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Duke basketball to host Utah State November 29

Which non-ACC teams will travel to Durham to face the reigning national champions on their home court next season?

The schedule is beginning to fall into place.

Utah State announced Wednesday that the Aggies will head to Duke for the first-ever meeting between the two teams Nov. 29 at Cameron Indoor Stadium. The game is the fifth announced non-conference game on the Blue Devils' 2015-16 slate.

Duke head coach Mike Krzyzewski’s squad will also face Kentucky Nov. 17 in Chicago as part the Champions Classic before taking part in the 2K Classic, which includes an as-yet unscheduled game against Bryant and games Nov. 20 and Nov. 22 at Madison Square Garden against some combination of Virginia Commonwealth, Wisconsin and Georgetown... Read more

Duke women's basketball to take on Minnesota in Big Ten/ACC Challenge

Jesús Hidalgo / The Chronicle

Bolstered by the addition of the nation's top-ranked recruiting class, the Blue Devils will look to run their record to 7-2 in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge.

Duke will take on Minnesota Dec. 3 at Cameron lndoor Stadium in this year's edition of the event, matching up with the Golden Gophers for just the second time in program history. Both teams enter the 2015-16 needing to replace top-five WNBA draft picks and critical components of squads that advanced to the NCAA tournament.

The Blue Devils enter the offseason looking to reload after the graduation of center Elizabeth Williams, who was a stalwart on both ends of the floor for four years in Durham. Head coach Joanne P. McCallie did just that by signing a five-player recruiting class that recently leapfrogged Louisville to become the top-ranked class in the nation, according to ESPNW's HoopGurlz rankings... Read more

Duke in the NBA: Cavaliers on the cusp of Finals despite Irving's injuries

With just four teams left in the chase for the NBA title, the Blue Devils are guaranteed to have one representative in the Finals, as Kyrie Irving's Cavaliers and Elton Brand's Hawks continue to duke it out in the Eastern Conference Finals, though neither player has seen much time in the series. Although Irving has struggled to stay on the floor for his team during the postseason, the Cavaliers have continued to plow through the Eastern Conference and are two games away from the NBA Finals.

Kyrie Irving, Cleveland Cavaliers: After helping defeat the Chicago Bulls in the second round of the playoffs, Irving has looked like a shell of himself early in the Eastern Conference Finals against the Atlanta Hawks. Dealing with knee tendinitis and a right foot strain, Irving has looked visibly hampered by his injury in his limited minutes and decided to sit out Game 2 altogether... Read more

Jahlil Okafor denies mid-interview posterization; works on ball-handling with new dog

Although NBA scouts have lauded Jahlil Okafor's low-post moves and ability to dominate in the paint, some have mentioned the Chicago native's defense as an area needing improvement as he makes the leap to the professional ranks.

But one would be hard-pressed to find quicker reflexes or a cleaner rejection than Okafor's swat Thursday during an interview with Sports Illustrated's Maggie Gray.

Okafor denied SI writer Matt Dollinger's attempt at a mid-interview dunk as the former Duke big man spoke about the upcoming NBA draft. The 6-foot-11 center made his point known as he swatted Dollinger—who ended up on the floor beside him—and threw the ball at him for extra emphasis.

Of course, Dollinger took his tumble in jest as the video made the rounds on social media... Read more

Duke teams receive 15 Public Recognition Awards from NCAA for APR scores

Full APR data was released by the NCAA Wednesday, showing that nine Duke teams posted perfect scores for the four-year period from the 2010-11 season through 2013-14.

The programs to earn scores of 1,000 were women’s fencing, men’s golf, women’s golf, men’s lacrosse, women’s lacrosse, rowing, men’s swimming and diving, men’s tennis and volleyball. Duke's nine perfect scores ranked fifth among FBS schools. The baseball team's score of 992 also led the ACC.

The Blue Devil football team earned 992 points, which ranks second in the FBS, trailing only Wisconsin. The men's basketball team scored 995, placing third in the ACC.

The APR, which measures the academic eligibility of student-athletes, is used by the NCAA as a cut-off for postseason eligibility. In 2015-16, only programs with a score of 930 will be eligible, which will not be an issue for the Blue Devils—all 26 varsity sports scored at least 965.

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N.C. General Assembly honors Blue Devils, Krzyzewski

Since cutting down the nets in Indianapolis April 6, there have been no shortage of festivities and ceremonies to honor the Blue Devils. Duke received a champion's welcome to Cameron Indoor Stadium April 7 and was congratulated by the city of Durham a week later.

Tuesday, head coach Mike Krzyzewski and his coaching staff paid a visit to the North Carolina General Assembly in Raleigh, where the Blue Devils were acknowledged for their fifth national title... Read more

Minnesota Timberwolves win NBA draft lottery

Jahlil Okafor, Karl-Anthony Towns or somebody else? That is the question that awaits the Minnesota Timberwolves after winning the NBA draft lottery Tuesday night. The Timberwolves had the best odds at landing the top pick at 25 percent and is now on the clock until draft night, June 25.

Minnesota general manager Milt Newton and head coach Flip Saunders will now get to spend the next month pouring over film and deciding who to take with the top pick. Okafor—who led Duke to the 2015 national title—and Towns—whose Kentucky did not lose until the Final Four—figure to be the top two names off the board, but each brings different talents to the block as an NBA center.

Former Blue Devil Justise Winslow is also slated as a likely lottery pick. The Houston native is currently pegged fifth or sixth according to various mock drafts, which if accurate would send the swingman to either the Orlando Magic or the Sacramento Kings... Read more

Jahlil Okafor shows off huge hands with 13-tennis ball feat

For Blue Devil fans, seeing freshman Jahlil Okafor palm a basketball away from the reach of opposing defenders became the norm in just a matter of games.

But just how big were the 6-foot-11 center's hands?

With the NBA draft slowly approaching, Okafor used his time in the Bleacher Report studio to show off just why a basketball looked more like a tennis ball in the Chicago native's hands this season.

Okafor fit not one, not two, not three, but 13—yes, 13—tennis balls in his right palm.


Of course, this isn't the first time the former Duke standout's hands have been in the spotlight. A photo of Okafor palming a basketball in February went viral, showing the center's hands to be much larger than a regulation-sized basketball, which measures 29.5 inches in circumference... Read more

Recruiting Roundup: Freshmen hint at jersey numbers as focus shifts to 2016

Let's start this week with the best news of the week for Blue Devil fans—Duke finished with the No. 1 recruiting class in the country according to ESPN, Scouts, 247Sports, and Rivals. The Blue Devils finished with commitments from four recruits ranked in the top 25 of the ESPN 100—No. 3 Brandon Ingram, No. 11 Chase Jeter, No. 17 Derryck Thornton and No. 24 Luke Kennard—as well as center Antonio Vrankovic and forward Justin Robinson.

With Ingram and Thornton officially signing their letter of intents with Duke, head coach Mike Krzyzewski had a chance to speak about the newest members of his program.

Ingram may have even dropped a hint about his number next season when he posted a picture of a pair of sneakers embossed with the number 14... Read more

Cook impresses at NBA Draft combine, Jones and Winslow meet with teams

Unlike his former teammates Tyus Jones and Justise Winslow, Quinn Cook does not have the luxury of knowing he will be drafted.

After a solid week in Chicago, the former Duke captain may be building enough of a case to entice a team to pull the trigger come June 25.

Cook was a standout performer in this week's NBA Draft combine, finishing 2-0 in 5-on-5 competition and impressing teams with his perimeter shooting and intangibles.

After struggling in the first scrimmage of the combine—with only six points on 2-of-6 shooting and four turnovers—Cook tied as the leading scorer in his 5-on-5 action Friday. The national championship winning point guard recorded 18 points on 6-of-12 shooting from the floor and made key hustle plays when his team needed them most... Read more