Posted on: June 8, 2010 1:17 pm

Coach K to be featured on "Nightline"

Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski will be featured on ABC's "Nightline" Tuesday night.

John Berman interviews Krzyzewski.

According to a release, here's an exchange between Berman and Krzyzewski:

You're coaching here next year?

Coach K: Yeah, I'm coaching here forever -- for as long as I coach.

Berman: What about going to the NBA?

Coach K: No, I'm not going to the NBA.

Berman: Not next year?

Coach K: Not ever.

Berman: Not ever?

Coach K: Not ever.

Berman: This is a sure statement that you are not going to the NBA ever.

Coach K: Ever.

The episode will air Tuesday night after Game 3 of the NBA Finals and late local news.
Category: NCAAB
Posted on: April 20, 2010 9:19 am
Edited on: April 20, 2010 11:07 am

Who's No. 1: Duke or Michigan State?

Kyle Singler's decision to return to Duke will likely make the Blue Devils the preseason favorite.

It's certainly a reasonable point of view.

The additions of Kyrie Irving and Seth Curry should offset the loss of Jon Scheyer in the backcourt, and though I liked Brian Zoubek down the stretch, it's possible Duke will be more talented in the frontcourt next season if Miles and Mason Plumlee progress as projected. So if you like Duke, I understand. I like Duke, too. But Michigan State still belongs in the conversation for preseason No. 1, I think. The Spartans lose only Raymar Morgan from last season and replace him with a recruiting class MaxPreps.com ranks fifth nationally. Kalin Lucas and Delvon Roe should both be healthy, Durrell Summers and Draymond Green will be a year advanced in their development as future pros, and I saw enough of incoming freshman Adreian Payne last summer to know he could be an elite level shot blocker and defensive presence.

So it's a close call between Duke and Michigan State.

That's my point.

Take a look at the possible lineups.

Then tell me what you think.

----- DUKE -----

Kyrie Irving
G: Nolan Smith
F: Kyle Singler
F: Mason Plumlee
F: Miles Plumlee

Reserves: Seth Curry, Andre Dawkins, Ryan Kelly, Josh Hairston, Tyler Thornton, Carrick Felix

----- MICHIGAN STATE -----

G: Kalin Lucas
G: Durrell Summers
F: Draymond Green
F: Delvon Roe
F: Adreian Payne

Reserves: Korie Lucious, Chris Allen, Keith Appling, Derrick Nix, Russell Byrd, Garrick Sherman, Alex Gauna


(Note: Sportsbook.com has posted odds for next year's champion. Duke and MSU are co-favorites at +800.)
Category: NCAAB
Posted on: April 19, 2010 9:16 pm

Singler returning to Duke for senior season

Duke junior Kyle Singler will return for his senior season, the school announced Monday.

"I love being here at Duke and am excited about next year," Singler said. "I had two great options in front of me, but I did not want to miss out on all of the great things to come in a senior season."

Singler has averaged 15.9 points, 6.9 rebounds and 2.1 assists in three seasons.

His return ensures Duke will be a preseason top three team, perhaps as high as No. 1.
Category: NCAAB
Posted on: April 8, 2010 10:56 am
Edited on: April 9, 2010 7:02 pm

Rivers officially decommits from Florida

Austin Rivers finally decided to stop trying to keep the worst-kept secret in college basketball recruiting.

The Class of 2011 star acknowledged Thursday morning that he's no longer committed to Florida.

"I have reopened my recruitment ...," Rivers told Scout.com. "I have decommitted [from] Florida at this time. I still really like them, but I need to go ahead and reopen things right now."

Speculation about Rivers decommitting from Florida began last July and intensified when he subsequently visited Duke's campus. MaxPreps.com rates the 6-foot-4 guard -- who is the son of Celtics coach Doc Rivers -- as the third-best prospect in the Class of 2011. Rivers told Scout.com he's now considering Duke, Florida and North Carolina, but that he "may open it up a little more later on."

This development leaves Florida with just one commitment for the Class of 2011 -- Brad Beal.

Max Preps.com rates Beal as the nation's fourth-best prospect, one spot behind Rivers.
Posted on: April 5, 2010 3:48 pm
Edited on: April 5, 2010 3:54 pm

Could this be for preseason No. 1, too?

INDIANAPOLIS -- Duke and Butler are playing for the national championship tonight.

Are they also playing for next season's preseason No. 1?

If you assume Kyle Singler and Gordon Hayward wil both return to school -- and that's only an assumption, at this point -- then either school would make a reasonable No. 1. Yes, Duke will lose Jon Scheyer, Brian Zoubek and Lance Thomas. But McDonald's All-American Kyrie Irving should take over at point guard and be joined in the backcourt by Nolan Smith, Andre Dawkins and Seth Curry, the latter of whom averaged 20.2. points as a freshman at Liberty and will be eligible at Duke next season. Singler would still be on the wing as a combo forward, and the Plumlee brothers will be up front with incoming freshman Josh Hairston.

That's not a bad team.

Meantime, Butler would return four of five starters -- including its top three scorers in Hayward, Matt Howard and Shelvin Mack. The only notable players missing would be Willie Veasley and Avery Jukes, and I bet Brad Stevens will figure out a way to get by without them. In other words, Butler should be strong again regardless of what happens tonight. And if a Butler win is what happens tonight then you shouldn't be surprised when the Bulldogs start next season right where they would've finished this one -- on top.
Category: NCAAB
Tags: Butler, Duke
Posted on: March 4, 2010 4:25 pm

The fourth No. 1 seed will be Duke (I'm guessing)

Kansas State lost.

Then Duke followed suit.

And people have spent the subsequent 24 hours talking about which team will now join Kansas, Syracuse and Kentucky as a No. 1 seed in the NCAA tournament. My belief is that there's no right answer at this point -- and it might not be decided until Selection Sunday, just hours (perhaps minutes) before the bracket is unveiled on CBS -- but that it's probably going to be Duke.

That doesn't necessarily mean it would be Duke today.

But it should be noted that, of all the candidates, the Blue Devils have the simplest path the rest of the way given that they don't have to deal with a Kansas or a Syracuse, and that the ACC is not as tough at the top as the Big Ten. Assuming the Blue Devils handle UNC this weekend and take the ACC tournament title too, they'll (at least) be co-regular-season champs and tournament champs, and they'll almost certainly have an RPI that ranks among the top four. Furthermore, they would only have one bad loss on their resume (at N.C. State), and every loss would've come on the road.

So if you're betting man, bet on Duke.

And if you're not a betting man, well, that sounds boring.
Category: NCAAB
Tags: Duke
Posted on: March 1, 2010 4:37 pm
Edited on: March 1, 2010 9:47 pm

The Poll Attacks

First things first: I knew Syracuse would be No. 1 in the AP and Coaches polls.

And guess what?

It's not stupid to have Syracuse No. 1.

It's a perfectly reasonable thing to do. I don't agree. But it's not irrational even though Kansas has just as many wins over fellow Top 25 teams and a better RPI, even though KU's two losses came on the road while Syracuse's came at home, even though Jerry Palm still has KU as the No. 1 overall seed. I could use most of that information -- and perhaps all of that information -- to try to convince you that it's stupid to rank Syracuse No. 1. But I'm not going to do that because that's never been the point. I don't think you're stupid if you think Syracuse should be No. 1; I think you're stupid if you think a good case can't also be made for Kansas.

But I'm over it.

I'm more worried about the coach voting Duke No. 1.

That guy is an idiot.

He's about to get Poll Attacked!

AP poll: If Syracuse fans think I'm stupid for having the Orange at No. 2, then I bet they think Tom Keegan is brain-dead. Keegan has the Orange third on his ballot behind Kansas and Kentucky. And did I mention Tom works for the newspaper in Lawrence, Kansas? Yep, the sports editor in Kansas ranked KU No. 1 and Syracuse No. 3. So please click this link and direct your hatred toward him, and forget about me. Thanks.

Coaches poll: It's OK to have Duke in the top four, projected as a No. 1 seed, whatever. All reasonable. But there is no way to reasonably put Duke ahead of both Kansas and Syracuse on a ballot like one coach did this week. Duke has a 25-4 record featuring a loss to North Carolina State. Meantime, Syracuse has a 27-2 record featuring no losses to non-NCAA tournament teams, and Kansas has a 27-2 record featuring no losses to non-NCAA tournament teams. So Syracuse and Kansas both have more wins than Duke, fewer losses than Duke, better wins than Duke, fewer questionable losses than Duke, and I could go on for days.

So who's the guilty coach?

No way of knowing.

Coaches ballots are private.

I can't see them.

But my guess is that the guy who voted Duke No. 1 is the same guy who voted Murray State No. 25 after a loss to Morehead State. Murray State is a great OVC team, but that doesn't translate to a Top 25 team, not when the Racers have four losses to unranked teams and just one win over a team ranked in the top 100 of the RPI.
Posted on: February 24, 2010 2:11 pm
Edited on: February 24, 2010 2:18 pm

Clemson-Maryland could eliminate ACC intrigue

Maryland's game with Duke next Wednesday will be huge because it'll be Greivis Vasquez's Senior Day, and because all games with Duke are massive, and because it's not like the Terrapins are a lock to make the NCAA tournament just yet. They look good now, of course. But a late-season collapse could make things interesting, and late-season (signature) wins always help.

So next Wednesday's game with the Blue Devils will be big, regardless.

But will it be for first-place in the ACC?

That's the hope at Maryland.

Which is why tonight's game with Clemson is crucial.

The Terrapins have won 11 of their last 14 games and three straight to take sole possession of second in the ACC standings; they're 9-3 in the league. Meantime, Duke is 11-2 in the ACC, and the Blue Devils will be heavy favorites to win two of their final three league games (at Virginia on Sunday and at home against North Carolina on March 6). That means Duke will almost certainly reach 13 league wins, and the only way for Maryland to possibly reach 13 league wins (and share the regular-season title with Duke) is to beat Clemson tonight and win at Virginia Tech this weekend before beating Duke next Wednesday and closing with a win at Virginia.

In other words, a Maryland loss tonight would nearly guarantee an outright ACC title for Duke, but a Maryland win will keep the Terrapins in contention. So the Comcast Center should be fun with Clemson in town ... even if the game doesn't produce back-to-back buzzer-beaters.
Category: NCAAB
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