After an impressive sweep through Southern Illinois and Michigan at the 2K Sports Classic, the Blue Devils can pronounce that this edition is much better prepared for a march toward March, writes Andy Katz.
It has been awhile since the elder statesmen have dominated college hoops. But next season promises to be a senior-laden year, and the upperclassmen all took unique paths to reach their final year on campus, writes Andy Glockner.
Mike Krzyzewski already has had a busy offseason, as he's had to completely reshuffle his coaching staff. But the busy summer is just starting, as his Olympic duties are about to begin, writes Andy Katz.
The players hate the treadmill, but West Virginia has learned to love Bob Huggins' tough love and tough-as-nails coaching style. And the Mountaineers played like Huggins in knocking off Duke, writes Dana O'Neil.
No. 2-seeded Duke actually trailed in the final 15 seconds before barely avoiding the monumental upset, using every last one of Gerald Henderson's 21 points to edge No. 15 Belmont 71-70 in the first round of the West Regional on Thursday night.
Duke breathed a sigh of relief when Justin Hare's game-winning heave clanked off the rim. Belmont was angry it let the game slip away. Such is the life for a Duke program that is no longer feared by 15-seeds, writes Dana O'Neil.
Danny Green had 18 points and top-ranked North Carolina scored the final 10 points of its 76-68 victory over No. 6 Duke on Saturday night to give the Tar Heels the Atlantic Coast Conference regular-season title.