Duke basketball using iPads at practice

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In the fall, it was announced that the Duke men’s basketball team would receive iPads.

This innovation by Duke brought many advantages to the program, but the iPads aren’t just being used by the players, but now the team managers. According to a press release from the Duke athletics department, managers will tally stats onto an iPad following each practice to calculate each player’s Player Efficiency Rating (PER).

The Blue Devils will partner with SportsBoard Basketball Scout, to get stats instantly following practice.

“SportsBoard has been a nice addition to our program, ” Assistant head coach Steve Wojciechowski said in a press release. “Distributing PER reports to each player’s iPad at the end of practice provides immediate feedback, allowing them to identify their strengths and weaknesses from that practice and cumulatively for the season.  The timeliness and efficiency of this feedback will be an excellent tool to help our guys grow and develop.”

This new idea comes from Duke manager, Scott Lamson, who interned at Basketball Scout’s developer, West Shore Technologies.

“We’re flattered and honored to have Duke Basketball as our partner,” said Gregg Jacobs, CEO and founder of West Shore in the release. “So many college and high school programs want to mimic Duke but don’t have the same staff resources; and now they can for PER reporting by letting SportsBoard automate tasks that staff would previously have to do.”

PER is a point system that rewards made shots, assists, rebounds, blocks, loose ball, and deflections with positive points and gives negative points to missed shots, turnovers, and fouls.

Duke, who starts No. 8 in the preseason AP poll, begins the season at home against Georgia State.

Terrence is also the lead writer at NEHoopNews.com and can be followed on Twitter: @terrence_payne

Marcus Paige, Joel Berry lead No. 9 North Carolina past No. 2 Maryland

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CHAPEL HILL, N.C. — He’s back.

For the first time this season — and for the first time in more than a year that he hasn’t been hampered with some kind of foot or ankle injury — Marcus Paige donned a North Carolina jersey, and it didn’t take him long to find the form that made him the NBCSports.com Preseason National Player of the Year.

On the first Tar Heel possession, Paige came off of a ball-screen, drove the lane and found Kennedy Meeks at the rim for a layup. Not 30 seconds later, he came off of a down screen and buried a three. Paige would finish with 20 points and five assists as No. 9 North Carolina put together a fairly resounding win over No. 2 Maryland in the Dean Dome on Tuesday night, winning 89-81.

Paige finished 7-for-12 from the floor and 4-for-5 from beyond the arc, hitting a number of threes in the second half that helped hold off a Maryland push sparked by their own all-american point guard, Melo Trimble.

Trimble was erratic early on, committing three turnovers in the first six minutes and eight on the night, but it was his play at the end of the first half and early second half that kept North Carolina from blowing their doors. At one point, Maryland was down 32-19 and in danger of getting run out of Tobacco Road.

In total, Trimble finished with 23 points and 12 assists, hitting four big threes during that stretch. He either scored or assisted on 11 of Maryland’s first 12 second half field goals.

As good as Paige was, the bigger story may actually be Joel Berry II. He took two dumb threes in the first half — which played a role in Maryland being able to make this a game — and he missed a few free throws late, but overall he was terrific. He finished with 14 points and five assists, making 3-of-5 threes and turning the ball over just twice. He’s clearly beat Nate Britt out at the point guard spot, and his ability to take pressure off of Paige as a secondary ball-handler and playmaker is huge.

(More to come from Chapel Hill…)

VIDEO: Melo Trimble drops Nate Britt with a crossover

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North Carolina is hosting No. 2 Maryland in a heated contest in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge. Terps sophomore guard Melo Trimble is playing very well and part of his performance was dropping North Carolina’s Nate Britt with a crossover in the second half.

(H/T: The Cauldron)