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Duke’s Nolan Smith: “We’re not the defending champions”

Coach K's four national championship teams at Duke University have been defined by threes.

#KOBE BRYANT

Revenge of the Sith: Duke wins another National Championship

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Under the list of ingredients that have become standard in the NCAA championship recipe -- defense, momentum, chip on the shoulder, good coaching, depth, etc.

Troy Murphy

Black Like Me: What Duke vs. Butler means for the face of basketball

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When it comes to sports, I am a certified and admitted racist.

Shelvin Mack

3 Key Matchups In Tonight’s National Championship Game

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The always entertaining and interesting Jonah Lehrer has an essay in this past weekend's Wall Street Journal which uses recent studies to examine The Superstar Effect: "While challenging competitions are supposed to bring out our best, these studies demonstrate that when people are forced to compete against a peer who seems far superior, they often don't rise to the challenge.

west virginia

Kevin Jones West Virginia Final Four Diary: The End of the Road

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West Virginia was two wins shy of a national championship. While that won't be any immediate consolation to the players who worked all season to get to the Final Four, it's a lot better than 300-something other D-1 teams can say.

#CARMELO ANTHONY

Duke and Butler in the NCAA title game; Derrick Rose is a Bad Man

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Everybody wants to make the Hoosiers comparison, but the best movie for Butler's surprise run to the NCAA championship game might be Invictus.

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Duke will win the National Championship

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For all of those haters and "experts" who have been crying from moment the original NCAA Tournament seedings were announced weeks ago (and there were many) that Duke was handed a cakewalk to the Final Four, know this: when the smoke clears, Duke will have absolutely earned their stripes by battling through what has quickly become the most difficult road to a national championship faced by any team in the field.

#DERRICK ROSE

Say Hi to the Bad Guys

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College basketball's Decepticons are back. Duke is in the Final Four for the 11th time during Coach K's reign (and the first time since '04), so if you'd been missing Krzyzewski's scowl, the army of three-point bombers, the goofy big guys, the smug grins, the confident swagger, and Dick Vitale re-enacting an Extenze commercial with every TV cameo ("I'm bigger.

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Great Moments In Cinematic History With Duke Basketball

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As if this wasn't good enough, watch the guys from Duke reenact famous scenes from Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me, The Godfather (with Steve Wojciechowski), Titanic and Gladiator.

#video

Season Cancelled: Duke Basketball

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While normally the highlights from Midnight Madness are simply dunk contests and cameos from former players, the guys at Duke (with help from the school's improv department) took it to a whole new level.

UTAH STATE

5 things to think about when filling out your NCAA bracket

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Whether you've got just one empty Big Dance bracket staring back at you or five, here's a few pointers before you put that crucial $20 on the line: 1.


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