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Chron Chat: Looking ahead for Duke men's basketball

(04/20/16 5:41am)

The Blue Devils' offseason has already been busy, with point guard Derryck Thornton transferring from Duke after one year and Durham buzzing about whether the Blue Devils will add Marques Bolden for next year. The Chronicle's men's basketball beat writers take a look at these storylines and Duke's outlook for the upcoming season.

'It just won't feel the same'

(04/19/16 5:07am)

Last year at this time, Duke fans were still basking in the glory of a national championship. Although Tyus Jones, Jahlil Okafor and Justise Winslow had already announced their departures for the NBA draft and would never play another game in a Duke uniform, their names were forever etched into the minds of the Blue Devil faithful as heroes for their magical work in Indianapolis.

Usual strengths absent as Blue Devils duck out of Sweet 16

(03/25/16 8:49am)

ANAHEIM, Calif.—Before the season even began, it was evident this Duke team would need scoring from its guards to be successful. Three-point shooting and free throws were the offensive keys that head coach Mike Krzyzewski stressed consistently for a team that no longer had ACC Player of the Year Jahlil Okafor in the post.

'It would mean the world': Altman, Ducks seek statement win against Krzyzewski, Blue Devils

(03/24/16 7:51am)

ANAHEIM, Calif.—Thursday’s Sweet 16 showdown between Duke and Oregon promises to be full of great matchups on the court—Brandon Ingram against Dillon Brooks, the Ducks’ press versus the Blue Devil ball-handlers and 7-footer Marshall Plumlee battling the shot-blocking prowess of Chris Boucher.

NCAA Tournament Regional Preview: East

(03/16/16 4:38am)

The No. 1 seed: North Carolina Tar Heels (28-6, 14-4 in the ACC). The Tar Heels asserted their dominance in the ACC, claiming both the regular-season title and the conference tournament crown to earn a top seed in the NCAA tournament. Although North Carolina looked a bit shaky early in the year as point guard Marcus Paige sat out with a hand injury and the team suffered nonconference losses to Northern Iowa and Texas, the Tar Heels proved themselves as one of the most talented teams in the country as the season progressed. Head coach Roy Williams enjoys an embarrasment of riches in the frontcourt, with Brice Johnson and his nightly double-double complemented by 6-foot-9 forward Kennedy Meeks, ACC Sixth Man of the Year Isaiah Hicks and 6-foot-8 swingman Justin Jackson on the wing. North Carolina is one of the top rebounding teams in the nation, and has plenty of veteran experience in the backcourt with Paige and Joel Berry II. If the Tar Heels have one weakness, it's their inconsistent shooting from the perimeter—but if Paige and Berry II continue to knock down shots like they did during the ACC tournament, few teams can stand in the way of North Carolina cutting down the nets in Houston.