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A good Duke and Carolina are good for college basketball

 

 

TarDunkWhen Duke and North Carolina are both contenders, college basketball is just better.

The game’s greatest rivalry has a little more to it when the matchup has an ACC crown on the line.  When the Blue Devils come into the Dean Dome on March 7th to close out the regular season, this very well could be the case.

Both teams enter the season as top 10 teams.  Duke comes in as No. 3 in the preseason USA Today Coaches Poll with North Carolina sliding in at No. 6.  Expectations for both clubs are high as always in the preseason.

When people think of Carolina and Duke, they think success.  They think of Coach K, Dean Smith, Michael Jordan,  JJ Redick, Final Fours and championships.  All of that being said, the past few years have been a struggle for each program by their standards.

The history of this rivalry writes itself.  When you flip on a Carolina-Duke game you see historic highlights pre-game, during the game, and after the game.  The players, the coaches, the titles, the prestige, it all stands out and is put on display when these two teams meet.  These schools are located only ten miles apart, and they have battled 238 times.  When you are that close, and have played that many times, how can you not hate each other?

One of the defining moments of this generation came in 2007 when Tyler Hansbrough went up for a shot in the lane, and gets a forearm shiver from Gerald Henderson.  After about five seconds on the ground Hansbrough jumps up, ready to rumble and looking for trouble, his face a bloody disaster.


Does every rivalry need literal blood to be great? No, probably not.

Does it make one a lot more entertaining?  Absolutely.

This rivalry has lacked its typical allure lately because the teams haven’t both been title contenders.

Neither team has reached a Final Four since the Blue Devils cut down the nets in 2010. 

Fair or not, fans of these teams expect them to compete to get to the Final Four each and every year.  Continue Reading

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Season preview: CHD interviews Grand Canyon coach “Thunder” Dan Majerle

To prepare for the tip-off of another great year of college basketball, CHD is reaching out to coaches and players around the country to get the inside scoop on what we can expect this time around. Jon Teitel continues our season preview series by chatting with Grand Canyon coach Dan Majerle about starting the season with a little trip to Rupp Arena and his prolific career.

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Grand Canyon’s non-conference schedule includes games against Kentucky, Indiana, New Mexico, and Harvard: which of these games do you feel will present your biggest test? To play a team like Kentucky at Rupp Arena in our first game of the year will be a daunting task, but it will be a good recruiting tool for us,as will a game at Assembly Hall against a fellow Chippewa like Tom Crean. The home games against Harvard and New Mexico will be a huge boost for us, especially if we can get a win.

What are your goals for the upcoming season, and what are your expectations for the upcoming season? Last year was our first year in D-1 and despite being picked to finish at the bottom of the conference we ended up 3rd in the WAC and made it to the postseason. My goal this year is for us to continue to improve and change our culture: we want to be a force in the WAC and keep on building. Continue Reading

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Season preview: CHD interviews Illinois State point guard Bobby Hunter

 

To prepare for the tip-off of another great year of college basketball, CHD is reaching out to coaches and players around the country to get the inside scoop on what we can expect this time around. Jon Teitel continues our season preview series by chatting with Illinois State point guard Bobby Hunter about winning a national title.

hunterYou are 5’10”: do you see your size as an advantage or a disadvantage on the court? I do not think size matters: it is about who has a bigger heart at the end of the day.

You began your college career at Oregon Tech, where you won an NAIA national title in 2012: what did it mean to you to win a title? It meant a lot to me after I had put in a lot of hard work and had a bunch of teammates who wanted the same thing. We came together at the right time and played as a team. Coming from Reno and not having any looks at a D-1 school, I had to redshirt at Oregon Tech before getting a chance to play. Continue Reading

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Season preview: CHD interviews Towson SG Four McGlynn

fourTo prepare for the tip-off of another great year of college basketball, CHD is reaching out to coaches and players around the country to get the inside scoop on what we can expect this time around. Jon Teitel continues our season preview series by chatting with Towson guard Four McGlynn about winning a game in the CIT with a half-court shot.

Your name is “Four” and you wear number four, is that a coincidence?! Not at all. My parents named me Patrick McGlynn IV, so people have been calling me “Four” since I was young.

As a freshman at Vermont in 2012 you played 36 games, led your team in scoring, and were named conference ROY: how were you able to come in and contribute so quickly? They had a really good system up there and the players were very unselfish. We had a family atmosphere and I worked really hard in the off-season to be in the best shape possible. Continue Reading

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Season preview: CHD interviews Alabama State coach Lewis Jackson

To prepare for the tip-off of another great year of college basketball, CHD is reaching out to coaches and players around the country to get the inside scoop on what we can expect this time around. Jon Teitel continues our season preview series by chatting with Alabama State coach Lewis Jackson about the 15th anniversary of his induction into the SWAC Hall of Fame.

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At Alabama State you were the 1984 SWAC POY: what did it mean to you to receive such an outstanding honor? I have not thought about it in awhile, but it was quite an honor. It was only our second year at the D-1 level. A lot of credit goes to our coaches who prepared us for battle day in and day out, and my teammates who pushed me to be the best player I could be. Continue Reading

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A preview into the future: SEC

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Like the great Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson once said, “It’s preview season!” (alright, maybe they didn’t say exactly that). With the college basketball season greatly approaching, CHD is bringing you the most important, up-to-date information on your favorite NCAA basketball conferences. We’ll even throw in a little dash of nonsense and a heaping plate full of hype to go along with it (all for free!). Hunker down and strap it in folks, it’s almost time to Rise and Fire once again.  First up, the SEC.

The NBA’s Selection for Best Leading Man in a Collegiate Sport

It’s really hard to discuss the SEC in terms of basketball without bringing up John Calipari and the Kentucky Wildcats. Don’t believe me? Next time you’re at your favorite wing establishment with your most knowledgeable college basketball buddy, ask him or her what the first thing that comes to mind when they think of SEC Basketball.

Unfortunately, it’s not “Dem Gator Boys“. Continue Reading

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Season preview: CHD interviews Northern Colorado SF Tim Huskisson

To prepare for the tip-off of another great year of college basketball, CHD is reaching out to coaches and players around the country to get the inside scoop on what we can expect this time around. Jon Teitel continues our season preview series by chatting with Northern Colorado forward Tim Huskisson about shooting almost 50% from behind the arc as a freshman.

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You grew up in Missouri: what made you choose Northern Colorado? I just needed a change and to get away from home, have a new adventure and make a name for myself. It is great to play for an up-and-coming program.

You play for Coach BJ Hill: what makes him such a good coach, and what is the most important thing you ever learned from him? His work ethic is great: he spent a lot of time trying to make himself better, which helps hold us accountable for making ourselves better. He bring a lot of mental toughness both to basketball and to life, which is something I am trying to achieve. Continue Reading

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Season preview: CHD interviews Vermont PF Ethan O’Day

To prepare for the tip-off of another great year of college basketball, CHD is reaching out to coaches and players around the country to get the inside scoop on what we can expect this time around. Jon Teitel continues our season preview series by chatting with Vermont Ethan O’Day about already being one of the best shot-blockers in school history.

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You grew up in Connecticut: what made you choose Vermont? When I 1st visited Vermont I was very impressed with the academics, campus, and coaching staff. The winning culture at Vermont was something that I wanted to be a part of as well. UVM is relatively close to my home in Connecticut, which allows my family/friends to visit me and see my games, so that also influenced my decision to come play here. Continue Reading

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Season preview: CHD interviews Old Dominion PF Richard Ross

To prepare for the tip-off of another great year of college basketball, CHD is reaching out to coaches and players around the country to get the inside scoop on what we can expect this time around. Jon Teitel continues our season preview series by chatting with Old Dominion forward Richard Ross about being one of the best shot-blockers in CUSA.

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You grew up in Texas: what made you choose ODU? Initially we had a coach named Blaine Taylor who my high school coach had played for, and I just thought it would be a good fit for me.

You play for Coach Jeff Jones: what makes him such a good coach, and what is the most important thing you ever learned from him? It is hard to pick one particular thing because I have learned so much, but one thing I will always remember is that he taught me to always stick to my words: if I say I am going to do something, then I have to go do it. If I have any problems I can always go talk to him: it is nice to have someone I am comfortable being around when I am so far from home.

In the 2012 CIT you scored 19 points (8-9 FG) off the bench including the final five of the game for your team in a 2-point win over Coastal Carolina: where does that game rank among the highlights of your career? It was definitely one of the highlights to come in as a freshman and have the seniors tell me how well I played. Continue Reading

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Season preview: CHD interviews Colorado coach Tad Boyle

To prepare for the tip-off of another great year of college basketball, CHD is reaching out to coaches and players around the country to get the inside scoop on what we can expect this time around. Jon Teitel continues our season preview series by chatting with Colorado coach Tad Boyle about having the best winning percentage in school history.

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Since becoming head coach at Colorado in 2010 your .648 winning percentage is the best in school history: does your track record of winning more than 20 games each year give you more pressure or confidence or other? I feel good about what we have done, especially relative to where we were when I first took the job and the history of the job. We are proud to have been in three straight NCAA tourneys but in no way does that guarantee the future. There is a big difference in being proud vs. being satisfied.

Your team has also won 60 of 69 games at home: how much of a home-court advantage do you have in Boulder? The home-court advantage is great, but I think the nine losses is nine too many. It starts with our student and the members of our community, but we cannot take for granted that we will win just because we are playing at home. Continue Reading