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For any athlete, the opportunity to compete for a championship is the experience of a lifetime. It is the best mix of adrenaline, joy and anticipation, an unparalleled moment that is not easily forgotten. Only one thing can beat such a feeling — vying for a title at home.
As the saying goes, offense wins games, but defense wins championships. However, when it comes down to the wire, one touchdown, one goal or one basket is the difference between win or go home.
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.
There were less than five minutes on the clock. The Blue Devils were up 14-13 after a free-position conversion from senior Olivia Carner. A victory seemed assured, so close they could taste it. Yet less than three minutes later, Duke’s opportunity to savor the sweetness of a win was dashed, never to be recovered.
With the cherry blossoms blooming and spring on the horizon, Duke is officially back in action. Last year, the Blue Devils’ campaign was a strong one as they continued to boost the program’s reputation under the guidance of head coach Megan Cooke Carcagno. After winning its sixth-consecutive Carolina Cup by sweeping all five races, Duke continued to have strong showings in its competitions with an 18-race sweep at the Oak Ridge Cardinal Invite. As a contender for the ACC title, the Blue Devils fell short of the crown, earning third place off an 82-point performance bolstered by a first-place Second Varsity Four finish. With their third-consecutive bid to the NCAA Championships, Duke placed 16th after three days of competition.
For any athlete, the opportunity to vie for the ultimate crown, whether it be a medal, a trophy or an individual title, is the greatest dream of all. However, for the Duke fencers competing Saturday, something more was on the line: the chance to compete in an NCAA Championship right at home.
No. 4-seed Duke plays in its 35th ACC title game Saturday night, taking on No. 2-seed Virginia in a rematch of the Feb. 11 controversial overtime contest. The Blue Zone has three keys for the Blue Devils to win their second-straight revenge game:
No. 4-seed Duke begins its ACC tournament slate Thursday in the quarterfinals. The Blue Zone looks at the key player for the Blue Devils in their fight for their conference title:
In the bottom of the seventh, a gloom had settled over the Blue Devil dugout. While they led 1-0 for most of the contest, Notre Dame pulled out all the stops in the top of the inning to earn the lead at 3-1. Duke needed a Hail Mary to eke out a victory, and a win seemed near impossible. Then Ana Gold stepped up to the plate.
Duke men's basketball's 2022-23 regular season has come to an end, and the Blue Zone looks back on the past 31 games before the Blue Devils enter the postseason:
Duke plays its first ACC tournament game Friday evening as a No. 2-seed following an immensely successful regular season. Before the Blue Devils tip off, the Blue Zone is here with a potential game-changer throughout the tournament:
As the sun’s rays beat down on Koskinen Stadium, junior attacker Katie DeSimone charged toward history. On the opposite end of the field, senior goalie Shaye Fitzpatrick was poised to break some personal records of her own. Fortunately for Duke, neither would disappoint.
Despite the cold temperatures raging outside of Fish Field House Saturday, Duke and Boston College brought the heat to Chestnut Hill, Mass., as they battled it out in the first game of ACC play. By the end of the game, though the Blue Devils had worked hard, the Eagles worked harder.
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.
After each Duke men’s basketball game this season, check back here for the Player of the Game and more. Monday evening, the Blue Devils stormed back from an early deficit to beat Louisville and stay unbeaten at home. The Blue Zone breaks down the game:
As the Blue Devils walked into Cassell Coliseum Thursday night in Blacksburg, Va., they had high hopes of continuing their win streak in an already remarkable season. After Duke picked up a 66-55 win against Virginia Tech three short weeks ago, the Hokies might have been another stepping stone to the ACC crown. However, the visitors seemed to forget the unfortunate reality of being on top—the only way to go is down.
Last year, Duke had its best regular season since 2007. Through 16 games, it had only lost one, a tight 18-16 contest in then-No. 3 Syracuse’s JMA Wireless Dome. The Blue Devils downed No. 2 Boston College in Koskinen Stadium, upsetting the 2021 national champions for the Senior Day victory. However, Duke’s efficient unit unraveled as the stakes increased. It lost to eventual ACC and national champion North Carolina 18-4 to close out the regular season, fell in the quarterfinals of the conference tournament to Notre Dame and was eliminated in just the second round of the NCAA tournament. The promising 16-game run ended in disappointment.
Nearly nine months ago, in Brooklandville, Md., a battle raged between the McDonogh School and St. Paul’s School for Girls. Both were vying for the Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland A Conference title, but only one team would come out the victor. At the end of 50 minutes of play, soon-to-be Blue Devil and defender extraordinaire Madison Beale celebrated with her St. Paul’s teammates. En route to a back-to-back championship, her final year of pre-collegiate lacrosse would reach a storybook ending. On the opposite side of the field, Duke commit and fellow senior defender Sydney Smith commiserated with her McDonogh teammates as her high school career faded.
Duke men's basketball has a marquee matchup against No. 8 Virginia Saturday. The Blue Zone has three keys for the Blue Devils to right the ship and pull off the upset: