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Thursday, February 10, 2005

Duke's best defense in 19 years!

-- The State of Indiana has had at least one team in every NCAA Tournament dating back to 1973. Anybody else believe all great streaks must come to an end?

-- Where are they now? Connecticut legend Cornelius "Corny" Thompson manages municipal lots and garages for LAZ Parking of Norwalk.

-- Dave Campbell of the Associated Press writes-up Minnesota's late-game collapse. If the Gophers fail to make the NCAA Tournament, players and pundits will (in part) fault the home loss to Northwestern.

-- Duke yesterday defeated North Carolina. The Hampton Roads (VA) Daily Press' David Teel suggests the rivalry is well worth the hype. I last night observed Daniel Ewing's development into one of the nation's best guards, the few seconds it took Duke to huddle around Coach K in the game's final timeout (compared to the longer period of time taken by North Carolina players before they too listened to their coach), and the Tar Heels' (ill-fated) discipline in running the play Roy Williams designed for the game's last possession. I thought Raymond Felton, having gotten around Daniel Ewing, should have taken another two steps and fired a mid-range jumper (or dished to Sean May or Marvin Williams once a Duke forward had helped on defense).

-- Sports Illustrated's Stewart Mandel writes up Duke's defense, noting it is, statistically, the Blue Devils' best in 19 years. Coach K's club is holding opponents to 63.8 points per game and 38.7 percent shooting.