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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.

Beats' picks: Can Duke men's basketball win on the road against North Carolina?

(02/05/22 4:10pm)

It's Duke against North Carolina. Coach K's last time in the Dean Dome. Hubert Davis' first time as head coach in the rivalry. Should we go on? As ESPN basketball analyst Jay Bilas says, this matchup always delivers, and our beats did their best at predicting the outcome of the first installment of this year's series. Saturday's game is set to tip off at 7 p.m. in Chapel Hill. 

A historical look back at iconic Duke-UNC moments of Coach K's career

(02/03/22 5:12am)

Since Mike Krzyzewski was hired in 1980, he has elevated the Duke-North Carolina rivalry to something approaching holiness. Every iteration of the rivalry attracts thousands of fans and let’s be honest, millions of dollars. Hundreds of Duke students sleep for months each year in a patch of grass bearing Krzyzewski’s name just for the chance to watch Coach K lead the Blue Devils against the team that lives 20 minutes away.

Long-range barrage lifts Duke men's basketball to dominant victory against Syracuse

(01/22/22 10:21pm)

In many ways, the young men of the Duke men’s basketball team are just ordinary college students. They attend class, enjoy the fare at Duke’s West Union and even play video games like Fortnite during COVID lockdowns. (Head coach Mike Krzyzewski still calls it “Fourth Night,” but cut him some slack, he’s 74 years old.)

Five observations from Duke men's basketball's first half against Syracuse

(01/22/22 5:47pm)

No. 6 Duke entered its Saturday matchup against Syracuse as a huge favorite but coming off of a rough overtime loss against unranked Florida State. A red-hot start has helped the Blue Devils accrue an early lead. The Orange have fought back, but Duke still holds a large, but not insurmountable 36-22 lead at intermission. Here is a look at the most important storylines from the first 20 minutes of action.

Beats' picks: Who will come out on top in No. 5 Duke men's basketball's matchup against No. 1 Gonzaga?

(11/26/21 6:46pm)

No. 5 Duke has a marquee matchup at 10:30 p.m. Friday against No. 1 Gonzaga, who is an 8.5-point favorite, and this contest almost has too many storylines to count. There's the freshman matchup of Paolo Banchero versus Chet Holmgren, the battle down low between Mark Williams and Drew Timme and the dueling point guards of Jeremy Roach and Andrew Nembhard. And that's not even all of them. Here's who our beats think will come out on top.