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Around the ACC: Week 5

The Blue Devils were one of several ACC teams that returned from lengthy breaks and played nonconference games against power-five opponents with conference play just around the corner.

1. No. 16 Notre Dame (11-1, 1-0 in the ACC)

The Fighting Irish extended their winning streak to seven games in a 94-63 victory against Purdue in the Crossroads Classic in Indianapolis Saturday. Sophomore guard Demetrius Jackson scored 22 points—his third straight game in double-digits—and sparked a second half rout by throwing down an emphatic dunk with 13:40 remaining over 7-foot-2 freshman Isaac Haas.

Senior Pat Connaughton recorded his third double-double of the season in the contest, scoring 19 points and adding 14 rebounds. Notre Dame shot 51.6 percent from the field, once again showing how it has managed to maintain the nation’s top field goal percentage. The team remains at the top of the ACC with the win, and will hit the court again on Monday to face Northern Illinois at home.

2. N.C... Read more

The road to Tampa: Women's basketball update, Week 5

It was a busy week around the women's basketball world and the Blue Devils were part of the action.

No. 13 Duke earned its first win against a ranked team Sunday, knocking off No. 8 Kentucky 89-68 thanks to a smothering defensive effort. The Blue Devils had three wins in five days following a three-game losing streak led by center Elizabeth Williams and held the Wildcats to 31.3-percent shooting en route to victory. Kentucky struggled after losing senior guard Bria Goss to a broken thumb and will look to rally before conference play and Duke showed it could compete with the top teams in the nation with a stifling zone defense.

The Blue Devils weren't the only ACC team involved in a top-20 showdown this week. No. 16 Oregon State recorded a strong 70-55 win Tuesday at No. 6 North Carolina Tuesday, holding the Tar Heels to a dismal 27.6-percent shooting clip... Read more

The road to Tampa: Women's basketball update, Week 5

It was a busy week around the women's basketball world and the Blue Devils were part of the action.

No. 13 Duke earned its first win against a ranked team Sunday, knocking off No. 8 Kentucky 89-68 thanks to a smothering defensive effort. The Blue Devils had three wins in five days following a three-game losing streak led by center Elizabeth Williams and held the Wildcats to 31.3-percent shooting en route to victory. Kentucky struggled after losing senior guard Bria Goss to a broken thumb and will look to rally before conference play and Duke showed it could compete with the top teams in the nation with a stifling zone defense.

The Blue Devils weren't the only ACC team involved in a top-20 showdown this week. No. 16 Oregon State recorded a strong 70-55 win Tuesday at No. 6 North Carolina Tuesday, holding the Tar Heels to a dismal 27.6-percent shooting clip... Read more

Thoughts on the AP Poll: Week 5

The Blue Devils returned from finals week and snagged two more wins to remain undefeated and No. 2 in the AP Poll behind Kentucky. The top 10 featured a slight change with Virginia jumping Wisconsin to No. 4, and there were some major moves in the middle of the pack with just two weeks remaining before conference play begins.

Duke keeps hold on No. 2 spot

After their statement win on the road against Wisconsin, the Blue Devils had a week off to focus on their studies and subsequently returned to the court with a little rust. Despite that, Duke won both its match ups this week, the first a 75-62 win at Cameron Indoor Stadium against Elon and the second a Read more

The Chronicle's Top 10: Shaun Wilson runs past Kansas, into record books

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From the field to the court, the Blue Devils provided fans and media members alike plenty of memorable moments. With 2014 coming to a close, The Chronicle is taking look back on the year's biggest stories. We kick things off at No. 10 with Shaun Wilson's record-breaking performance against Kansas Sept. 13.

Remember Friday Sept. 12? Duke football was 2-0 and nobody—Blue Devils fans included—knew who freshman running back Shaun Wilson was. Oh, how things have changed.

Then-head coach Charlie Weiss led Kansas into Durham to take on the Blue Devils with a 1-0 record and looking to reverse the Jayhawks' fortunes, but would instead become forever linked with Wilson's coming out party.

The Charlotte native was the 46th-ranked running back in his class and had joined Duke to little fanfare. Although he had turned some heads in the preseason, few outside of the Blue Devil program could have predicted his true potential.

Wilson maintained a jaw-dropping 20... Read more

Duke women's basketball Player of the Week: Week 5

Elizabeth Williams

Statline: Wednesday, Dec. 17 vs. Oklahoma: 26 points on 10-of-18 shooting, 20 rebounds, three blocks, three assists and two steals; Friday, Dec. 19 vs. UMass Lowell: 12 points on 6-of-10 shooting, seven rebounds, four blocks, three steals; Sunday, Dec. 21 vs. No. 8 Kentucky: 13 points on 5-of-9 shooting, 10 rebounds, three blocks and three assists

The good: Williams led the No. 13 Blue Devils to their most successful week of the season after a nine-day layoff following a heartbreaking loss to No. 1 South Carolina. Motivated by head coach Joanne P. McCallie, who demanded more from her only returning starter, Williams became the third Duke player to ever record 20 points and 20 rebounds in a single game Read more

Duke basketball Player of the Week: Week 5

Jahlil Okafor

Statline: Monday, Dec. 15 vs. Elon: 25 points, 10-of-14 shooting, 20 rebounds, one assist, three blocks, two steals; Thursday, Dec. 18 vs. Connecticut: 12 points, 3-of-5 shooting, eight rebounds, two assists

The good: Jahlil Okafor helped the Blue Devils overcome their rust from not playing in twelve days. Okafor set a freshman-record with 20 rebounds to go along with his 25 points against Elon. Okafor’s dominant performance made up for Duke’s lack of rhythm on the offensive end.

In Duke’s next game against Connecticut, Okafor showcased his ability to facilitate and pass out of double-teams. The Huskies often paid a price when they double or triple-teamed Okafor who then kicked the ball out open shooters on the wing. Okafor also Read more

Kyrie Irving named 2014 USA Basketball Male Athlete of the Year

2014 has been a good year for Kyrie Irving.

After being named MVP of the NBA All-Star Game last season and leading Team USA to the gold medal at the FIBA World Cup in September en route to MVP honors, the dynamic point guard was named the USA Basketball Male Athlete of the Year Sunday.

In nine games, Irving scored in double figures six times and was extremely efficient with his shots, putting up his numbers on 56.3 percent shooting, including 60.9 percent from 3-point range.

The Cavaliers star saved his best games for the end of the tournament, scoring 18 points and adding six assists in the semifinals against Lithuania before catching fire from long range to pour in 26 points in the final against Serbia... Read more

Duke football Recruiting Roundup: 2015 class loses two commits, but top RB Frasier now considering Blue Devils

With signing day less than two months away, we take a look how Duke's 2015 recruiting class is shaping out and whether head coach David Cutcliffe and his staff can secure commitments from their few remaining targets. We also take a look at why the 2016 recruiting classes could be the team's best in program history.

2015 Trending Down

Duke's 2015 recruiting class was poised to finish ranked in the top 25 in the nation earlier this month, but a pair of decommitments has put that goal in jeopardy. It all started when ESPN 300 tight end Tyler Petite announced that he was flipping his commitment to Southern California back on December 12... Read more

Duke in the NBA: Parker out for year, Henderson, Plumlee crack starting lineup

In the last weekly round-up before Christmas, The Blue Zone takes a spin around the NBA to check in with former Blue Devils in the pros:

Kyrie Irving, Cleveland Cavaliers—As LeBron James and Irving begin to find their rhythm in head coach David Blatt’s offense, the Cavaliers are slowly shaking off their early-season struggles. With Irving’s new logo hanging on the walls outside Quicken Loans Arena, it was a special night for the Cavalier’s fourth-year point guard Friday. Even though Irving only went 6-for-18 from the field, he managed 16 points and 4 assists and he and Mike Miller made enough plays in the backcourt to lead the Cavaliers to victory against the visiting Brooklyn Nets, 95-91.


Irving also Read more