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Paulus & Pocius Undergo Successful Surgeries

Guards Greg Paulus and Martynas Pocius successfully underwent surgerings on the feet/ankle yesterday in Durham.  Both surgeries were performed by the Duke Sports Medicine Department, utilizing their own foot and ankle specialists.

Coack K said that both players played through these injuries all season long and it they will be ready to go for next season.  I expect big things out of both of them.  Paulus has to show that he can defend the ball and keep his tournovers down while being a leader for this team.  Pocius will be asked to be a scorer on next years team so he will really have to step up as well.

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Josh McRoberts leaving Duke to head to the NBA

We all figured that this was going to happen, it was just how long it would take Josh to tell the public.  McRoberts has finished up his two year career at Duke University, and most fans will remember him for not stepping up and becoming a a team leader and carrying a team on his back like most thought he was capable of.

McRoberst had this to say:

“I am extremely grateful for the opportunities that I have had here at Duke,” McRoberts said. “This was a difficult decision, but I feel it is the best one for me and my family at this point in time. I will miss Duke, the coaching staff and my teammates, but it has always been goal of mine to play in the NBA.”

Coach K supports Josh’s decision to head to the NBA.  Some rumors around the Internet say that Josh had a hard time with some other teammates and wasn’t the best teammate himself.  Also, most Duke fans are hoping with Josh’s departure it will make Patrick Patterson committ to the Blue Devils.

Good luck in the NBA Josh, I appreciate your time that you gave to the Duke Program and the Duke Fans.

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Duke season ends in the first round

For the first time since 1996, the Duke Basketball team will not be playing in the second round of the NCAA Tournament.  Virgina Commonwealth upset the Blue Devils tonight 79-77 in a hard fought battle. 

VCU came into the game wanting to put pressure on the Devils and that is what they did for all 40 minutes of the game.  Duke handles it for the most part but you could tell that the guards were getting very tired in the second half due to the pressure.  Shots were falling shorts, and just tournovers kept happening.

Greg Paulus had a career high 25 points, and Josh McRoberts came to play tonight but I have to question where DeMarcus Nelson and Jon Scheyer were.  Scheyer was constantly open and could never get a decent shot off.  Nelson got in early foul trouble and didn’t provide much help on the offensive side of the ball.

I’ll give VCU credit as they deserve it without a question.  They got the stops on defense that they needed and hit the shot at the end of the game. 

Tough break for the Blue Devils tonight.  It is going to be a very long off-season for Duke and the Blue Devil fans like myself.

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Duke – VCU Preview

With their lowest seed in more than a decade, the Blue Devils must travel to Buffalo, N.Y. to open tournament play Thursday against a tough Virginia Commonwealth team.Coach Mike Krzyzewski’s Blue Devils (22-10) have been the marquee team in college basketball over the last decade. Their 302 wins in the past 10 seasons are 29 more than second-place Kansas. Duke received a No. 1 seed in eight of the previous nine NCAA tournaments, reached at least the regional semifinals all nine times and appeared in the 1999, 2001 and 2004 Final Fours – winning the title in 2001.

A Colonial Athletic Association school proved anything can happen in last year’s tournament, when 11th-seeded George Mason advanced to the Final Four. This year, winning the CAA tournament earned the Rams (27-6) a No. 11 seed, although first-year VCU coach Anthony Grant is downplaying the comparison.

The Rams already have enjoyed a special season of their own under Grant, as their 27 wins set a school record. VCU is also riding a five-game winning streak, including a 65-59 victory over George Mason in the CAA title game.

Senior guard B.A. Walker leads the Rams with 14.8 points per game, and his 264 career 3-pointers are the most in school history.

VCU, which averages 74.8 points and is 21-1 when scoring at least 70, makes only 11.4 turnovers per game – 11th-fewest in the nation.

The Rams are making their eighth NCAA tournament appearance and first since 2004, when they were seeded 13th and lost to Wake Forest in the first round. They have never faced Duke.

Or thoughts on the game, it’s going to take a big game from Greg Paulus, Josh McRoberts, and DeMarcus Nelson for the Blue Devils to win this game.  I predict they win by 7 points, but without the big three players standing up and carrying this team it could get ugly early in the tournament for the Blue Devils.  If they play like they are capable of, well they just might make another Sweet 16 run.

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Duke gets a 6th seed in West bracket

The Duke Blue Devils found out where they will be playing on Thursday about an hour.  The Blue Devils are headed into Buffalo, New York, and are the sixth seed in the West bracket.

On Thursday they will play Virgina Commonwealth (VCU).  Virginia Commonwealth finished with a regular season record of 27-6 and won the automatic bid out of the Colonial Athletic Association by winning the conference tournament.

If the Blue Devils are able to win, they will then play again on Saturday against the winner of the Pittsburgh/Wright State game.  The West region is pretty stacked with teams like Kansas, UCLA, Kentucky, and Villanova.  Not quite as hard as Carolina’s road will be in the East coast brack though.

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Duke loses to NC State 85-80

It just wasn’t meant to be for the Duke Blue Devils tonight as they lost in overtime to the North Carolina State Wolfpack 85-80 in the opening round of the ACC Tournament.  Duke had won the tournament seven out of the last eight years.

Duke couldn’t hold off a hot shooting Brandon Costner who scored 30 points and grabbed 7 rebounds.  Engin Atsur could not miss in the second half as he scored 21 points all in the second half.

It was stupid tournovers once again that hurt Duke.  They could never really get going for a long amount of time during the game.  Despite having some decent offensive numbers from Paulus, Nelson, McRoberts and Pocious it wasn’t enough. 

The Blue Devils will now have to wait until Sunday to figure out what seed they get in the big tournament, and where they will be headed to play.

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ESPN’s Top10 Most Hated Duke Players

LOL! I just love it when the media talks about Duke. Of course after the hard foul by Gerald Henderson to UNC’s Tyler Hansbrough, the media would be all over the Duke team and fans. I thought that you might enjoy reading this if you didn’t see it on ESPN.

1. Christian Laettner (1988-92)
Résumé: Three-time All-America selection (1990, ‘91, ‘92); 1992 Wooden Award winner; played on four Final Four teams, which included Duke’s first two national championships.
Why he’s hated: Stepped on the chest of Kentucky’s Aminu Timberlake during a 1992 NCAA Tournament regional final, then famously nailed the winning shot after receiving a three-quarter-court pass from Grant Hill.
Oddity: He was selected over Shaquille O’Neal for the only collegiate spot on the 1992 Dream Team, which seems a wee bit silly in retrospect.

2. J.J. Redick (2002-06)
Résumé: Two-time All-America selection (2004, ‘05); No. 11 selection in the 2006 NBA draft (Orlando).
Why he’s hated: Redick is one of the cockiest Dukies, and his frequent game-winning heroics deflated opposing fans throughout the ACC.
Oddity: Redick thinks he’s a poet, but we tend to disagree. Two-time All-America selection (2004, ‘05); No. 11 selection in the 2006 NBA draft (Orlando). Redick is one of the cockiest Dukies, and his frequent game-winning heroics deflated opposing fans throughout the ACC. , but we tend to disagree.

3. Steve Wojciechowski (1994-98)
Résumé: National defensive player of the year (1998).
Why he’s hated: Did someone say floor slapping? Yep. It’s the floor slapping. There is no getting around the fact that it was seriously aggravating. Plus …
Oddity: Can you imagine Wojo getting into LeBron James and Carmelo Anthony about playing defense? It happened at the Team USA workouts this past summer. Result: a pride-swelling bronze medal at the world championships.

4. Chris Collins (1993-96)
Résumé: Duke assistant since 2001; first-team All-ACC freshman (’93); second-team All-ACC (’96).
Why he’s hated: Collins, son of former NBA player and coach Doug Collins, will be remembered for his overcelebrations after making shots. As with Wojo, his return as an assistant coach has boosted his shelf life indefinitely.
Oddity: How did the WNBA Detroit Shock ever let him get away? (He was an assistant in 1998.)

5. Brian Davis (1988-92)
Résumé: All-ACC tournament (1992); team captain (’92).
Why he’s hated: Close friend of Laettner’s — more than enough reason to be ranked this high.
Oddity: He and Laettner are part of a group that paid $33 million for D.C. United, the MLS franchise. And we thought Mike Krzyzewski prepared his players to make wise decisions in the real world. All-ACC tournament (1992); team captain (’92). Close friend of Laettner’s — more than enough reason to be ranked this high. He and Laettner are part of a group that paid . And we thought Mike Krzyzewski prepared his players to make wise decisions in the real world.

6. Mike Krzyzewski (head coach, 1980-present)
Résumé: Enshrined in the Basketball Hall of Fame in 2001; 775 career victories (702 at Duke); three national championships and 10 Final Four appearances.
Why he’s hated: The perception of him being smug disguised as being serious; recruiting inroads disguised as commercial endorsements; success — no matter your alma mater, he probably has defeated it at some point.
Oddities: The coincidental timing of his leave of absence (exhaustion, back injury) and a 2-14 ACC record under Pete Gaudet in 1995 … the alleged rat resemblance … the whole episode of discussions with the Lakers.
7. Danny Ferry (1985-89)
Résumé: Naismith Award winner (1989); two-time All-America selection (1988, ‘89); No. 2 overall pick in 1989 NBA draft (Los Angeles Clippers).
Why he’s hated: For breaking the barrier of no Krzyzewski pupils winning an NBA championship ring (San Antonio, 2003).
Oddity: A Krzyzewski pupil has won an NBA championship ring?!?!?

8. Bobby Hurley (1989-93)
Résumé: Two-time All-America selection (1992, ‘93); No. 7 overall pick in the 1993 NBA draft (Sacramento).
Why he’s hated: He looks like someone you could take to the cleaners in a pickup game, but wound up becoming the NCAA career assists leader.
Oddity: Dead ringer for Emilio Estevez.

9. Shavlik Randolph (2002-05)
Résumé: Entered the NBA draft with a year of eligibility remaining, only to go undrafted.
Why he’s hated: Bitter feelings still remain over the recruiting battle for his collegiate services. He spurned NC State, where he was a ball boy as a kid and his grandfather was an All-American in the 1950s.
Oddity: The amount of publicity his “Don’t bring your gayness on me� comments generated. Ummm. This is Shav Randolph — he of seven career NBA starts. More wisdom and insight from Shav can be found here.

10. Gerald Henderson (2006-present)
Résumé: Son of former NBA player of same name; possesses sharp elbows.
Why he’s hated: No. 10 with a bullet … even if you live in a cave, we figure you’ve seen the clip from Sunday’s game.
Oddity: That Coach K used the Isiah Thomas excuse of the opponent keeping its starters in the game long after the outcome was decided.

Honorable mention:

Grant Hill, Elton Brand, Jay Williams: They brought an air of coolness to a predominantly dorky program, temporarily making it more difficult to make fun of the team.

Quin Snyder: It’s somewhat ironic that a three-time All-ACC academic team selection ultimately was accused of academic fraud as coach of Missouri. Did we mention the hair?

Greg Paulus and Josh McRoberts: Only time will tell, but these guys are off to a brilliant start in the hated department.

Corey Maggette and William Avery: We hardly knew ye, and we barely had a chance to hate ye.

Mike Dunleavy Jr.: He earned All-America honors in 2002 and occasionally caused temporary blindness in spectators with his severe whiteness.

Eric Meek: Prototypical awkward, nerdy Dukie.

Mark Alarie, Tommy Amaker and Johnny Dawkins: This group helped return Duke to glory with a Final Four trip in 1986. Without the groundbreaking work of this trio, none of the subsequent decades of hatred would have been possible. Thanks, fellas.

Shane Battier:Our memories are apparently too short. We initially omitted him from the list, but many of you were kind enough to point out that he might have flopped once or twice over the years.

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Blue Devil Players Pick Up Awards

Josh McRoberts, DeMarcus Nelson and Jon Scheyer were all honored with All-ACC accolades Monday by the Atlantic Coast Sports Media Association.  McRoberts was named second team All-ACC and to the All-Defensive team while Nelson earned honorable mention status for both All-ACC and All-Defensive team and Scheyer was named to the All-Freshman team.

In addition Monday, Nelson was named to the 12th annual Fan’s Guide All-Defensive team voted on by the league’s coaches. 

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