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Last season, when the Blue Devils played North Carolina, they split the first two games of the series before falling in the rubber match. As the saying goes, history repeats itself. Just over a year later, this time in a road series at Chapel Hill, Duke showed resilience in its Friday victory but ultimately dropped the final game and the series Saturday.
In every March Madness nail-biter, the spotlight shines on the team that pulls off the miraculous win. However, every story also has to have its loser. In a fairytale finish gone wrong for the Blue Devils, their season ended in a heartbreaking overtime loss.
March is known as the season of Madness. However, the latest thrilling finish in Clemson, S.C., came not on the basketball court, but on the diamond. In Sunday’s rubber match of their weekend series against the Tigers, the Blue Devils managed game-tying home runs in both the eighth and ninth innings, ultimately winning 11-8.
On Monday night, No. 3-seed Duke hosts one last game inside Cameron Indoor Stadium this season, this one against No. 6-seed Colorado for the right to head to Seattle for the NCAA tournament's Sweet 16. With the stakes high as ever in Durham, The Chronicle's beat writers make their predictions.
On Saturday evening, Duke makes its return to the NCAA tournament with a Round of 64 matchup at home against No. 14-seed Iona. Before tipoff at 9:30 p.m., The Chronicle's beat writers predict whether the Blue Devils' season will stretch to Monday.
With the first round of the NCAA tournament set to tip off Thursday, the Blue Zone breaks down each of the four regions, taking a look at all the possible Cinderella stories and heavyweights vying for a place in the Final Four in Houston. Check out our previews for the West, South and East regions as well:
After the Blue Devils claimed their 22nd ACC conference tournament title Saturday night against Virginia, the Blue Zone takes a look back at the last four times Duke lifted the trophy:
No. 4-seed Duke begins its path in the ACC tournament on Thursday afternoon with a matchup against No. 5-seed Pittsburgh. The Blue Zone is here with three keys to a Blue Devil win:
Entering its final weekend series before conference play begins, Duke boasted the No. 9 scoring offense in the nation, averaging 11.1 runs per game. Three straight games against Baylor with double-digit runs and a 9-0 win against then-No. 20 East Carolina made it clear that the Blue Devils could swing the bat.
On Saturday, Duke finishes its regular season with a trip to Chapel Hill in a matchup against North Carolina. The Blue Zone is here with three keys to a Blue Devil win:
Entering Sunday’s regular-season finale against North Carolina, Duke controlled its own destiny. A win would guarantee at least a share of the ACC regular-season title and a No. 1 seed in the conference tournament. However, the Tar Heels presented one of the most dangerous challenges in sports: a team with nothing to lose and everything to gain from beating its archrival.
On Sunday afternoon, plenty is at stake for Duke: A rivalry win, a conference title and a season undefeated within Cameron Indoor Stadium all hang in the balance. With North Carolina set to visit the Blue Devils at 12 p.m. Sunday for the regular-season finale, our beat writers make their predictions.
Before the Blue Devils rematch the Hokies Saturday night at Cameron Indoor Stadium, the Blue Zone is here with some can't miss prop bets:
The beginning of the season can be a rollercoaster. Especially in a sport like baseball — where so much depends on pitching and timely hitting — blowouts, slow starts and messy finishes are often a part of getting things going. In its opening series against St. Joseph’s, Duke had a season’s worth of highs and lows, scoring 16 runs in its opener before taking six innings to get a hit and ultimately losing a heartbreaker in extra innings Sunday.
Two years removed from an ACC tournament championship and NCAA tournament appearance, the Blue Devils are re-tooling with a fresh batch of young talent looking to boost Duke’s fortunes beyond its 2022 levels. Head coach Chris Pollard returns for his 11th season in Durham with emerging stars aplenty, yet the Blue Devils find themselves projected to finish toward the bottom of the stacked ACC yet again. A 22-32 record fell short of expectations for last season, but solid seasons from pitcher Jonathan Santucci (41.0 innings, 58 strikeouts) and infielders Alex Mooney (.292 average, 30 RBI) and Luke Storm (.569 slugging, 33 RBI) showed glimpses of what this year could bring.
Following two tough road defeats, Duke returns to Cameron Indoor Stadium to take on Notre Dame Tuesday evening. The Blue Zone is here with a possible difference-maker on both teams:
Fresh off a morale-boosting win against North Carolina over the weekend, Duke next rematches Miami in Coral Gables, Fla., Monday night. The Blue Zone is here with three keys to a win:
As this year’s first edition of the Tobacco Road Rivalry approaches, the Blue Zone looks at each of the positional battles between Duke and North Carolina prior to Saturday night. Previously, we looked at the benches and backcourts. Up next are the wings:
Duke men's basketball is taking on Wake Forest Tuesday in their second meeting this season, and the Blue Zone has three keys for the Blue Devils to redeem themselves after their loss in Winston-Salem, N.C.:
As the saying goes, if at first you do not succeed, try, try again. After failing to reach the ITA National Team Indoor Championships each of the past two years, the Blue Devils punched their ticket Sunday with a 4-1 victory against Wisconsin.