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Tuesday, January 11, 2005


Yoni at College Basketball does our job for us by reporting Will Roach's reenrollment at N.C. State to help shore up Herb Sendek's decimated squad.

"Fat chance," Yoni writes. "Though, given time, Julius Hodge will lead the Pack to the Sweet 16."

OK. We trust Yoni's judgment. But the problem is State has the talent to carry on without resorting to bringing Roach back. They just can't seem to come together as a team. Until that happens we have to cast State's season in skeptical light. Duke will be a big test for the Pack, for it seems as though even even the Dukies know their team isn't everything it's cracked up to be.

Meanwhile, Tony Bethel's condition continues to worsen. Sendek said that not only had Bethel lost a lot of weight, but he became so dehydrated that he developed "a gout condition in his foot where he was literally on crutches this week. He's gone throught the gauntlet with a series of things."

I had a friend with gout, and he said it was the most painful thing he's been through.

Look at it this way: better to face adversity early in the season. Carolina fans beware: You've been pretty damn healthy this season.