With center Jahlil Okafor down low to protect the rim, the Blue Devils are a much-improved defensive squad from a season ago.

Stingy defense shows Duke can win ugly

A year ago, Duke could not have trusted its defense to win games. Now, a more two-dimensional squad can win comfortably on nights when its shots aren't necessarily falling.

Senior Quinn Cook's two critical 3-pointers in the second half helped break the game open for the Blue Devils.

No. 4 Blue Devils down Temple 74-54 despite sloppy shooting

For the first time this season No. 4 Duke had significant problems scoring the basketball, but that wasn't enough to derail the Blue Devils

Senior Ka'lia Johnson posted the seventh triple-double in Duke women's basketball history Thursday night at Old Dominion.

Johnson's triple-double leads Duke women's basketball past Old Dominion

Playing close to home, Ka'lia and Johnson and Elizabeth Williams combined for 40 of Duke's 82 points to power the Blue Devils past the Lady Monarchs.

Freshman Jahlil Okafor and the Blue Devils face Temple in their fourth game in seven nights Friday at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y. | Lesley Chen-Young

Duke basketball to open weekend in Brooklyn with Temple

After being tested by a physical, well-coached team Tuesday night, the Blue Devils will have to quickly get ready for another big-time Friday night battle.

Freshman Sierra Calhoun is one of the Blue Devil rookies to have thrived early on this year.

Blue Devil women's basketball hits the road to take on Lady Monarchs

After opening the 2014-15 season with a long trip to Alabama Sunday, the Blue Devils will stay closer to home for their second regular-season battle.

Duke women's basketball adds all-around talent in Class of 2015 commits

Head coach Joanne P. McCallie has quite a lot to work with after securing the No. 2 recruiting class for the Class of 2015.

Freshman point guard Tyus Jones fueled the Blue Devil attack in the second half, pouring in 17 points in the final 20 minutes to seal Tuesday's victory.

Jones leads second-half charge, puts 'staple in [Spartans'] back'

Freshman point guard Tyus Jones led the Blue Devils with 17 second-half points to seal Tuesday's victory.

No. 4 Duke pulls away from No. 19 Michigan State late, prevails 81-71

Youth and athleticism met experience and poise Tuesday night. Youth prevailed.

Junior Amile Jefferson is averaging nearly a double-double this year at 9.5 points and 9.5 rebounds per contest, and will face Michigan State for the second time in his career Tuesday.

Duke basketball faces Michigan State in first true test

The Blue Devils are heading to Indianapolis. That's a sentence Duke would like to see again come late March.

Blue Devil Buzz, Week 2

The Blue Devils have been firing on all cylinders this season and with a Champions Classic clash against No. 18 Michigan State looming, The Chronicle makes sure to get you prepared for the first...

Redshirt freshman Rebecca Greenwell posted a double-double in her first career game as a Blue Devil, notching 17 points and 10 rebounds against the Crimson Tide Sunday.

Blue Devil women's basketball rolls Tide in season-opener

After watching the men’s team dominate Presbyterian Friday night, the Blue Devils were eager to show that there is another basketball team in Durham to keep an eye on.

Senior Quinn Cook scored 17 points against Fairfield, becoming the 64th player in Duke history to score 1,000 career points.

Cook reaches 1,000 career points, continues leadership

Senior Quinn Cook eclipsed the 1,000-career point mark with a trey early in the second half, but more impressive so far this season has been his enthusiastic leadership.

Balanced attack pushes Duke basketball past Fairfield

Playing its second game in as many nights, the Blue Devils showed no signs of fatigue Saturday.

The Blue Devils held Presbyterian to 19 first-half points en route to their first win of the season.

Defense, unselfishness key Duke basketball romp against Presbyterian

Firm defense and a willingness to share the ball. That's what makes this team different and more dynamic than the teams Duke fans have seen in the past couple of years.

Freshman Jahlil Okafor and the Blue Devils jumped all over Presbyterian early Friday en route to a blowout win.

Duke basketball blows out Presbyterian in season-opener

Duke's four freshmen combined for 67 points in the rout of the Blue Hose, the Blue Devils' third-largest margin of victory in program history.

Senior Elizabeth Williams will look to lead the Blue Devils in her final regular season opener Sunday at Alabama.

Duke women's basketball to face Alabama in season opener

After a tumultuous offseason, the Blue Devils could not be happier to get the regular season underway.

Freshman Jahlil Okafor and the Blue Devils will make their regular season debut Friday.

Rookies ready for Duke basketball season opener against Presbyterian

It was a long offseason, but now It's time for the real fun to start.

Senior Rakeem Dickerson scored six early points, but reigning Division II champion Central Missouri couldn’t sustain its early momentum Saturday against the Blue Devils.

Duke basketball continues tradition of hosting Division II champion for exhibition game

The scoreboard showed a 40-point margin of victory for the Blue Devils, but Saturday's game was about more than just winning another exhibition.

Blue Devil Buzz, Week 1

With the season-opener just five days away, The Chronicle brings you the first weekly edition of Blue Devil Buzz.

Freshman Justise Winslow led the Blue Devils in scoring for the second-straight game with a game-high 17 points Saturday.

Duke's entire freshman class shines in final exhibition game

Jahlil Okafor may be collecting all the accolades—AP Preseason Player of the Year and first team All-American, just to name two—but there are three other reasons why Duke’s freshman class was...

Freshman Jahlil Okafor finished the game with 15 points, two of which came on a fast break dunk that brought the crowd to its feet.

Duke basketball blows out Central Missouri in final exhibition game

Justise Winslow led all scorers with 17 points as the Blue Devils dispatched the reigning Division II champions.

Freshman Justise Winslow and the Blue Devils will look to continue their hot shooting Saturday against Central Missouri.

Duke basketball rounds out exhibition slate with Central Missouri

As has become tradition, the Blue Devils will host the Mules, last season's Division II national champions, at Cameron Indoor Stadium.

Freshman Justise Winslow and the Blue Devils will look to continue their hot shooting Saturday against Central Missouri.

Duke basketball rounds out exhibition slate with Central Missouri

As has become tradition, the Blue Devils will host the Mules, last season's Division II national champions, at Cameron Indoor Stadium.

Duke head coach Mike Krzyzewski was introduced March 18, 1980.

Former Army coach named as new basketball head coach

"Krzyzewski: this is not a typo"

Duke reeled in the No. 1 recruiting class in the nation and will now look for its freshmen—Grayson Allen, Justise Winslow, Jahlil Okafor and Tyus Jone—to contribute early and often.

A class of their own

Duke's top-ranked recruiting class is shaping up to be one of the best in Blue Devil history—now all they have to do is live up to the billing.