Quinn Cook, Sean Kelly address the Cameron faithful on Senior Night
After Duke completed the demolition of Wake Forest Wednesday night, topping the Demon Deacons 94-51, seniors Quinn Cook and Sean Kelly addressed the crowd one final time on their home floor. Here is what each had to say.
“Time has wings. I remember four years ago I was here watching Nolan [Smith], his last game here. It’s surreal that I’m here, and he’s here with me. “
“This has been the greatest rollercoaster of my life. I’ve had the opportunity to showcase my talent with the best fans in the world. Through thick and thin: losses; the big wins; you guys meeting us in the circle—that means a lot. We don’t take that for granted.”
“We came a long way, us three together. Nobody gave us a chance. But me, I’m going to graduate from Duke University, the greatest University in the world.”
“I get a lot of credit for being this great leader and blah, blah, blah, but these guys make my job, and Amile’s job easy as captains. These guys are so humble. There are no egos... Read more
Beyond the Arc: Duke basketball vs. Wake Forest
As the bench has dwindled all season long, Grayson Allen has been given more opportunities to make an impact. Wednesday night, the freshman exploded.
Allen scored 27 points as No. 3 Duke dismantled Wake Forest 94-51 at Cameron Indoor Stadium. The Jacksonville, Fla., native entered the game with 13:37 left in the first half and immediately began torching the nets, scoring 11 points in less than three minutes. Fifteen Demon Deacon turnovers allowed the Blue Devils to build a gigantic lead early—Duke scored the first 12 points—that stretched into a 52-15 lead at the half. Sophomore Matt Jones scored 11 of his team's first 13 points after intermission as the Blue Devils coasted to their 10th straight conference win.
Revisiting the three keys to the game:
- Handle Devin Thomas: In the first meeting between the teams Jan. 7 in Winston-Salem, N.C... Read more
HALFTIME: Duke 52, Wake Forest 15
Nearly two months after having to squeak out a single-digit victory in Winston-Salem, Duke has wasted no time pulling away from Wake Forest at home on Senior night, entering the half up 52-15.
Duke started out the night on a 12-0 run before Demon Deacon first-year head coach Danny Manning called timeout to settle his players.
For a moment, it seemed like it might have worked as Wake Forest’s Mitchell Wilbekin notched five points to put the Demon Deacons on the board. From there, however, Wake Forest went scoreless for the next five minutes.
And for the Blue Devils, Grayson Allen took over. The freshman came in to score 11 points in a four-minute stretch and put Duke up 31-5 by converting a four-point play with 9:58 left in the half. Although he slowed down a little in his second time on the court, Allen added eight more points to beat his career high of 18 against Presbyterian and push his total to 19 points. He did it in just nine minutes.
Fellow freshman Justise Winslow provided a big spark for Duke's transition game with three steals and 10 points... Read more
Tony Romo, Jason Garrett visit Duke basketball for second straight year
Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo beat Quinn Cook in a game of Horse last year ahead of the Blue Devils' home contest against North Carolina, but the Duke guard made sure he got some revenge this time around.
Romo and head coach Jason Garrett visited the No. 3 Blue Devils for the second straight year ahead of their Wednesday night contest against Wake Forest at 8 p.m. at Cameron Indoor Stadium, per Duke Blue Planet's Twitter and YouTube accounts.
Cowboys running back DeMarco Murray and tight end Jason Witten also joined his quarterback and head coach for the visit, which according to Romo was partly so Dallas' leaders could learn from being around legendary Blue Devil head coach Mike Krzyzewski.
X factor: Duke basketball vs. Wake Forest
The third-ranked Blue Devils will look to run their win streak to double-digits Wednesday against Wake Forest at 8 p.m. at Cameron Indoor Stadium. Duke defeated the Demon Deacons 73-65 in a hard-fought matchup earlier this season and will look to send senior Quinn Cook off in a winning fashion in the last home game of the season. Before every game this season, the Blue Zone will select a player on both teams that could make a difference for their respective squads.
Duke: guard Quinn Cook
The 6-foot-2 guard will play his final game in Cameron as he looks to make one last great memory on Senior Night. After struggling with inconsistency in his first three seasons, Cook’s play has taken off in his final year despite the adjustment he has had to make playing with freshman Tyus Jones.
For Cook, the biggest improvement has been his shooting from the floor. The Washington native has shot a career high 46-percent this season and his ability to shoot the three-ball has allowed the Blue Devils to space the floor effectively... Read more
The key three: Duke basketball vs. Wake Forest
In senior captain Quinn Cook's final game on the hardwood of Cameron Indoor Stadium, No. 3 Duke takes on Wake Forest Wednesday at 8 p.m. The two squads met in early January, with the Blue Devils prevailing in a tight 73-65 contest. With just two games remaining in the regular season, Duke is already locked into the No. 2 or No. 3 seed in next week's ACC tournament. Here are three keys to the Blue Devils extending their winning streak to double digits:
The last time these two teams faced, junior forward Devin Thomas scored 24 points and had all four of Wake Forest’s offensive rebounds. Although the Demon Deacon forward has been held to single digit scoring the past two games, he recently dropped 26 points against then-No. 10 Notre Dame and recorded five rebounds during his short 16-minute stint against No. 2 Virginia in Wake Forest’s narrow one-point loss. Fourth overall in the ACC in rebounds, Thomas is recording an average of 9... Read more
Around the ACC: Week 15
With just one week left in the regular season, the race for byes in the upcoming ACC tournament is heating up:
1. No. 2 Virginia (27-1, 15-1 in the ACC): The Cavaliers extended their winning streak to eight and captured at least a share of the ACC regular season title with a pair of victories at Wake Forest and at home against in-state rival Virginia Tech. Tony Bennett’s team held the Demon Deacons to 15 first half points and cruised to a 70-34 victory despite the absences of starters Justin Anderson and London Perrantes due to injury. The Hokies kept Saturday’s game more interesting—and found themselves down just four points with 7:32 remaining in the game—but Virginia was able to pull away behind Malcolm Brogdon’s 19 points and a stingy defensive second half effort. The Cavaliers will travel to Syracuse Monday and attempt to secure a second consecutive outright regular season title.
2. No... Read more
Thoughts on the AP Poll: Week 15
With a surprisingly close win against Virginia Tech and a dominating performance against Syracuse, the Blue Devils jumped to No. 3 in this week's poll:
Duke handles both Virginia Tech and Syracuse, moves up one spot:
In what was supposed to be an easy game for the Blue Devils, the Hokies challenged them from the tip, eventually losing to the then-No. 4 team in the nation 91-86 in overtime Wednesday. Leading at halftime by two, Virginia Tech looked well on its way to stunning Duke. However, strong second-half play from Jahlil Okafor and Quinn Cook—who combined for 26 points in the period—forced overtime. It was more of the same for Duke in the extra session, with Okafor and Cook leading the way to victory. The highly touted center totaled 30 points and nine rebounds in one of his best outings of the year.
Saturday, Duke looked every bit like the No. 4 team in the country with a resounding 73-54 victory against Syracuse... Read more
Duke women's basketball Player of the Week: Week 15
Statline: Thursday at Georgia Tech: Six points on 2-of-8 shooting, six rebounds, two steals, one assist and one block in 23 minutes. Sunday vs. No. 15 North Carolina: 10 points on 4-of-5 shooting, five rebounds, three assists, three blocks and two steals in 34 minutes.
The good: The No. 16 Blue Devils notched a dramatic home victory against No. 15 North Carolina 81-80 Sunday on Senior Day in yet another episode of the most important college basketball rivalry in the nation. With this triumph, head coach Joanne P... Read more
The road to Tampa, Women's basketball weekly update, Week 15
The Blue Devils' dramatic win against North Carolina Sunday was just one of many thrillers this week as the regular season concluded for most teams:
The week got off to a rocky start No. 16 Duke, which continued its late-season losing skid with a 71-62 loss at Georgia Tech Thursday, but the Blue Devils bounced back in a big way. Duke used a second-half 34-8 run to knock off No. 15 North Carolina 81-80 Sunday afternoon at Cameron Indoor Stadium in the teams' regular season finale. With the win, the Blue Devils earned the No. 4 seed in this week's ACC tournament and will look to keep bolstering their NCAA tournament resume to earn a top-four seed and host the first two rounds in the Big Dance.
Duke was far from the only traditional power to suffer an upset this week, as No. 3 Baylor was stunned twice this week at Oklahoma and at Iowa State... Read more