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Duke once again takes on a team that has won six of its last seven games when it plays Notre Dame in the ACC tournament semifinals at the Greensboro Coliseum Friday at 9 p.m. Duke fell in South Bend 77-73 on January 28, but it bounced back ten days later to route the Fighting Irish 90-60. Three keys to the Blue Devils continuing their 12-game winning streak and advancing to Saturday's ACC tournament final:
Duke will hope to avenge its Jan. 11 87-75 loss to N.C State from earlier this year when it takes on the Wolfpack in the ACC tournament quarterfinals Thursday at the Greensboro Coliseum. Duke vs. N.C. State is the most frequent matchup in ACC Tournament history, as the Blue Devils hope to move to 16-9 in the series after beating the Wolfpack 75-67 in the 2014 semifinals. Three keys to Duke preventing N.C. State from advancing to the semifinals for the fourth consecutive year:
Duke diving hopes a second trip to Georgia in three weeks will produce more record-shattering performances under the southern spotlight.
No. 3 Duke defeated No. 19 North Carolina Saturday night at the Dean E. Smith Center in Chapel Hill 84-77 to finish off a 28-3 regular season. Once again, Tyus Jones stepped up late in the game and the Blue Devils overcame both early foul trouble on the part of Justise Winslow and a dazzling performance by Marcus Paige to sweep the Tobacco Road rivalry, pending postseason action.
In an instant classic, No. 4 Duke overcame a seven-point deficit with 1:35 remaining in regulation to defeat No. 15 North Carolina 92-90 in overtime Wednesday night at Cameron Indoor Stadium. After Blue Devil freshman Jahlil Okafor departed late in the first half due to an ankle injury, he never returned to top form, but the Tar Heels' stingy second-half defense ran out of steam just in time for Tyus Jones to go on a spurt that sent the game into overtime and put Duke in the driver’s seat for a home win.
After cruising to three wins to kick off the 2015 campaign, the Blue Devils face their first heavy battle this season, one that will require all the artillery and backups at their disposal.
Call Duke the Grinch, because it shut down Christmas and stole Valentine’s Day from the Orange. Jahlil Okafor led the way, Tyus Jones chipped in six of the Blue Devils' 42 rebounds—10 more than what Syracuse grabbed— and No. 4 Duke overcame a what-could-have-been performance by former Blue Devil Michael Gbinije en route to a 80-72 win against the Orange Saturday night at the Carrier Dome. Although Duke just scraped by for the third straight time against an unranked ACC opponent, the visitors stole the show in the second half for a fifth straight victory.
Hat tricks, unscathed clearing a stellar first half showed why the Blue Devils have championship aspirations. Duke could not have opened its season on a sharper note.
In their first game at home against a ranked opponent, the No. 4 Blue Devils dominated No. 10 Notre Dame 90-60 Saturday afternoon at Cameron Indoor Stadium. Duke used a 43-7 run after falling behind 6-0 to seize control and four Blue Devils scored in double figures in the blowout win.
Everything was real, except the pinnie uniforms and the meaning of the game.
Eight matches, eight wins and a long weekend to boot—what a way for Duke to kick off its season.
Hoping to play the role of David against No. 9 Nebraska, Duke fell flat to its Goliath in Saturday's home opener.
NORFOLK, Va.—Ka'lia Johnson and Elizabeth Williams made sure their homecoming ended the way they wanted.
After winning the ACC last year, Duke has a chance to post another strong conference finish if it can win its final three games of the season on the road.
Facing weather as stingy as the Tar Heel defense, Duke fell to North Carolina for the third time this season, ending its NCAA tournament run in the quarterfinals.
A thrilling five-set match spelled doom for the Blue Devils, who fell to Pittsburgh and dropped their third game in five tries.
A slow start and hot second half were not enough, as the Blue Devils failed to find the back of the net for the second straight game.
Repeating as ACC champions is certainly a tall task. Fortunately for Duke, volleyball kicks conference play off where it has been just as dominant as Cameron’s winter tenants—home, sweet home.