Thursday, February 10, 2000
Houston, Texas
Volume 65, Issue 92

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Devils' blue streaks

Freshmen leading the way for Duke

NCAA/Top 25 Notebook
Josh Gajewski

The Duke Blue Devils entered the 1999-2000 season with more questions on their mind than possibly any other team in coach Mike Krzyzewski's tenure.

Nobody knew how the Devils would handle the loss of four key members who, amazingly enough, were all among the first 14 players selected in the NBA Draft.

Pete Mickeal (left), coach Bob Huggins (right) and the rest of the Cincinnati Bearcats are still comfortable in the No. 1 spot nationally. They received 27 of 31 first place votes.

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But critics should have known better.

Coach 'K' is currently leading a cast that, at its young age, is not only thinking about the NCAA Tournament, but the elusive championship that was barely lost to Connecticut a year ago.

Duke is currently No. 3 in the national poll, and has not lost a game since the start of the season, carrying an 18-game winning streak.

Next Wednesday, two more streaks will be on the line when No. 23 Maryland strolls into Cameron Indoor Stadium in Durham, N.C. The Devils are riding an incredible 31-game winning streak versus Atlantic Coast Conference opponents and an unprecedented 46-game streak at home.

The reason for the success?

Although the 1999 recruiting class was one of Krzyzewski's the largest in, it also looks like the most talented -- and the players have grown up very, fast.

Leading the way is Jason Williams, a 6-2 guard from New Jersey who has started all 20 games this season, averaging 14.7 points and 5.8 assists per game. Freshmen Carlos Boozer (16.9 ppg) and Mike Dunleavy Jr. (9.9 ppg off the bench) follow close behind.

Under fire

A 17-6 record and 6-3 conference mark would be an easy pill to swallow for just about any team in the nation, but not at Kansas, where the 18th-ranked Jayhawks are reeling after their worst defeat in two seasons and third-worst loss in school history.

The 86-53 thrashing at the hands of Oklahoma State has coach Roy Williams feeling the heat, with some speculation surfacing that his job may even be at risk.

This after Missouri blasted the Jayhawks by 22 points, with an undermanned roster, just two weeks ago.

Williams led KU to two Final Four appearances in his first five years at the school.

Langhi leads the way

No. 22 Vanderbilt is heading into Wednesday's action 15-4, largely because of the inspired play of Dan Langhi, who has emerged as the Southeastern Conference's top player.

The 6-11 senior currently holds a top-five spot in four different SEC categories. He's first in scoring (22.1), third in three-point percentage (43) and free-throw percentage (87.2), and is fourth in three-point field goals made (2.11 per game).

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