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Duke To Open 2010 Season With Elon

(01/27/10 8:54pm)

David Cutcliffe will kick off his third season at Duke with a Sept. 4 home game against in-state FCS squad Elon, the school announced yesterday. The Phoenix finished last year with 9-3 and in the FCS Top 10, where it was joined by Richmond, the FCS team that spoiled the Blue Devils' 2009 opener in Wallace Wade Stadium. Elon head coach Pete Lembo called his team's 2010 slate "the most challenging schedule" he had put together, pinpointing the matchup with Duke as the highlight of the schedule.

Henderson Names His Best Dunk

(01/11/10 1:00am)

Know what I do when Duke loses? I go to YouTube, and I watch Gerald Henderson dunk over people. (OK, maybe this cure was more effective when, you know, Henderson still wore No. 15 for Duke, but let's not get nitpicky here.) So it was completely fortuitous that I recently ran across Dime's interview with Henderson, in which Gerald Narciso, the interviewer, asked the former Blue Devil about his crazy hops:

In Meyer's Leave Of Absence, A Connection To Coach K

(12/28/09 12:55am)

Last night, hours after news broke that Urban Meyer was stepping down as Florida's head coach, someone asked me to speculate what the reaction at Duke would be like if Mike Krzyzewski resigned, unexpectedly, days before the start of the NCAA Tournament. The two situations would be different, of course. Meyer has been in Gainesville for five years and Coach K in Durham for 30. Meyer is 45 and Krzyzewski is 62. Most figure that Meyer is climbing to the peak of his career, and Krzyzewski is on the back end of his.

Telling The Story: Scheyer As ACC Player of the Year?

(12/21/09 12:00am)

Two years ago, after Pittsburgh beat Duke on a last-second 3-pointer in Madison Square Garden, The Big Lead got on his soapbox and singled out Jon Scheyer, calling him "unquestionably, an awful college basketball player.... Offensively, after last night's dreadful 1-for-10 shooting performance, one cannot begin to imagine the thought process that  Scheyer uses when he is in possession of the basketball." A patently absurd statement in 2007, it rings even flatter almost exactly two years later, when the New York City media left the Garden singing Scheyer's praises in their stories about Duke's throttling of Gonzaga.

For Duke, Weather Outside Is Anything But Frightful

(12/19/09 10:58pm)

The last time Duke played in the New York City area in December, the weather in the Meadowlands was positively nasty, forcing Blue Devil fans to trudge through 15-degree chills and leftover slush from the previous day's snowstorm. But once they got inside, the game's outcome was delightful: Duke pounded Xavier 82-64, and it wasn't even as close as it sounds. In fact, last year, Duke played three times as blustery conditions whipped outside, and the Blue Devils won all three games.

Revisiting Coach K's Comments On NCAA Tournament Expansion

(12/17/09 12:52am)

Late last night, long after Duke routed Gardner-Webb, a reporter asked Mike Krzyzewski for his thoughts on the NCAA Tournament's possible expansion to 96 teams. As we now know, Coach K -- unlike our own Alex Fanaroff and a whole bunch of other smart folks -- has joined the dark side. He wants a 96-team field for a few reasons:

Cutcliffe Places 3rd In Coach of the Year Voting For 2nd Straight Year

(12/02/09 2:21am)

In his second year on the Duke sidelines, David Cutcliffe led the Blue Devils to a 5-7 season—but once again, Georgia Tech's Paul Johnson, also in his second year in Atlanta, earned ACC Coach of the Year honors Tuesday. Cutcliffe finished third for the second consecutive year, coming in with four of 40 votes, behind Johnson's 24 and Clemson's Dabo Swinney's 10.

Lewis, Skinner To Cap 4-Year Rivalry Saturday

(11/27/09 11:13pm)

When Duke and Wake Forest square off tomorrow in Durham, it will mark the first ACC game ever between two quarterbacks with more than 9,000 career passing yards. I saw that statistical tidbit the other day. It made me feel like a super-senior at a freshman rager, as I remember the first duel between Thaddeus Lewis and Riley Skinner just as vividly as I can recall the second and third. In the last three years, Wake Forest emerged as Duke's secondary rival; all three games were nailbiters, with two coming down to the very last play.

Duke-UNC Game Moved To ESPNU

(11/02/09 12:53am)

When the time and network for Duke's Nov. 7 game at North Carolina was announced last week, the Blue Devils hadn't yet won their third straight conference game and the Tar Heels hadn't yet knocked off Virginia Tech on the road. The two victories -- and the fact that the rivalry for the Victory Bell actually is relevant, for once -- means that you won't have to scramble for access to ESPN360 next weekend.