1. Duke Basketball: Will Ryan Kelly's Injury Cripple Mason Plumlee's POY Chances?

    Earlier in the year I wrote that Mason Plumlee was the leading candidate for Player of the Year . At the time I wrote it, Plumlee was the best player on a team that had just beaten Kentucky, Minnesota, VCU , Louisville and Ohio State...

    Dantzler Smith Written by Dantzler Smith about over 1 year ago 4,994 reads 15 comments

  2. Duke Basketball: Who Will Step Up for Injury-Riddled Blue Devils?

    With Ryan Kelly out indefinitely with a foot injury and Seth Curry hampered by shin splints, Duke needs previously supporting-cast players to step into the spotlight...

    Dantzler Smith Written by Dantzler Smith about over 1 year ago 4,812 reads 10 comments

  3. Duke vs. Clemson: Live Blog with Updates, Reaction and Analysis

    Top ranked Duke Blue Devils moved to 15-0 as they worked their way past the Clemson Tigers by the score of 68-40. The Tigers are now 8-6 and 0-2 in the ACC. Devin Booker did his best to keep Clemson close as both teams struggled in the first half...

    Dantzler Smith Written by Dantzler Smith about over 1 year ago 1,562 reads 6 comments

  4. Best Guard in the ACC: Duke's Seth Curry or Virginia Tech's Erick Green?

    Debating the merits of Seth Curry versus those of Erick Green comes down to a classic sports argument. Is a player on a bad team that puts up great individual stats better or worse ...

    Dantzler Smith Written by Dantzler Smith about over 1 year ago 1,241 reads 6 comments

  5. Duke Basketball: Why a Perfect Season Isn't Such an Enormous Stretch

    As a cynic, I’m not inclined to believe that Duke will go undefeated. But I like to justify my cynicism by saying that I'm a realist. And the reality is that Duke is an extremely good basketball team...

    Dantzler Smith Written by Dantzler Smith about over 1 year ago 4,046 reads 36 comments

  6. Duke Basketball: Are the Blue Devils the Heaviest Favorite in ACC History?

    At the start of the year, pundits took pleasure in picking NC State to win the ACC . The thought was that the Wolfpack had added a spectacular recruiting class to an already strong team...

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  7. Duke Basketball: Blueprint for Blue Devils to Resolve Rebounding Struggles

    Given that Duke’s rebounding issues are something that have been discussed quite a bit , it seems laudably forward looking to propose a means to correct the problem...

    Dantzler Smith Written by Dantzler Smith about over 1 year ago 2,482 reads 8 comments

  8. Duke Basketball: Why Amile Jefferson Needs to Play More Minutes

    Far be it from me to question a four-time National Champion and two-time Gold medalist, but I think it would be highly beneficial if Amile Jefferson got more playing time...

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  9. Duke Basketball: Predicting 2013-14 Rotation with Jabari Parker in the Fold

    It might seem premature to look ahead to Duke’s 2013-14 starting lineup since Duke is currently 11-0 and ranked No. 1 in the country...

    Dantzler Smith Written by Dantzler Smith about over 1 year ago 16,233 reads 17 comments

  10. Duke Basketball: What to Expect from Marshall Plumlee

    Marshall Plumlee’s much anticipated turn was anticlimactic to say the least. Against Cornell , the 7’0” center subbed on for big brother Mason only to sprain his ankle after two minutes of play...

    Dantzler Smith Written by Dantzler Smith about over 1 year ago 6,571 reads 8 comments

  11. Duke Basketball: Coach K's Christmas Wish List

    What do you get the coach who has everything? Mike Krzyzewski has four national championships, two gold medals and his current team is ranked No. 1 in the country ...

    Dantzler Smith Written by Dantzler Smith about over 1 year ago 5,263 reads 8 comments

  12. Duke Basketball: Will Rebounding Struggles Catch Up with the Blue Devils?

    If one takes a cynical eye toward Duke’s fantastic 9-0 start to the season, the thing that pops out as ripe for criticism is the Blue Devils’ lack of rebounding...

    Dantzler Smith Written by Dantzler Smith about over 1 year ago 2,253 reads 10 comments

  13. How Mason Plumlee Measures Up with Past Duke Basketball Big Men

    Through nine games, Mason Plumlee is having a career year. So far, the Blue Devils’ center is averaging 19.2 points and 11.3 rebounds per game ...

    Dantzler Smith Written by Dantzler Smith about over 1 year ago 3,303 reads 11 comments

  14. Duke Basketball: The 15 Most Underrated Players in Blue Devils History

    As a fan of Cluck Klosterman, I’m wary of the phrases ‘overrated’ and ‘underrated’. In each case, you are presupposing a level of appropriate appreciation, which is impossible to quantify...

    Dantzler Smith Written by Dantzler Smith about over 1 year ago 8,689 reads 24 comments

  15. Why Duke's Mason Plumlee Has Passed Indiana's Cody Zeller as POY Favorite

    Mason Plumlee of Duke and Cody Zeller of Indiana have each played eight games so far this season, and both have their teams off to an 8-0 start. Zeller ’s Indiana is ranked No...

    Dantzler Smith Written by Dantzler Smith about over 1 year ago 11,261 reads 111 comments

  16. Duke Basketball: 6 Questions for the Blue Devils' Next 6 Games

    A diet of cupcakes isn ’t particularly healthy, but for a basketball team, cupcakes offer a great opportunity to experiment and evaluate without sacrificing the game’s outcome...

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  17. Duke Basketball: 5 Keys to Beating Ohio State in the ACC-Big Ten Challenge

    So far, Duke fans are feeling great about the season. In Atlanta, Duke knocked off defending champ Kentucky. After that, the Blue Devils bounced Minnesota and VCU from the Bahamas to make it to the championship game of the Battle 4 Atlantis Tournament..

    Dantzler Smith Written by Dantzler Smith about over 1 year ago 5,671 reads 23 comments

  18. Duke Basketball: 5 Keys to Success at the Battle 4 Atlantis Tournament

    As Duke prepares for the Battle 4 Atlantis, the grueling schedule of three games in three days will prove to be anything but vacation-style fun in the sun...

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  19. Duke Basketball: Is Seth Curry a Pro Prospect?

    Let me begin by saying that when it comes to both basketball and football, I prefer college over the pros. At least with football, I do watch the NFL. The NBA, however, is barely on my radar...

    Dantzler Smith Written by Dantzler Smith about over 1 year ago 30,861 reads 24 comments

  20. Duke Basketball: How the Lance Thomas Situation Will Affect Duke This Season

    Not to rain on Duke’s post Kentucky win parade, but the Lance Thomas issue isn ’t going away. It seems that for all the smoke, there isn ’t much fire...

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  21. Duke vs. Kentucky: Why This Is the Blue Devils' Game to Lose

    When the Duke Blue Devils take on the Kentucky Wildcats in Atlanta on Tuesday, not only will it be a clash of basketball philosophies, but it will be Duke’s game to lose...

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  22. Georgia State vs. Duke Basketball: Player Grades for the Blue Devils

    Last night the regular season got underway for the Duke Blue Devils. A 74-55 win over the Georgia State Panthers was a good way to start the season. ( Here's the box score...

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  23. Duke Basketball: Who Will Lead the Blue Devils in Every Major Stat Category?

    Preseason predictions are a dangerous game. It’s even more precarious when the prognosticating involves a team with a starting lineup in flux and a key player suffering from an unidentified injury...

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  24. Duke Basketball: Blue Devils Must Improve on Last Season's Defense

    Duke used to be known for its hard-nosed man-to-man defense. For many Duke fans, the iconic picture of Coach Mike Krzyzewski is him slapping the floor to spur on a defensive stand...

    Dantzler Smith Written by Dantzler Smith about over 1 year ago 1,121 reads 13 comments

  25. Duke Blue Devils vs. Winston-Salem State Rams: Player Grades

    Duke’s second exhibition game offered some good news and bad news. The good news is that after beating Western Washington 105-87 in the first exhibition despite a lackadaisical ...

    Dantzler Smith Written by Dantzler Smith about over 1 year ago 1,419 reads 3 comments