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When Duke fans last left Cameron Indoor Stadium 11 days ago, their team’s first home loss to N.C. State in more than 20 years had sent them into shock. The Blue Devils were below .500 through seven ACC games and a season that began with a preseason No. 1 ranking appeared to be spiraling out of control with head coach Mike Krzyzewski sidelined following lower-back surgery.
In the wildest week of the college basketball season thus far, 14 ranked teams suffered losses—including seven in the top 10. How far did the Blue Devils fall? And who is replacing Villanova atop the poll?
After a few days to stew on its 84-82 home loss to N.C. State Monday, Duke will finally return to the floor Saturday at Wake Forest looking to get back to .500 in ACC play. Here are three keys to success for the Blue Devils.
With a gritty second-half performance against Miami Saturday, Duke moved back to .500 in conference play. The Blue Zone takes a look at how the rest of the ACC fared this week.
For the past year and a half, it seems like the Blue Devils have been searching for a defensive identity with Amile Jefferson in and out of the lineup.
No. 7 Duke hits the road again Saturday to face No. 14 Louisville, looking to salvage its week after an 88-72 blowout loss at No. 9 Florida State Tuesday night. The Blue Zone takes a look at a player from each team who could be the difference-maker in the game:
After a strong nonconference slate that saw Louisville suffer just one defeat—a narrow three-point loss at the hands of then-No. 20 Baylor—the Cardinals came out of the gates sluggish in ACC play. Louisville fell against a fellow ACC contender in then-No. 12 Virginia at home and on the road to then-No. 23 Notre Dame, but the No. 14 Cardinals have now rebounded and are back at .500 in the league with quality nonconference wins against Kentucky, Purdue and Indiana.
Through the first half of the college basketball season, the ACC has stood alone as the nation's strongest league. In the most recent set of rankings, the conference held six of the 25 spots—the next closest league has four teams—and at the top of the league standings is No. 9 Florida State.
If Duke students of years past were not already crazy enough about their men's basketball team, then this year's crop might be the craziest yet.
In Duke's first game without head coach Mike Krzyzewski—who will miss a few weeks after undergoing back surgery Friday—the Blue Devils will take on Boston College Saturday afternoon at Cameron Indoor Stadium. Duke will look to build on its momentum from a lopsided 110-57 win against Georgia Tech Wednesday in which seven Blue Devils scored at least 10 points. The Blue Zone takes a look at a player from each team who could be the difference-maker in the game:
When news of Grayson Allen's indefinite suspension came down two weeks ago, there was a general consensus that the preseason All-American would likely miss multiple games as a result of his third tripping incident in less than a year.
BLACKSBURG, Va.—With a little more than seven minutes left in the first half Saturday, graduate student Amile Jefferson found himself caught on the wing against Virginia Tech's Justin Bibbs.
BLACKSBURG, Va.—In Duke's final two nonconference matchups, the Blue Devils struggled to find an early rhythm, but managed to still find themselves in tight battles.
No. 5 Duke will have to open ACC play at Virginia Tech Saturday at noon without Grayson Allen, who is suspended indefinitely for tripping Elon's Steven Santa Ana Dec. 21. The Blue Zone takes a look at a player from each team who could be the difference-maker in the game following the Blue Devils' nine-day break for the holidays:
With the end of 2016 quickly approaching, The Chronicle's sports department takes a look back at the biggest sports stories of the year. Each day, The Blue Zone will review a major game, event or storyline that helped shape the course of the year in Blue Devil athletics.
After a light week thanks to final exams, college basketball was back in full force this weekend with a trio of top-25 matchups—but the top of the poll remains unchanged with Villanova at No. 1 and Duke still at No. 5.
Duke will take its seven-game winning streak into Las Vegas Saturday for a matchup with UNLV at 5:15 p.m. It will be the first meeting between the two teams since the Blue Devils upset the undefeated Runnin' Rebels in the 1991 Final Four en route to their first national championship. The Blue Zone takes a look at a player from each team who could be the difference-maker in the game:
NEW YORK—With a little more than 6:30 remaining in Tuesday’s game against Florida, Jayson Tatum created space with a step-back move and faded away over a Gator defender, swishing his fourth field goal of the night with ease.
NEW YORK—With Jayson Tatum, Marques Bolden, Grayson Allen and Frank Jackson all active Tuesday, one wondered who would do the scoring damage for the Blue Devils.
On an evening when two Blue Devil freshmen made their season debuts, it was only fitting that Duke's next president made his second major public appearance in as many days.