North Carolina causes $10,000 in damages to Duke locker room Thursday

North Carolina strolled into Durham last Thursday and went on to destroy the then-No. 21 Blue Devils' ACC title hopes via a 45-20 beat down. But the Tar Heels did let the destruction end there.

North Carolina players racked up $10,000-worth in damages to Duke's visiting locker room at Wallace Wade Stadium after they went a little wild with the spray paint used to paint the Victory Bell.

As is custom, the winner of the rivalry game is awarded the Bell and paints it their respective shade of blue on the field. But as the celebration, players and Victory Bell made their way back to the locker room, so did the spray paint.

According to the Herald-Sun, the players allegedly tagged the walls and carpets in the locker room with the spray paint, and would go on to write the letters "UNC" on the wall next to the entrance door... Read more

Recruiting Roundup: Highlights from a chat with 2017 guard Blake Harris

As we discussed before, last weekend, Duke hosted two five-star recruits: 2015 wing Brandon Ingram and 2017 point guard Blake Harris. The former has been discussed here many times, and this week his high school coach spoke to Adam Zagoria of Zagsblog and had this to say:

“He will decide early but sign in the spring,” Perry Tyndall said. “Exactly when he commits, I’m not sure. He still has some uncertainty.” Ingram has a final six of Duke, N.C. State, North Carolina, Kentucky, UCLA and Kansas.

Although many knew Ingram before last week, the name Blake Harris was new to many people... Read more

Grant Hill inducted into College Basketball Hall of Fame

Grant Hill added one more honor to his decorated basketball career Sunday evening—Hall of Famer.

Hill was part of the eight-man class inducted into the College Basketball Hall of Fame in a ceremony held in Kansas City, Mo. The Blue Devil legend was a star on Mike Krzyzewski's first two championship teams in Durham, helping Duke finish March Madness in both 1991 and 1992 by climbing the ladder to cut down the nets and leading his team back to a third championship game in 1994.

If there's any surprise in Hill's induction, it's that it hadn't already happened. The 6-foot-8 small forward won both the Wooden Award and the Naismith Award during his four years at Duke, tallying 1,924 points in a Blue Devil uniform, the 16th-most in program history. His No. 33 hangs from the rafters in Cameron Indoor Stadium.

Hill averaged 14.9 points and 6.0 rebounds for Krzyzewski, a model of consistency from a four-year player. The Reston, Va... Read more

Duke basketball Player of the Week: Week 1

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Quinn Cook

Statline: Nov. 14 vs. Presbyterian: 14 points, 5-of-11 shooting, 4-of-9 from 3-point range, five assists, five rebounds; Nov. 15 vs. Fairfield: 17 points, 7-of-9 shooting, 3-of-4 from downtown, four assists; Tuesday vs. Michigan State: 19 points, 7-of-12 shooting, 3-of-4 from long range, six assists; Friday vs. Temple: 17 points, 6-of-12 shooting, 3-of-8 from 3-point range, five rebounds; Saturday vs. Stanford: 18 points, 5-12 shooting, 4-9 from three, three defensive rebounds, five assists

The good: Cook emerged as the Coaches vs. Cancer Classic MVP as he led the team to win the tournament in New York and to five wins in the first eight calendar days of the season. Although it’s early in the season, it is clear that Duke’s captain, alongside fellow captain Amile Jefferson, is playing some of the best basketball of his college career. Throughout the first five games of the season, the Washington, D.C... Read more

Duke football falls out of AP Poll after disappointing loss to North Carolina

As expected, the Blue Devils plummeted out of the AP Poll after their second consecutive home loss.

Duke, which was ranked No. 25 last week despite a disappointing 17-16 home loss to Virginia Tech, was thrashed on national television 45-20 by its rival North Carolina in its first Thursday night game since 1994.

As a result, the Blue Devils dropped out of the AP Poll Sunday afternoon and only received nine votes, fifth most among unranked teams.

Last week, Duke made history by staying in the poll for the fourth consecutive week, the first time that had happened since 1955... Read more

Jahlil Okafor talks tanking following victory in the Big Apple

NEW YORK—Less than six miles from Duke's victory against Stanford at the Barclays Center, two of the NBA's worst teams were battling for the chance to draft Blue Devil center Jahlil Okafor.

With another star-studded freshman class expected to make the jump to the pros after one collegiate season, conversation of tanking in the NBA is running rampant. On the evening when the hometown New York Knicks (4-10) knocked off the Philadelphia 76ers (0-13), talk of the NBA's bottom-feeders seeped into the Duke locker room.

The 6-foot-11 freshman, who many expect to leave the Blue Devils after one season and be the top pick in the NBA draft this June, said he hears from fans of the league's most lovable losers on a regular basis via social media, hoping that Okafor will be the answer to their team's prayers come summer.

"I get Sixers fans tweeting me, Knicks fans tweeting me, Lakers fans tweeting me, so I see a lot of that stuff when I get on Twitter," Okafor said... Read more

Watch Jahlil Okafor's uncle bust a move at the CVC final

NEW YORK—Jahlil Okafor earned all-tournament team honors as Duke coasted to victory at the Coaches vs. Cancer Classic, but his uncle may have won the internet Saturday night.

During an extended timeout in the second half, the dance cam captured Okafor's uncle breaking it down just like his nephew attacks the rim—with no regard for human life.

If you don't believe me, check the clip, shot by Matt Norlander of CBS Sports.

The more Okafor's uncle danced, the more the camera kept panning back to him. At one point, the videoboard operator attempted to incite a dance-off between him and a Stanford fan to no avail—there wasn't a soul in the arena who could match these dance moves... Read more

Beyond the Arc: Duke basketball vs. Stanford

Former Blue Devil star Johnny Dawkins and his Stanford squad gave Duke a fight Saturday, but the Blue Devils were more than up to the challenge.

Behind 18 points from tournament MVP Quinn Cook, Duke dispatched the Cardinal 70-59 at the Barclays Center to win its fifth game in eight days. Stanford senior guard Chasson Randle registered 22 points—the first time an opposing player has topped 20 points this season against the Blue Devils—but didn't get enough help from his support cast to pull off the upset.

Stefan Nastic wasn't nearly the heralded recruit Jahlil Okafor was coming out of college, but the Cardinal senior won the battle down low for much of the night, piling up 13 points and 13 rebounds before fouling out. Duke's dominant center struggled against size and strength for the second game in a row, shooting just 4-of-10 from the floor, but did finish with 10 points and 12 rebounds to record his first career double-double in a Blue Devil uniform.

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HALFTIME: Duke 40, Stanford 29

NEW YORK—Focusing most of its attention toward stud center Jahlil Okafor, Stanford played the first half of the Coaches vs. Cancer Classic championship game daring the rest of Duke's supporting cast to beat them. So far, that plan isn't working too well.

With one half of play in the books, the Blue Devils hold a 40-29 lead against the Cardinal at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn. Senior guard Quinn Cook leads a balanced Duke scoring effort with 11 points. Redshirt senior Stefan Nastic has paced Stanford with 10.

After the first 10 minutes of the contest were very back and forth, the Blue Devils were able to expand their lead to double digits with four minutes left in the half on on a 3-pointer by Cook. Duke shot 6-of-17 from beyond the arc in the first half.

Here are some observations from the first half:

  • The Blue Devil-Cardinal matchup presented a battle of youth against experience. Duke went with its usual starting lineup, which included three freshmen... Read more

The key three: Duke basketball vs. Stanford

After its defeat of Temple in the semifinals, Duke will play Stanford in New York at the Barclays Center in the final of the Coaches vs. Cancer Classic Saturday at 9:30 p.m. The matchup will mark the first time that Stanford head coach Johnny Dawkins will face off against his alma mater. Three things that the Blue Devils will need to do to finish the tournament strong:

Play strong perimeter defense and close out to shooters

In its semifinal match up against UNLV, Stanford shot an astounding 70.0 percent from beyond the arc and senior guard Chasson Randle—a career 39.4 percent three-point shooter—played a large role in making that happen. The Rock Island, Ill. native exclusively attempted 3-point shots on the night, going 6-of-10.

Aside from this game, the Cardinal has not been a proficient long-range shooting team this season—Stanford averaged just 23.8 percent from deep through its first two games—but Dawkins’ teams in the past have been efficient from the 3-point line and Friday night’s game against the Rebels showed just that... Read more