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Krzyzewski leads Team USA, former players Irving and Plumlee to gold at FIBA World Cup

People will always question his coaching decisions, but the run Duke and Team USA head coach Mike Krzyzewski has been on in international basketball the past six years couldn't have been much better.

The four-time collegiate national champion led Team USA to gold Sunday at the FIBA World Cup in Spain, adding to the 2008 and 2012 Olympic gold medals and 2010 FIBA World Championship gold medal he already captured during the pristine stretch that has reassured the rest of the world of the United States' supremacy in international basketball.

No country had ever won four major international basketball competitions in a row before.

Team USA crushed Serbia 129-92 in the gold medal game Sunday after trouncing Lithuania 96-68 in the semifinals.

Wilson named National Freshman of the Week after dominant performance

In the wake of a record-setting performance, it comes as little surprise that true freshman running back Shaun Wilson has been named National Freshman of the Week by Athlon Sports.

The Charlotte native broke the Duke record for rushing yards in a single game with 245 on just 12 rushes, while adding three touchdown runs in the Blue Devils' 41-3 rout of Kansas Saturday. Wilson broke the previous record of 238 yards set by former tailback Robert Baldwin in 1994.

After an eye-opening 69-yard scamper to the endzone in the first quarter, Wilson exploded in the second half, running for 176 yards and additional touchdown runs of 68 and 45 yards. Wilson's speed and knack for big plays resulted in a average of 20.4 yards per rush.

His total 245 yards on the ground are the most any player this season has gained against an FBS opponent and ranks fourth in ACC history for a freshman running back... Read more

Extra Point: Duke football vs. Kansas

Duke jumped out of the gate determined to make a statement and refused to let up en route to a 41-3 victory against Kansas Saturday at Wallace Wade Stadium. Behind Shaun Wilson’s record-breaking performance on the ground, the Blue Devils improved to 3-0 for the first time since 1994.

Revisiting the three keys to the game:

  • Force Turnovers: Duke’s defense was the key to the game early on and notched the first turnovers of the season for the Blue Devils. Pressure on Kansas’s offensive line meant Jayhawk quarterback Montell Cozart spent most of the time racing out of an ever-collapsing pocket and throwing errant passes to avoid lost yards. Safeties DeVon Edwards and Evrett Edwards duo picked off Cozart once each in the first quarter, setting up short field opportunities for Duke and ruining Kansas’ chances at establishing an offensive mojo early in the game... Read more

Halftime Report: Duke football vs. Kansas

Duke owns a 20-3 lead against Kansas through two quarters of play at Wallace Wade Stadium. Unlike last week's contest at Troy, the Blue Devils wasted no time getting on the board in the first quarter.

After holding the Jayhawks to negative-13 yards on the first series of the game, Duke struck on the next series. Redshirt senior quarterback Anthony Boone capped a six-play, 60-yard drive capped with a 36-yard strike to a wide-open Max McCaffery, who was able to walk into the endzone.

Following a Ross Martin field goal and another Kansas three-and-out, freshman running back Shaun Wilson exploded for a 69-yard touchdown run to put the Blue Devils up 17-0 with 5:32 left in the first quarter. The run was the first score of his career and marked his first appearance in the first half.

The Blue Devils failed to gain much offensive momentum in the second quarter, as the lone score came from Martin, who added a second field goal to push the lead to 20-3. Boone finished 8-of-17 for 99 yards but continually overthrew receivers... Read more

Third and goal: Duke football vs. Kansas

After a comeback victory against Troy last week, the Blue Devils return to Durham with hopes of improving to 3-0 against Charlie Weis’ Kansas Jayhawks. Kick-off is at 3:30 p.m. at Wallace Wade Stadium. Here are the keys to this afternoon’s game:

Force turnovers

Despite two victories by large margins, the Blue Devil defense has yet to record a turnover. Sophomore safety DeVon Edwards managed to force two fumbles against Troy, but the Duke defense recovered neither. Defensive coordinator Jim Knowles would love to see the Blue Devils make a more concerted effort to attack the football when going to make hits and to see his unit wreak more havoc in general Saturday against the Jayhawks.

As for the passing game, Kansas’ dual-threat sophomore quarterback Montell Cozart struggled in limited action last season, completing just 36.5 percent of his attempts and throwing no touchdowns and two interceptions. Duke’s defensive backs, "the cheetahs," should feel comfortable being more aggressive, taking risks and jumping routes... Read more

Behind Enemy Lines: Kansas

Before every football game this year, The Blue Zone will sit down with a football writer from the opposing school’s student newspaper to get the scoop on their team and season.

This week, The Chronicle’s Nick Martin spoke to the The University Daily Kansan's Sports Editor Daniel Harmsen about this weekend’s game between Duke and Kansas.

TC: Back in 2007, Kansas finished 12-1, went to the Orange Bowl and beat Virginia Tech. Duke finished 1-11 that year. Last season, Duke finished 10-4, Kansas finished 3-9. Both programs seem to have gone in opposite directions. With Charlie Weis, is this something that's going to take a little bit more time to get the program turned in the direction he wants it?

DK: When Mark Mangino was here, and you made mention to it, the Orange Bowl years really seemed to generate interest for KU football. The stadium holds about 50,000 fans and they oversold tickets constantly. The teams have really flip-flopped since then... Read more

X factor: Duke football vs. Kansas

Looking to start 3-0 for the first team since 1994, the Blue Devils will take on Kansas Saturday at 3:30 p.m. at Wallace Wade Stadium. Every week throughout the football season, we'll break down a player on each team who could be the difference-maker in the upcoming contest.

Duke: wide receiver Jamison Crowder

The senior All-ACC performer has long been Duke's best deep threat, and the Monroe, N.C., native could have a big day Saturday as a result. Having already accumulated 163 yards and two touchdowns in his first two games this year, Crowder will seek to exploit a Kansas defense that forfeited three receiving touchdowns from outside the red zone in the fourth quarter to Southeast Missouri State in its first game... Read more

Stock Watch: Blakeney keeps trending in the right direction

The opening bell of the Blue Zone stock exchange has just rung, meaning it's time for our first Stock Watch of the season taking a look at who is rising and falling with their performances on the gridiron. Each week The Blue Zone will look at whose stock is on the rise and whose stock has taken a hit from the week in the Duke football world.

Bull Market—Trending Up

  • Issac Blakeney: At 6-foot-6 and 225 pounds, moving from the slot and tight positions to an outside receiver slot was expected to make the Duke track star a matchup nightmare this season. So far, the redshirt senior has not disappointed. Blakeney hauled in five passes for 90 yards and one touchdown in Saturday's 34-17 win at Troy to add to a stellar two-touchdown performance in week one against Elon. If the Monroe, N.C. continues putting up big numbers and giving All-ACC wideout Jamison Crowder more room to operate, the Blue Devils will only get more dangerous... Read more

Breaking down the loaded Class of 2016

With it being a quiet week in the recruiting world, we've taken the time to look at and breakdown the loaded class of 2016 for this week's Recruiting Roundup. Although it’s too early to project right now, the class of 2016 has the potential to be one of the better recruiting classes in recent history for the Blue Devils.

Duke has currently offered six players, all of whom are not only highly ranked, but of the six, five reportedly have the Blue Devils as favorites or near-favorites at this point. Moreover, Duke is one of the few schools that are being considered for the most sought after package deal of the class, as Dennis Smith Jr., Jayson Tatum and Harry Giles have all expressed an interest in playing together.

We'll start with the top player of the 2016 class: Jayson Tatum.

Jayson Tatum: If one thing was made clear from July and August period, Duke wants to land Tatum. Not only was a coach at every game, TatumRead more

Around the ACC: Week 2

The ACC experienced a nearly perfect record across the board, going 11-1 in the second week of the regular season.

Duke 34, Troy 17

The Blue Devils (2-0) quickly rebounded from an early 14-3 deficit with three touchdowns in the second quarter, ending the half with a 24-14 lead. After yielding touchdowns on the Trojans' opening two drives, the Duke defense tightened the screws the rest of the game. Senior linebacker David Helton led the defense with 15 tackles and redshirt senior Quarterback Anthony Boone accounted for 315 total yards and three touchdowns.

Pittsburgh 30, Boston College 20

In the ACC’s second conference game of the season, the Panthers (2-0) rose above the Eagles (1-1) on the road. Sophomore running back James Conner led Pittsburgh with 214 rushing yards and a touchdown and quarterback Chad Voytik passed for 111 yards, resulting in two touchdowns. The Panthers dominated in the second quarter 17-0 in hostile territory and were able to cruise to the finish line after the early burst.

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