Deviled Eggs: 11/28/11

Ryan Kelly was named the MVP of the 2011 Maui Invitational after Duke defeated Kansas 68-61. (Photo Courtesy of DukeBluePlanet.com)

1. Duke Wins in Maui…Again

On Wednesday, Duke took on Kansas in the finals of the 2011 Maui Invitational in a high-profile matchup between two of the winningest programs in college basketball history.  Tyler Thornton’s key threes at the end of the game gave Duke its 5th Maui title in as many tries and a perfect 15-0 record.  Relive the magic in the Lahaina Civic Center Cameron West here.

2. A Detailed Look at Duke’s Guard Play

Shane Ryan discusses what has driven Duke teams throughout the years: guards.  Focusing in on this year, he breaks down the play of Seth Curry, Austin Rivers, and Andre Dawkins thus far, including a detailed look at one play during the Michigan game in Maui.  Be sure to check out this excellent piece by our good friend.

3. UNC Falls in Las Vegas

Our rivals from 8 miles away fell this weekend to the UNLV Runnin’ Rebels in the finals of the Las Vegas Invitational 90 to 80.  Though it was a virtual home game for UNLV, the top-ranked Tar Heels still entered the game as a 7 to 8 point favorite.  It’s hard to tell what this game will mean for UNC looking forward, but it definitely will give Ol’ Roy a few things to work on in practice.  Either way, looks like they won’t be holding onto that #1 ranking when the polls are released later today.

4. Looking Ahead to Ohio State

Duke takes on Jared Sullinger and Ohio State this Tuesday in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge.  This will be a meeting between two top 5 teams and another great test for the Blue Devils early on.  Be on the lookout for more from us about this game, but for now, take a look at some of what the players have to say as Tuesday nears.

5. Well, the NBA Lockout Is (Tentatively) Over. Who Are the Winners? Losers? 

On Saturday, news broke that the owners and players have tentatively agreed to end the lockout and start a 66-game season Christmas Day 2011.  Find out who benefited the most and who lost out.  If you just want help understanding what exactly the details of the agreement are, Ken Berger breaks it all down here.

6. Former Blue Devils Leading Their Teams to Impressive Starts

Tommy Amaker has his Harvard Crimson off to a 6-0 start after knocking off Utah, FSU, and UCF to win the first ever Battle 4 Atlantis tournament.  Johnny Dawkins was back in Madison Square Garden, leading Stanford into the finals of the NIT Tip-Off.  Though Stanford suffered its first loss of the year in a close game to #5 Syracuse, both Harvard and Stanford showed potential and look poised for a great year.  Best of luck to both coaches (and former Blue Devils)!

Well, that’s it for this week’s Deviled Eggs. Be on the lookout for more from Crazie-Talk as the season progresses, and good luck to the team this Tuesday against Ohio State!  Let’s Go Duke!

Deviled Eggs 10/24/11

I bet Chris Spatola feels left out being around former Duke players literally all the time. (courtesy BluePlanetShots.com)

1. Lance Thomas will rep the stars and stripes at the Pan Am Games

Blast from the recent past: 2010 title tough guy Lance Thomas was selected to play for the U.S. in the 2011 Pan-Am Games in Guadalajara, Mexico. The roster is a rag tag group of guys fighting it out in the NBDL for a spot in our favorite locked-out organization, the NBA. Thomas will play alongside former college stars like Villanova’s Curtis Sumpter and UConn’s Jerome Dyson. We wish the whole crew good luck–the world needs some high level basketball right now.

2, 3. Two things from Tobacco Road Blues on Grantland

Sportswriting wunderkind Shane Ryan of the blog Tobacco Road Blues nee Seth Curry Saves Duke has written two solid articles about his beloved Blue Devils on Grantland recently. Both are worth reading for his snark and insight, particularly the latter article that compares and contrasts Curry and Rivers. (“Why Duke Will Win the National Championship” & “Austin Rivers, Seth Curry and the Unforeseen Drama at Duke’s Midnight Madness”).

4. Get excited about Silent G

The Chronicle’s Tom Gieryn highlights the relatively un-highlighted member of this freshman class: Michael Gbinije. Hopefully this woke some members of the student body up to Mike G’s existence, even if the general population will mangle the pronunciation of his last name until he starts putting up big numbers.

5. Send good vibes toward Miles

K, y’all. How important is Miles Plumlee this year. Answer: very. Watch above dunk contest one more time! The most jacked and most vertically gifted of our players needs all the love he can get this year, his last at Duke, just like the founders of this site. As we go on, we remember…

6. Wake Forest doth break our hearts again 

Life is tough when you have to lose at football.

Deviled Eggs: 9/4/11

The crew rides an escalator in the Burj Khalifa, the tallest building in the world, while in Dubai. I bet Marshall felt small for the first time in his life. (Courtesy of DukeBluePlanet.com)

 

1. Blue Devils in Dubai: Three big things learned

The reliable Triangle hoops writer Dan Wiederer discusses 3 big takeaways from Duke’s game in Dubai. All I hope is that Ryan Kelly wears the “special panda hat” he picked up in China when the weather turns cold in Durham. That’d be the fashion statement of the semester.

2. Jon Scheyer arrives in Israel

Jon, who signed with Maccabi Tel Aviv in June, has arrived in the Jewish homeland. Maccabi starts play in late October. Euroleague teams only play about once a week, leaving more time for those physical, scrappy and foul-prone practices that produce insatiable ballers like Pau Gasol. Here’s hoping that Jon gets a few years of solid European experience and makes it back to the League.

3. Rasheed Sulaimon Interview from the Elite 24 event

2012 shooting guard commitment Rasheed Sulaimon recently participated in the Elite 24 game in Venice Beach, California. DevilHoops.com caught up with him for an interview. Sounds like Rasheed is developing a good relationship with Duke’s players and staff, and he wants to win a high school state championship. Good luck, ‘Sheed, can’t wait to see you on campus where you can reunite with some Duke TIP buddies.

4. Greek fans welcome Corey Maggette

Corey Maggette recently signed with PAOK, a basketball team in Greece. The author of above article on Ball Don’t Lie questions the Greek fanfare for Maggette, an apparently “soul-sucking” player. But PAOK fans just seem to go wild about basketball in general.

5. Relive Duke’s trip East with Chronicle coverage

Duke’s student newspaper did an excellent job in coverage the team’s trip to China and Dubai. Check out all the coverage in this cool multimedia timeline on the Chronicle sports blog.

6. Duke football finds new ways to disappoint, loses to Richmond for third consecutive time

But I thought field goal kicking was our strength? #SMH

That’s all for now, folks! Try to shed the sadness of the football debacle and look forward to next weekend when we play…oh…Stanford. Hm. See you there.

Deviled Eggs: 8/23/11

 

The team got the opportunity to check out the Bird's Nest, where much of the 2008 Beijing Olympics took place. (Photo: DukeBluePlanet.com)

1.  Duke takes Game 3 vs. China

You all probably know by now about Duke’s summer excursion.  The Blue Devils defeated the Chinese Junior National Team 93-78 yesterday, sweeping the 3-game series.  Ryan Kelly led the way with 20 points, and Miles Plumlee had a nice double-double with 14 points and 13 rebounds.  All in all, the team had 6 players in double-digit scoring.  Be sure to take a look at some of the postgame interviews on GoDuke.com.  Now, Duke is off to Dubai and will face the UAE National Team this Thursday, August 25th.

2.  Follow the remainder of the team’s journey with DukeBluePlanet

Outside of the games themselves, the team has been quite busy, from visiting the Forbidden City to climbing the Great Wall of China.  Catch up on all their experiences by checking out our good friend Dave Bradley’s blog of their time there.

3.  Coach K, the Leader

Two Duke faculty members explain what makes Coach K such an effective coach and leader.  They discuss how he creates a strong sense of community and spirit and suggest a few of his strategies for business leaders to follow.  Definitely check out this excellent article.

4. Ryan Kelly, the Beast

As alluded to earlier, RKelly has been on an absolute tear in China.  Even the Twitterverse is taking notice.  Could this be his break out year?  Only time will tell, but we certainly hope so!

5.  Meet Some of Duke’s Top 2013 Recruits

Three of Duke’s top 2013 targets are Jabari Parker, Julius Randle, and Nerlens Noel.  All three are right at the top of the Class of 2013 rankings.  Read a little about each of them and find out why many think this class has a chance to be one of the best in recent memory.  Afterwards, take a look at who else Duke is targeting in the Classes of 2012 and 2013.

6.  Elton Brand Gives His Thoughts on the Lockout’s Progress

And finally, some news from the NBA.  Elton Brand, former Blue Devil, is itching to play basketball again with his team, the Philadelphia 76ers.  So much that he helped set up a team workout for the coming week.  He’s been following the lockout’s progress closely for his teammates and hopes a resolution will come soon, though he admits that might be a bit of wishful thinking.  See what Brand has to say about what he’s been up to and what his near future looks like.

That’s all for this week’s Deviled Eggs.  Hope you enjoyed them!  Best of luck to the team on Thursday, and be on the lookout for more from us at Crazie-Talk as the team finishes up its worldwide tour!

Deviled Eggs: 4/11/11

 

Kyle and Nolan are still giving it their all for a few final collegiate games. (Courtesy of DukeBluePlanet.com)

1.  ACC Seniors Put on a Show in the ACC Barnstorming Tour

Every year, some of the top seniors in the ACC travel throughout the southeast to face off against local all-star teams and compete in slam dunk and 3-point contests.  Duke’s three seniors, Kyle Singler, Nolan Smith, and Casey Peters, are all part of this year’s squad.  There are still a few more stops left on their tour, so take a look at the schedule and see if they’ll be nearby.  You won’t want to miss this!

2.  Will Duke Add DeAndre Daniels to its Class of 2011?

While Kyrie Irving unfortunately announced last week that he will be entering the 2011 NBA Draft, he also speculated that Duke might be adding one more phenom to its already stellar Class of 2011, DeAndre Daniels.  Only time will tell if Kyrie is right.  Let’s hope he is.

3. Austin Rivers and Quinn Cook Shine in the Nike Hoop Summit

Two future Duke freshman participated in the annual Nike Hoop Summit this past weekend and helped lead the USA squad to victory.  Cook had 12 points and 3 assists, and Rivers finished with a game-high 20 points and was named MVP.  We just can’t say enough on how excited we are for this incoming class.

…And in other news, Bismack Biyombo is a total beast.  Look for him to go high in this year’s NBA Draft.

4. J.J. Redick Likely to Return for NBA Playoffs

Redick has been sidelined since early March with an abdominal strain.  Things are looking up though, and he looks to be back in time for the playoffs.  That’s certainly good news for the Magic, who definitely miss his presence on both the offensive and defensive ends.

5. 2012 Commits Doing Their Best to Sell Duke

Alex Murphy and Rasheed Sulaimon are doing all they can to produce their own version of the Fab Five.  They’ve been working hard to sway Shabazz Muhammad, L.J. Rose, and Tony Parker to join them in Durham in the fall of 2012.  Check out what Muhammad has to say about that in his latest HighSchoolHoop Diary entry.  Also, be sure to take a look at some analysis of a few of these high school stars from the Nike EYBL Session #1.

6. Mark Gottfried Not Afraid of Challenges

Last week, Mark Gottfried was named the new head coach of the N.C. State Wolfpack.  Let’s see if he has better success against his in-state rivals than Kool-Aid Man did.

That’s it for this week’s edition of Deviled Eggs.  Hope you enjoyed them!  Be on the lookout for the latest offseason news here at Crazie Talk!