Duke Reloads

In a hot recruiting battle that included all three of the triangle schools, and also Kentucky and Kansas for good measure, Kinston High School’s Brandon Ingram chose Duke as the place where he will take his talents next season. Coach K and his entire coaching staff made two trips to Kinston in the last week to make the pitch to Ingram, apparently keeping Jeff Capel around was a good thing.

“Coach (Mike Krzyzewski) is a profesional. He’s a player’s coach and I just love everything about him,” Ingram said. “Talking to Jeff Capel, he made a good pitch and they sold it well.” -wral.com

Jahlil Okafor, Justise Winslow and Tyus Jones led Duke to their 5th national championship before declaring for the NBA, now Coach K adds Ingram (another probable one and done) and last week Derryck Thornton, a five-star point guard from California, reclassified from the class of 2016 to 2015 and committed to Duke.

Duke has the number 1 recruiting class (again), and is poised to make another Final Four and national championship run.

Monday Morning Fodder

Busy weekend in sports as we head towards Turkey Day and the final regular season weekend of college football.

North Carolina beat Old Dominion 80-20. Both head coaches agreed to shorten the fourth quarter to 10 minutes, a modern mercy rule. Some were calling Fedora classless, dont know why, they had scout team players in and took a knee on a fourth and goal. Cant just stop playing. ( btw, Florida State and South Carolina also won by 60 or more points)

Duke beat Wake Forest 28-21.  This sets up a big game vs North Carolina this weekend, they win and they will be in the ACC Championship Game vs Florida State.

Will Jameis Winston be able to play in the Championship Game, and a possible National Championship? We wont find out until after Thanksgiving.

East Carolina beat NC State in Raleigh 42-28.  State fans had to endure the “Our State” chants again, and a billboard on Capital Blvd.  Some statefans have called for that campaign to be retired.

Duke basketball escapes with a 91-90 win over Vermont. Coach K said they were “lucky to win”. 

UNC basketball bounces back with two wins over the weekend, including a 93-84 win over defending champs and #3 ranked Louisville. Marcus Paige had a career high 32 points.

Carolina Panthers won their 7th game in a row, Manning cant beat Brady, Brian McCann to the Yankees, five years, $85 million.

Ice Up, Son!

Coach K Worried about ACC’s future

from si.com

With the departure of ACC charter member Maryland to the Big Ten, and all of the questions about what will happen to the ACC next, Duke basketball coach Mike Krzyzewski said that he is worried about the future of the ACC. This was during the taping of his Sirus XM Radio show.

“I think the ACC is vulnerable right now, I’m concerned about our conference.”

“I think there could still be some movement in our conference.”

Coach K added that one of the keys to determining the future will be what plays out with Maryland’s $50 million buyout. If they have to pay the full amount or not.

“I do think more people are going to go after people in our conference now,”  “Especially if Maryland shows that in some way they can reduce or get out of that $50 million commitment.”

As far as adding Notre Dame as a partial member a few months ago, K said that “maybe we should have done something else”, he said perhaps the ACC should have considered adding UConn, Louisville or Rutgers.

“For my own conference,” he said, “its time to circle wagons and take attendance and make sure we have who we have.”

Monday Fodder

Ouch!

Rodney Hood, formerly of Mississippi State, transfers to Duke

The Inaugural class for the NC State Hall of Fame

Michael Jordan’s son, Marcus arrested in Omaha

Butch Davis’ son will play football at…..UNC (Jennifer Wiley was his tutor)

Snoop Dogg’s son and P.Diddy’s son will both play football and battle rap at UCLA next year

Tiger Woods surpassed Jack on the all time tournament wins list, now just behind Sam Snead.

Should the NCAA get involved in the Penn State football scandal after reports that former AD Tim Curley decided not to take action and report Sandusky to child welfare after “talking it over with Joe …”  (covering it up)

 

Monday Morning Fodder

The NCAA will announce the punishment for UNC football today at 3pm.

Great weekend for college basketball fans. Brackets are set, madness begins on Tuesday with the First Four, second round begins on Thursday.

Congratulations to Florida State, 2012 ACC Tournament Champions. First ever ACC Tournament win for the Seminoles. Championship game came down to the last possession as they held off UNC 85-82.

Some ACC Tournament history was made as Leonard Hamilton became the first African-American coach to win the ACC Tournament. Not a bad year for the ACC Coach of the Year. Seminoles beat both of “The Blues” twice and were undefeated in the state of North Carolina.

More about the Brackets after the jump…

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Weekend is here…its March.

Duke and North Carolina, Round 2. Saturday night at 7pm in Durham.

Another must win for NC State at Virginia Tech. Sunday at 6pm.

FSU’s Michael Snaer hit another buzzer beater as the Seminoles secured the #3 spot in the ACC with a win over Virginia

Final weekend of the regular season for the ACC in college basketball. ACC Tournament kicks off next Thursday.

Smaller conference tournaments are already underway.

2012 McDonald’s All-Americans – ACC Spotlight

Yesterday the McDonald’s All-American teams were announced.  24 high schoolers, with all but five of them having already announced their college commitments.  The ACC landed six players, if you include Syracuse commit DaJuan Coleman.  Who else was selected?  Hit the jump for details. Continue reading 2012 McDonald’s All-Americans — ACC Spotlight

Another Classic. Duke beats UNC 85-84

“That’s what he was put on this planet to do.” – Mike Krzyzewski on Austin Rivers

Austin Rivers cemented himself in Duke lore with a game winning 3 pointer over Tyler Zeller as Duke beat North Carolina in another thriller in Chapel Hill, 85-84.

North Carolina seemed to be in control of the game for most of the second half. But Duke kept hanging around and UNC could never put them away.  The lead seemed to be stuck at 10 forever.

Then, Duke went on a 13-2 run in the final 2:33. Meanwhile, UNC had 2 turnovers, missed 2 FT and didn’t even attempt a FG.

Rivers finished with 29 points, including 6 three pointers. Duke attempted 36 three point shots, and made 14. UNC was 1-6 from beyond the arc.

Harrison Barnes had 25 points and Zeller had 23 points and 11 rebounds.

Round 2 in 24 days.

North Carolina vs Duke Round 1

Hatefest tonight in Chapel Hill.

According to the ACC over the last 75 meetings, Duke leads in points scored 5,858-5,857.

UNC is on a school record 31 game home winning streak. Under Roy Williams, UNC is 4-4 against Duke at the Smith Center, and 4-4 and Cameron.

Mike Krzyzewski is 36-36 vs. UNC and 11-14 in the Smith Center.

Thoughts, predictions, hate…BB Guns and bad backs. The leader of men vs the ol’ coca-cola drinking country boy. Who will prevail?….

I think Duke will definitely come in more focused, especially coming off the loss to Miami. UNC’s size up front will be a major challenge, but will UNC have lapses in play and allow Duke to get hot from the 3 point range? How will Barnes ankle hold up?

UNC 82, Duke 71

 

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