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How Newspapers Remembered North Carolina Coach Dean Smith

Remembering Legendary North Carolina coach Dean Smith

The stories and numbers behind one of the giants of college basketball
Remembering Legendary North Carolina coach Dean Smith

Dean Smith is one of the rare figures and perhaps the only figure who directly connects the birth of basketball to its modern era.

 

Smith played at Kansas for Phog Allen, the “Father of Basketball Coaching” who played for the inventor of the game, James Naismith. Smith then coached Michael Jordan. From Naismith to Allen to Smith to Jordan, it would be hard to find a better connection from the infancy of basketball to the modern game. 

 

College Basketball Game Preview and Prediction: Duke vs. Virginia

The Cavaliers look to stay undefeated against struggling Blue Devils
College Basketball Game Preview and Prediction: Duke vs. Virginia

Strange times are afoot in the ACC.

 

The Tobacco Road power structure in the league may still command ratings and attention, but it hasn’t yielded a league regular season or tournament championship since 2012.

 

The reigning champion Virginia is in prime position to extend that drought for another year.

 

Duke, coming off a loss to Notre Dame, now sits in a tie for sixth in the conference at 4-3 in the league. Meanwhile, Virginia sits alone atop the standings at 7-0 in the conference and 19-0 overall.

 

The College Basketball Weekly 10: Coach K gets 1,000, Tyler Ulis Carries Kentucky

Frank Kaminsky, D'Angelo Russell make case for postseason awards
The College Basketball Weekly 10: Coach K gets 1,000, Tyler Ulis Carries Kentucky

In case you missed it, Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski made a bit of news in college basketball this weekend.

 

Coach K’s 1,000th win was the headline of the college basketball week, but what might have been missed was Duke’s role in another trend.

 

The Blue Devils were one of four ranked teams to overcome a 10-point deficit on the road. Virginia did it against Virginia Tech. So did Northern Iowa did it against Illinois State.

 

Champions Classic Game Preview and Predictions: Duke Blue Devils vs. Michigan State Spartans

Duke's star freshmen dominant in early matchups
Champions Classic Game Preview: Duke Blue Devils vs. Michigan State Spartans

Duke and Michigan State may look familiar to the untrained eye when the two teams meet Tuesday night in the Champions Classic in Indianapolis.

 

Mike Krzyzewski is here. So is Tom Izzo. Duke has talent. Michigan State has plenty of upperclassmen.

 

A deeper look, though, reveals just how strange these teams are for Krzyzewski and Izzo.

 

College Basketball 2014-15: NC State Wolfpack Team Preview

Cat Barber looks to fill void left by T.J. Warren
College Basketball 2014-15: NC State Wolfpack Team Preview

NC State can’t replace T.J. Warren — the ACC Player of the Year and the school’s first NBA Lottery pick since 1996 — with just one player. So the Wolfpack, coming off of a third straight NCAA Tournament appearance, won’t try to.

College Basketball 2014-15: Florida State Seminoles Team Preview

Aaron Thomas looks to end Noles' NCAA drought
College Basketball 2014-15: Florida State Seminoles Team Preview

Two straight trips to the NIT have certainly dampened some of the momentum Florida State had built by rattling off four straight NCAA Tournament appearances from 2009-12. However, expectations surrounding Leonard Hamilton’s club remain high, and for good reason. 

 

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