Duke hopes Thomas proves worth the wait

When the Blue Devils opened practice in October of 2005, Lance Thomas had not committed to Duke. When they beat North Carolina in February, he had not yet committed. When they lost to Louisiana...

Bales looks to expand offensive arsenal

For the last three years, Alison Bales has stood out on the basketball court. Her height-all 6-foot-7 inches-and the shot-blocking abilities she has honed to take advantage of it have drawn...

Tar Heels shoot for NCAA title

The Tar Heels, coming off a 23-8 campaign in which they improved over the course of the year and earned a No. 3 seed in the NCAA Tournament, enter the 2006-07 season ranked second in the country...

Healthy again, McClure hopes to make impact

He sat on the sideline during games, wearing slacks instead of shorts and loafers instead of high-tops, as he watched tall, athletic wings like Boston College's Jared Dudley and Florida State's Al...

Henderson struggles with early injuries

News about Greg Paulus' foot injury has dominated coverage of Duke's basketball program this fall, but the sophomore point guard will not be the only player to enter the season hampered by injury....

Lowe adapts to life as a college coach

Looking at the situation new head coach Sidney Lowe-who was seemingly the last man standing in the coaching version of musical chairs-now finds himself in, Calipari and the others are likely...

On the heels of 2006, ACC set for banner year

Not surprising to anyone last season, the ACC landed three teams in the Final Four. And if pre-season predictions hold true, Duke, North Carolina and Maryland could be making return trips to the...

ACC coaches lobby for more NCAA Tournament berths

The ACC had the third-best league RPI in the nation last season, closely trailing the Big East and Big Ten. But while those conferences received eight and six bids to the NCAA Tournament,...

New look at guard buoys Hurricanes

Last season, Miami failed to clinch an NCAA Tournament berth, instead ending its season with a quarterfinal loss in postseason NIT play. While they struggled last year in conference games, the...

Cavs enjoy new home arena

In his second season, Virginia head coach Dave Leitao has plenty to look forward to. He has a lot to work with on the floor this year, and maybe more importantly, a new floor to work on.

Loss of Redick could be Blue Devils' gain

As the team filed off the court, I made my prediction for this season. But I'm not going to put it in print-I learned my lesson last year. There won't be a 2006-07 version of The Train. I think we...

Nelson returns with refreshed mind and body

For two years now, DeMarcus Nelson has been an enigma. His outstanding potential has been a mirage of sorts-waved in front of the Cameron Crazies' eyes before being yanked away, remaining hidden...

Q&A with the assistants

Q: How would you describe your fellow coaches' coaching styles?Q: What allows the three of you to work so well together? SW: I think one of the greatest strengths of our staff is the fact that we...

Duke benefits from national team's visit

"One day Coach G came up to me, and she was like, 'Get ready, we need you in practice today,' so I was really excited," Waner said.

Troubled Terps aim to right ship

Nineteen wins with one of the nation's toughest schedules. Eight wins and a .500 mark in one of the nation's toughest conferences.

Young tri-captains seek to replace departed stars

As one of the nation's preeminent programs for the past decade-plus under head coach Mike Krzyzewski, college basketball fans have come to expect consistent success year-in and year-out from the...

Zoubek provides height advantage for Duke

Brian Zoubek, a 7-foot-1 center from Haddonfield, N.J., comes to Durham as the first true seven-footer to play under 27th-year head coach Mike Krzyzewski.

Jackson, Mitch relish chance to be playing again

When Duke returned to practice this fall, Keturah Jackson and Brittany Mitch arrived with a year of college experience and four years of eligibility.

McRoberts spurns NBA to become star at Duke

And as tough as it was to say goodbye to players like J.J. Redick and Shelden Williams, the possibility of freshman Josh McRoberts leaving school early and declaring for the NBA Draft made Duke...

Team rebuilds after difficult defeat in championship game

Last season, Duke was just six seconds away from clinching the program's first National Championship.

Pocius benefits from summer-team experience

Pocius trained with the Lithuanian Under-20 National Team and led the squad by averaging 20 points per game and shooting 55.4 percent from the field at the 2006 Ostchem Under-20 European Championship.

'Noles look to reach Big Dance

Florida State could not close out several close games last year, and for the second year in a row they could not close in on an NCAA Tournament bid, falling short despite a 20-10 record.

Duke freshmen provide spark

Given their recruiting hype, Joy Cheek and Bridgette Mitchell could eventually become Duke's most dynamic duo since last year's pair of Mistie Williams and Monique Currie.

Season tips off against Columbia

"It feels like I've been here forever, and I haven't even played a game yet," freshman Jon Scheyer said. "I'm just looking forward to getting started. We have to bring it now-it's going to be...

Talented freshmen spark 'Wreck

Instead of North Carolina's Ty Lawson and Brandan Wright, Georgia Tech may have the ACC's top pair of incoming freshmen in point guard Javaris Crittenton and forward Thaddeus Young. The two will be...