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.

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 »

Duke’s bigs down Southern, big ups to Wendell Carter

Who won Duke beat Southern University 78-61 to improve to 4-0 on the season why? Duke’s big men were too much for the Jags as freshmen Wendell Carter Jr. and Marvin Bagley III combined for 39 points, 22 rebounds, 8 blocks and 4 assists. GIF Oh my, @GraysonJAllen. 👀😱 #MustSeeACC — ACC Digital Network… Read more »

Duke takes on Michigan State: 8 things

The particulars: Duke vs. Michigan State, 7PM ESPN Sharing is caring: Through two games, Duke has 47 assists for 80 made field goals. A season ago, only 47% of Duke’s baskets came from assists and the biggest knock on the offense was a tendency to go stagnant where one player would do work while the other four… Read more »

How to fix college basketball? Don’t change anything

College basketball is not broken. Yes, I know that every story coming out of media day offers up quotes from all 15 coaches talking about various ways to fix the system because every reporter in Charlotte came with that column pre-written with various blanks to be filled by those quotes. And I get it. I… Read more »

ACC Bowl Projections: Week 8

Bowl projections based on how we think the season will play out, not how they would be placed today. College Football Playoff: Whoops Orange Bowl: NC State Wolfpack Camping World Bowl: Miami Hurricanes Belk Bowl: Clemson Tigers Pinstripe Bowl: Notre Dame Fighting Irish TaxSlayer Bowl: Florida State Seminoles Sun Bowl: Virginia Cavaliers Military Bowl: Virginia Tech Hokies Independence Bowl: Duke Blue Devils Quick Lane… Read more »