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10 Thoughts to Ponder on Duke-FSU, UNC win

It's nice to return to the ACC Championship Game for Duke -  The Blue Devils have won 11 of the last 22 ACC Championship games in the Mike Krzyzewski era and they have a chance to make those historic numbers more gaudy with a win over Florida State tonight in Charlotte.  The game tips off at 8:30 and the teams are meeting for the second time in the title game, Duke won that game in Atlanta vs the Seminoles.

What a game - Last nights thrilling win over North Carolina was one of the classic games in the rivalry.  After losing the regular season games, Duke got the monkey off their back by playing tough defense while the world continues to fawn over the amazing play of Zion Williamson.  I want to talk about the game, I do.  But for now, Duke needs to put this one to bed and let the final emotion out at games end providing they defeat a tough Florida State team.

FSU is playing with a chip on its shoulder -   Do not overlook Florida State for many have before you including Virginia.  This reminds me of classic Leonard Hamilton teams.  They are big, deep and athletic and they have stayed just in the shadows of the ACC's big three.  And they are out to prove they not only belong but that they are the best team in this tournament.

Duke fans should make the journey -  Last night the crowd was decidedly light blue but both Tar Heel and Cavalier fans left in droves.  That means a lot of tickets will be available and for very good prices.  You do not need to hit one of those ticket brokers.  Instead, purchase the tickets outside the venue for there will be some and they will likely be cheaper.  Turn Charlotte the right shade of blue.

The fatigue factor - Duke will need to play its bench again against the Seminoles and as I stated yesterday, it is vital all players produce some numbers on the stat sheet when out there.  How about the play of Jordan Goldwire?  Well, one thing to watch today is his legs for he is not accustomed to the minutes and he was dragging last evening after some sensational, soon to be legendary minutes in the Duke-Carolina series.

FSU will test Duke in the paint - With Marques Bolden out and limited depth, the Seminoles will try to exploit Duke inside with their size.  And, oh, are they big.  Duke will need to spread the court to loosen things up.

Speaking of the paint - I know I said minimal talk on the win over UNC, but the Blue Devils scored more points in the pain on their rival than any team in the last eight years.  I just had to get that out.

Seeding -  Most think Duke has earned the number one line in seeding with last nights win.  But a win today cements that and could vault them to the top line depending on which of the way to many bracket projections types.  BTW, if you haven't done so yet, enter the Blue Devil Nation Tournament Challenge through ESPN.  The group name is, of course, Blue Devil Nation and here is the link - Click HERE.

All the negativity -  Perhaps it is the fact that I have seen Duke Basketball up close and personal since 1980 when Coach Mike Krzyzewski stood on the side of Cameron being introduced as their new coach that gives me perspective.  But it was amazing how negative some in the fanbase got after losing to UNC last week.  All the rumors on Zion Williamson when in fact Duke has been up front the whole time on what is happening.  If Duke wins the game today, people who were up in arms will realize what some wiser minds said, that being, see the big picture.  It is clear Williamson is healthy and rested now and at the right time of the season.

What I think will happen - FSU lost to Duke on a three-point shot from Cam Reddish in Cameron earlier this season.   Zion Williamson scored 11 in that game and was sidelined for part of it.  The Noles nailed a lot of threes in that game and Duke must chase their shooters off the stripe.  Everything points to this game being a grinder and the Noles are tolled to defend Williamson better than most.  I look for a very physical game and one that will make both teams reach really deep.  I think Duke wins another banner but it will not be easy on such short rest and missing Marques Bolden who is expected to return next week.   This will be a major test for the young Blue Devils who win or lose will need to get back to Durham in one piece for selection Sunday.


ChantRant helps preview Florida State

Florida State will travel to Durham to take on the Blue Devils for the first time since 2007 on Saturday.

After a week off to rest and heal, the Blue Devils will ride their three-game winning streak into the heart of their ACC schedule. Preseason favorite Florida State will travel to Durham on Saturday, and while things are looking up for the Blue Devils, the Seminoles' season took a turn for the worse after an injury to QB E.J. Manuel. FSU will enter Saturday's matchup in the midst of a three-game losing streak, but with a healthy Manuel, they will be a stiff test for the young Blue Devils.

To give us additional insight into the Seminoles' recent struggles, BDN welcomes in Rich from ChantRant.com. Be sure to check out BDN's half of the Q&A Exchange on their site as well. Thanks for your help, Rich!

BDN: As the consensus preseason pick for ACC Champion, expectations were obviously high for the Seminoles in 2011. What is the mood in Tallahassee after three straight tough losses to Oklahoma, Clemson, and Wake Forest?
 You know about the five stages of grief? It’s been something like that. After the final gun last Saturday, the mood was appropriate to the opponent: a Wake. A day later it had turned to anger (“How could this happen!?” “What’s up with our well paid coaching staff!?,” etc.). Depression was mixed in there somewhere. Then a grudging acceptance of the Seminole’s swan dive from the Top Ten. Now FSU’s faithful (at least the majority) are rallying behind the team, remembering the Noles have been down before and bounced back, while looking ahead to a better 2012 with a more experienced corps of young talent.

QB E.J. Manuel is expected to start for the Seminoles on Saturday

BDN: Redshirt-freshman Clint Trickett stepped in after E.J. Manuel was injured against Oklahoma. Trickett started the past two games, but Manuel replaced him last week at Wake Forest. Can you give us a brief scouting report on Trickett and Manuel? How do you expect them to be used against Duke on Saturday?
 Jimbo Fisher had made it clear that E.J. Manuel is his starting QB -- and that was even before Clint Trickett had a poor start at Wake. So unless E.J. is injured against Duke, I doubt you’ll see Trickett. The scary part, though, is that doctors had told Jimbo before the Wake game that E.J. was not completely healed from a shoulder injury against Oklahoma. And if E.J. takes a nasty hit, he could be out for up to six weeks. For that reason, E.J. was one dimensional against the Deacs: all pass, no designed runs. I’d expect the same against Duke. And FYI, if Trickett DOES enter the game for whatever reason, FSU also becomes one dimensional. The redshirt freshman QB, who’s the son of FSU’s offensive line coach Rick Trickett, is not physical or fast enough to present a run threat -- at least not this season.

BDN: After finishing 2nd in the ACC a year ago, FSU has really struggled to run the ball consistently this season, ranking last in the ACC at just over 85 yards per game. What has been the source of the Seminoles' struggles on the ground and how can they get back on track?
Blame it mostly on the offensive line. FSU graduated two excellent linemen -- both on last year’s Outland Trophy watch list. Since the 2011 season kicked off, one senior OL (Datko) is out with a shoulder injury; another (Spurlock) is limited by lingering effects of a concussion. Quality depth that should be filling those spots was lost due to various issues over the past few years. That leaves little continuity, with one senior tackle surrounded by underclassmen -- including true freshmen -- and one junior, a JC transfer. Given all that chaos, the OL is a work in progress from week to week. And that’s a nice way to put it.  

BDN: Mark Stoops took over the FSU defense for Mickey Andrews last season, and though there were some growing pains, the unit performed well, finishing 1st in the ACC in scoring defense. After a promising start, the defense has allowed 70 points over the last two games. What are the areas of concern and how do you expect the Seminoles will try to stop the Blue Devils' potent passing attack?
There are concerns at linebacker and in the secondary. No doubt Jimbo Fisher is wrestling with how much of a youth movement to employ to address those concerns. My guess is he’ll go mostly with experienced guys rather than experiment. That’s especially true for the secondary, where two upper classmen have underperformed since a strong showing against no. 1 Oklahoma. In fact, I expect Coach Cutliffe to pick on that duo all day with the pass ’n catch combo of Sean Renfree and Conner Vernon. But you can be sure FSU will attempt to do the same. Both teams top the ACC in passing (FSU is first with 325.4 ypg; Duke 2nd with 311.6), while the Noles and Devils are at the bottom of the league in run yards. Fans of the aerial game should get their money’s worth on Saturday.

BDN: Florida State and Duke last met in 2007, and the Blue Devils are 0-16 all-time against the Seminoles. This will be the teams' first meeting in the David Cutcliffe and Jimbo Fisher eras. Duke is riding a 3-game winning streak, while FSU has dropped 3 in a row. What do you expect to see from this matchup Saturday afternoon in Wallace Wade Stadium?
It all depends on which FSU team shows up. We don’t know how much player confidence is shaken after the Wake upset. If the Noles have been able to rebound emotionally and physically, fired up to make a statement and turn their season around -- AND reduce the number of dumb penalties and careless turnovers -- expect a team that will battle til the end. But if the guys in garnet and gold come out tight and tentative, and worst of all not playing as a team, it could be a long afternoon.

BDN: Thanks for your insight, Rich!

Duke is heading down the regular season stretch

c/r BDN Photo
c/r BDN Photo

It's almost hard to believe that there are just twelve regular season games left for the 2010 Duke Blue Devils Men's Basketball team.  When the Blue Devils take to the hardwood against Florida State tonight in Cameron Indoor Stadium, the outcome is of dire importance.  But, then again, they are all important for the team is entering the stretch run, one that will sort out the standings before the tournaments begin in a mere 42 days.

Duke will have five more home games after tonight's clash with the Seminoles and it's no secret that teams must protect the home court in the balanced ACC this season.  The lone non-conference home game left is with Tulsa in a contest likely scheduled to simulate a first round type match up against a mid-major.  After that, four conference foes in Georgia Tech, Maryland, Virginia Tech and North Carolina come to Durham.

But despite the importance of tonight's home game, the picture will likely shake out for the Blue Devils on the road.  After a stunning loss to N.C. State on a night when the Wolfpack shot lights out, Duke righted the ship by defeating Clemson on the road in one of their grittier efforts of the season.

Greg Monroe and Georgetown are on the schedule for this Saturday and that will be a war in D.C.  This game could have seeding implications, but then again so could any of them.  Still, one must admit that the Hoyas and Blue Devils are a marquee match-up smacking of an NCAA atmosphere.

The Blue Devils will later have two consecutive ACC road games twice and Miami sandwiched in between.  The first of the two are early February match-ups at Boston College and arch rival North Carolina.  Later, in late February and early March, Duke travels to Virginia and Maryland before the Senior Day finale against the Tar Heels in a game that will see Brian Zoubek, Lance Thomas and Jon Scheyer's farewell to Cameron Indoor Stadium and home fans.

So, it's time to beam in and pay attention folks for this is the thick of the college basketball season, one which fans point to year round and there are just 12 regular season games to go.   It should be fun to watch and see how this team develops as each game becomes a war.

While looking ahead can be fun, taking them one at a time is the way this Duke team will approach these games.  That's fine by me for sometimes you can blink and it seems like the season is twenty games old and after tonight's key home game against Florida State, the season is indeed twenty games old.

Duke ousts Maryland 67-61 enroute to the ACC Tournament Championship Game.

Duke will go for another ACC Championship against FSU
Duke will go for another ACC Championship against FSU

In the movie Scarface, Al Pacino (Tony Montana) said, "Say hello to my little  friend," as he whipped out his machine gun to take care of business.  Duke introduced Maryland to their old friend, the three point shot, going 9 of 22 helping them take care of business.

The Blue Devils 67-61 victory over the Terrapins wasn't always pretty, but the end result has to be beautiful for Mike Krzyzewski who will vie for his 11th ACC Championship tomorrow afternoon.

But Duke had some other familiar friends show up in their victory which pushed their season record to 27-6.  Duke managed to get to the free throw stripe 21 times, canning 18 of them.  Then there was their staple defense which is allowing 64 ppg in their first two contests.

Duke didn't shoot the ball well.  In fact, one of their key stars, Gerald Henderson went 3 of 14 from the field.  That combined with 36% from the field made for a game where Maryland remained within striking distance for most of the game.  Henderson ended the game with 8 points, but his streak of 24 straight double figure scoring games went down.

Henderson finally hit a three to give Duke a 47-41 lead at the 8:44 mark in the second half.  Maryland quickly scored of a Vazquez drive, but that's when the player of the game, Jon Scheyer took over.

Scheyer nailed a three point shot and then stole the ball just beyond half court, driving the ball for a lay in all in the same motion.  Scheyer also hit key free throws down the stretch and led all scorers with 22 points. 

Another key factor was Nolan Smith logging 30 minutes.  Smith shook off some early game rust and finished with 10 points, 3 assists and 0 turnovers.

But the player who kept them into the game in the first half, was Kyle Singler.  The sophomore star was the only double figure scorer for either team at the half and while he cooled off in the second half, he put up numbers of 14 points, 11 rebounds, 3 assists and 2 blocked shots.  Singler became the 50th player in Duke Basketball history to score 1000 points with his effort.

Let's not forget Dave McClure who made consecutive baskets during a key second half spurt.  McClure was 3 of 3 from the field for six points.  McClure had several key boards and timely blocks which gave Duke a spark.

"As a group, it would be a great way to help us in the latter part of March. Personally, it would be great just to get back there. We won a couple championships early in my career, but I really wasn’t much of a factor. I was young and coming off a couple injuries. There would be no better way to end with these guys than to go out and get one. Everybody on our team feels like they are a part of it. Everybody will take ownership of it," said McClure in the post game interview session.

That spark was important, for the Blue Devils came out looking lethargic.  It was as if they were waiting for one another to make a play.  That's why Singlers play was vital today for he put the team on his back in the early going.

The Duke defense held Greivas Vasquez to 14 points on 17 shots.  Eric Hayes picked up the slack late for the Terps scoring 20 points, but it was too little too late.

Duke defeated Maryland for the third time this season.   Duke will now against a more talented Florida State team that defeated #1 rated North Carolina to advance to their first championship game under Coach Leonard Hamilton.  The ACC Coach of the Year, will attempt to keep his team from losing their third game to the Blue Devils.

Duke has played in 28 of the 56 ACC Tournament Championship games, a stat that speaks for itself.  Duke now has a 7-1 all time record in the Georgia Dome.

Link to Box Score Duke-Maryland ACC Quarterfinal

Duke Women roll over FSU 75-57 to advance to the ACC Tournament Championship Game

Coach P talks of the big win over FSU
Coach P talks of the big win over FSU

Duke advanced to the ACC Tournament Championship game by defeating #2 seed Florida State 75-57.  Once again, Duke shot over 50% from the field as they continue to play their best basketball of the season.  The Blue Devils avenged an overtime loss in Tallahassee behind a balanced attack which produced four players in double figures.

Jasmine Thomas led the way with 14 points on 6 of 9 shooting.  Many of her buckets helped Duke thwart a second half Seminole rally which cut a 22 point half time advantage to just 10 points.  Coach Joanne P. McCallie called timeout and the Blue Devils regained their edge as they rolled to an unexpected easy win.

"Just an excellent strong game for us.  Our team really worked hard defensively.  I thought we played well, very well off each other, defensively and offensively.  A good start, and pretty thorough throughout the game despite one small area of giving up a few 3's in transition," said McCallie in her opening statement to the media.

Helping Thomas on the offensive end were seniors Careem Gay with 13 and 11 points .  Karima Christmas  had 12 points and Abby Waner tallied 9 points.

Jasmine calls the play - BDN Photo
Jasmine calls the play - BDN Photo

Once again the Blue Devils were able to utilize their bench with nine players 12 minutes or more.  Duke played all twelve players in the contest and their bench won the scoring battle 22-12.

As good as the offense has been, this years team relies on it's stingy defense.  Florida State managed hot 20 of 59 shots, going 33.9% for the game.  And an even more telling stat was the Blue Devils outscored their opponent in the paint 38-14.

After two surprisingly even games, Duke is in for a battle tomorrow against Maryland.  The Terps won the most exciting game of the tournament defeating North Carolina 95-84.  The game provided many streaks and had the crowd jumping.

Maryland guard Kristin Toliver hit all 13 of her free throws, scoring 25 points to go with 5 assists.  But the star of this game was teammate Marisa Coleman.  The first team All ACC performer hit a sizzling 9 of 13 from the field to help her finish the game with 29 points.

The Terps hit 28 of 36 free throws, while the Tar Heels made it to the line just 13 times.  North Carolina finishes 26-6 and awaits their seeding which takes place next week.

BDN Photo
BDN Photo

The Duke - Maryland contest is a game of contrasting styles.  During the post game press conferences, Coach P pointed to defense while Maryland coach Brenda Frese talked of offense.

The Terps could be the most balanced team in the ACC.  The two teams split the series during the regular season, each winning at home.  Frese promised a sea of red tomorrow.

"I personally can't think of anything better playing in a championship against Maryland my senior year, not referencing anything specific, of course.  We know them well.  They know us well.  So therefore it's not about who can scout better.  It's not about who can prepare better.  It's a head-to-head match-up that we know very well.  So it's going to come down to who wants it more," said Duke senior Abby Waner.

Duke will also have to find a way to keep the Terp's solid front line in check.

"Maryland's bigs, they were very effective against Carolina; Coleman and Toliver went to the foul line 26 times, so they attacked the basket a lot today, how do you prepare for that?,"  said Waner.

Duke fans need to turn out at the Greensboro Coliseum in force to support their team.  There is no love lost between these two teams and the game is sure to be entertaining.

Some kudos are in order -  While there was little defense in the game, Maryland and UNC excited the crowd and both teams deserve a pat on the back for the show.  The ACC Tournament organizers do a fabulous job in Greensboro.  Their hospitality and organization are top notch and it's been a pleasure to cover the event.  The Duke Women are on fire and Coach P has these women on the same page at the right time.  Look for out ACC Tournament Photo Gallery Monday.

From out friends at GoDuke.com -

GREENSBORO, N.C.-- For the second straight game, Duke shot over 50.0 percent from the field and went on to cruise to a 75-57 victory over 12th-ranked Florida State on Saturday in the ACC Tournament semifinals in Greensboro, N.C.

Duke will next take on Maryland in Sunday's ACC Championship at 1:00 p.m., on Fox Sports Net.

For a full recap, click on www.GoDuke.com <http://www.goduke.com/>


Blue Devil Postgame Notes   *  No. 2 seed Florida State vs. No. 3 seed Duke *  March 7, 2009
ACC Tournament Semifinals

With The Duke Victory:
*       Will next face top-seeded Maryland in the ACC Championship game on Sunday, March 8 at 1:00 p.m.  The game will be aired live on Fox Sports Net.
*       Moved to 6-0 all-time against Florida State in ACC Tournament play.
*       Increased the series record to 29-8 all-time against the Seminoles.
*       Improved to 26-4 overall on the season.
*       Moved to 23-4 all-time in the ACC Tournament when the games have been played in the Greensboro Coliseum.  Overall, Duke owns a 25-5 record in games played in the Greensboro Coliseum.
*       Joanne P. McCallie improved to 28-10 all-time in conference tournament action.
*       Now owns 23 ACC Tournament victories in ACC Tournament play since 2000.
*       Improved to 32-26 all-time in ACC Tournament play.
*       Won its second straight ACC Tournament game against a ranked opponent and improved to 8-3 on the year against ranked teams.
*       Improved to 5-4 all-time against No. 2 seeds, but won its fifth straight contest.
Senior Chante Black
*       Moved into a tie for eighth place on Duke's all-time points list with 1409.
*       With her five free throws made, moved into eighth place on Duke's all-time list with 299.
*       Pulled down eight rebounds to move into 23rd place on the ACC career rebounding list with 971.
*       Finished with 11 points, eight rebounds and three blocked shots in 24 minutes.
*       Will play in her third ACC Championship game on Sunday - 2005 and 2008 were both losses.
Senior Abby Waner
*       Hit three three-pointers marking the 10th time out of the last 14 games she has hit two or more treys.
*       Has nailed 7-of-10 from downtown in the two ACC Tournament games.
*       Has hit 50.0 percent or better in back-to-back games from three-point range for the first time this season.
*       Finished hitting 3-of-4 from three-point land, had nine points and three assists.
*       Has now hit 22 career three-pointers in the ACC Tournament, which ranks Duke's all-time leader in ACC Tournament action. Her 22 treys also ranks as the fourth-highest total in ACC history.
Senior Carrem Gay
*       Registered double-figure scoring for the fourth time out of the last six games.
*       Had 13 points, nine rebounds, two assists and one steal in 23 minutes.
Sophomore Karima Christmas
*       Totaled double-figure scoring for only the sixth time this season with 10 points.
Sophomore Jasmine Thomas
*       Registered 14 points, five assists and two rebounds in 29 minutes.
*       Had double-digits in three out of the last four games.
*       After hitting only 1-of-7 field goals the day before, hit 6-of-9 shots.
Other Duke Notes:
*       For the second straight game, Duke shot over 50.0 percent from the field in the first half (53.1).  In two ACC Tournament  games, the Blue Devils have shot 55.7 percent in the first half this year (34-61).
*       Held a 38-14 points in the paint advantage.
*       Held FSU to 18 points in the first half marking the 14th time out of 30 games the Blue Devils have held an opponent to 22 points or fewer in the first stanza.
*       Hit 51.8 percent from the field marking the second straight game the Blue Devils have hit over 50.0 percent from the field in the ACC Tournament.  The back-to-back 50.0 percent shooting in the ACC Tournament was only the second time it has ever happened for the Blue Devils.  The other time was in 2000 when Duke won the ACC.
*       Held FSU to 57 points marking the 22nd time out of 30 games Duke has held an opponent to 58 points or under.
*       Collected a 22-12 bench points lead.
*       After getting outrebounded in the last contest, Duke held a 36-31 advantage on the day.
*       In two games, has hit 15-of-25 from three-point land for a 60.0 percentage

Duke drops the Seminoles 81-78 on Senior Night

Greg Paulus said farewell to Cameron - BDN-Photo
Greg Paulus said farewell to Cameron - BDN-Photo

Duke remained in the hunt for the Atlantic Coast Conference regular season championship by defeating a pesky Florida State team 84-81 in their last home game of the 2008-09 season.

Once again, Gerald Henderson stepped up big during a key stretch to help his team win.  With Florida State up 76-74 after a Toney Douglas three point shot, "G" drained a three point shot from the corner with 1:41 left in the game to give Duke a one point lead.

After a Toney Douglass miss, Henderson drove into the lane, drew the foul and hit two free throws with 57 ticks left on the clock.

Down three, Douglas missed a three on the other end.  Henderson grabbed a long rebound, drove the length of the court ahead of the Noles defense and hit a layup while fouled.

Henderson hit the free throw giving Duke a five point lead with 29 seconds left.  Duke rode out the final seconds for a 84-81 win, pushing their conference record to 11-4 setting up the regular season championship game against rival North Carolina in Chapel Hill this coming Sunday.

Florida State was scorching hot from the field, hitting 47.1% of their three point attempts and 50% from the field.  Toney Douglas lead all scorers with 27 points to go with his 7 assists.  The Noles also got double-doubles from Uche Echefu and Soloman Alabi.

Singler and Williams battle for a rebound - BDN Photo
Singler and Williams battle for a rebound - BDN Photo

After going into half time trailing 40-34, the Blue Devils erupted for 50 second half points, lead by Henderson with 21 points, 10 rebounds and a team high 5 assists.  Kyle Singler had a good game as well scoring 20 points to go with 7 rebounds.

The Blue Devils had to go to their bench early in this game, with Lance Thomas going to the sidelines with a high ankle sprain in less than a minute of play.  The Dukies were already playing without Nolan Smith who suffered a concussion and missed his second consecutive game.

The Duke bench responded by outscoring the visitors bench 33-9.  Of course, Duke started seniors Marty Pocius, Dave McClure and Greg Paulus.  Still, the continued solid play of Elliot Williams provided Duke with some spark.  Williams ended the game with 14 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists.

The most telling stat is one which has become a mainstay of late.  Duke committed just 7 turnovers, half that of their opponent.  Duke was able to hang on the boards with a tall Florida State team as well as grabbing 36 rebounds to Noles 39.

In a game that had the Cameron Crazies nervous for a good while, Duke protected their turf to go 16-0 in Cameron for the season, tying the 90-91 team for the most wins without a loss in a season.

Duke begins to celebrate as FSU tried in vain to draw a foul - BDN Photo
Duke begins to celebrate as FSU tried in vain to draw a foul - BDN Photo

Duke has now won 256 games in the decade, which is more than any other college program in America.  And to think, many media types want to tell you Duke is down.

Another interesting note is that Duke is 11-1 when scoring 80 points or more, with the only loss being to, you guessed it, the team eight miles down the road who they'll play on Sunday.

Krzyzewski's emotion - Coach K continued his emotion of late, encouraging the crowd to chant and firing up his team.  The entire Duke staff looked as if they would run to the scorers table at any minute to go in.  The upper deck stood on several occasions where emotions were running high.  Some were flipping their hats around in rally cap mode, others were screaming in a way that is only appropriate for the team they love.  It was nice to see how so many fans ride right along with the team, grimacing or becoming elated on every little thing.    Anyhow, make no mistake that the staff's emotion has been critical during the stretch run.

Seniors say their farewells - Duke honored Greg Paulus, Dave McClure and Marty Pocius before and after the game.  For the first time in four years, the seniors came back on the court after a win to give their emotional farewells.  It was a night when one could see Cameron Crazies linger after the game, taking pictures to preserve memories of their four years.  A look around showed one cheerleader sitting on the baseline by herself reflecting on all that she had seen.  Another cheerleader was visibly emotional, fighting back tears as if to say, this has been great and I don't want to leave.  In the end, all worked out well and the team sent the seniors off in style.  It is worth noting that Nolan Smith, always the clown, had a box of tissues in his hand.  There were plenty of hugs and lots of smiles for all.  It's hard to believe that the next home game is about eight months away.  BDN will have more on the game later, including a photo gallery if all works out.  So, please check back in.

A quibble- It seems that many season ticket holders have sold their tickets to brokers and some of the locals are not too happy about it.  There have been several sections where opponents have sat near the faithful all season long.  Many season ticket holders have voiced their displeasure.  Not sure what can be done, but I am thankful I don't have to sit beside the more hostile fans as some do.  I understand fans from other schools want to come in, but generally they are confined to being behind the visitors bench.  The fact that some season ticket holders don't make sure a homer is in their seats will continue to be a problem if nothing is done.