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Take of the week: A Duke-North Carolina national championship would be a very bad thing

(03/20/19 10:20pm)

There's a reason we're all talking about it this week—both schools are No. 1 seeds for the first time since 2005 and only the third time since the NCAA tournament started seeding teams in 1979. Their ACC semifinal last Friday was a riveting instant classic, proving they just might be the two best teams in the nation.




Five observations from Duke men's basketball's first half vs. Florida State in the ACC championship

(03/17/19 1:25am)

CHARLOTTE—The quality of play hasn't been at the same level as it was in last night's legendary semifinal against North Carolina, but Duke has gritted its way and is tied 36-36 against Florida State in the ACC championship. Here are five observations from the first half.



'A crazy different type of player': Zion Williamson makes it look easy with near-perfect performance in return

(03/15/19 6:00am)

CHARLOTTE—He had already scored Duke's first points of the game with a layup on Duke's previous possession, but Zion Williamson really announced his arrival to his lone March of college basketball two minutes and five seconds into Thursday's ACC quarterfinal.


Five observations from Duke men's basketball's first half against Syracuse

(03/15/19 2:20am)

CHARLOTTE—A magnificent first half for Zion Williamson after he missed five games with a mild knee sprain has No. 3 seed Duke well on its way to a date with North Carolina in Friday's semifinals, leading No. 6 seed Syracuse 34-28 at the Spectrum Center. Here are five observations from the first 20 minutes.