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As a four-time alumnus of blue tenting (in the early days of black tenting where such an endeavor involved weeks in K-Ville with no tent), I was more than a bit miffed to see the content of the trivia test given to would-be residents of K-Ville. If there is more interest in tenting than there are available tents, every effort should be made to ensure those who receive the first shot at those spots are the most dedicated fans. But by focusing more on the minutia of the team’s statistics rather than general knowledge that Duke basketball fans should have, all the test in its current form measures is which tents are the best at memorizing numbers. The most dedicated Duke fans likely know the years and locations of all our National Championship victories, the names and numbers of all the retired jerseys, and probably some interesting trivia about the players… but they may not remember the exact number of blocks Marques Bolden had against Auburn or the team’s number of dunks per game!
All of these complaints could and should be easily addressed, though. If the goal is to reward the most dedicated fans with front-of-the-line status, there’s a straightforward solution: base tenting position off of attendance (and, if necessary, time spent in line) for the early season games that have historically had less than full-throated student sections. The students who have been front-and-center in Section 17 for blowouts over the likes of Stetson are the ones who not only most deserve to be there again against UNC, but are the ones the program should want to be in that position. This seems like an easy, straightforward solution to the problem, and it flummoxes me why the Line Monitors are still relying on what almost amounts to chance in the form of this ridiculous trivia test to remedy this. Disenchantment with the Line Monitors and tenting will only grow if this continues.
It is disheartening, if not entirely surprising, to read the backlash to the removal of the Robert E. Lee statue at the Duke Chapel by many Duke alumni. I, for one, count myself amongst those proud to see my alma matter take decisive action in removing the statue.
Update (1:56 p.m.): From Mason Plumlee's Twitter account, @masonplumlee: "I'm excited about the chance to play for Duke one more season. Thanks for all the support, I'm blessed to be here!"
Duke fans still recovering from Austin Rivers' decision to bolt for the NBA may be feeling a bit better today.
Duke ranks 40th in the nation in athletic department profit, according to a new report from Businessofcollegesports.com.
Miles Plumlee's career in Cameron Indoor Stadium might be over, but he'll have one more chance to show off his hops at the collegiate level.
Austin Rivers is finally playing like a lottery pick.
The media-storm that follows every matchup in the Duke-North Carolina rivalry will be present in full force next weekend.
With just two weeks remaining in the ACC season, the race for the conference championship has eliminated the pretenders and left fans with three clear cut contenders—Duke, North Carolina and Florida State.
Following one of the greatest comebacks in Cameron Indoor Stadium history, the Blue Devils were appreciative of one of the loudest student sections of the 2011-12 season. Here's a sampling of what the team had to say:
I had a plan for a column this week. Really, I did. But in the aftermath of Duke's historic victory over North Carolina Wednesday night, it would be criminal for me to use this space to discuss anything else.
A new poll from Public Policy Polling outlining the Duke-North Carolina rivalry yielded some somewhat surprising statistics. Perhaps most surprising, though, is the fact that the two basketball powerhouses might not hate each other as much as advertised.
Normally, picking Duke to win a basketball game is not a tall task—even if it is in Chapel Hill. But after the debacle that was the Blue Devils’ loss to Miami in Cameron Sunday, that job just became exponentially harder.
No. 4 Duke (15-2, 3-0 in the ACC) will look to defend its undefeated conference record against in-state rival Wake Forest (10-7, 1-2) in Cameron Indoor Stadium Thursday at 7 p.m. Here's three things to look for:
Men's basketball beat writers Scott Rich and Tom Gieryn recap Duke's performances over winter break and preview its first ACC-challenge against Virginia.
In The Blue Zone's weekly men's basketball beat writer podcast, Scott Rich and Andrew Beaton break down Duke's devastating loss to Ohio State and preview the rebound game against Colorado State.
Ohio State's starters shone in the Buckeye's 85-63 throttling of Duke Tuesday night in the ACC-Big 10 Challenge, something that Blue Devil head coach Mike Krzyzewski was all to well aware of. After being asked by numerous reporters to diagnose the games of Jared Sullinger, then Aaron Craft, and finally Deshaun Thomas, Krzyzewski deftly summed up Duke's worst regular-season loss in recent memory:
According to a report by Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports, former Blue Devil Kyle Singler will elect to play for Spain's Real Madrid rather than return stateside to the Detroit Pistons when the NBA lockout ends.
Three things to watch as No. 4 Duke travels to Columbus to face No. 2 Ohio State in the Big Ten-ACC Challenge: