As we march our way deeper into the 2013 college basketball season, there isn’t a team that remains more interesting to casual fans than the Duke Blue Devils. Some people love them, some people hate them, but as is the case most years, no team is more interesting than Coach K’s bunch.
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And on Tuesday, one of the leading names covering Duke, Laura Keeley of the Raleigh News and Observer stopped by to discuss all the major story lines with this team.
Laura has been with this club since the first practice in October and she and I discussed a number of different topics on the 2013 Blue Devils, starting with:
- What is it like to be around Coach K every day? The coach will always get under the skin of rivals, but no one continues to re-invent themselves year-in and year-out like Coach K does. Also, Laura discusses the expectation levels that both Duke players and Coach K have for themselves, which in general are much higher than even the public’s perception and opinion.
- To date, how do Duke fans view the season so far? Had you told most in October that they’d be 17-2 heading into February most would’ve taken that, but with recent losses to Miami and NC State there are concerns as well. Where is this team? And where are they going?
- Laura discusses key injuries to both Ryan Kelly and Seth Curry. We all know about Kelly’s foot, but Curry’s banged up shin is just as important as well. How far can this team go without both at 100 percent?
- What are the story lines Laura is looking to heading into the home-stretch of the 2013 season? Laura discusses other injuries, the emergence of Rasheed Sulaimon and whether or not Amile Jefferson can fill the void left by Kelly.
Finally, Laura talks about the top of the ACC and how she’d rank NC State, Miami and Duke after seeing all three in the past few weeks.
Folks, the Duke Blue Devils are going to remain one of the most fascinating clubs in college basketball, so why not catch up on everything you need to know about this team now? Few know the program quite like Laura does and on Tuesday she dropped a ton of knowledge on the past, present and future of this program. If you care about college basketball or ACC hoops in general, this is one podcast you don’t want to miss.
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Finally I want to thank Laura for her time, and encourage you to follow her on Twitter @LauraKeeley. And of course, I want to thank you for taking the time to listen to the show.
Until next time…