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Sports dynasties, especially at the collegiate level, are not all that uncommon. Connecticut women’s basketball. North Carolina field hockey. Alabama football. Iowa wrestling.
Coming off a road victory against Georgia Thursday night, Duke returns to Cameron Indoor Stadium Sunday afternoon to take on what might be its most formidable opponent yet: No. 1 South Carolina. The Chronicle’s womens’ basketball beat writers are here with their predictions for the marquee matchup:
After each Duke men's basketball game this season, check back here for the Player of the Game and more. The Blue Devils emerged victorious against Southern Indiana to complete the Blue Devil Challenge, and the Blue Zone analyzes the contest:
It was a disappointing end to Duke’s road campaign Saturday, as the Blue Devils fell to Virginia 30-27 despite a fourth-quarter rally. Now, the final game of the regular season is upon them, as Duke prepares to host Pittsburgh at Wallace Wade Stadium Saturday afternoon. Here are five things to know:
Over the years, The Chronicle has written a lot about moral victories. Such is the nature of covering Duke football. There aren’t usually a whole lot of genuine wins, but keeping it close against good teams usually sufficed for the Blue Devils in seasons past. Now as the team has looked better, there has been debate within the department as to whether such a concept is still viable.
While head coach Kara Lawson would never be willing to admit it, Duke found itself in the rare position to claim what was arguably a moral victory against No. 6 Stanford Sunday afternoon. The Blue Devils played down to the final possession, surviving a career game from star Cardinal forward Cameron Brink in regulation before just barely losing 82-79 in overtime to the host team.
The scene is set: it is a 0-0 draw in the 61st minute. Duke wants to escape what has been a rollercoaster of a game against Pittsburgh with at least a tie, but the Panthers have brought the ball downfield and are playing it out of the corner. The low cross comes in and rests at the feet of forward Louis Sahmkow, who fires on net. Julian Eyestone, the Blue Devils’ goalkeeper, splays out to make an impressive quick save.
Coming off a heartbreaking double-overtime loss to North Carolina, Duke will look to rebound with a matchup on the road against Virginia. The Blue Zone is here with the three keys to a Blue Devil victory Saturday:
It was a brutal ending to Duke’s annual Victory Bell matchup against now-No. 22 North Carolina, as the Blue Devils fell in double overtime after failing to complete a 2-point conversion. Now, the squad from Durham will hit the road again as it travels to Virginia to take on the Cavaliers. Here are five things to know heading into the penultimate matchup of the regular season.
After each Duke men's basketball game this season, check back here for the Player of the Game and more. The Blue Devils got back on track Tuesday night as they defeated Michigan State 74-65, and the Blue Zone breaks down the victory:
When the USA Basketball Women’s National Team came to Durham to scrimmage Duke, it probably was not a fair fight. The Blue Devils are an above-average college hoops squad, but the national team is arguably the best in the world.
After bouncing back with a last-second field goal to win against Wake Forest, Duke football will be looking to come out on top of a major rivalry matchup against a strong North Carolina squad. Let’s take a look at a key piece for both teams:
I would call the last few weeks of Duke football a roller coaster, except roller coasters usually go both up and down and the Blue Devils have been largely one-directional.
Every year, there are the horror stories of Division II schools coming in to play Power 5 schools in exhibitions and surprising everyone. Lower-rated squads can escape with wins or at least keep it close, ruining what was supposed to be the host school’s warm-up game.
It was an evening of firsts for Duke sports Wednesday. The first exhibition of the year for the men’s basketball team. Field hockey’s first ACC title game appearance since 2011. And Duke men’s soccer’s first playoff win of the year.
To put it mildly, this year’s Duke roster is very different compared to last year’s group. Incoming players outnumber returners six to five, and after a season-ending injury to senior point guard Vanessa de Jesus, only two of last year’s starters will be on the team again this year. Inevitably, the team dynamic has shifted dramatically.
2022-23 record: 12-20, 5-13 in the Patriot League
After being on the losing end of a 23-0 beatdown in Kentucky at the hands of Louisville, Duke is back home for a Thursday night game against Wake Forest. While two consecutive decisive losses will be tough to recover from, the Demon Deacons are one of the weaker teams on the Blue Devils’ ACC schedule. If Duke can get back to stronger form, this game has the potential to be a solid, bounce-back win as the team heads into the final third of the regular season.
Soccer is one of those sports where sometimes, the inferior team can win. Sometimes, a weaker squad can park the metaphorical bus and grab one or two goals on the counterattack, escaping with a victory.
Duke suffered its biggest defeat of the Elko era against No. 4 Florida State Saturday night, leading at the end of three quarters but ultimately faltering late. The Blue Devils fell 38-20, and will look to redeem themselves in an afternoon game at No. 18 Louisville. Here are five things to keep in mind for Duke’s next ACC matchup.