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Jabari Parker likely out for season with torn ACL

When Jabari Parker fell to the ground awkwardly Monday while leading a fast break against the Phoenix Suns, the Milwaukee Bucks held their breath.

Their worst fears may have been realized.

Parker will likely miss the remainder of his rookie season after receiving bad news from an MRI Tuesday night. The Bucks suspect the No. 2 overall pick has a torn ACL, as first reported by ESPN's Marc Stein.

The former Blue Devil was driving to the basket against the Suns' P.J. Tucker on a breakaway when his knee appeared to give out on him. Parker fell into Tucker on his way to the ground, and had to be carried from the floor.

The initial diagnosis Monday night was that Parker had a sprained knee, but Tuesday's MRI revealed more serious damage... Read more

Beyond the Arc: Duke basketball vs. Elon

In No. 2 Duke’s first game since its win against then-No. 2 Wisconsin Dec. 3, the Blue Devils notched a 75-62 victory against Elon Monday night at Cameron Indoor Stadium. Freshman Jahlil Okafor had a career night on his 19th birthday. The 6-foot-11, 270-pound center stood four inches taller and 50 pounds heavier than any Elon starter, and he used that size difference to his advantage on his way to an incredible 25 points and 20 rebounds, both career highs. The 20 rebounds were also a freshman record for Duke, and helped Okafor pick up his second double-double of the young season.

Revisiting the three keys to the game:

  • Resume the rhythm on offense: The game got off to a sluggish start for both teams Monday with the first basket coming three minutes into the contest. As would be a common theme Monday, that bucket came from Okafor as he began to tear apart the Phoenix down low... Read more

Recruiting Roundup: Coaches make most out of bye week as possible 2016 package appears ready to emerge

As Duke's players headed to the library to study for final exams, the Blue Devil coaching staff head on the road and continued to scout heavily for the future.

Starting with the 2015 commits, assistant coach Nate James went to Las Vegas Wednesday night to watch center Chase Jeter lead his Bishop Gorman team to a 42-point win over Mojave. Jeter showcased his dominance on both sides of the ball scoring 18 points and adding 7 boards and 5 blocks.


While James was in Las Vegas, head coach Mike Krzyzewski, associate head coach Jeff Capel and assistant coach Jon Scheyer headed to Franklin, Ohio, to watch prized commit Luke Kennard... Read more

Beyond the Arc: Duke basketball vs. Elon

In No. 2 Duke’s first game since its win against then-No. 2 Wisconsin Dec. 3, the Blue Devils notched a 75-62 victory against Elon Monday night at Cameron Indoor Stadium. Freshman Jahlil Okafor had a career night on his 19th birthday. The 6-foot-11, 270-pound center stood four inches taller and 50 pounds heavier than any Elon starter, and he used that size difference to his advantage on his way to an incredible 25 points and 20 rebounds, both career highs. The 20 rebounds were also a freshman record for Duke, and helped Okafor pick up his second double-double of the young season.

Revisiting the three keys to the game:

  • Resume the rhythm on offense: The game got off to a sluggish start for both teams Monday with the first basket coming three minutes into the contest. As would be a common theme Monday, that bucket came from Okafor as he began to tear apart the Phoenix down low... Read more

HALFTIME: Duke 36, Elon 21

Playing in their first game in 12 days, the No. 2 Blue Devils have shown few signs of rust against Elon through one half of play.

Duke was led by Jahlil Okafor in the first half, as the center recorded a double-double, posting 10 points and 11 rebounds to lead the Blue Devils to a 36-21 lead at the half. Quinn Cook and Justise Winslow also contributed seven points.

The Blue Devils struggled from the floor in the early going, missing on their first four shots before Winslow could convert from the free throw line to draw first blood.

But as hard of a time that the Blue Devils had on the offensive end, they made up for it on the other end of the court. Elon missed its first seven shots and turned the ball over three times before Luke Eddy could get his layup to fall. By the end of the half, Duke had forced nine turnovers, though it committed nine of its own.

After having a quiet game against No. 2 Wisconsin, Winslow came out firing against the Phoenix... Read more

The key three: Duke basketball vs. Elon

No. 2 Duke will return to action Monday at 7 p.m. against Elon at Cameron Indoor Stadium after its 11-day break due to final exams and look to keep the momentum from its 80-70 win at then-No. 2 Wisconsin going against the Phoenix. Three keys to another strong Blue Devil performance:

Resume the rhythm on offense

After starting the season with a rapid stretch five games in eight days, the Blue Devils had a lengthy 11-day break for final exams between their win against Wisconsin and Monday’s matchup against Elon. Although a break is nice, the near-two week break may leave Duke feeling a little bit rusty when it takes the court and with a sparse crowd expected with students gone for winter break, the Blue Devils will need to make their own energy early by keeping their dominant offense rolling against a team that is used to playing solid opponents.

The Phoenix played just four days ago, when they almost rallied to beat Missouri in Columbia, and frequently play Duke and thus will likely not be intimidated by the bright lights Monday... Read more

Report: Wisconsin possible landing spot for Duke transfer Semi Ojeleye

Duke won at then-No. 2 Wisconsin 80-70 for its biggest win of the season, but the Badgers are reportedly in the running to pay the Blue Devils back by landing transfer Semi Ojeleye.

According to Benjamin Worgull of Scout.com, Wisconsin reached out to the sophomore forward, who announced his decision to transfer from Duke Sunday after not seeing the court as often as he would have liked in his first two seasons as a Blue Devil,

The Badgers were the first major program to offer Ojeleye, a touted recruit coming out of high school, a scholarship and the 6-foot-7 forward is also apparently a fan of Bo Ryan's program, especially after his recent visit to Madison.

Around the ACC: Week 4

The ACC only played 15 games this week and went 13-2 (plus UL/Wake results) in those contests. North Carolina competed with No. 1 Kentucky early on in the marquee matchup of the week Saturday, but the Wildcats were able to roll late against the Tar Heels. The only other loss for the ACC this week came in Raleigh, N.C., as Wofford upset the Wolfpack in the final seconds Sunday for a stunning upset.

1. No. 21 Notre Dame (10-1, 1-0 in the ACC)

The Fighting Irish followed up a strong week that included an overtime win against Michigan State with their first ACC victory of the season. Junior forward Zach Auguste led Notre Dame in the rout against Florida State. Auguste accounted for 26 points and seven rebounds in the contest, with guards Jerian Grant and Demetrius Jackson putting in 18 points each.

The Irish also defeated Mount Saint Mary’s 93-67 this week. In the game, four different Notre Dame players put up double-digit points and three of them scored 19 points... Read more

X factor: Duke basketball vs. Elon

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After a week off to concentrate on finals, No. 2 Duke will play its first game since its statement win against then-No. 2 Wisconsin at the Kohl Center in Madison, Wis. The Blue Devils come into the contest behind only unanimous No. 1 Kentucky in the AP Poll and with one of the best offenses in the country.

Duke faces off with Elon at Cameron Indoor Stadium Monday at 7 p.m looking to remain unbeaten before heading to New Jersey for a contest with reigning national champion Connecticut. We get you ready for tonight's game by breaking down a player on each team that could make the difference; check back with the Blue Zone to find out the x-factor before every Duke basketball game this season.

Duke: guard Quinn Cook

Duke should have no problem handling the frontcourt in this contest thanks to center Jahlil Okafor. At 6-foot-11 and 270 pounds, Okafor is four inches taller and 50 pounds heavier than any Elon starter, meaning he should be able to have his way in the paint Monday night and have a big game on his birthday... Read more

Thoughts on the AP Poll: Week 4

The Blue Devils stayed at No. 2 after a week off, but there were some other moves in the top 25 as conference play draws nearer.

Duke stays at No. 2 after week off

The Blue Devils stayed put this week after not playing due to final exams following their statement 80-70 win Dec. 3 at then-No. 2 Wisconsin. Duke returns to the court Monday against Elon at 7 p.m. before clashing with reigning national champion Connecticut Thursday at the IZOD Center in East Rutherford, N.J., in another marquee nonconference game. In total, six ACC teams are ranked in the top 25 this week.

Basketball blue bloods battle, Kentucky prevails

In a clash of historic programs Saturday, the No. 1 Wildcats dismantled the previously No. 21 Tar Heels 84-70 Saturday at Rupp Arena, dropping North Carolina three spots to No. 24 in the poll... Read more