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Over the course of this season, the Blue Devils have gone from boys to men, singing a different tune in order to string wins together against strong opponents. Wednesday night’s win was perhaps the best example of this maturity, as Duke rolled past Louisville to keep its chances of getting into the NCAA tournament alive.
Duke took on Louisville for the third time this season in the second round of the ACC Tournament Wednesday. Relying on Matthew Hurt’s scoring and Mark Williams’ defense, the Blue Devils shot out to an early lead, withstanding a late run by Louisville to take a 30-29 edge entering the break. Here are five observations from the first 20 minutes:
The phantom energy of the Cameron Crazy ghosts from Duke’s exhilarating nail-biter victory against Virginia just two days ago never seemed to disappear.
Up by seven points with less than two minutes left in the game, it seemed as though North Carolina had it in the bag.
No matter what kind of season either team is having, Duke vs. North Carolina is always one for the books. North Carolina jumped out to an early lead, but with the help of Wendell Moore Jr. and company, the Blue Devils continued to stay afloat throughout the period, with the Tar Heels holding a narrow 41-39 edge entering the break. Here are five observations from the first half:
Duke hosts North Carolina Saturday at 6 p.m. in 2021's first rendition of the Tobacco Road rivalry. Our beat writers make their predictions for the primetime matchup.
On March 7, 2020, thousands of people packed into Cameron Indoor Stadium to watch Duke take on North Carolina in a highly anticipated matchup between the Tobacco Road rivals. As it turns out, that game will live on in history for more than what happened on the court: It was just days before the college basketball season was cancelled and the world flipped upside down.
It might have been the abundance of palm trees or the calm crashing of the Atlantic Ocean waves against the South Beach shoreline. Or maybe it was the two-and-a-half hour trip to Coral Gables, Fla.
Cassell Coliseum is notorious for rattling young Duke teams, with the Blue Devils entering Tuesday night's contest having lost three of their last four games in the usually deafening arena.
No. 10 Duke takes on No. 6 Illinois Tuesday night at 9:30 p.m. in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge, with the Blue Devils going in as a four-point favorite. Our beat writers make their predictions for the highly-anticipated matchup.
At times, this year’s Duke team looks like a well-oiled machine, firing on all cylinders and making life hell for its opponents, as good Blue Devils should.
Duke hosts Michigan State Tuesday night at 7:30 p.m. in the 2020 iteration of the Champions Classic. Five of our beat writers make their predictions for the top-10 matchup.
With the Blue Devils' 2020-21 season beginning in less than a week, our senior beat writers break down their predictions for the upcoming campaign. How do you think Duke will fare?
The old adage “if you think you can, you can” is an easy mantra to say aloud. In practice, though, it’s much easier to hide or quit when the going gets tough.
You would be hard-pressed to find another game manager in the country as prolific on both ends of the floor as Tre Jones.
Here we are again, as Duke took on Cole Anthony and the Tar Heels for the second time in the last game of the season. The energy from the crowd persisted throughout the first half, as the Tar Heels would not go away despite the rowdy Cameron Crazies and the numerous highlight plays by Duke Saturday evening. The Blue Devils ended the half ahead 42-34 in Cameron Indoor Stadium. Here are five observations from the opening period.
At 6 p.m. Saturday, No. 12 Duke will take on a sub-.500 North Carolina squad in its regular season finale. In the teams' Feb. 8 meeting, the Blue Devils came out on top in an instant classic. Will Duke be able to replicate that magic in Cameron Indoor Stadium?
Precipitation in Durham comes in many forms. May it be a random Thursday morning storm or a night of snowfall, residents know to expect the unexpected when it comes to the weather.
Duke and North Carolina will battle for the 252nd time Saturday afternoon when they face off at the Dean Dome in Chapel Hill. Our Evan Kolin, Winston Lindqwister, Conner McLeod, Michael Model, Glen Morgenstern, Derek Saul and Shane Smith break down their predictions for the latest iteration of the Tobacco Road rivalry. Who do you think will come out on top?
The late basketball legend Kobe Bryant was known for his relentless effort on the court and meticulous attention to detail.