Fresh off his trip to New York to promote his new book, Coach K and the Blue Devils kick off practice today without the hoopla of “Midnight Madness” in what will be one of the more unpredictable Duke seasons in recent memory.

A team without seniors but heavy on athleticism will give the coaching staff plenty of incentive to build on a high-pressure defense, and run teams out of the gym. There will be bumps along the way–this team isn’t going to be undefeated when March comes around–but this is precisely the kind of situation in which Krzyzewski-coached teams thrive.

Keep an eye out for the progress of Greg Paulus; the defensive confidence of Martynas Pocius (and if you’re a certain former Utah coach, stop staring at his damn calves); and the acclimation of the entire freshmen class.

Should be a fun season…

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Coach G’s squad kicks things off at 7 p.m. with high expectations and the motivation of overcoming last season’s frustrating finish with the realization of a still-elusive goal: the program’s first national championship.

Returning three starters, the best sophomore in America, and the nation’s seventh-best recruiting class, Coach G’s fifteenth season at the helm promises to be another great one.

The ACC is as competitive as it has ever been, however, as Maryland is a consensus No. 1 pick by the pundits, and the Tar Heels are not far behind. Duke is not expected to be a slouch, however, as it is tabbed anywhere from 6 to 8 in most national polls.

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