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Beats' picks: Will Duke women's basketball defeat Colorado, punch ticket to Seattle for Sweet 16?

(03/20/23 1:19pm)

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.

5 things to know before Duke women's basketball hosts Iona to open NCAA tournament

(03/18/23 4:33am)

For the first time since 2018 and the beginning of head coach Kara Lawson’s tenure, Duke will be playing in the NCAA tournament. The Blue Devils are a No. 3 seed and, as such, will host the first two rounds at home in Durham. Here are five things to look out for as Duke takes on No. 14-seed Iona in Cameron Indoor Stadium at 9:30 p.m. Saturday.

Duke rowing 2023 season preview

(03/15/23 1:42pm)

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.

Take of the week: Duke women's basketball's offensive struggles will be its postseason Achilles' heel

(03/06/23 4:01pm)

It was a week of ups and downs for Duke women’s basketball. The Blue Devils opened their ACC tournament run with a tight win against North Carolina, a squad which swept Duke in the regular season. The victory in the conference quarterfinals meant that the second-seed Blue Devils would move on to the semifinals, where they played No. 3-seed Virginia Tech.

'Just a little better': After pair of narrow losses, Duke women's basketball takes familiar round 3 against North Carolina

(03/04/23 12:33pm)

GREENSBORO, N.C.—On Friday night in Greensboro Coliseum, Duke played North Carolina. It was the third matchup of the year between the two rivals. In many ways, it was a strikingly familiar game. It was another low-scoring meeting, complete with hard fouls, strong screens and stifling blocks. Somehow, the two teams managed to score fewer combined points than they did the last time. 

‘We’ll have to be ready’: Mapping out Duke women’s basketball’s path to a title at ACC tournament

(02/28/23 3:03am)

The ACC is the most loaded conference in Division I women’s basketball. ESPN’s newest Bracketology projection had the conference sending nine teams to the NCAA tournament, and there are currently four squads ranked in the AP Top 25. Given the talent and depth of the conference this year, No. 13 Duke will have a difficult path in its search for its first conference tournament title since 2013. The Blue Devils may very well face nationally ranked teams in all three of their ACC tournament games.

Beats' picks: Will Duke women's basketball take rematch against North Carolina in regular-season finale?

(02/26/23 7:52am)

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.

Defensive-minded Duke women's basketball flexes offensive muscle against N.C. State for key win

(02/24/23 12:51pm)

For much of this season, Duke has been known as a defensive team. The Blue Devils are ranked third in the country for scoring defense, behind only Norfolk State, a squad that is yet to beat a Power Five team, and No. 1 South Carolina. Duke has been suffocating all year, using its above-average length and size to dominate in the paint and lock down the midrange game. 

The more you know: The talent behind Duke track and field’s record-breaking indoor season

(02/22/23 3:35pm)

With the regular season for winter sports coming to a close, many are heading into the postseason. The Blue Devils’ indoor track and field squad is no exception, with its ACC Indoor Championship meet coming up this weekend. As Duke looks to defend its indoor title on the women’s side, let’s take a look at the key pieces on this year’s track team. 

Duke track and field previews upcoming ACC Indoor Championships at Virginia Tech Challenge

(02/20/23 12:30am)

While most of the team is focused on next week’s ACC championship, Duke had a few competitors take part in Friday’s Virginia Tech Challenge. The Blue Devils put together a solid performance in Blacksburg, Va., as another top-five program mark was posted and several personal bests were reached.

Duke baseball 2023 season preview

(02/17/23 6:12am)

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.