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Krzyzewski has said this team will revolve around Parker and Hood, and that’s a noteworthy change for a program that almost always is as good _ or as bad _ as its seniors.

Gone are three from last year _ Mason Plumlee, Ryan Kelly and Seth Curry _ who all found spots in the NBA. They were the cornerstones of a team that finished 30-6 and reached the Midwest regional final before losing to eventual national champion _ and future fellow ACC member _ Louisville.

These Blue Devils enter the season as one of the favorites to make it at least one step further _ to their 12th Final Four under Krzyzewski.

But there’s plenty of time to worry about that.

For now, the focus was on having some fun before the games start counting.

As they do every year, the players entered the arena to the song of their choosing. Most opted for current R&B selections, but big man Marshall Plumlee went with “Ain’t Too Proud to Beg” _ and performed a full Temptations-style dance.

In other kickoff events for college hoops:

_John Calipari served as the opening act for Kentucky’s banner recruiting class, and the veteran coach knew exactly what to say.

Speaking at Big Blue Madness, Calipari delighted the capacity crowd at Rupp Arena with a rousing talk more reminiscent of a campaign stop than a basketball practice.

“The competition will be fierce, the road will be difficult,” he said. “Every team we play will be more experienced than us. But if we become one unit, play with one heartbeat and a love for each another, we will be unbreakable.”

After Calipari’s talk, the Wildcats held a 20-minute scrimmage that showed off another heralded group of recruits that will comprise a good portion of their regular rotation this year. The seven-man class features Julius Randle, a possible No. 1 pick in the 2014 NBA draft.

_Tom Izzo made a mock cannon-shot entrance before a capacity crowd at Michigan State Madness, marking the beginning of his 19th year leading the program.

“These guys have given up a lot to play for you this year,” Izzo told a packed house, referring to sophomore guard Gary Harris and senior forward Adreian Payne, who passed up chances to be first-round NBA draft picks to try to win the school’s third national championship.

The Spartans are coming off a 27-9 season that included a runner-up finish in the Big Ten and a Sweet 16 run in the NCAA tournament. They open their season against McNeese State at home on Nov. 8.

_C.J. Fair scored 16 points in Syracuse’s intrasquad scrimmage during Orange Madness, showing why he was voted the preseason Atlantic Coast Conference player of the year.

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