ACC releases conference matchups for 2014-15 and 2015-16, Duke-Syracuse rematch set

The ACC released the conference matchups for the 2014-15 and 2015-16 seasons Tuesday morning. The Blue Devils' schedule, particularly their slate of road games, will be among the toughest in the conference next season.

With this being the third year in conference history that each team has played 18 conference games, the level of competition will be higher than ever, with newcomer Louisville being added to many teams'—including Duke's—schedule.

“It's exciting to look ahead to our league's basketball schedule, as there's no shortage of quality conference games,” ACC Commissioner John Swofford said. “This two-year alignment will allow for outstanding opportunities that will highlight our teams and players while providing our fans with continually appealing matchups.”

Following the two instant-classics Duke and Syracuse played this past year in the Orange's first season in the ACC, the two teams will once again face off twice next season... Read more

Duke basketball season highlights: Andre Dawkins

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This week on The Blue Zone we will be running down the top three performances from the 2013-2014 season of each of the departing Blue Devils. Today, we take a look at Andre Dawkins.

Andre Dawkins, Guard, Graduate Student

3) Dec. 28, 2013 vs. Eastern Michigan: In one of his most complete performances of the season, Dawkins tallied 20 points, grabbed two rebounds and recorded two steals in Duke's 82-59 win. All of Dawkins' field goal attempts were launched from beyond the arc, and he shot an impressive 6-of-10 from distance in 26 minutes.

2) Feb. 1, 2014 at Syracuse: Playing a season-high 28 minutes due to both to his shooting prowess and mounting foul woes for his teammates, Dawkins scored 14 points in a losing effort at the Carrier Dome... Read more

Sean Obi to transfer to Duke basketball

Former Rice forward Sean Obi announced his decision to transfer to Duke Monday night via social media. The 6-foot-9 big man visited campus last weekend before ultimately choosing the Blue Devils.

In addition to the photo, Obi posted a statement cementing his intent to come to Durham next fall:

"Happy to officially announce that I will be attending Duke university for the rest of my college basketball career. Very thankful for all the support and love from my family and friends all over, and also to every college Coach that have called and been in involved with me through out this process... Read more

Duke basketball season highlights: Josh Hairston

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This week on The Blue Zone we will be running down the top three performances from the 2013-2014 season of each of the departing Blue Devils. Today, we take a look at Josh Hairston.

Josh Hairston, Forward, Senior

3) Dec. 19, 2013 vs. UCLA: In a big win for a Blue Devil team that had struggled to compete with top talent at that point in the season, Hairston was perfect from the field, collecting four points on 2-of-2 shooting. He also grabbed three rebounds and dished out one assist. Two of Hairston’s three rebounds were on the offensive end and gave Duke opportunities to earn second-chance points in what was a hotly-contested game. Hairston’s assist came on the first possession of the second half on a Jabari Parker 3-pointer that gave Duke the lead. The Blue Devils went on to win the contest 80-63.

2) Nov. 18, 2013 vs... Read more

Duke basketball career highlights: Todd Zafirovski

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This week on The Blue Zone we will be running down the top three performances from the 2013-2014 season of each of the departing Blue Devils. Today, we take a look at Todd Zafirovski, recapping the best moments of his career.

Todd Zafirovski, Forward, Graduate Student

Honorable Mention: March 18, 2011 vs. Hampton:

Zafirovski didn’t enter the scoring column in this game, but he did get to say that he played in the NCAA tournament in Duke’s opening round blowout against the Pirates. The Lake Forest, Ill. native registered a "double trillion" in the game—meaning he played two minutes and accrued no stats. His monumental exclusion from that year’s "One Shining Moment" montage still irks true Blue Devil fans to this day.

3. Nov. 19, 2011 vs. Colgate:

It was the game that launched 1,000 chants. In Zafirovski’s first extended appearance on the big stage of Cameron Indoor Stadium, he played four minutes... Read more

Duke in the NBA: 8 former Blue Devils advance to the playoffs

Miles Plumlee, Phoenix Suns: Plumlee did not quite finish off his season as well as he would have liked. The big man averaged 5.7 points and 5.5 rebounds per game in the Suns’ last eight games, as they lost the eighth seed in the West to the Grizzlies. Still, Plumlee had an exceptional year by his standards and was a key cog in the Suns’ surprising playoff push. Plumlee’s strong and consistent play should earn him a spot on some ballots for the Most Improved Player award.

Mason Plumlee, Brooklyn Nets: The second of the “Plum-dog Millionares” ended his season on an absolute tear, averaging 13.7 points and 7.2 rebounds during his final six games. He also made one of the plays of the year with this monstrous game-saving block on an attempted Lebron James throw-down.

Report: Rodney Hood to enter NBA draft

Blue Devil forward Rodney Hood could be the second Duke player to enter the NBA draft early.

Blue Devil forward Rodney Hood could be the second Duke player to enter the NBA draft early.

Redshirt sophomore Rodney Hood will declare for the 2014 NBA draft, Yahoo! Sports' Adrian Wojnarowski reported Thursday afternoon.

The Meridian, Miss., native recently completed his first season with the Blue Devils after playing his freshman season at Mississippi State. Hood, who also fulfilled the role of team captain, averaged 16.1 points and 3.9 rebounds per game for Duke and earning second-team All-ACC honors.

Wojnarowski's report indicates that Hood and Duke are still days away from an official announcement regarding his decision. Should Hood enter the 2014 draft, he is expected to be a first round pick and could potentially sneak up into the lottery.

The move should come as little surprise to Duke fans as head coach Read more

Duke basketball holds annual awards banquet to honor players, Wojciechowski

2013-14 Duke Men’s Basketball Awards

Duke held its annual end of the year awards banquet Wednesday night. Although most of the awards were based on season statistics set in stone nearly a month ago, the night was not without its surprises, as well as a few teary moments from graduating seniors, head coach Mike Krzyzewski and former associate head coach and current Marquette head coach Steve Wojciechowski, who took the stage to say his official goodbyes following a video tribute to his court-slapping days as both a player and coach.

Duke among Chase Jeter's top 6 schools

Duke is among the top six schools vying for Bishop Gorman forward Chase Jeter, who is ranked as the No. 35 played in the Class of 2015 by ESPN. The 6-foot-10 forward said he is hoping to commit to a school early this summer.

Luke Kennard is Duke's lone Class of 2015 commit thus far. He and Jeter visited Duke in March for the Blue Devils' matchup with North Carolina.

Rice transfer Sean Obi to visit Duke this weekend

As the month of April rages on, Myles Turner isn't the only big man the Blue Devils are trying to land.

Former Rice forward Sean Obi is on campus for a visit with Duke this weekend, as first reported by ESPN's Jeff Goodman. The 6-foot-9 Nigerian averaged 11.4 points and 9.3 rebounds during his freshman season with the Owls, leading Conference-USA in rebounding.

Academics should play a major factor in Obi's decision. He took a visit to Vanderbilt last weekend, and Northwestern and Virginia are reportedly in hot pursuit as well. Obi would not be eligible to play immediately and would have to sit out the 2014-15 season.

Hitting the transfer market for big men has become a go-to move for the Blue Devils as of late. Duke flirted heavily with former Memphis forward Tarik Black before he ultimately chose Kansas instead of the Blue Devils last summer.