Author: Ben Swain


Ben Swain

Hoping to cut his journalistic teeth on the Iraq war, Swain was instead mistakenly assigned the North Carolina sports beat as an intern out of college. He threw himself into the work with the same fervor he anticipated taking to the front lines and has become one of the most respected voices in modern sports media. He’s also a Duke fan from Durham County who went State. And Guilford.

Farmer’s AlmanACC: It’s Virginia and everyone else

Man, a lot happened this weekend in ACC basketball. Let’s start with what Virginia beating Duke means for the Wahoos. It’s January 29th and Virginia has the ACC regular season race locked up. It’s over. With the tiebreaker over Duke, the Blue Devils would need the Cavs to drop 4 of their last 9 games in a… Read more »

Duke’s Brotherhood strikes again with Zion Williamson

Internet sensation and 3rd ranked high school senior Zion Williamson shocked the college basketball world yesterday by passing on Clemson, North Carolina and Kentucky in order to join Duke’s unstoppable and ever-expanding “Brotherhood”. There’s a lot to unpack from that statement, so let’s break it down into digestible pieces: Zion williamson as a player As we’ve… Read more »

Duke beats intramural team in televised scrimmage

Who won? Not Pitt, that’s for sure. Duke won the game 87-52 for their most-lopsided ACC road win since 1999. How? In the first 3 minutes of the game, Duke shot 3-4 from the floor including (shockingly) 2-2 from three point range. During that same stretch, Pitt turned the ball over 3 times and the… Read more »

Carolina Panthers predictably fall short against the Saints

I’m not sure what the decision makers for the Carolina Panthers see when they look at this team. From the outside looking in, it feels like they see a dominant running team with speed on the outside to stretch defenses who load the box, and an impenetrable defense that keeps the other team’s offense on… Read more »

OLD FARMERS ALMANACC: Pump the brakes on weekend conclusions

There’s no way NC State should ever lose to UNC-Greensboro. The Wolfpack should always have a better coach and better players, and that should always be enough to win the game. But even though they did lose, NC State losing to UNC-G isn’t THAT bad of a loss in the context of the ACC. How, Swain? You ain’t… Read more »

OLD FARMER’S ALMANACC: This Maye surprise you …

So let’s go ahead and stop it with the Luke Maye is college basketball’s biggest surprise storyline. The UNC junior is having a big-time season averaging just under 20 points per game, but to say you didn’t see that coming isn’t really fair to Luke Maye, and it certainly isn’t fair to Roy Williams’ offense. The… Read more »

Duke big men putting aside business at the rim

Through 5 games, Duke’s dunked the ball 35 times. They’ve allowed just 6 dunks against them, and have a league-leading 33 blocks. This post-heavy Duke team attacks the rim on both ends of the court with a level of aggression typically seen by the kinds of teams the Blue Devils struggle to beat. So something… Read more »