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Gameday: Duquesne

THE CONTENTS: No. 7 Duke battles Duquesne at 3 p.m. at Cameron Indoor Stadium today. You can see the game on ESPN with Bob Picozzi and Jimmy Dykes and hear it on 620 AM.

THE EXPOSITION: Duke (6-0) got a much-needed break after playing four games in eight days. The Blue Devils are coming off their 78-58 victory over Montana.

Duquesne (4-0) hasn’t exactly played top-flight competition yet. The Dukes have defeated High Point, Saint Francis (PA), Furman, and South Carolina Upstate. Duquesne was picked to finish 12th in the 14-team Atlantic-10 (that’s a lot of numbers). For context, Rhode Island was picked to finish ninth. It is the first Dukes game to be televised nationally since 1995.

Duke is 4-1 all-time against Duquesne, including a 3-0 mark in Durham.

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Tangled Up In Blue-White

Duke point guards Greg Paulus and Nolan Smith battle for a loose ball in Saturdays Blue-White scrimmage in Cameron Indoor Stadium. Photo by Glen Gutterson/The Chronicle

Duke point guards Greg Paulus and Nolan Smith battle for a loose ball in Saturday's Blue-White scrimmage in Cameron Indoor Stadium. Photo by Glen Gutterson/The Chronicle

Check out a photo slideshow of Saturday’s Blue-White scrimmage by following this link.

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Paulus, Henderson, Scheyer Named Captains

Senior Greg Paulus and juniors Gerald Henderson and Jon Scheyer were named captains for the upcoming season, Mike Krzyzewski announced Friday morning.

On the surface, the news isn’t that surprising. Paulus seemed to be a lock to reprise the role after he was a sophomore captain, especially after taking on such a quiet leadership position last season. Henderson and Scheyer were the only two players to produce in the NCAA Tournament last year, combining for 33 points in Duke’s 73-67 loss to West Virginia in the second round. One player who some thought might earn the nod is redshirt senior Dave McClure, a defensive stalwart who appears to reek of captain material.

DeMarcus Nelson was the lone captain of last year’s squad after Nelson, Paulus and Josh McRoberts shared tri-captaincy the year before. Krzyzewski said he named Nelson the only captain–rather than including Paulus last year–because he thought the position had been “diluted” the year before with three leaders.

What prompted the change this year?

–by Ben Cohen

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My Money’s On Duke(s)

A quick scheduling note on this NBA Draft night: Duke will square off with Duquesne Nov. 28, the day after Thanksgiving, and the contest will be aired on espn2. The Dukes finished 17-13 last year and lost in the first round of the Atlantic 10 Tournament. It is believed to be their first televised game in more than 10 years.

The game in Cameron Indoor Stadium seems to be a pretty big deal in the Duquesne camp—a photo of Mike Krzyzewski and Greg Paulus is the lead visual for a press release announcing the Dukes’ 2008-2009 schedule.

Other known games for the Blue Devils next season include a game at the Meadowlands with Xavier, participation in the Coaches vs. Cancer tournament in Madison Square Garden, an away matchup with Purdue in the ACC/Big 10 Challenge and home contests against Georgetown and Davidson. The entire schedule will be released in mid-August.

—by Ben Cohen

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Coach K On Duke’s Injuries

Mike Krzyzewski thinks Duke has the right combination of talent and experience to be a legitimate national championship contender. (Joe Lunardi, in a ridiculously early Bracketology, agrees.) But the defining factor of the Blue Devils’ season may not be Greg Paulus’ jump shot, Gerald Henderson’s rise to stardom or the development of an inside presence. Krzyzewski thinks it will be the team’s health.

“We’re really excited because we’re finally going to be old, and hopefully healthy,” Krzyzewski said in an exclusive interview with The Chronicle Tuesday.

Perhaps the two least documented injuries are those of Paulus and Henderson. Krzyzewski said Paulus was struggling with an injury a year after he had surgery on his broken left foot. Paulus sat out for more than two months after the season with a problem in his knee, namely the iliotibial (IT) band. Krzyzewski cited a chronic problem, and given some cursory research, it becomes clear that it was most likely iliotibial band syndrome (ITBS), a common injury sometimes referred to as runner’s knee. Paulus could have had surgery, but opted not to, Krzyzewski said. Some information about ITBS:

  • The IT band is a “thick band of tissue” that surrounds muscle.
  • Common symptoms of ITB pain include a “sharp or burning pain on the outside of the knee when running,” and “typically, an athlete is unable to ‘run through’ ITB pain.” There is little swelling, but the knee is often tender and pain usually persists.

Henderson, like Lance Thomas, had surgery April 1 to repair a torn ligament in his right wrist. He initially injured his shooting hand in Duke’s win over North Carolina Feb. 6, and then further hyperextended it March 15 in the ACC Tournament. He played with a brace after the UNC game. He was expected to be sidelined for 12 to 16 weeks, and is still two weeks away from playing with his right hand.

To compensate, Henderson has been doing everything with only his left hand, Krzyzewski said.

Center Brian Zoubek’s problems with health have been abundant. Zoubek had surgery on his left foot in April, less than one year after undergoing a procedure to repair a fracture in his left foot’s fifth metatarsal in July 2007. Henderson and Lance Thomas both had hand surgeries in April; Henderson was expected to be sidelined for 12 to 16 weeks, and Thomas’ prognosis called for eight to 10 weeks.

The Chronicle will publish excerpts from our exclusive interview with Krzyzewski starting Monday, so be sure to check back then for more about the Olympics, Duke’s prospects and more.

–by Ben Cohen

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Coach K Wants Job To Stay In Duke Family

At his annual summer press conference Tuesday, Mike Krzyzewski said he would not appoint his own successor, because it wasn’t in his right as a men’s basketball coach–that decision belongs to Duke, and Duke only. Earlier in the day, Krzyzewski told The Chronicle in an exclusive interview, though, that he would use his input in deciding his successor to advocate for a replacement with a previous connection to Duke.

“Yeah, I would [want the job to stay in the Duke family],” Krzyzewski said. “I don’t think it should just be my decision. That’s not being a team player, although I would hope that I have some serious input. If we didn’t have anyone in our family who was worthy enough to do it, I’d say you go out of it. But we will have people, and we’ll have more than one.”

So who are those people? Stanford head coach Johnny Dawkins, for one. Frenzy about Krzyzewski’s succession plan became relevant again when Stanford athletic director Bob Bowlsby introduced Dawkins as Krzyzewski’s likely successor. Associate head coaches Steve Wojciechowski and Chris Collins have an abundance of experience on the Duke sideline, but neither has been a head coach. Krzyzewski, however, said that not having a head coaching job on a resume shouldn’t hinder a potential successor.

“I don’t think [Dawkins] needed to [go to Stanford] to be considered. That doesn’t mean he was going to be the coach,” Krzyzewski, 61, told The Chronicle. “When [former athletic director Tom] Butters hired me 28 years ago, I had been a head coach at Army for five years. That helped me, but I had to learn how to coach on this level. There’s a learning curve. Say [Steve Wojciechowski] and Chris [Collins]… the knowledge of what it takes to do it here, is pretty important, especially if we can keep it going. If we don’t stay at a high level, then guys shouldn’t be considered. But if we’re able to stay at a very high level and compete…”

Other members of the Duke family–that is, former Blue Devils or parts of Krzyzewski’s coaching tree–include Harvard head coach Tommy Amaker, Notre Dame head coach Mike Brey and Oklahoma head coach Jeff Capel. David Henderson is the head coach at Delaware, and Quin Snyder was a former head coach at Missouri. And don’t forget about players, either. After all, in 10 years, Greg Paulus will already be 30!

Check back with The Chronicle starting Monday for audio excerpts from our exclusive interview with Coach K. Before then, what do you think of Krzyzewski’s comments on succession? Offer your opinions below, in the comments section.

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Georgetown and Duke Will Resume Series

We were working on getting this confirmed this week, but it seems like ESPN’s Andy Katz beat us to it. He talked to Georgetown head coach John Thompson III, who told him his Hoyas will travel to Cameron Indoor Stadium this upcoming season to resume a series with Duke. The series was not played this year because of a clause written in the contract.

When the two teams last played Dec. 2, 2006, the No. 11 Blue Devils topped Georgetown 61-52 in Cameron behind Greg Paulus’ 13 second-half points, his best performance of the year to that point. After the game, head coach Mike Krzyzewski especially praised the atmosphere inside the arena. “It was just one of those good Saturday nights to be in here, and we were fortunate to win…. It was like an old-time game tonight.”

We’ll have more scheduling updates for you in the next week.

—by Ben Cohen

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