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 10/5/09

Every Monday morning, Crazie Talk culls Duke basketball news, articles, and videos into a half dozen of the best “Deviled Eggs” on the interwebs.

Here are this week’s best:

Photo courtesy of BlueDevilNation.net

Photo courtesy of BlueDevilNation.net

1. Irving: “I’m leaning towards Duke”

Irving is scheduled to take his visit to Texas A&M this upcoming weekend and Kentucky the following weekend. But he’s also said that he’s taking “one visit at a time”. Does that mean he’ll make it to Big Blue Madness in Lexington?

2. Kyrie Irving, Pioneer?

Sports Illustrated has a great read about the use of social networking in recruiting, which has its advantages and disadvantages. Kyrie Irving is an avid Twitter user (he will announce his decision via Twitter) and has scheduled live UStream shows to interact with his fans.

3. Duke students too trigger happy

The Charlotte Observer noticed that Duke compliance had to intervene during Kyrie’s visit. We here at Crazie Talk have no comment on this issue.

4. Roscoe Smith To Visit Duke Oct. 9th

Roscoe Smith, Duke’s top 2010 target behind Irving and Harrison Barnes, has cut his list down to three schools and set his visit schedule. Two Big East schools, UConn and Georgetown, are in the running with us and he will be on campus this coming weekend (October 9-11).

5. Austin Rivers, chip off the old Doc

Austin Rivers is the prodigal son of the Celtics’ championship coach. You know the story of Rivers, how he is somewhat committed to Florida right now, but is interested in Duke. Boston Globe writer Bob Ryan notes that Rivers is a high school senior. Does that mean he can be in the class of 2010 instead of 2011, or is that a mistake on Ryan’s part?

6. CBSSports’ Gary Parrish comments on Duke’s recruiting

I’m calling out Gary Parrish right now. You can attack Duke’s recruiting all you want, but you are extremely ignorant when you say this:“It’s a direct result, I think, of putting too much emphasis on character and intangibles — i.e., so-called “good and smart kids” — in recruiting and not enough emphasis on just getting badass ballers who can run and jump at an elite level.” I’ll leave it for you guys to figure out what he meant.

BONUS:

7. Former Duke stars in competition for top recruit in unlikely places

Academic stalwarts Harvard and Stanford are neck-and-neck in the race for 6’10” Dwight Powell, a Scout four-star recruit (five-stars from Rivals) out of Toronto. Former Duke guards Tommy Amaker (Harvard) and Johnny Dawkins (Stanford), who comprised the backcourt for Duke’s 1986 Final Four team, are the men pulling the triggers on Powell’s recruitment. While Stanford plays in the Pac-10, Harvard does not usually recruit four and five-stars to the Ivy League, so a win for Amaker could be huge for the Crimson.