Tom Izzo has modeled many aspects of his Michigan State program on what Mike Krzyzewski has done at Duke, with tremendous success. And yet Izzo has had almost no success against Krzyzewski, in the NCAA tournament or otherwise.
In the disappointment over the way the Tar Heels and Wolfpack exited the NCAA tournament, there is this: Both are in position to return almost their entire teams next season. With Duke facing a likely NBA exodus, and a retooling if not a rebuilding, the balance of power in the Triangle is going to shift.
College basketball coaches don’t wear a uniform, but for most, a suit and tie is the same thing. For some others, it’s hard to tell if they even own a tie. Suits and sportcoats hold sway, but neckwear is the wild card.
NC State offered Raleigh’s Anton Gill a scholarship when he was in high school at Ravenscroft. He went to Louisville instead, and nearly single-handedly knocked the Wolfpack out of the NCAA tournament Friday.
It’s still strange to think this is an ACC game in an ACC city, with NC State and Louisville playing a regional semifinal in Syracuse, only the fourth time ACC teams have met in the NCAA tournament, but that’s the conference in 2015.
In the realm of power rankings and probabilities, it's just about a 50-50 shot Duke, North Carolina or N.C. State makes the Final Four. Statistically speaking, it's a coin flip. Practically speaking, it's going to happen. It has to happen.
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While the North Carolina Tar Heels basketball team would certainly be better off with Kennedy Meeks than without him, his loss might not be as crippling against Wisconsin as another team, or as another player would be against Wisconsin.
You don’t win as many NCAA tournament games as Dean Smith without a little help. Hubert Davis’ assist helped Roy Williams to his 65th tournament win, tying his mentor and moving North Carolina along to the second weekend for the first time since 2012 with a win over Arkansas.
Even while missing most of two months with a broken foot, North Carolina Tar Heels guard Theo Pinson was the team’s main source of energy. Now that he’s healthy, he might be able to provide a boost on the court as well.
Tommy Amaker, the former Duke player and assistant coach, has built a powerhouse at Harvard that not only has won NCAA tournament games the past two seasons but raised the bar for the entire Ivy League.
The Blue Devils have talent, some experience to go with their precocious freshmen, a long list of road wins against good teams and have lost only once since January. Still, until Duke actually wins its first game of the NCAA tournament with a team full of freshmen, the Blue Devils will have something to prove.
Friday night at Greensboro Coliseum turned out to be – well, let’s just say the Big East may have been on to something all those years. The atmosphere was electric for the semifinals of the ACC tournament.
With apologies to Virginia and Notre Dame, both of which will play their first game of the ACC Tournament, it's hard not to look past the third installment of North Carolina and Louisville in the afternoon session and the rematch of NC State and Duke in the evening.
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