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Basket Case
Austin Murphy
December 08, 1997
Our travel-weary correspondent flew to the ends of the earth—well, O.K., to Hawaii and Alaska—to find out that the best teams in the early going were local rivals
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December 08, 1997

Basket Case

Our travel-weary correspondent flew to the ends of the earth—well, O.K., to Hawaii and Alaska—to find out that the best teams in the early going were local rivals

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He seemed a bit distracted. Had he had about enough of Alaska? "It's been a very exciting trip," Jamison said, "but, yes, I'm ready to go home." In his mind, he had gone to Carolina.

After tens of thousands of miles had been traveled, countless calls questioned, untold amounts of fast food eaten, the two best teams at the end of the week were North Carolina and Duke, who face off in Chapel Hill on Feb. 5. When the Duke team bus pulls up to the Dean Dome on that day, anyone who cares to can look at the odometer and see that the Blue Devils have come all of...eight miles.

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