Duke adds Mississippi St. transfer Rodney Hood

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Rodney Hood will transfer to Duke University after playing his freshman season in 2011-12 at Mississippi State, head coach Mike Krzyzewski officially announced on Thursday.

Hood, a 6-8 wing, will sit out the 2012-13 season due to NCAA transfer rules and will have three seasons of eligibility remaining.

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Duke Asst Chris Collins not leaving for Illinois State

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Associate head coach Chris Collins will remain at Duke after having initial discussions with Illinois State Director of Athletics Gary Friedman regarding the school’s head coaching vacancy.

Collins came to the decision to remove his name from consideration after discussions with Friedman on Sunday. He was also rumored to have a strong interest in the Northwestern job (despite the fact that it didn’t open up, and Bill Carmody later received a vote of confidence) and the Illini were rumored to be interested in Collins (of course that didn’t work out either).

So that’s three jobs in the Land of Lincoln that Collins has been linked to.

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Duke Blue Devils get Mason Plumlee back another year

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In Detroit they create and develop cars. In Idaho they grow and cultivate potatoes. Between rural Indiana and Duke University, the product is Plumlees.

Duke junior Mason Plumlee will return for his senior season in 2012-13, head coach Mike Krzyzewski announced Tuesday.

Last season, Plumlee averaged 11.1 points, 9.2 rebounds, 1.5 assists and 1.5 blocks per game en route to earning third team All-ACC accolades. He was one of four players in the ACC to average at least 10.0 points, 9.0 rebounds, 1.5 assists and 1.5 blocks per game.

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Illinois gets Maryland, Northwestern vs. Georgia Tech in Big 10/ACC Challenge

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Matchups for the 13th annual Big Ten/ACC Challenge have been determined. Illinois will travel to College Park, Md., to face Maryland on Nov. 29 in college basketball’s best pre-conference event

Illinois and Maryland will meet for the fourth time in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge – and the third time at College Park – with the Illini looking for their first Challenge win against the Terrapins. This will mark the ninth overall meeting between the programs, with Maryland holding a 5-3 edge in the all-time series.

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Big Ten/ACC Challenge Pairings Announced; Duke at Ohio State Headlines

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The pairings for college basketball’s signature pre-conference event were announced today. The Big Ten/ACC Challenge Nov. 29-30 will be headlined by the Duke Blue Devils at the Ohio State Buckeyes and the Wisconsin Badgers at the North Carolina.

This year has an expanded format to include newest Big Ten member Nebraska. ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU and ESPN3.com will combine to televise all 12 games of the two-day event, one more than in the previous 12 Challenges.

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