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‘Proud of our offense’: Duke men’s basketball’s attack steps up, powers Blue Devils to narrow win against Miami

(01/22/23 12:06am)

Looking at this Duke team over the course of the season, it is obvious that defense has been its identity, while the offense has lagged behind. For a team of top recruits, a veteran point guard and some notable transfers, this is not what many would expect. Yet the Blue Devils have seemed to struggle to find an offensive rhythm in a majority of their contests, and when the defense has been unable to maintain its high level of play, the team has struggled. 

Beats' picks: Will Duke men's basketball defeat Purdue for Phil Knight Legacy title?

(11/27/22 2:56pm)

On the heels of back-to-back wins against Oregon State and Xavier, No. 8 Duke now looks ahead to its championship tilt at the Phil Knight Legacy against No. 24 Purdue in Portland, Ore. With both the Blue Devils and Boilermakers in pursuit of a trophy in the Rose Quarter, our beat writers make their predictions before Sunday's 3:30 p.m. tipoff at the Moda Center.

OPENING DAY: Duke men's basketball routs Jacksonville in home opener of Scheyer's first season as head coach

(11/08/22 1:55am)

It was a night of ‘firsts’ in Cameron Indoor Stadium. The first men’s basketball game of the season. The first game for the many freshmen that packed the student section. The first collegiate points scored for four rookie Blue Devils. And of course, the first win in the Jon Scheyer era. 

Column: Setting expectations for Scheyer’s first season as head coach

(11/04/22 5:03am)

As Duke embarks on its 2022-23 season, head coach Jon Scheyer embarks on what he surely hopes is the start of a long and prosperous journey himself. Duke has a new head coach for the first team in 42 years, and it’s no secret that setting the tone early in your career is crucial to success in the future. For Scheyer, or any coach that banks on top recruits year in and year out, it is essential to avoid playing catch-up in the first few seasons. Presenting as a strong leader and making a seamless transition would be formative for setting the tone of Scheyer’s career. But what exactly can the world expect of this year’s team? 

Beats' picks: Will Duke men's basketball defeat North Carolina in Final Four rubber match?

(04/02/22 6:31am)

The stakes have never been higher for No. 2-seed Duke and No. 8-seed North Carolina, with the two sides facing off Saturday in the Final Four in New Orleans for the first time in NCAA tournament history. With a spot in the national championship game on the line, here's who our beats predict will come out on top.

Beats' picks: Can Duke men's basketball down Arkansas and move on to Final Four?

(03/26/22 2:54pm)

No. 2-seed Duke comes in as a four-point favorite in this Elite Eight matchup against No. 4-seed Arkansas in San Francisco. At the end of this one, the winner at Chase Center will come away with a spot in the Final Four in New Orleans and a chance at putting their team in the college basketball record books.   

Beats' picks: Will Duke men's basketball get past Michigan State and move on to Sweet Sixteen?

(03/20/22 6:59pm)

No. 2-seed Duke enters its Round of 32 matchup as 6.5-point a favorite but has a tough draw against No. 7-seed Michigan State. The Blue Devils last played the Spartans in the 2020-21 season and lost, and the last time these two squads met in the NCAA tournament, Michigan State came out on top. Let's take a look at who our beats think will be moving on to the Sweet Sixteen.