Savarino quietly adds to a Hall-of-Fame basketball family

PHOTO: Duke junior guard Michael Savarino. Visit my website homepage, TomShanahan.Report By TOM SHANAHAN DURHAM –Michael Savarino possesses new stature on Duke’s basketball roster as he enters his junior season. Blue Devils coach Mike Krzyzewski, AKA grandpa, granted him a scholarship. That raises questions surrounding the former walk-on guard from Durham Academy. How does his new status translate to Savarino’s grandmother, Mickie, and mother, Debbie? Are they lobbying Duke's coach for playing time? Yes, they understand basketball and…

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Duke and Coach K enjoy rare familial chance to empty the bench

PHOTO (Duke Athletics): D.J. Steward scores against Boston College in the first round of the ACC tournament in Greensboro. By TOM SHANAHAN The consequences of college basketball Blue Bloods Duke and Michigan State struggling this season includes more than a lack of wins or having their NCAA tournament streaks threatened. They haven’t enjoyed their usual blowout victories. That lack of opportunities has prevented Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski and Michigan State coach Tom Izzo from emptying their benches. Coaches…

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