Duke and North Carolina making different type last-season push

PHOTO (Duke Athletics): Matthew Hurt (21) and teammates celebrate upsetting No. 7 Virginia. By TOM SHANAHAN It’s late February. That means Duke and North Carolina should be peaking for the final stretch leading to the post-season. Except this year it’s about playing their best basketball to earn a bid – not at a No. 1 seed. Duke (10-8, 8-6 ACC) celebrated like it had won an ACC Tournament or NCAA regional when final seconds ticked off the clock…

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The apology NC State owes the Big O and Johnny Green from Dixie Classic

Reposted from my former website on Jan. 8, 2015. PHOTO: Oscar Robertson in a famous photo from his college career. By TOM SHANAHAN Oscar Robertson, Johnny Green and North Carolina State’s 1958 Dixie Classic ran through my mind as I watched the four-day high school basketball celebration that was the 43rd annual Holiday Invitational last week at Raleigh's storied Holliday Gym on Broughton High's campus. I wondered how many of the elite high school players -- a couple that…

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Coach K and Ol’ Roy are “coaching up” their teams

By TOM SHANAHAN Clemson’s Brad Brownell sounded like a coach fully aware bad timing awaited his basketball team in Durham. He was right. Duke’s 26-point victory was its largest margin of the year, defeating Clemson 79-53 on Saturday at Cameron Indoor Stadium. The last thing struggling Clemson needed was to encounter a young Blue Devils roster “coached up” by a Mike Krzyzewski. Coach K has a spring in his step – watch the 73-year-old enthusiastically slap hands with…

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