Stock watch: Duke women's lacrosse on the rise, men's lacrosse also rolling

Stock watch: Duke women's lacrosse on the rise, men's lacrosse also rolling

The bell of the Blue Zone stock exchange has rung again, meaning it's time to take a look at who is rising and falling with their performances for Blue Devil sports teams. The Blue Zone takes a look at whose stock is on the rise and whose stock has taken a hit from the week in the world of Duke athletics.

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Duke women’s lacrosse: Winless and toothless, the Blue Devils had looked lost in ACC play so far this year—until Saturday.

After a 2-6 slump left them in danger of not making the NCAA tournament, they bounced back with a 15-12 upset victory against No. 14 Boston College on the road. Duke had built some defensive momentum in a close loss to Syracuse April 2, forcing 19 Orange turnovers, and eventually translated it into a win against the Eagles.

The Blue Devils started slow on defense, but rallied to outscore Boston College 9-4 in the second half to earn their first victory against a ranked team this season. Duke now isn’t by any means a lock to make the field of 26, but it certainly gave itself a good chance with just three games remaining—a road to trip to No. 18 Northwestern Saturday and home games against Presbyterian Monday and second-ranked North Carolina April 22. Read more »

Duke has 5 national championships, and finally is featured in its own Lego Mural

Duke has 5 national championships, and finally is featured in its own Lego Mural

"College Gameday" is a building block for college basketball fans—both literally and figuratively.

ESPN has made a mural entirely out of Lego blocks—207,360 of them in fact—of commentators Rece Davis, Seth Greenberg and former Blue Devils Jay Bilas and Jay Williams on the show at Cameron Indoor Stadium. It took 240 hours to complete, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter.

Duke has hosted the show a record seven times at Cameron and has played in a game that the show has featured 14 times, the second-most all-time. 

Duke in the NBA: Irving, Cavaliers cling to top seed in the East with the postseason approaching

Duke in the NBA: Irving, Cavaliers cling to top seed in the East with the postseason approaching

Several former Blue Devils are already readying for the playoffs heading into the last week of the regular season.

Kyrie Irving, Cleveland Cavaliers

One of the biggest storylines in the NBA in 2017 has been the struggles of Irving’s Cavaliers, who are suddenly struggling to hold off the surging Boston Celtics for the top seed in the Eastern Conference. Irving has been one of the few constants for the team, averaging more points in the last month than the rest of the season and recording two 40-plus point games during that stretch as well. His eight-point effort against San Antonio last week was the first time he failed to reach double figures since November.

Besides his offensive output, Irving has also been a key spark for the Cavaliers as of late as they try to ramp up their play in anticipation of the playoffs. In the midst of a 17-point win against the 76ers last week, Irving took exception to what he felt was a dirty play by Philadelphia’s Justin Anderson on star teammate LeBron James. The next time Anderson had the ball, Irving retaliated by shoving the second-year forward from the University of Virginia into the first row of seats.  Read more »

Recruiting Roundup: Duke zeroing in on top point guard; Kevin Knox to announce decision soon

Recruiting Roundup: Duke zeroing in on top point guard; Kevin Knox to announce decision soon

With the NCAA tournament said and done, Duke will join other elite teams in turning its attention to battles for blue-chip recruits.

Having already signed ESPN 100 No. 3 player Wendell Carter and No. 8 Gary Trent Jr., the Blue Devils will look to attract other top prospects to pair with the duo. The ability of the two to sell the Duke program to other recruits will be critical if the Blue Devils hope to replenish a roster that could see Luke Kennard and Grayson Allen both leave for the NBA on top of Jayson Tatum and Harry Giles.

At 6-foot-9 and 254 pounds, Carter could replace Giles and Amile Jefferson's post presence next season. The McDonald's All-American forward is strong and quick and could fill the void Jefferson leaves on defense. Trent Jr., is a big shooting guard at 6-foot-5 and has the potential to be an elite scorer alongside his friend, Carter. 

Despite its already impressive recruiting haul, after going all season without a true point guard, it comes as no surprise that Duke is zeroing in on Trevon Duval, the top point guard in the 2017 class. Two days after the loss to South Carolina in the NCAA tournament's Round of 32, the Blue Devil coaching staff visited the 6-foot-3 IMG Academy guard in Florida March 21. Read more »

Stock watch: Kyle Rowe surges for Duke men's lacrosse, Blue Devils near top of next year's men's basketball championship odds

Stock watch: Kyle Rowe surges for Duke men's lacrosse, Blue Devils near top of next year's men's basketball championship odds

The bell of the Blue Zone stock exchange has rung again, meaning it's time to take a look at who is rising and falling with their performances for Blue Devil sports teams. The Blue Zone takes a look at whose stock is on the rise and whose stock has taken a hit from the week in the world of Duke athletics.

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Kyle Rowe: Against its arch rival North Carolina Sunday, Duke quickly found itself in a 6-1 hole, tied for its largest deficit this season—until Rowe came to the rescue.

After losing six of his first nine draws, Rowe surged, earning 14 of his final 15 draws to propel the Blue Devils to an improbable comeback victory in Chapel Hill. On the back of Rowe and lockdown defense, Duke used an 11-2 run to stun the then-No. 18 Tar Heels 12-8. The Blue Devils dominated in crunch time, scoring five unanswered goals in the fourth quarter while holding the ball for roughly 13 straight minutes.

“Kyle Rowe was a huge part of that, not giving them the ball," junior attackman Justin Guterding said. "They had the ball for 75 seconds in the 4th quarter—that’s how you win games.” Read more »

This week in Duke history: Pair of Duke boxers win individual national titles

This week in Duke history: Pair of Duke boxers win individual national titles

Duke boxing? Duke boxing.

Not only were there Blue Devil ‘pugilists’ as The Chronicle put it, but they were also the first individual champions in school history.

As The Chronicle reported April 3, 1936, Duke’s Ray Matulewicz and Danny Farrar won the national titles for 175-pound and 145-pound weight classes, respectively. The school cancelled the program just four years later, and in hindsight, the NCAA did something quite interesting.

The school cancelled the program, according to former Duke boxer Al Mann in his book "The Six-Minute Fraternity", because it “was afraid that some visiting contestant would get hurt and the University officials did not want to face any such happenings." Read more »

Eli Manning set to work out with New York Giants receivers at Duke

Eli Manning set to work out with New York Giants receivers at Duke

Superstar New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. took to Instagram this weekend to share a handful of videos from his time in Phoenix for the Final Four, including his brief handshake with Roy Williams—North Carolina's coach and the leader of a basketball camp that Beckham participated in long ago. 

But the flamboyant receiver's teammates will be on the other side of the Tobacco Road rivalry Monday when they hit Durham for the beginning of a four-day training session. 

Quarterback Eli Manning and wide receiver Brandon Marshall will visit Duke from April 3-6 as they look to work on their timing and spend time together before the start of official offseason programming. Beckham and wide receiver Sterling Shepard also received invitations to the training session. 

The Blue Devils are no stranger to hosting a Manning brother, as former Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning and a group of wide receivers worked out at the campus in 2015 before the beginning of the regular season. The brothers began the tradition in 2013 when Peyton invited his Broncos wideouts and Eli brought his Giants wide receivers.  Read more »

Duke men's basketball 2016-17 player review: Amile Jefferson

Duke men's basketball 2016-17 player review: Amile Jefferson

Amile Jefferson

Season breakdown: One of the Blue Devils' captains yet again, Jefferson continued to be a vocal leader for head coach Mike Krzyzewski's team. With freshmen big men Harry Giles and Marques Bolden injured to start the season, it was Jefferson who controlled the low post for most of the nonconference slate. And even when the highly-touted recruits got healthy, the Philadelphia native did not relinquish his starting spot—he started all 35 of the games he played in, missing just two contests due to a right-foot bone bruise in January and setting the school career record for games played after sitting out most of last season.

As has been the case for his entire career, Jefferson's numbers rose across the board—excluding his redshirt 2015-16 campaign—as he posted career highs in points, rebounds, assists and blocks per game for his four full seasons. The graduate student was just fifth on the team in scoring, but collected 80 more boards than the next closest player for Duke.

The 6-foot-9 forward had a hotter start than anyone could have expected. Jefferson posted double-figure points in 13 of 16 games before suffering a foot injury Jan. 7 against Boston College. Between Nov. 19 and Dec. 10, he recorded six double-doubles in a span of eight contests—including a stellar career-high 24-point, 15-rebound, four-block performance against then-No. 21 Florida at Madison Square Garden. Jefferson also set a career high in boards with 18 against Tennessee State in mid-December. Read more »

Duke men's basketball 2016-17 player review: Matt Jones

Duke men's basketball 2016-17 player review: Matt Jones

Matt Jones

Season breakdown: In his final season with the Blue Devils, Jones stood apart from the plethora of explosive offensive weapons Duke boasted. In a year in which the Blue Devils struggled to live up to the hype that preceded their season and didn’t come together as a complete team until late in the year, Jones was one of just two players to appear in every game. Although he struggled with offensive consistency throughout the year, his hustle on defense and experience on the court was critical to help Duke move past injuries and off-court distractions.

Unlike his flashy, offensive-minded teammates, the captain earned his spot in the starting lineup on account of his superior defensive skills and leadership on the court. From the very beginning of the season, Jones matched up with opposing teams' top offensive threats, from Miles Bridges of Michigan State to Justin Jackson of North Carolina. His 63 steals led the Blue Devils by a wide margin, and his 41 turnovers on the other end of the floor were the fewest among players who saw significant time on the floor.

Jones started the season looking like yet another legitimate offensive threat for Duke, scoring in double figures for the first seven games of the season, including 11 against then-No. 7 Kansas and 13 against then-No. 21 Rhode Island. However, after scoring 10 in a blowout win against Appalachian State, the Desoto, Texas, native did not record double digits again for nearly a month and a half. He seemed to have found his groove early in ACC play, and was instrumental in a home comeback win against Miami that may have salvaged the Blue Devils’ season. But he struggled to maintain consistency for the remainder of ACC play, and entered the postseason having scored less than 10 points in eight of Duke’s final nine conference games. Read more »