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Second-half burst propels Devils

(02/02/04 5:00am)

After Kayla Chones sprinted ahead of the pack and layed in her 12th point to give N.C. State (10-11, 2-6 in the ACC) a 29-19 lead with 5:18 remaining in the first half, It became clear that No. 2 Duke was going to have to work for its 50th consecutive ACC win. The Blue Devils (16-2, 7-0) quickly turned it around, however, and out-scored the Wolfpack by 29 for the remainder of the game en route to a 75-56 win.

Game Commentary: Fighting off a swarm, Duke able to maintain top ranking

(02/02/04 5:00am)

ATLANTA, Ga. -- The conditions were set for an upset. Fans were spilling out of their seats in what appeared to be 9,191 simultaneous tirades against Duke, the press row was so crowded that even Hall-of-Famer Jerry West (who was scouting for the Memphis Grizzlies) had to settle for a cramped seat, the heat inside of Alexander Memorial Coliseum was more analogous to a Georgia summer than the January 31 date would lead one to believe, and the energetic Georgia Tech basketball team came out firing, taking a 15-4 lead over the admittedly fatigued Blue Devils in the game's opening minutes. It became apparent that No. 1 Duke would have to fight if it was to keep its coveted ranking.

Panthers unite fans with Bowl showing

(01/29/04 5:00am)

If anything, the state of North Carolina has been spoiled with sports success. The Tar Heel state has been a breeding ground for basketball talent since Dr. Naismith invented the game, producing talents such as Michael Jordan and Jerry Stackhouse. The state's college basketball programs rival, if not exceed, the prestige of any other state. North Carolina sports have even been immortalized in films such as "Bull Durham," a movie that made the Durham Bulls the most famous AAA baseball team in America.

Coaching makes the difference

(01/28/04 5:00am)

Florida State's two basketball wins over then-No. 7 North Carolina and then-No. 10 Wake Forest last week should focus No. 1 Duke for its matchup with the perennial ACC cellar dweller, but the recent success of the Seminoles will hardly intimidate the nation's most celebrated program. It's probably true that the Blue Devils have nothing to fear from Florida State this season. But if any ACC team has a chance to break through the league's significant historical forces and become one of the nation's elite teams, it's the Seminoles.

Little big man coach succeeding in '04

(01/14/04 5:00am)

If the ACC had an award for its best assistant coach, Duke's big man coach Steve Wojciechowski would be making quite a case for himself this season. This compliment comes at a curious time, because though awards for the Duke program are nothing new, before this season Wojciechowski's handling of the Blue Devil post-players has been marred by more criticism than praise.

Commentary: 77 Mellow yellow 45

(01/09/04 5:00am)

ATLANTA--There is wide disagreement on whether the women's basketball (12-1, 3-0 in the ACC) team deserves its No. 1 ranking. The Duke doubters point out that Texas Tech has an undefeated record against stiff competition and that the Blue Devils were one Jessica Foley miss away from becoming the No. 7 team in the nation, a fact that Gail Goestenkors has publicly admitted herself. But in the Blue Devils 77-45 dismantling of Georgia Tech, few could imagine a similar performance by any other team in the nation.

Duke poised for Jackets

(01/08/04 5:00am)

In her days as an assistant at Purdue University, women's basketball head coach Gail Goestenkors schooled then-Boilermaker player MaChelle Joseph in the fundamentals of the game. When No. 1 Duke heads down to Atlanta to take on Georgia Tech at 7 p.m. tonight, Goestenkors looks to teach Joseph, who now is the head coach of the Yellow Jackets, another lesson.

We should lose in Alaska more often

(12/04/03 5:00am)

EAST LANSING, Mich. -- Historically speaking, losing in the finals of the Great Alaska Shootout may be the best thing that can happen to the men's basketball team. After the Blue Devils tore down the nets in Anchorage in 1995, Duke went on to lose in the first round of the NCAA tournament, becoming the last Mike Krzyzewski-led college basketball team not to win at least 20 games. After the Blue Devils fell to Cincinnati by two points in the 1998 Shootout, Duke won 32 consecutive games.