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Get To Know the Duke Blue Devils

Posted on: April 1, 2010 2:53 am
Edited on: April 1, 2010 3:14 am
 
DREW FRANKLIN




Duke University

Duke University was founded by Methodists and Quakers in the present-day town of Trinity in 1838, the school moved to Durham in 1892.  In 1924, tobacco industrialist James Buchanan Duke established The Duke Endowment, prompting the institution to change its name in honor of his deceased father, Washington Duke.

... at least that's what Wikipedia says.  And we all know Wikipedia never lies.

Location: Durham, North Carolina

Durham is the fourth largest city in North Carolina and the home of Clay Aiken.  A little-known law in the film industry states that all baseball movies must be set in Durham.  Only Rookie of the Year was ballsy enough to ignore this law.  But, Rookie of the Year is the best movie ever made and it doesn't take orders from anyone.

Notable Alumni

-- Richard Nixon - President of the United States from 1969-1974
-- John W. Cornwell -  Inventor of the beer launching fridge
-- Ken Jeong - The Asian guy from The Hangover
-- Tucker Max - Author of "I Hope They Serve Beer in Hell"

Mascot: The Blue Devils

The Trinity Chronicle started a campaign to create Duke's mascot and included suggestions like the Catamounts, Grizzlies, Badgers, Dreadnaughts, and Captains. The paper's editor narrowed the many nominations down to those that utilized the school colors of dark blue and white. The narrowed list consisted of Blue Titans, Blue Eagles, Polar Bears, Blue Devils, Royal Blazes, and Blue Warriors.  Surprisingly, none of those awesome nominations appeared to be a clear cut favorite so one of the paper's writers took it upon himself to call Duke athletics the Blue Devils.  I would've gone with the Polar Bears.

Mike Krzyzkesckisewski, Head Coach

Kryszyrywdski is in his 30th season at Duke.  In those 30 years, Coach K has won three National Championships, 12 National Coach of the Year awards, and made too many credit card commercials.  He has been known to hire former players as assistant coaches, and many of them go on to be unsuccessful, overrated head coaches at other programs.

The Starting Five

#2 Nolan Smith, 6-1, G, Junior

2009-10 stats: 18.2 ppg, 4.8 apg, 3.6 rpg, 1.6 spg 39.5% from field, 38% from three

#30 Jon Scheyer, 6-5, G, Senior

2009-10 stats: 18.2 ppg, 4.8 apg, 3.6 rpg, 1.6 spg 39.5% from field, 38% from three

#12 Kyle Singler, 6-8, F, Junior

2009-10 stats: 17.6 ppg, 6.9 rpg, 2.3 apg, 40.9% from the field, 39.1% from three

#42 Lance Thomas, 6-8, F, Senior

2009-10 stats: 4.8 ppg, 4.9 rpg, 0.9 apg, 43.2% from the field

#55 Brian Zoubek, 7-1, C, Senior

2009-10 stats: 5.5 ppg, 7.6 rpg, 63.2% from the field


Bench

Seth Curry: Younger brother of Stephen Curry.  Sitting out this season as a transfer.  Hopefully, his mother will be in the crowd.

Brothers Plumlee: Miles and Mason Plumlee are the most dynamic duo to come out of Warsaw, Indiana.

Asst. Coach Steve Wojciechowski:  Will sit on Coach K's lap if chairs aren't readily available.


Category: NCAAB
Tags: Duke
 
Comments

Since: Mar 28, 2010
Posted on: April 1, 2010 4:40 pm
 

Where's the love for Duke?

I agree.  I can't figure out why everyone is so down on Duke this year.  They spent the entire regular season in the top 2 or 3 in Sagarin rating mostly behind Kansas.  They have THREE very good, if not great, scorers for the college level.  How many other teams in the country have 3 players that can single handedly win a game for them?  (As a matter of fact, name one!)  They have a dominating inside presense to go along with their lethal shooters and play some of the toughest defense in the country.

Just because they don't have a Laettner, Hurley, Hill, Brand, Williams, Boozer, Battier, etc. doesn't mean they can't have one of the best teams in college basketball.  I mean, their last title team in 2001 had 5 future NBA starters on it (counting Jason Williams which I think is fair... plus Battier, Boozer, Dunleavy, Duhon), which this team clearly does not -- but is that really the benchmark?  Is it just because they have "DUKE" on their jerseys and are judged to a higher standard? 

And let's be honest; it's not Duke's fault that the other supposedly "great" teams choked in the tourney.  That's what March madness is all about baby!  Survive and advance!



Since: Mar 29, 2010
Posted on: April 1, 2010 3:31 pm
 

Why the Complaints About Duke's #1 Seed???

I don't see why Sports Writers are not giving Duke any credit for their season and saying they didn't deserve to be one of the top 4 in the country.  Let's see:

 

- Finished ranked #3 in both Coaches and AP poll

- #1 in ACC Regular Season

- Winner of ACC Tournament

- Winner of Preseason NIT

- 17-0 at home

- 29 wins entering tournament (33 now)

- 4 of their 5 losses coming to teams in NCAA field - 3 of which won a game (GT, MD, WISC) and the other layed an egg (Gtown)

 

Syracuse (#4 AP, #4 Coaches) Lost last 2 games before tournament, lost in Sweet 16

WVU (#6 AP, #5 Coaches) Worse record (27-6), lost to Nova, Purdue, and Notre Dame which were all in Duke's "cupcake bracket"  

Ohio St (#5 AP, #6 Coaches) Lost 8 games including 3 to unranked teams, lost in the Sweet 16



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