#5 Duke Blue Devils: College Basketball 111 in 111

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Welcome to The Sports Bank’s second annual college basketball season preview series.  Last year we looked at 99 teams in 99 days.  This year, we are being slightly more aggressive and expanding to 111 teams in 111 days.  We will rank the 74 power conference teams and top 37 mid-majors in reverse power ranking order.  We’ll break down rosters, non-conference schedules, and pick a player to watch for each team.

Despite losing Kyle Singler, Nolan Smith, and the top overall pick in the NBA Draft, Kyrie Irving; it will be business as usual for Mike Krzyzewski and the Duke Blue Devils as they once again figure to be in the national title picture.

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Prepare Yourself for Plumlee Overload at Duke

marshall plumlee

You know what I cannot wait for once the 2011-2012 college basketball season starts… all the feature stories that will be done on the Plumlee brothers since all three of them will be playing together at Duke.  That will not get old at all.  No, seriously… I am in no way hoping you are reading this opening paragraph with the heavy sarcasm that I am intending it to have.

McDonald’s All-American Marshall Plumlee will join his older brothers, Miles and Mason, next season at Duke and provide Coach K. with another athletic big man.  But will Marshall finally be able to provide the Blue Devils with a true inside presence; something his big bros have been unable do.

(This is a Paul M. Banks and David Kay collaboration.)

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99 in 99: #1 Duke Blue Devils

Duke NCAA Champions

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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