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ACC releases 2014-15 men's basketball schedule; Duke draws backloaded schedule

The ACC released the 2014-15 men's basketball conference schedule Wednesday afternoon, after announcing the season's conference matchups several months earlier. The Blue Devils drew a back-heavy schedule, with all four matchups against Syracuse and North Carolina coming in the final four weeks of the regular season.

Duke's top-ranked recruiting class and returning nucleus will be tested throughout the conference slate, though, which includes road games at new ACC member Louisville Jan. 17 and defending conference champion Virginia Jan. 31, as well as the home-and-home contests with the Orange and Tar Heels.

After rounding out the 2014 calendar year with a home game against Wofford Dec. 31, the Blue Devils will open up ACC play Jan. 3 against Boston College at Cameron Indoor Stadium. Duke will then make a two-game road swing to pay visits to in-state rivals Wake Forest and N.C. State Jan. 7 and Jan. 11, respectively, before returning home to take on Miami Jan. 13.

The first big test of the ACC schedule comes Jan... Read more

Spurrier, 1989 Squad to be Honored this Saturday

This weekend, Duke football will be partying like it's 1989.

During Saturday's season-opening game against Elon, the Blue Devils will honor the 1989 squad that posted an 8-4 record, winning a share of the ACC title before eventually losing to Texas Tech in the All-American Bowl.

Current South Carolina head coach Steve Spurrier, who coached the 1989 squad, will be honored along with the team during the first half. The Gamecocks play Texas A&M this Thursday, allowing Spurrier to travel to Durham Saturday.

Spurrier's gig at Duke in the late 1980s was his first ever head-coaching job that propelled him to future head coaching jobs with Florida, South Carolina and the Washington Redskins. Spurrier has maintained a relationship with the program and has a history of giving the Blue Devils an annual vote in the Coaches' Poll.

The honoring of the 1989 team coincides with Read more

Battle to visit Duke at Countdown to Craziness, Elite 24 weekend recap

When the Blue Devils take the court in front of the Cameron Crazies for the first time, the players and fans will be doing their best to convince one of the best players in next year's class to join them in Durham, as Tyus Battle will officially visit Duke on October 25th for Countdown to Craziness.

Battle, the 6-foot-5 guard from St. Bernard High School in N.J., recently finished playing for the Gold Medal-winning Team USA in the 17U FIBA World Championships. The combo guard possesses the skill set desired for the ideal two-guard, as he has both a smooth shooting stroke from deep and the ability to get to the rim and finish among the bigs. Battle is joining five-star recruit T.J. Leaf for Countdown to Craziness, making it a crucial weekend for Duke 2016 recruiting’s class.

The New York Post recently covered Tyus Battle and his impressive summer in a must-read piece... Read more

Duke in the NFL: Renfree, rookies perform well as roster cuts loom following preseason week 3

With several former Blue Devil standouts on the bubble to make rosters and first cuts coming this week, here is a look at how Duke's former players fared in week three of the NFL preseason:

Kenny Anunike, defensive end, Denver Broncos: Anunike got his name in the box score for the third consecutive game, recording one tackle Saturday night in his team's loss to Houston. The 6-foot-5, 260-pound defensive end has been on a tear this summer, so it will be interesting to see what decision the team makes about the edge rusher in the coming weeks.

Juwan Thompson, running back, Denver Broncos: Thompson had a third straight solid game, leading the team in rushing with 33 yards on just four carries in Denver's 18-17 loss against Houston. The 5-foot-11, 225-pound running back has been the Read more

Two 2015 prospects sign scholarship agreements, will enroll in January

Although the season kicks off in less than a week, the Duke Football program is looking ahead to the future after signing two top 2015 prospects to scholarship agreements.

Three-star offensive tackle Reno Rosene and three-star defensive end Marqueis Price will enroll this January as part of the agreement, as long as they complete their high school degrees this fall. The duo follows in the footsteps of current freshman Jonathon Lloyd, who enrolled early this past winter and participated in the annual Spring Game.

Although the agreement does not require the two players to attend Duke, the university has committed to offer them scholarships beginning this winter.

Rosene, a native of Westlake Village, Calif. is a three-star recruit according to ESPN and is the No... Read more

Tomlinson reeling in All-America Recognitions; could be one of the first guards taken in the 2015 NFL Draft

Although his name doesn't always show up in the box score, Laken Tomlinson has been pinned to a slew of preseason All-America teams this summer.

But his latest accolade may just be his best yet.

Tomlinson received a first team All-America honor from Fox Sports, marking the first time he has been named to the primary All-America team. Tomlinson was previously named a second team All-American by a number of media outlets, most notably Athlon SportsRead more

Plumlee, Irving crack final Team USA roster

There will be two former Blue Devils headed to Spain with Duke head coach Mike Krzyzewski and Team USA basketball.

Center Mason Plumlee tweeted early Saturday morning that he would be headed to Spain to compete for Team USA and his former head coach in the FIBA World Cup, which begins next week.


Kyrie Irving was also named to the final roster, but was a shoo-in in comparison to the battle for the spot that now officially belongs to Plumlee.

Plumlee beat out Gordon Hayward, Damian Lillard, Chandler Parsons and Kyle Korver for one of the coveted final spots on the American roster. The final whittling down of the roster was announced by Team USA in the hours following its 112-86 victory against Puerto Rico Friday night at Madison Square Garden... Read more

Boone, Brown, Cash, Crowder and Tomlinson elected Duke football captains

The group that will lead the Blue Devils in their quest to repeat as Coastal Division champions was finally made public by head coach David Cutcliffe Thursday afternoon.

Redshirt seniors Anthony Boone, Kelby Brown and Laken Tomlinson, senior Jamison Crowder and redshirt junior Jeremy Cash were recently elected team captains by their teammates.

Boone—who was also a captain last year—is coming off one of the most efficient seasons under center in Duke history, as his 64.0 percent completion percentage was good for the third-best rate ever.

The Weddington, N.C. native is on the watch lists for the Manning Award, the Davey O'Brien Award and the Maxwell Award, which honor the best quarterback in the nation.

Brown recently suffered a season-ending knee injury, but will still be a great help to the team with his leadership and knowledge as a versatile inside linebacker... Read more

Duke in the Majors Update

As the dog days of August drag on, The Blue Zone takes a look at how Blue Devils are faring in the major leagues.

Nate Freiman, Oakland Athletics: Back with the big-league club for yet another stint, Freiman had a huge weekend series in Atlanta, belting three home runs—including a pair of 400+ foot bombs on ESPN's Sunday Night Baseball—against the Braves. Unfortunately, Freiman's power display was not enough to carry his teammates, who have been scuffling at the plate of late. The A's have lost five straight and seven of their last eight, and their lead in the AL West has turned into a half-game deficit to the surging Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. With Brandon Moss, Stephen Vogt and Kyle Blanks all competing with Freiman for at-bats, the power surge is sure to help Freiman's bid for more playing time. The 6-foot-8 first baseman is hitting .234 with four home runs and 11 RBIs in 19 games.

Marcus Stroman, Toronto Blue Jays: Since posting two dominant outings against the defending champion Red Sox in July, Stroman has had a rollercoaster August... Read more

Duke tight end Braxton Deaver to miss 2014-15 season with torn ACL

The blows keep coming for Duke football this preseason.

One week after starting linebacker Kelby Brown suffered a torn ACL, the Blue Devils lost another preseason All-ACC selection and leader for the season when tight end Braxton Deaver succumbed to the same injury Monday. According to reports via 247Sports.com, Deaver was running a route and fell to the ground, making it a non-contact injury.

“This certainly seems redundant after Kelby’s injury last week, but again our thoughts and prayers lie with Braxton and his family with this news,” Duke head coach David Cutcliffe said in a press release. “While we’ll miss his presence on the field, the priorities with Braxton right now shift to his health and spirit... Read more