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The good of this place

One day—maybe sooner, but probably later—we might forget about a certain basketball game played last week. But I won't forget where I was when Duke won its fourth national championship. It’s in...


Return to glory

Midnight. Bonfire. National champions. 61-59. It’s unbelievable, fantastic, incredible—whether or not anyone wants to admit it, this is a storybook ending.

Duke, shown here celebrating after its win over Baylor, found a unique identity as its season progressed, senior Ben Cohen writes.

A team of its own

For a short while this weekend—about as long as Baylor led on Sunday—I privately wished I had a reason to root for Cornell or Butler, the NCAA Tournament’s two pseudo-Cinderellas whose fans seemed...


It’s the defense, stupid

Objectively speaking, the decline in Duke’s defensive performance over the course of the ACC season can be attributed only to a decline in steals and improved shooting by opponents.


Looking beyond the box score

Last week, while perusing some Duke Basketball forums, I came across a sentence that I’m reasonably confident I had never read before on a college hoops message board. “What we really need here is...

The Cameron Crazies hate him, but Terrapin guard Greivis Vasquez is good for the Duke-Maryland “rivalry”.

Adios, Amigo

I’ll miss you, Greivis Vasquez, because your bombast, coupled with your above-average ability on the court, added some spice to a Duke-Maryland series that—while not a “rivalry”—still carries hotly...

Ben Cohen was at the Dean Dome in 2008 when Duke beat North Carolina—the Blue Devils’ most recent win over the Tar Heels.

Revisiting our only rivalry

I was in the Dean Dome the last time Duke won there—the last time Duke beat North Carolina anywhere, actually—and even though the win is only two years old, it seems a long time ago.

Duke’s difficulties in defending quick guards were apparent Saturday against Georgetown’s Chris Wright.

Crosstown Traffic

While watching the closing moments of Virginia’s 75-60 road demolition of North Carolina Sunday, I couldn’t help but feel a little elated about the hard times that have befallen Duke’s arch rival...