1. via @nunesmagician

"It didn’t take long at all for the highly anticipated matchups with Duke to become a bonafide basketball rivalry. After just two games, it looks like Duke and Syracuse will have one of the biggest rivalries in basketball for years to come. It started off with a dramatic overtime victory for the Orange in front of a record crowd at the Dome. Then came Boeheim’s tirade and ejection in a close win for the Blue Devils at Cameron Indoor. Two games in and this rivalry’s already got some classic moments that won’t be forgotten any time soon. Additionally, Syracuse is developing a bit of a lacrosse rivalry with the Dukies. The two have played a non-conference game in 2011 and 2012, met in the NCAA Tournament in 2012 and 2013 (in the national title game for the latter), and had an exhilarating battle in the 2014 ACC Tournament. With Duke overtaking Syracuse’s role of the king of lacrosse for the time being, this should continue to work its way up Syracuse’s lacrosse rivalry ranks.

Speaking of lacrosse, we already had a rivalry with Virginia in that before the ACC move. Cuse and UVA always seems to be a barnburner of a lacrosse game, filled with fast-paced gameplay and results in question until the final horn. With many classic NCAA Tournament and late February/early March battles, this has always been one to circle the calendar for in the spring. With Virginia’s basketball team on the rise, this should also shape up to be a great basketball series. The ACC calendar makers have been pretty good at making both the basketball and lacrosse games the same weekend, so we may have ourselves a nice little tradition going with the Hoos from this point forward.

Although the first ACC matchup wasn’t a classic, North Carolina should figure to be an ACC rivalry for years to come. That’s because when you have two top tier basketball programs rich with tradition, it’s pretty much impossible for this not to become a big rivalry. Add in the fact UNC coach Roy Williams was coaching Kansas when Jim Boeheim and Syracuse won the national title in 2003, and you’ve got all the storylines and narrative you need each time the Heels and Orange touch the court. This could become a lacrosse rivalry, too, but that would probably require a postseason matchup and well… UNC tends to sputter in May.”

    via @nunesmagician

    "It didn’t take long at all for the highly anticipated matchups with Duke to become a bonafide basketball rivalry. After just two games, it looks like Duke and Syracuse will have one of the biggest rivalries in basketball for years to come. It started off with a dramatic overtime victory for the Orange in front of a record crowd at the Dome. Then came Boeheim’s tirade and ejection in a close win for the Blue Devils at Cameron Indoor. Two games in and this rivalry’s already got some classic moments that won’t be forgotten any time soon. Additionally, Syracuse is developing a bit of a lacrosse rivalry with the Dukies. The two have played a non-conference game in 2011 and 2012, met in the NCAA Tournament in 2012 and 2013 (in the national title game for the latter), and had an exhilarating battle in the 2014 ACC Tournament. With Duke overtaking Syracuse’s role of the king of lacrosse for the time being, this should continue to work its way up Syracuse’s lacrosse rivalry ranks.

    Speaking of lacrosse, we already had a rivalry with Virginia in that before the ACC move. Cuse and UVA always seems to be a barnburner of a lacrosse game, filled with fast-paced gameplay and results in question until the final horn. With many classic NCAA Tournament and late February/early March battles, this has always been one to circle the calendar for in the spring. With Virginia’s basketball team on the rise, this should also shape up to be a great basketball series. The ACC calendar makers have been pretty good at making both the basketball and lacrosse games the same weekend, so we may have ourselves a nice little tradition going with the Hoos from this point forward.

    Although the first ACC matchup wasn’t a classic, North Carolina should figure to be an ACC rivalry for years to come. That’s because when you have two top tier basketball programs rich with tradition, it’s pretty much impossible for this not to become a big rivalry. Add in the fact UNC coach Roy Williams was coaching Kansas when Jim Boeheim and Syracuse won the national title in 2003, and you’ve got all the storylines and narrative you need each time the Heels and Orange touch the court. This could become a lacrosse rivalry, too, but that would probably require a postseason matchup and well… UNC tends to sputter in May.”

  2. A sight we actually didn’t see much of thanks to The Toe.

*edit* Now that he’s LeBron’s point guard, perhaps I should bump this up the queue.

*further edit* I just realized I was at this game, when I worked for CBS. Good times.*

    A sight we actually didn’t see much of thanks to The Toe.

    *edit* Now that he’s LeBron’s point guard, perhaps I should bump this up the queue.

    *further edit* I just realized I was at this game, when I worked for CBS. Good times.*

  3. Columbia vs. Duke

    Columbia vs. Duke

  4. via @Classical:

"Duke beats you in the most deflating way possible.

Because they generally don’t look that good, although also if they aren’t that good then why are we down by 20 and it’s just like — you know what? Fuck it, fuck these guys, this game is stupid, what else is on? Like the Yankees, or Notre Dame football once upon a time, Duke basketball is emblematic of a particular sort of ultra-smug sporting excellence, the subject of soft-lit and platitudinous ESPN segments that make you, the average sports fan and/or thinking person, just kind of want to vomit.”

    via @Classical:

    "Duke beats you in the most deflating way possible.

    Because they generally don’t look that good, although also if they aren’t that good then why are we down by 20 and it’s just like — you know what? Fuck it, fuck these guys, this game is stupid, what else is on? Like the Yankees, or Notre Dame football once upon a time, Duke basketball is emblematic of a particular sort of ultra-smug sporting excellence, the subject of soft-lit and platitudinous ESPN segments that make you, the average sports fan and/or thinking person, just kind of want to vomit.”

  5. AP photo from Mercer’s upset of Duke.

    AP photo from Mercer’s upset of Duke.

  6. Boy, the schadenfreude just got reaaaallll thick up in here.

  7. Duke debuts faster pace in preseason victoryThis year’s Duke team is younger than what we usually see in Durham. That’s tough, because…View Post

    Duke debuts faster pace in preseason victory

    This year’s Duke team is younger than what we usually see in Durham. That’s tough, because…

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  8. Greg Paulus is now officially an assistant coach at Ohio State. I asked to interview him a couple years back when they made him video coordinator, because I assumed this was coming, but they denied me.

    Greg Paulus is now officially an assistant coach at Ohio State. I asked to interview him a couple years back when they made him video coordinator, because I assumed this was coming, but they denied me.

  9. kmrnkrzy4lyfe:

Words to live by.

    kmrnkrzy4lyfe:

    Words to live by.

  10. Oh, so Dukey.