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North Carolina Tar Heels
It’s November 14, and Duke is playing its second game of the season against Bryant, trying to incorporate a new cast of characters into a roster that bears little resemblance to the one that brought home a national championship just seven months prior.
North Carolina: 25-6, 14-4 in the ACC
The last time Duke hosted the Demon Deacons on their home floor, an unlikely hero rose up to lead the Blue Devils to victory.
In the midst of a close game at the tail-end of three games in six days, the Blue Devils will take motivation wherever they can get it.
When the going gets tough, the tough get going. And the Blue Devils did—for a while, at least.
The Cavaliers have a bitter history in historic Cameron Indoor Stadium, but they are halfway to turning the things around and avoiding a 17th straight loss in Durham.
Six seconds, five dribbles, three defenders and one shot. That’s all it took for number three to get the Blue Devils past No. 7 Virginia for the 17th straight time at Cameron Indoor Stadium.
Nearly halfway through conference play, Duke is sitting at 18-6 overall and 7-4 in ACC play. The team has turned it around after hitting a rough patch and appears to have hit its stride with big matchups against Virginia, North Carolina and Louisville looming. The Chronicle's men's basketball beat writers take a look at the storylines surrounding the Blue Devils.
Although both teams are playing on just one day of rest, the Blue Devils have been anything but tired through the first 20 minutes of their toughest home contest to date.
Last year's historic season ultimately resulted in Duke's fifth national championship, but it's easy to forget that the 2014-15 season was not free of some of the woes that have plagued this year's Blue Devil squad.
CORAL GABLES, Fla.—Playing on just one day of rest for the second time in as many weeks, Duke is hanging around with a veteran Miami team as it searches for its first top-25 win of the season.
CORAL GABLES, Fla.—Last year, Duke defied the odds and won a fifth national championship with just eight scholarship players and a lone senior leader. Just a few months later, the Blue Devils find themselves with an even shorter bench in the thick of conference play.
The Blue Devils desperately needed redemption, and they were so close they could almost taste it.
After suffering back-to-back ACC losses against Clemson and Notre Dame, the Blue Devils had a chance to right the ship, but cold shooting and an inability to rebound cost them dearly.
CHESTNUT HILL, Mass.—The intensity and pressure that comes night in and night out in ACC play is tough to replicate, but Brandon Ingram and Luke Kennard clearly missed the memo.
NEW YORK—At the half, No. 7 Duke trails Utah 33-30 Saturday at Madison Square Garden.
NEW YORK—Grayson Allen was not himself Saturday afternoon at The World's Most Famous Arena.
The loss of senior captain Amile Jefferson has been a major concern for a young Duke squad. The Blue Devils comfortably survived their first test without Jefferson Tuesday against Georgia Southern, but his absence could have more significant repercussions Saturday in the Big Apple.