Posted on: January 31, 2010 11:37 am
In my last quick post, I explained why yesterday's matchup with Georgetown was one of the biggest of the year. A win would certainly add to our already-good tourney resume.
What happened, though, was a different story. What was supposed to be a close, dramatic matchup turned out to be a blowout (although the score wasn't indicative of how big that blowout was). The Hoyas manhandled duke to a point where they couldn't move the ball past the outer arc at all.
Duke could have gotten a great, strong, out-of-conference win and possibly moved into the Top 5 in the polls. Instead, they will most likely drop to the outer edges of the Top 10, or worse.
The Blue Devils need to figure out how to play on the road. Every single loss has come in a road game matchup. The Devils have played stellar at home, now it's time to back that up in other arenas.
Now, all I can think is what Duke would have accomplished had they beaten the Hoyas.
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Posted on: January 29, 2010 8:39 pm
One of the biggest factors taken into consideration on Selection Sunday for the NCAA Tournament is out-of-conference wins. Duke has some good ones against Gonzaga and UConn, among others.
But they have the potential to add to that resume this Saturday with a big matchup against Georgetown. The Hoyas are Big East contenders, and they will be hungry for a win after a disappointing loss to Syracuse earlier in the week.
Duke is looking for its second road win, after they got their first against Clemson last week.
This is a huge game in all respects for the Blue Devils. If they can get this big win out of conference, it will most certainly tell our direction for the rest of the season, and our seeding in the NCAA Tournament.
And on a side note, it is reported that President Barack Obama will be in attendance during the Duke-Georgetown game.
Tune in to CBS tomorrow at 1 pm to catch the game live.
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Posted on: January 19, 2010 5:40 pm
My last entry was entitled "Kyle Singler, Where are You?" He may have answered that call against Wake Forest last Sunday.
Kyle posted a double-double, with 21 points and 15 rebounds. He was lackluster in the first half, but surged back in the 2nd and was instrumental in the 20 point thumping of Wake Forest. Sure, he did miss a lot of shots that the Plumlees cleaned up, but still, he had arguably his best game of the season, and it looks like he may be getting back on track.
Duke certainly needs him if they hope to win the ACC and go deep in the tournament. He is a great player, and he could be critical near the end of the season.
I sure hope he's getting back on track, and it looks like he is.
Duke vs. Clemson this Saturday will be the College Gameday live broadcast on ESPN. Duke looks to get a win at one of the hardest arenas in college basketball, Littlejohn Coliseum. As you probably know, Duke has already beat the Tigers this year by 21 points, but this game looks like it will be much closer than the game at Duke in early January.
Posted on: January 2, 2010 10:59 am
Edited on: January 2, 2010 11:01 am
--Well, we've found someone who could be the most hated person by the Maryland basketball fanbase.
--I'm talking about Terrence Ross, a nationally known recruit who was committed to playing at Maryland next year. Note the keyword there "was". Ross recently de-committed from the Terrapins in favor to open his recruiting back up to the open market. Maryland is still an option for Terrence Ross, who is ranked 39th in the ESPN Top100.
--However, it will be quite tough to lure Ross back to Maryland. His current options are Duke, Kansas, Kentucky, and Maryland. To be honest, who would choose Maryland out of that list? (I know I wouldn't).
--Rumors have been flying everywhere. Some of the more popular ones have been that Coach K is a dirty rotten recruit stealer, or that Nike is behind his move away from an UnderArmour school. No one knows what's actually true, but the situation is very intriguing.
--Duke has been reported as very high on his list, and why wouldn't it be? Undoubtedly though, if Ross were to come to Duke, he would be the most hated player in the history ofMaryland basketball.
--Terrence Ross would solidify an already spectacular 2010 recruiting class from the Blue Devils, including Kyrie Irving and Joshua Hairston. Roscoe Smith is also considering Duke, but there are no new developments on his recruiting trail.
--That's all for now from the Duke basketball update. Please read my other blog, Clay and Clay Sports Blog, which is about all things sports.--I am using bullet points to separate paragraphs. There is a technical difficulty for cbssports.com. I am not allowed to space paragraphs. PLEASE FIX THIS CBSSPORTS.COM.
Posted on: October 27, 2009 5:41 pm
The college basketball season is almost here, and I know that both you and I can hardly wait!
I'm still sticking to my previous Top 10. Kansas is truly the most talented team in the country. I see Cole Aldrich as the National Player of the Year this year. He is very talented and dominant in the post. My pick for the best conference is the Big 12. Texas and Kansas will lead the way with this deep league. My usual pick for the best conference, the ACC, doesn't have the talent and the depth to challenge other conferences such as the Big 12 and Big 10. I think this may be the year that the Big 10 breaks through in the heavily lopsided ACC-Big 10 challenge (which the ACC has won every single time).
I think the natonal champion will be either from the Big 12 and Big 10.
Here are my picks for the major conferences in the country:
Big 12: Kansas
Big 10: Villanova
Big East: UConn.
My player of the year choice is Cole Aldrich.
My Rookie of the Year choice is John Wall (who in my opinion will be out of college basketball after this season).
Also, I will be a part of a new blog on Wordpress named Clay and Clay. Look for a link in the coming days to this new blog. It will be about all things sports, from the MLB to the NBA to the NCAA. Follow me on Twitter for updates to this blog. My username on Twitter is Ben_clayandclay. Also, follow my new blog partner, Tom_clayandclay.
Thanks for reading. That's all for now from College Basketball Daily. Once again, look for links to my new Wordpress blog, Clay and Clay.
Posted on: October 18, 2009 1:05 pm
I have predicted just about everything I can, including team previews, a Top 10, my Tournament Predictions, and an ACC Preview. I'm going to take a little break, and I will start posting againv when the season starts (or if there is some major news). See you in a few weeks or so!
Thats all for now from College Basketball Daily
Posted on: October 14, 2009 3:29 pm
I was asked to add a little more to this preview. Here it is.
The ACC was a dominant conference last year, with 7 (I think) NCAA Tourney berths and the National Champion. There has been a large loss of talent this year. EVeryone already knows of the losses at UNC. Also, Jack McClinton and Toney Douglas, stars at lesser known basketball schools, are gone. I think this will be somewhat of a down year for the ACC because, in my opinon, there is no National Championship or Final Four caliber team. This is still a great conference, but the ACC will take a backseat to the Big 12 and the Big 10. This trend will not last long though, and in 2010 there may be 2 or 3 Final Four caliber teams.
Posted on: October 13, 2009 7:07 pm
Edited on: October 15, 2009 3:20 pm
The ACC was a dominant conference last year, with seven NCAA Tourney berths and the National Champion. There has been a large loss of talent this year. EVeryone already knows of the losses at UNC. Also, Jack McClinton and Toney Douglas, stars at lesser known basketball schools, are gone. I think this will be somewhat of a down year for the ACC because, in my opinon, there is no National Championship or Final Four caliber team. This is still a great conference, but the ACC will take a backseat to the Big 12 and the Big 10. This trend will not last long though, and in 2010 there may be 2 or 3 Final Four caliber teams.
Here is my stab at the 2009-10 ACC season. I live right in the middle of the ACC, so I know that it is, in my opinion, the best conference in all of college basketball. Previewing the ACC is a tall task, but I have given my best effort to put a quality, deep preview of a great, prestigious basketball conference.
Here are last year’s standings:
Team Conference Overall
North Carolina 13-3 34-4
Pros: Duke is returning a lot of talent. They have only lost 3 players from last year’s roster. Two key returning players for Duke are Jon Scheyer and Kyle Singler, who both have the potential to be national-caliber players. Their incoming recruiting class isn’t too bad either, with 2 All-Americans in Ryan Kelly and Mason Plumlee. Also, Andre Dawkins made the jump this year to play for the Blue Devils, and he is also a great player who can play quality minutes for Duke this year. Look for a Sweet 16, or possibly an Elite 8, appearance this year.
5. Wake Forest
Potential Conference Players of the Year
Rookie of the Year--Derrick Favors
Please feel free to comment on anything you disagree with or if I have made any errors. Thanks for reading. If you like what you’ve read, I try to post something new every day, so keep reading.