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Beyond the Arc: Duke basketball vs. St. John's

Another milestone for Mike Krzyzewski occurred in the World’s Most Famous Arena Sunday afternoon. After trailing for a large chunk of the contest, No. 5 Duke was able to mount a furious comeback and beat St. John’s 77-68, earning Krzyzewski his 1,000th career win at Madison Square Garden in New York. He is the first Division I men’s basketball coach to win 1,000 games in a career.

Revisiting the three keys to the game:

  • Play in the moment: There were plenty of moments in the middle of the contest where Duke seemed to be playing too fast. The St. John’s guards were controlling the tempo of the game and pushed up and down the court as fast as they could, forcing the Blue Devils to stretch out defensively and keeping them uncomfortable. And it showed. From the end of the first half to the latter stages of the second half, the Red Storm appeared to be completely in control... Read more

Current and former Duke basketball players celebrate Coach K's 1,000th win immediately following Duke-St. John's

No. 5 Duke overcame a double-digit second-half deficit to knock off St. John's 77-68 Sunday afternoon at Madison Square Garden in New York and earned head coach Mike Krzyzewski his 1,000th win. After their head coach became the first to reach the 1,000-win mark, current, future and former Blue Devils showed their excitement on the court and on Twitter.

Freshman center Jahlil Okafor and junior guard Rasheed Sulaimon showed off their dance moves on the floor immediately after the game as they got their celebratory t-shirts.

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On Twitter, several of Krzyzewski's former players showed their support and appreciation of the historic accomplishment. Even 2015 commits Chase Jeter and Luke Kennard got into the act... Read more

HALFTIME: St. John's 43, Duke 39

NEW YORK—In search of career win No. 1,000, head coach Mike Krzyzewski and his Blue Devils will have to come back on the Red Storm in the second half.

No. 5 Duke trails St. Johns 43-39 after 20 minutes of play at Madison Square Garden. Jahlil Okafor leads the Blue Devils with 10 points, but the Red Storm's Rysheed Jordan and Sir'Dominic Poointer combined for 29 points to keep St. John's close.

In the early going, it was Tyus Jones continues to shine in the spotlight, pouring in five straight points. The freshman scored a lay-up in transition on a nice pass from Rasheed Sulaimon before canning a triple the next time down the floor.

Back in their man-to-man defense, the Blue Devils were able to get out in transition against the Red Storm. In a sequence that typified Krzyzewski's stint on the sideline, senior Quinn Cook dove on the floor to corral a loose ball after poking it away, starting the fast break... Read more

The key three: Duke basketball vs. St. John's

Duke head coach Mike Krzyzewski will look to win his 1,000th game as the fifth-ranked Blue Devils travel to face St John’s Sunday at 2 p.m. at Madison Square Garden in New York. Duke will look to win its third game in a row after two consecutive losses and close out its nonconference slate unbeaten with a win. Three keys to the Blue Devils prevailing and moving to 17-2 on the season:

Play in the moment

Duke has maintained that its focus is on getting win No. 17 as a team Sunday afternoon at Madison Square Garden, but the Blue Devils are still an inexperienced team and know the external hype that will also be present in the Mecca of basketball. After five solid days off to get healthy and prepare for a talented St. John's team, Duke's approach to the game on both ends will be a key to follow throughout the contest.

When they are at their best, the Blue Devils patiently play through freshman star Jahlil Okafor on offense, then set up their defense based on the opponent... Read more

X factor: Duke basketball vs. St. John's

Freshman center Jahlil Okafor will look to continue playing solid defense as the Blue Devils look to close out their nonconference slate on a high note Sunday.
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Freshman center Jahlil Okafor will look to continue playing solid defense as the Blue Devils look to close out their nonconference slate on a high note Sunday.

Duke head coach Mike Krzyzewski will look to win his 1,000th game as the fifth-ranked Blue Devils travel to face St John’s Sunday at 2 p.m. at Madison Square Garden in New York. Duke will look to win its third game in a row after two consecutive losses and close out its nonconference slate unbeaten with a win. Before each game this season, the Blue Zone will select a player on both teams that could make the difference for their respective squads:

Duke: center Jahlil Okafor

With much of the attention on Krzyzewski Sunday, the Blue Devils’ freshman sensation will have also have a chance to make a statement on one of the nation’s biggest stages. Although Okafor’s scoring has dipped after his fast start in conference play, the Chicago native still enters the contest averaging 18.6 points and 8.9 rebounds per game. Facing a team with three explosive guards that ranks in the top 15 nationally in both steals and blocks, Okafor's ability to set up his teammates for success on both ends will also be critical to Duke's offensive rhythm... Read more

Highlights from Amile Jefferson, Quinn Cook player press conferences Friday ahead of Duke-St. John's

Captain Amile Jefferson met with the media and gave his thoughts about No. 5 Duke's upcoming matchup with St. John's.
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Captain Amile Jefferson met with the media and gave his thoughts about No. 5 Duke's upcoming matchup with St. John's.

Blue Devil captains Quinn Cook and Amile Jefferson met with the media Friday after practice ahead of Sunday's tilt against St. John's at Madison Square Garden in New York. The 2 p.m. contest against the Red Storm is a departure from the ACC slate for the No. 5 Blue Devils, and also serves as Duke head coach Mike Krzyzewski's first chance to earn his 1,000th career win. Here are the highlights from Friday's player press conferences:

Junior forward Amile Jefferson

On any added pressures of Sunday's game: "For our guys, this is the most important game—we're trying to get win No. 17. We're playing in the Garden, all our guys love playing in the Garden. It's kind of like our second gym.... It's going to be an amazing moment if we can get this win for Coach. Our guys have the drive and the passion to win this game because we need it, and we need every game. This is our biggest game because it's our next game... Read more

Duke in the NBA: Rivers makes history as Blue Devils continue putting up big numbers across the league

With three weeks left until the All-Star break, teams are doing their best to position themselves for the playoffs, either by stringing together wins or making transactions. Four former Duke standouts are on teams battling for the seventh and eighth spots in the Eastern Conference and three former Blue Devils are in the top 12 in the NBA in 3-point shooting percentage:

Kyrie Irving, Cleveland Cavaliers: LeBron James’ crew seemed to be back in business after beating the Chicago Bulls 108-94 Monday night. Five Cavaliers scored double digits and Irving was one of them. The 6-foot-3 point guard had a solid performance with 18 points on 7-of-16 shooting, 12 assists and just one turnover.

Cleveland’s fourth straight win came Wednesday night 106-92 against the Utah Jazz and was the team's fourth straight. Irving scored 18 points again on 8-of-13 shooting and finished with five steals, four assists and three rebounds... Read more

Duke football Recruiting Roundup: Cutcliffe and company bounce back in 2015 class as signing day approaches

With signing day less than a month away, we take a look at if Duke's 2015 recruiting can become stronger with a few final commitments. Meanwhile, the Blue Devils' 2016 class continues to impress and can make a statement if it can receive the verbal commitments of a few top players.

2015 Class gets a boost with commitments from three-star duo

After a pair of decommitments before Christmas dealt a major blow to the 2015 class, David Cutcliffe and his staff rebounded, securing the commitment of three-star defensive back Jeremy McDuffie. The Snellville, Ga. native, is ranked as the 49th-best cornerback in the nation and the 74th-best overall player in the state of Georgia by ESPN... Read more

College Gameday to attend prime-time Duke-Virginia showdown next Saturday

The Blue Devils won a major ACC showdown on the road Saturday at then-No. 6 Louisville. They'll get a shot to win another one in primetime Jan. 30.

The tip time for No. 5 Duke's battle at No. 2 and undefeated Virginia has been set for 7 p.m. at John Paul Jones Arena. For the first time this season, the Blue Devils will play in a game covered by ESPN's College Gameday presented by State Farm, though Duke is no stranger to high-profile road games after knocking off then-No. 2 Wisconsin in Madison Dec. 3.

College Gameday will start at 10 a.m. on ESPNU before moving to ESPN for another hour of coverage starting at 11 a.m. The pregame show will begin at 6 p.m... Read more

Jela Duncan returns to Duke football, re-enrolls for spring semester

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Running back Jela Duncan is back with the Blue Devils after sitting out the 2014 season serving a one-year suspension from the University.

Duncan has re-enrolled at Duke for the spring semester and will have two years of NCAA eligibility remaining, beginning with the 2015 season.

A native of Charlotte, the 5-foot-10 tailback led the Blue Devils in rushing as a sophomore in 2013, but missed Duke's appearance in the Chick-fil-A Bowl after violating the University's academic policy. Duncan was not enrolled in classes in the spring and fall semesters of the 2014 academic year while serving the suspension.

As part of a multi-headed rushing attack, Duncan helped the Blue Devils to the ACC Coastal division title in 2013, rushing for 562 yards on 5.0 yards per carry. The punishing runner returns to a similar Duke backfield in 2015, joining feature back Shaquille Powell, speedster Shaun Wilson and Joseph Ajeigbe... Read more