainly looked the part Tuesday night.

This was supposed to be the Big Ten/ACC Challenge heavyweight title fight. Instead it was a laugher, as OSU scored the first 13, and ran away with it long before halftime. Duke never led, and instead suffered one of the worst November beatings in the history of the school. This was no doubt one of the worst losses of the Coach K. era.

Jared Sullinger had a game-high 21 points (and eight rebounds) for the Buckeyes. It is the 41st time he has scored in double figures in his career. Aaron Craft had 17 points and eight assists. But the name which started to become household in this one is Deshaun Thomas, who had 18 points. It is the 17th time in his young career and sixth consecutive that he has scored in double figures. A highly rated recruit who got lost in the shuffle last year, he’s playing a very prominent role for the Bucks this year.

“Everything kind of fell into place for him (Thomas). He had a couple of nice drives and open threes, which got him into a rhythm. The last play of the first half, the out of bounds play, was huge – we literally put that in at practice today and it gave us all the momentum going into the break. He just has a knack for finding shots,” OSU Coach Thad Matta said of Deshaun Thomas’ performance after game.

Ohio State has now defeated two AP Top 10 non-conference opponents at home this season for the first time in history. They are 3-3 all-time vs. Duke and 38-26 all-time vs. the ACC. Ohio St. moved to 5-5 in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge with four-consecutive wins. As a ranked team, the Buckeyes are 402-108 overall and when ranked in the AP Top 10, the Buckeyes are 280-59.

NBA players Evan Turner, Mike Conley, Greg Oden, Lebron James and Dwyane Wade were all in attendance at this game.

“I thought Ohio State played a great game against us. They were a fresher team; I thought our team played tired. They are very athletic, together and they played with a great verve. Obviously they are deserving of the win, but they were a lot fresher than we were. We could never get into the ballgame,” Duke Coach Mike Krzyzewski said.

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Duke Blue Devils, 903 and Mike Krzyzewski: Class Acts

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In 1990, I was a grade-school student who loved sports, and had many teams. However, when it came to college basketball, I was at a loss.

I grew up in Chicago. I love Notre Dame football, but beyond David Rivers and LaPhonso Ells, ND basketball left a lot to be desired. In the mid-80’s I loved Dallas Comegys and Rod Strickland, but after their respective departures, DePaul hoops became lost in a vacuum.

So, when Georgia Tech, Arkansas, Duke and UNLV met in the 1990 Final Four, I was a fan without a team. Sure, I rooted for ND and DePaul, and have since, but everyone enjoys cheering for a winning team.

The ’90 Final Four was held in Denver, CO, the boyhood home of my father. And my dad had managed to land tickets to the final round of the tourney.

As my dad and I entered McNichol arena that Saturday night, I was disappointed. I had chosen to root for UConn because my best friend had recently moved to Chicago from Connecticut. But Christian Laettner ended Tate George’s and all other UConn’s fans’ hopes with his first Elite 8 buzzer beater.

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Duke, Coach K. Welcome Jeff Capel Back to Blue Devils

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A sesimic movement was announced today in the college basketball coaching landscape.

Duke head coach Mike Krzyzewski announced two staff changes on Sunday as former Blue Devil Jeff Capel joins the staff as an assistant coach and Nate James is named special assistant.

Capel returns to Duke after spending the previous nine years as the head coach at Virginia Commonwealth (2002-06) and Oklahoma (2006-11), while James has been an assistant coach at Duke for the past three seasons.

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Duke Blue Devils to Play Summer Exhibitions in China and Dubai

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Duke University will circle the globe in August 2011, with games scheduled in China and Dubai, Vice President and Director of Athletics Kevin White announced Friday.

The highly visible college basketball team will tip off August 17 in Kunshan, China, a suburb of Shanghai and the location of a new Duke-affiliated campus expected to open in 2012. On August 19 the team will play in Shanghai ’s Mercedes-Benz Arena, former home of the Shanghai World Expo Culture Center.

On August 22, the team will play its third game in China, in Beijing ’s MasterCard Center, (wow Chinese Arenas have even worse/soullessly corporate names than the Big East, go here for more on that) where Duke Men’s Basketball Coach Mike Krzyzewski led Team USA to a gold medal during the 2008 Olympics.

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99 in 99: #1 Duke Blue Devils

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The defending champs are more stacked than J-Woww’s chest.  That is saying something considering they lose three starters from last year’s team.  But the Duke Blue Devils have experience, size, athletes, shooters, and one of the best coaches in the game in Mike Krzyzewski.

The Sports Bank’s “99 in 99” has been ranking the 72 power conference college basketball teams and top 27 mid-majors for the last three-plus months and has reached the top spot.  Click here if you missed any of our in-depth previews.

By: David Kay
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Duke Celebrates 2010 National Title (Video)

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As soon as the final buzzer sounds, the celebration begins, here’s a video of the Duke Blue Devils enjoying their first moments as 2010 National Champions

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Duke’s Nolan Smith sees his Stock Rise

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By Paul M. Banks

I received a tweet last night that my question to Duke’s Nolan Smith, following their Final Four win over West Virginia, got some national airtime on ESPN. Glad I could get my name and the Washington Times name out there. The exchange went like this:

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Duke vs. West Virginia: the “Varsity Game” tonight

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By Paul M. Banks

INDIANAPOLIS- It’s easy to look at the seedings, #1 vs. #2, and think that this game is the “varsity contest” (the fact that it’s the primetime, and not the early game only intensifies this idea) and Butler-Michigan State the J.V., but don’t make that mistake.

What has this tournament been if not unpredictable? As Disco Stu from “The Simpsons” once said, “If these trends continue…” we’ll end up with more underdog winners.

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Coach K. Exclusive

Paul M. Banks has an exclusive chat with Duke Head Coach MIKE KRZYZEWSKI.

I actually did this interview last April in Chicago, but since I’m about to head off to the Final Four tomorrow (one in which Duke is appearing) I figured it was a good time to update and re-run this. Also, a good portion of my writers seem to be taking this week off for some reason, so that’s always a good time to rerun stuff.

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