Tweet With just a few hours left before Duke takes on UNC in the Dean Dome, here are my keys to securing a victory over the Tar Heels. 1. Duke will have to have big games from its seniors. Mason Plumlee, Ryan Kelly, and Seth Curry have carried this team all year and tonight shouldn’t be any different. What I think Duke will need in addition is for at least one other person to step up and have a big game. It will likely come from either Quinn Cook or Rasheed Sulaimon. Sulaimon is the one player that I don’t [ Read More ]
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Tweet Are you concerned about finding the proper balance between resting your starters and playing them big minutes? Are you worried about burning them out early in the season? If so, what are you doing about it? What can you do to develop your bench, to help them accept their roles, to instill confidence in them? Are your starters overworked and fatigued, playing in pain? The above questions occupy the mind of every coach. After all, your starters are the starters for a reason. Ultimately, your two or three best players will make or break your season. It is [ Read More ]
Tweet Congrats to Mason Plumlee, Seth Curry, Ryan Kelly and Todd Zafirovski for allowing us to come along with them on their journey. It’s been so fun to watch. As for the game, well let’s get to it. This game had me worried a bit and for a lot of the game it was too close for comfort. The emotion was there, maybe the seniors came out a little bit tight but when the time was right the seniors made their presence felt. Duke would ultimately win 85-57 but the game was tighter than that, it was around the first [ Read More ]
Tweet Duke’s Mason Plumlee is Krzyzewski’s go-to guy The News & Observer Published: March 4, 2013 By Laura Keeley The brotherhood of Blazers’ Nolan Smith and Duke’s Quinn Cook evolves The Oregonian Published March 02, 2013 By John Canzano Q&A with Duke basketball recruit Semi Ojeleye’s high school coach The Chronicle Published February 28, 2013 By Brady Buck Ryan Kelly, The Comeback Kid Sports On Earth Published March 4, 2013 By Matt Brown Here is the Ryan Kelly comeback video, really cool stuff. Have to really feel good for him and about him.
Tweet I believe my heart just started beating again. Duke just gets by Miami, 79-76, and there is a lot to talk about. The obvious is Ryan Kelly, who may have come back a better player than when he went out. Kelly started, played 32 minutes, and was brilliant. Kelly was 10 out of 14 for the game and 7 of 9 from 3-point range on his way to a career high 36 points, after not having played for weeks. Kelly scored 20 points in the first half and no other Duke player had more than 4. Kelly smoothly [ Read More ]
Tweet Welp, here we are after a 68 – 73 loss last night to UVA. A loss that leaves me curious as to whether we even prepared at all. I don’t know how you go through the season that this team has gone through and have to make a statement like, “It was a very, very physical game and we’re not equipped to that type of game. We got knocked back,” Coach K said. So Minnesota, Louisville, Kentucky, UNC not physical? I’m left shaking my head a bit at that. I guess I’m just a bit bitter, I’m allowed to [ Read More ]
Tweet The bulk of the scoring load for Virginia falls on Joe Harris at around 16 points a game and Akil Mitchell at around 12. The rest is spread out fairly evenly amongst role players. Harris especially could be a match-up problem for Duke. At 6’6 Joe Harris towers over the Duke guards, presumably Duke will use freshmen Rasheed Sulaimon to guard Harris. The biggest of the Duke guards, Sulaimon will still be giving up 2 inches and about 30 lbs if he is called on to guard Harris. Harris is second in the ACC in 3-point field goal percentage [ Read More ]
Tweet Congrats to Tyler Thornton for being named tothe inaugural Allstate NABC GoodWorks Team for his volunteerism/mentoring in Durham Public Schools and to Rasheed Sulaimon for ACC Rookie Of The Week honors. Sulaimon averaged 22.0 points, 4.0 rebounds, 2.5 assists and 1.0 steals per game in leading Duke to ACC wins over Virginia Tech and Boston College.