Blue Devils Dominate SI's All-Decade Team

Jason Williams helped Duke cut down the nets in 2001. Eight years later, he has been named to SIs All-Decade team, along with J.J. Redick and Shane Battier.

As the 2000s wind to a close, Sports Illustrated has been looking at the decade in various sports. Up today: college basketball.

And to nobody's surprise, the Blue Devils were involved in almost every list. The Miracle Minute came in at No. 7 on the best games of the decade. Indiana's 2002 regional semifinal win over Duke, in which the Hoosiers rallied from a 17-point deficit to defeat the defending national champion Blue Devils, was the ninth-best upset. Seth Davis, a former Chronicle sports columnist, named Shavlik Randolph the biggest recruiting bust and Duke-North Carolina the best rivalry.

Where Duke really made its mark, though, was on the All-Decade team. Three of the five starters are Blue Devils -- Jason Williams, J.J. Redick and Shane Battier. They are joined by Tyler Hansbrough, who was named the Player of the Decade, and North Carolina head coach Roy Williams to give the ACC an overwhelming presence on the lineup. Connecticut's Emeka Okafor rounds out the starting five.

The best school, however, wasn't North Carolina, which made four Final Fours and won two national championships, or Duke, which set a new NCAA record for most wins in a decade (299 after last night's victory over Gardner-Webb). It also wasn't Florida, which won back-to-back national championships. It was Michigan State, which won the 2000 national championship and made the NCAA Tournament every year, including four Final Fours. But even the Spartans' coach doesn't think his team has wedged itself into the upper tier of programs just yet.

What do you think? Were the Spartans the best program of the decade? Does the ACC deserve four of five spots on the All-Decade team?


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