Apparently Mike Krzyzewski Used to Get in Fights at the Palestra Back When it Was All the Rage

Apparently Mike Krzyzewski Used to Get in Fights at the Palestra Back When it Was All the Rage

The Duke University Blue Devils are quite possibly the most divisive college basketball program in the country.

Some people (Dick Vitale) see them as the A-No. 1 cat's pajamas of collegiate athletics. Other people (Jalen Rose) tend to disagree for reasons which will go unstipulated here (but fully stipulated by Rose himself here).

Well, just in case you had any particular stereotypes in mind about the Dukies, you might be surprised to hear their head coach discuss some of the finer points of his street credibility within the city of Philadelphia.

If they don't have a Wilt story, they have a Palestra story. And everybody's got one. Read Mike Krzyzewski's after the jump...

Speaking with reporters after his team's blowout of the Penn Quakers from inside Cameron Indoor on Sunday night, Coach K shared a great reverence for our fair city and its proud basketball tradition. It's not uncommon—especially on this site—to hear local college basketball fans pine for a return to the days of double-headers at the Palestra, telling and retelling story after story, all of which have added to the building's already untouchable mystique.

Add this one, courtesy of CSNPhilly's Matt Haughton, to the list:

“I love the Palestra,” the Duke head coach said. “I played there as a player. They used to allow you, and they still allow you to have scrimmages against teams. It’s one of two games that you can play or you play exhibition. For a couple of years, coach [Bobby] Knight would take us, we wouldn’t go to the Army-Navy football game, we’d scrimmage all day against Penn. Get into fights. Morning, now let’s come back in the afternoon, now let’s come back at night. Just to make it a trilogy of scrimmages."

And he didn't even mention the part about how the team would have to walk 20 blocks through the snow to make it to the building (uphill! both ways!)

Nah, seriously though, I love old basketball stories; and Krzyzewski more than likely has as many as anyone to tell—save, of course, for our own coach Chaney.

Speaking of which, the Temple Owls will be hosting those same Duke University Blue Devils tomorrow evening at 7 p.m. The game will be played at neither the Palestra nor the Owls' own home court.

See the best part about these stories is the sense that something truly special used to exist. The worst part is that realization that there could possibly be more Dukeheads than Owl alums at the Wells Fargo Center tomorrow night.

Oh well...

Temple cracks Top 25 in final CFP rankings, will play in Military Bowl

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Temple cracks Top 25 in final CFP rankings, will play in Military Bowl

After winning its first American Athletic Conference championship Saturday, Temple learned its postseason fate Sunday and it does not involve a New Year's Six bowl game.

The Owls will play in the Military Bowl on Dec. 27 in Annapolis, Maryland. Their opponent will be announced at 4 p.m. Temple also finished No. 24 in the final College Football Playoff rankings and No. 23 in the AP poll.

At 10-3, Temple has its first back-to-back 10-win season in program history. It's also the first time the Owls have been ranked in consecutive seasons. Head coach Matt Rhule now has 28 wins as Temple's head coach, tying him with Bruce Arians' for the sixth-most in school history.

Flyers-Predators 5 things: Going for longest win streak since 2014

Flyers-Predators 5 things: Going for longest win streak since 2014

Flyers (13-10-3) at Predators (11-8-4)
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The Flyers have won a season-high four games in a row. They'll try to make it five Sunday night when they visit the Nashville Predators at Bridgestone Arena for the second game of a back-to-back set.

Let's take a look at five things you need to know.

1. Streaking like 2014?
Not only do the Flyers have a chance to extend their season-best winning streak, but they're also looking to win their most consecutive games since March 15-22, 2014, when they also won five straight.

The Flyers have put up strong showings in the back ends of back-to-backs, going 4-1-1 thus far.

“You just have to have the work ethic night in and night out," Steve Mason said Saturday after the Flyers' 3-1 win over the Blackhawks. "And, I think we were struggling to find that. There are games when we were swarming and giving teams no other option, and other nights we were chasing the puck.

"We have another tough test going to Nashville to play. So, we’re going to have to follow up with another great effort.” 

2. A Provorov encore?
Ivan Provorov's confidence has to be at his highest of the season.

In Saturday's win, the 19-year-old blueliner scored two goals in a 31-second span to double his goal total through the first 25 games.

Provorov said he thinks defense first, but the offensive production is a good sign.

“Score one goal in a game, it’s a good feeling. Score two in one shift, it’s unbelievable,” Provorov said.

“Every time you score, it’s like a confidence booster."

3. Predators finding stride
After losing eight of their first 11 games, Peter Laviolette's Predators have gotten on track, going 8-3-1 since.

Nashville ranks in the top half of the league in goals per game (3.00 — tied for fifth), goals against per game (2.61 — 15th), power-play percentage (22.6 — sixth) and penalty-kill percentage (84.5 — 10th).

Last time out, the Predators blew a 4-1 lead in the third period for a 5-4 overtime loss to the Devils on Saturday, so they should be extra focused.

4. Keep an eye on ...
Flyers: On Saturday, Brayden Schenn scored just his second goal in his past 18 games. Schenn can be streaky so maybe he feeds off that goal. He's also a career plus-4 against the Predators, with two goals and three assists in eight games.

Predators: Let's go P.K. Subban, who isn't exactly a favorite among Flyers fans. He's off to a nice start in his first season in Nashville with six goals and 10 assists, and eight points (three goals, five assists) in his last eight games.

5. This and that
• Flyers goalie Steve Mason is 7-7-5 with a 2.42 goals-against average and .916 save percentage in 20 career games against the Predators.

• Nashville goalie Pekka Rinne is 3-2-2 with a 2.91 goals-against average and .906 save percentage in seven career games against the Flyers.

• Claude Giroux is four assists away from passing Rick MacLeish (369) and Eric Lindros (369) for fifth on the Flyers’ all-time list.