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  • 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 10:12 pm on October 29, 2009 Permalink | Reply
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    Harrison Barnes Visits Duke 

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    Well, we knew this was coming. Harrison Barnes visited Duke last weekend. I don’t want to sound somber, but it sounds like he had a really good time. Apparently he is good friends with Duke freshman Andre Dawkins.

    What a move, K! Pull in Dawkins a year early, probably knowing full well that Barnes is his buddy. Already has a homey feeling over there in Cameron eh?

    It’s hard to read into these things. Barnes has sounded like he enjoyed his visits to UNC, Oklahoma and Kansas as well. One thing that made me feel nervous though, was Sports Illustrated’s Seth Davis tweeting this afternoon:

    @sethdavishoops Duke has slight lead over NC, Kansas a clear 3rd RT @JeffVT03: @SethDavisHoops seth, where do you see Harrison Barnes going?

    …….constant updates on the Barnes sweepstakes are sure to come.

     

     
  • shwineka 4:57 pm on October 29, 2009 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Coaches' Poll, Duke, , , , , 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
    Tags: , , , , , , Duke, elliot williams, john, , Kyrie Irving, , , , , , scheyer, , , , , ,   

    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
    Tags: blue devils, , , Duke, , , ,   

    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?

     
  • shwineka 12:29 pm on October 20, 2009 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , Duke, , , , , , Missouri, , , , Xavier Henry   

    SI’s Power Rankings 

    Sports Illustrated writer Luke Winn posted his first version of Power Rankings for the coming season last week. I’d have liked to have seen a little more analysis of the Heels than he included. Half of his post, which he admits, is just plugging the SI commemorative for 100 years of UNC basketball, (which I will be buying, but that’s not the point) and the other half is about the current recruiting battle with Duke over Harrison Barnes. Winn is usually more on his game, so I’m gonna chalk this up to preseason malaise.

    The best UNC part of the rankings is in the entry about Kansas. It states that KU’s current situation is similar to UNC’s in ’05, bringing in a major recruit to a veteran team a la the Marvin Williams effect.

    Whether Xavier Henry is the next Marvin remains to be seen. We’ll know for sure when he hits a last minute jumper to win over KU’s arch rival, Missouri. Wow, that sounds as exciting as UNC-Duke doesn’t it?

    Read it if you want, preseason rankings are hit or miss anyway, but if you want to know what it says in a nutshell, it’s: “Buy the SI commemorative issue. College teams wore funny uniforms in the past. Ed Davis name drop. Harrison Barnes is a big-time recruit!”

     
  • shwineka 8:53 pm on October 16, 2009 Permalink | Reply
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    This will be a UNC Basketball Blog 

    Hey, everyone. My friends and I have started a blog about UNC basketball. It will be biased, but it will also be informative. Just know if you want to find out why Duke is ranked in the top 10 you won’t find it here. You’ll find why they are overrated. It’s opinion, yes, but it’s supposed to be. Please comment. That’s what we’re looking for.

     
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