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It has been back-to-back seasons of three or less wins for Duke with only one combined ACC victory. So things had to be shaken up, and shaken up they were. Now, a new era has begun and Friday night will be the Blue Devils' first step toward crawling out of rock bottom.
Friday evening, Duke and first-year head coach Mike Elko begin a new era at Wallace Wade Stadium against Temple. Before that first game kicks off, The Chronicle's football beat writers Jonathan Levitan, Micah Hurewitz, Sasha Richie, Andrew Long, Rachael Kaplan and Franck Djidjeu predict the Blue Devils' season.
2021 season: 6-7, 4-4 in the ACC (3rd in the Coastal Division)
Football season is on the horizon, and the squad has been putting the work in all throughout the off-season. As the group prepares to take the field, the Blue Zone takes a look at Duke football's upcoming players and future recruiting classes:
With Duke’s season officially in the books, the Blue Zone breaks down each player's season, including comparisons to their preseason projections. We previously looked at Jaylen Blakes, Bates Jones, Joey Baker, Theo John, Trevor Keels, AJ Griffin, Jeremy Roach and Mark Williams. Next up is Wendell Moore Jr.:
This article is the eighth of 16 in our "Coach K's Sweet 16" series, where we will walk back through the legendary head coach's career and recap his most iconic moments. For the full list, click here.
CLEMSON, S.C.—When a team shoots outshoots its opposition 47% to 37% and dominates the interior 36 paint points to 22, one may expect the result to be a comfortable, lopsided victory. However, the reality Sunday afternoon in Clemson for the Blue Devil’s was a far more exhilarating crossing of the finish line. Up nine, with two minutes remaining in the game, the hare relaxed early and began snoozing. Fortunately for Duke, in this instance, they woke up in time to stop the tortoise from completing a demoralizing comeback and stunning upset.
Every team has an element that defines it and typically, alongside it, a glue that embodies that element. A glue that keeps the foundation strong and allows every division to be maximized. For Duke, that glue is junior transfer Celeste Taylor.
Another week of college basketball is in the rear view, meaning that it's time for another installment of the Blue Zone's thoughts on the latest AP Poll. This week, Duke's three wins held them in place as the No. 2 team in the nation as teams around the country gear up for conference play.
Duke continued its scorching hot start to the season with an emphatic 91-75 win at home against Troy to push the team to 6-0. This was an evening to remember for both freshman Shayeann Day-Wilson and junior Celeste Taylor. The former of which scored a career-high 26 points on 8-of-10 shooting from three, marking a new career-high and tying a Duke single-game record for 3-pointers made. Taylor, on the other hand, recorded season-highs in points, 3-pointers, rebounds and steals, dropping 24 points and 11 rebounds and six steals. To put it simply, Duke’s stars shined bright.
With the first week of college basketball behind us, the Blue Zone is back with our weekly impression of the newly released AP Poll. As always, we'll be here every Monday until March to keep you up to date:
With Duke's long-awaited season opener against Kentucky almost here, the Blue Zone brings you three keys to a Blue Devil victory at Madison Square Garden:
As November nears, it is becoming apparent that basketball season is on the horizon. That means that it is time for our player previews of every member of Duke men's basketball. Next up is freshman forward Paolo Banchero. Read the previous previews here: Stanley Borden, Spencer Hubbard, Keenan Worthington, Michael Savarino, Bates Jones, Jaylen Blakes, Theo John, AJ Griffin, Joey Baker, Trevor Keels, Jeremy Roach, Wendell Moore and Mark Williams.
2020-21 record: 18-11, 10-6 in the ACC
2020-21 Record: 21-10, 12-8 in the Big Ten
As November nears, it is becoming apparent that basketball season is on the horizon. That means that it is time for our player previews of every member of Duke men's basketball. Next up is freshman AJ Griffin. Read the previous previews here: Stanley Borden, Spencer Hubbard, Keenan Worthington, Michael Savarino, Bates Jones, Jaylen Blakes and Theo John.
The NBA is finally back in action starting Tuesday evening, and before tipoff, the Blue Zone is here to preview a few former Blue Devils' prospects in the association this upcoming season:
So, what does this mean for Duke, a team that has not been ranked since 2018 nor beaten a ranked opponent since 2016? It means, shockingly, that it finally has a chance to not only crack the Top 25 but to return to the ACC Championship Game for the first time since 2013.
The much anticipated Battle of the Blues rivalry game is upon us.
The Blue Devils pulled off an encouraging 30-23 win against Northwestern last week, and they can maintain their perfect home record by keeping up that momentum against Kansas at Wallace Wade Stadium this Saturday afternoon. In preparation, the Blue Zone brings three keys to game for Duke to do just that: