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Posts Tagged ‘Gerald Henderson’

Gerald Henderson Helps Duke Flush Maryland

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Duke went into hostile territory and with the help of Gerald Henderson, the Blue Devils dispatched a Maryland Terrapins team that had just beaten North Carolina. Henderson led his team with 19 points and a nasty, nasty tomahawk jam in the second half (45 second mark). It was a big win for the Blue Devils as they ended a three-game ACC road losing streak. The game also featured a crushing pick set by Maryland center Dave Neal on Duke’s Nolan Smith. In fact, the pick was so brutal, it’s become a lively sports blog meme this morning. Apparently, the sports world likes watch Duke players suffer — especially when they win.

What to Look Forward To (Duke/Carolina)

In case you missed it, there’s a rivalry game of some not on a certain sports channel tonight. Maybe you’ve heard of it? Duke/North Carolina? It’s only the biggest rivalry in the known universe; and so, with that in mind, here are some of the gems the Duke/Carolina games have given us over the years.

Remember Jerry Stackhouse? Of course you do.

How about Gerald Henderson dunking Tyler Hansbrough’s nose — if, by dunking, I mean “absolutely smashing?”

See Tyler’s nose explode after the jump >>

Gerald Henderson Had a Great Second Half

Say what you will about the Duke Blue Devils and vicariously, Gerald Henderson. While Coach K may not have the most liked team in America, they do pile up the wins; during the regular season, at least. The Blue Devils usually feature a talented guard/wing player and this year, said honor falls to Gerald Henderson. Henderson saved the Blue Devils’ bacon last night after a subpar first half that saw Duke trailing when they went back to the locker rooms. In the second half, it was all Henderson as he scored 17 of his 21 points, leading the Blue Devils to a 4-0 start in ACC play.

More on Duke after the jump >>

Gerald Henderson Has Mad Hops

Yes, I know most of the college basketball rooting world doesn’t like Duke much, well, besides the Cameron Crazies, but as an unbiased bastion of sports reporting, we like to give props when they are deserved — even if, in our informative years, we began to despise the Duke Blue Devils.

You can blame Christian Laettner for that one.

Nevertheless, it would be completely foolish of me to deny Henderson’s nasty alley-oop finish in Duke fairly meaningless game against UNC-Asheville. Henderson is making a habit of providing some vicious dunks this season. Needless to say, the Blue Devils crushed the Bulldogs, 99-56, but it was Henderson’s flush that was the star of the highlight reel — and in the end, isn’t that what’s important?

Best Dunker in College Basketball?

Chris Wright

Besides copious amounts of food and weight-gaining, Thanksgiving also provides a veritable smorgasbord of highlight-worthy sports, especially from the world of college basketball. Starting last week and continuing on until Christmas, there are about a thousand different pre-conference basketball tournaments — fertile ground for athletes who make dunking over defenders look like one of the easiest things to do in sports.

Even though the 2008-09 season is still in its early stages, there have already been some spectacular dunks; so many in fact, there’s already a couple of debates brewing about the dunk of the year and who is the best dunker in college — and just think, conference play hasn’t even started yet. With that in mind, who is the best dunker in college basketball?

Is it Chris Wright from Dayton? Paul George from Fresno? How about Duke’s Gerald Henderson? Being the good soldiers we are, we’ve collected some of these “preseason” dunks to help you along with such a decision.

A collection of dunks after the jump >>

Duke’s Got Some Dunkers

Gerald Henderson

I admit, I was skeptical when I saw the Duke Blue Devils ranked in the preseason top 5, but it appears as if my reservations were, if anything, premature. Granted, it’s still too early to tell much of anything about the state of the college basketball world a week-plus into the season, but it does look like Duke deserved the attention.

Last night, during their game against the Southern Illinois Salukis, the Blue Devils put on an offensive display that included two nasty dunks, one from Gerald Henderson and the other from Nolan Smith. If this is the type of offensive attack we can expect from Duke all season, they might actually be able to challenge North Carolina in the ACC and perhaps get past the Sweet 16, something the Blue Devils haven’t done since the 2003-04 season.

Duke dunk videos after the jump >>