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  • shwineka 4:57 pm on November 12, 2009 Permalink | Reply
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    Duke Forward Mason Plumlee Injured 

    Now, I don’t wish injury upon anyone. But I also don’t wish success upon Duke.

    And success is going to be tough at the beginning of the season without star freshman Mason Plumlee, who fractured his wrist in practice Wednesday.

    This is going to really hurt the Devils, who were probably going to have Plumlee and his brother, Miles, in the starting five. As his injury doesn’t require surgery, he’ll probably be back this season. Lucky for us that’s precious development time for a freshmen (see Tyler Zeller last year).

    Hopefully he’ll be back just in time for the showdown with the Wear twins that I’m so eagerly anticipating.

     
  • shwineka 5:23 pm on November 5, 2009 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , CBS Sports, , , , , , Gary Parrish, illinois, K.C. Rivers, noel johnson, oliver purnell, south carolina, , Terrence Oglesby, , , ,   

    CBS picks Tar Heels to win ACC 

    As if we needed something to back up our personal opinions, CBS Sports picked UNC to win the ACC over Duke, even citing the fact that ACC media voting came to a tie:

    The ACC media poll named North Carolina and Duke co-favorites to win the league.

    But we don’t do co-favorites around here.

    Just a single favorite.

    And the Tar Heels are the favorite…”

    Blah, blah, blah. Yada, yada, yada. There’s nothing here that we haven’t heard or read already. The Heels will be lead by Ed Davis and Deon Thompson. The point guard situation is hairy. They lost a lot of talent. Etcetera, etcetera, etc.

    Bottom line: “Another league title is likely. Another Final Four is possible.”

    Interesting thing to me about the story is that Gary Parrish thinks Clemson will finish third in the league. I wouldn’t put money on that.

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    Because the Rafters knows, just like Oliver Purnell (above) knows, that Clemson lost both K.C. Rivers and Terrence Oglesby, their two main outside threats. They will probably rely heavily on a freshman guard in Noel Johnson, and though Trevor Booker is straight nasty, he can’t carry them. Their non-conference schedule is pretty weak. The only somewhat legit teams they play before January are Illinois and South Carolina. Consider this a forecast that — once again — Clemson will start very fast, jumping out to potentially a 12-0 record before they play Duke on Jan. 3, and it’s all downhill after that. I’m not sold on their guard play, even if they are adding one more Booker in the post for good measure.

     
  • shwineka 5:08 pm on November 4, 2009 Permalink | Reply
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    Harrison Barnes Will Announce School Choice 

    The waiting is almost over.

    The No. 1 recruit in the class of 2010, Harrison Barnes, will make his choice of college — or “university of the people,” whichever — public next week. Hopefully his “public” decision will be the “public” choice. It’s been pretty well documented that his two leading contenders are UNC and Duke.

    In my opinion, Barnes is the quintessential Carolina kid. He  maintains a good GPA and is ultra-talented. He seems grounded (He kept Iowa in his top schools with the likes of UNC, Duke, Kansas, Oklahoma to be close to home), which is a great reason to join the Carolina basketball family. He wants to play in the NBA, but he recognizes the importance of an education, and may not necessarily leave after one year — though this kid is definitely of the breed that could and might.

    The downside to being a perfect fit for Carolina? That kind of fit is pretty good for Duke as well: good school, family-ish (clique-ish?) with a tight community surrounding the basketball program.

    According to the blog linked above, his announcement will be live on ESPN. (Commence biting nails)

     

     
  • hiphopobserver 6:08 pm on November 2, 2009 Permalink | Reply
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    J.J. Redick releasing a rap album? 

    So, this blog has turned into as much of a lampoon on Dook basketball as it has an update on UNC’s own team, but this has to be mentioned.

    Apparently Magic guard JJ Redick is going to drop a single and an album with a hip-hop “super group” sometime soon. He says in the article that since all the members “pretty much have a full time job” that they hope the single will be out by the end of the year. I assume this means that the group will include other basketball players.

    The group does not have a name as of yet.

    Also, the single will be called “Waste Management.” I don’t know what that means and JJ’s explanation doesn’t clear it up: “The chorus has been written and the first verse and the direction we’re heading on the song has to deal with ‘waste management.”

    I thought JJ was a poet? When did he turn to rhymes.

    Read the whole article on AllHipHop

     
  • shwineka 2:20 pm on November 2, 2009 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: David Bradley, , Duke University Improv, , Nolan Smith, The Devil's Den, , Titanic   

    Duke Videos ARE Trying to Repair Image!! We KNEW it!! 

    Well, well, well. Looks like the Rafters got something right. If you have been reading this blog in its short existence, you’ll remember a post regarding Duke’s basketball team starring in videos produced by Duke University Improv. One of our astute editors — I don’t remember who, honest — posited that the reason the players were being allowed to be in the videos was to promote a more easy-going atmosphere in Durham.

    Today, that prediction was proven.

    An interview on The Devil’s Den with recruiting coordinator David Bradley had me in stitches all morning. Bradley confirms that Duke’s image has been suffering, and that since 2007 his department has been working to curb those troubles. Here are those videos in case you missed them, but if you read this blog, I’m sure you didn’t.

     

     

    My favorite part of the interview was that a question asked by the reporter was basically the same reaction as the headline to our post, which was “Duke Basketball Presents Great Moments in Cinematic History. Really!?” Here it is:

    “Speaking of Nolan. The Titanic scene…really?

    The scene showed great confidence by Nolan and he is probably the only guy who could pull that off – and obviously he was wearing shorts.

    On a broader level though, we aren’t in the business of making decisions based on the expected reaction of opposing fan bases. Duke Improv included it in the script, and we trust them to create both hilarious and appropriate situations. From there, Nolan was willing to do it, and it was part of an event where we were trying to be fun, entertaining and at times outrageous. Whatever comes of that sign on the road will be a lot more tame than many of the other stunts we have seen.”

    Please, Mr. Bradley. Please, please, pleeeeeeeease keep making decisions without basing it on the “expected reaction of opposing fan bases.”

    You have a great thing going for us.

     
  • shwineka 12:15 pm on November 2, 2009 Permalink | Reply
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    Brotherly Love: Wears, Plumlees and Bookers All in ACC This Year 

    As The Rafters mentioned before, wouldn’t it be awesome for the Wear twins and Plumlee brothers to become big rivals over the next three years or so?

    Well, turns out there is ANOTHER pair of brothers this year in the ACC. Clemson standout Trevor Booker’s younger bro, Devin, will play for the Tigers this season. This potential rivalry could only last one season at most because Trevor is a senior, but it could make for some interesting games this year. The article linked above doesn’t really go into the Wear’s on-court demeanor with each other, but says that the Plumlees at Duke “take each other to another level.” At least according to John Scheyer.

    The writer mentions what might have been a forgone conclusion by some, that the Wears won’t see much floor time this season with the glut in the frontcourt. But Roy Williams has in the past played a lot of players to accommodate his roster. If they only come on once this season, I hope it’s against the brothers Plumlee or Booker.

     
  • shwineka 4:57 pm on October 29, 2009 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Coaches' Poll, , , , , , USA Today   

    UNC No. 4 In First Preseason Coaches’ Poll 

    UNC was ranked No. 4 by the USA Today/Coaches poll today.

    I think for the preseason, the Heels are deservedly in the top five. After all, they did win the title last year and have a ton of talent this year. And EVEN though they tied with Duke for No. 1 in the ACC and received less first place votes in that poll, they’re ranked higher that the dukies in the national coaches’ poll. What’s surprising was the first place vote they received in the national poll. This points out a pretty vast discrepancy in my opinion between the way coaches see things and the media see them.

    Now the obvious question is which of these coaches gave us the No. 1 nod IN THE COUNTRY??!

    The USA TODAY/ESPN Board of Coaches is made up of 31 head coaches at Division I institutions. All are members of the National Association of Basketball Coaches. The board for the 2009-10 season: Mike Adras, Northern Arizona; Dana Altman, Creighton; Tommy Amaker, Harvard; Tevester Anderson, Jackson State; Ronnie Arrow, South Alabama; Randy Bennett, Saint Mary’s; Eddie Biedenbach, North Carolina-Asheville; Jim Boeheim, Syracuse; Rick Byrd, Belmont; Charlie Coles, Miami (Ohio); Steve Fisher, San Diego State; Greg Graham, Boise State; Rob Jeter, Wisconsin-Milwaukee; Billy Kennedy, Murray State; Billy Lange, Navy; Dan Leibovitz, Hartford; Fran McCaffery, Siena; Mike McConathy, Northwestern State; Bob McKillop, Davidson; Phil Martelli, Saint Joseph’s; Ron “Fang” Mitchell, Coppin State; Matt Painter, Purdue; Tom Pecora, Hofstra; John Pelphrey, Arkansas; Mike Rice, Robert Morris; Doc Sadler, Nebraska; Herb Sendek, Arizona State; Scott Sutton, Oral Roberts; Bob Williams, UC-Santa Barbara; Gary Williams, Maryland; Doug Wojcik, Tulsa.

    I will update this post as soon or if I find out.

    Here’s the full rankings. No surprise, Kansas is at the top.

     
  • shwineka 4:36 pm on October 29, 2009 Permalink | Reply
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    UNC, Duke Tie for preseason No. 1 ACC ranking; Duke inks PG 

     

    Late with posting both of these – apologies – but it’s only fitting that in the 41-year history of preseason ACC rankings, UNC and Duke would be the first to tie for the top spot. What’s disturbing is that Duke garnered more first place votes, yet tied when it came down to total points. I know they just signed Kyrie Irving and all, but c’mon, he’s not playing this year.

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    Actually what’s striking to me is that both of these teams are at the top with huge expectations of their current freshmen. Granted UNC has arguably the best recruiting class in the country (some weird folks might argue Kentucky), they has very little experience. Duke has a 17-year-old point guard who should be good, and Mason Plumlee, the supposedly more talented Plumlee brother.

    Side thought: Wouldn’t it be great if the Wears vs. the Plumlees became a big rivalry over the next three years?

    Anyway, both teams will be shorthanded in the backcourt. It’s my suspicion that Andre Dawkins (the young PG) will get a lot of time at the position, even after John Scheyer ended up playing the spot for them a lot last year. That puts a freshman PG in the mix for Duke, never a good thing in the ACC. Usually, if a PG does relatively well as a freshmen in this league, then we all knew about him well before he sets foot on the court. This is not exactly true in this case, considering Dawkins rushed to graduate early after Elliot Williams transferred. Man. How much of a factor do you think Coach K was in getting that to happen?

    The Heels will have sophomore Larry Drew II, who saw some regular, though limited, minutes backing up Ty Lawson, and freshman Dexter Strickland. Strickland is ranked higher than Dawkins as far as I know, and is actually a more natural two guard.

    Between Dawkins and Strickland, it’s probably a toss-up. I don’t like putting tons of merit into unproven freshmen, so let’s just say they cancel each other out. After that we have a Drew II vs. Scheyer match-up at point. I might actually give the nod to Scheyer, who started more games and generally played a bigger role as a PG, though I think Drew II has more upside.

    Regardless, there are a lot of question marks on the top two preseason teams in the ACC. Are these indicators it might be a down year for the league? Tough to tell. After a few months it will be more evident which conferences are the best. The Big 10 looks strangely good this year, but I digress. The best conference argument must be later by necessity. Now’s time to get ready for Thursday night football.

     

    Go Heels!

     
  • shwineka 12:19 pm on October 21, 2009 Permalink | Reply
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    Duke Basketball Presents Great Moments in Cinematic History. Really!? 

    There really are no words for this:

    I don’t know where to start, but my paranoia tells me this is a classic move (or attempt at a move) by Coach K. It’s pretty well known that Late Night with Roy has become an event where players will dance and perform skits, more or less making fools of themselves to kick off the season. The underlying theme of Late Night, I think, is that the players generally get along, love being together and love being on the team. I haven’t necessarily ever gotten that vibe from Durham, not that I’ve been looking. When I think of Duke, I think of a strict dictatorship, one where you must shoot 1,000 three-pointers at every practice, flop on the ground in agony every time you’re driven upon and — most importantly — put on your game face.

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    I think K agreed to let his players be in this video because he wants to portray a more congenial atmosphere among his team. “We’re just as fun-loving as Carolina!” If you check out this ESPN video of various Midnight Madness events, you’ll notice that the Devils’ is particularly bland compared to others. “Oh this is fun!” says the commentator when the Blue Devil “surfs” over some students.

    This effort with the help of the Duke Improv group falls short in my opinion. The Titanic scene? That’s all I’m saying. But again, I’m just paranoid right?

     
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