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Highlights from assistant men's basketball coach Jon Scheyer's first 8 offseason podcasts

(08/02/16 4:02am)

Assistant coach Jon Scheyer has recorded eight episodes of his new offseason podcasts so far. The Blue Zone takes a look at some of the highlights from those episodes below. The full podcasts can be found here. Check back later in the offseason for further highlights from Scheyer's remaining episodes.

Offensive storm: Top-ranked Hurricanes blank Duke baseball 9-0 in series finale

(04/18/16 4:16am)

When the ball blasted off the bat of Miami’s Zack Collins, Duke center fielder Jimmy Herron sprinted toward the wall in right-center field, hoping to rob the Hurricanes’ leading hitter of a homer. But the freshman could not reel the ball in as it bounced off the top of the wall and into the right-field stands.

Chron Chat: Duke women's basketball loses Stevens and Salvadores

(04/06/16 7:01am)

Star sophomore Azurá Stevens and freshman point guard Angela Salvadores both announced they were leaving Duke last Friday, dealing an unexpected blow to a Blue Devil team that was returning most of its main contributors from this season. Stevens is expected to transfer to another college to play, and Salvadores will return to Europe to pursue a professional career. The Chronicle's women's basketball beat writers examine how the departures will impact Duke looking ahead to next season.

Key Three: Duke basketball vs Yale

(03/19/16 4:13pm)

After using a strong second half to push past UNC Wilmington, No. 4 seed Duke will look to avoid another upset Saturday when they take on 12th-seeded Yale in the Round of 32. In a matchup between two academic heavyweights, the Bulldogs will play just 100 miles from Yale's campus, hoping to advance to the Sweet Sixteen for the first time in program history. Here are three keys to the game: 

NCAA Tournament Regional Preview: South

(03/16/16 4:33am)

The No. 1 seed: Kansas (30-4, 15-3 in the Big 12). The Jayhawks are the top overall seed and certainly the favorites to emerge from the South region. Playing in the loaded Big 12, Kansas pulled off three pairs of wins against Oklahoma, West Virginia and Baylor, all of whom are a No. 5 seed or better in this year’s tournament. Although the Jayhawks fell to Michigan State in their second game of the season, head coach Bill Self’s squad was able to get back on track, losing just three games the rest of the way. Kansas is one of the deepest teams in the nation, boasting a 10-man rotation including four double-figure scorers. Senior Perry Ellis leads the team on offense with 16.7 points per game and diminutive guard Frank Mason efficiently runs the point, registering nearly five assists per game. The Jayhawks have the height, talent and experience to brush even the strongest opponents out of the way and appear poised to make it to the Final Four. 

XFactor: Duke basketball vs UNC Wilmington

(03/17/16 5:24am)

The fourth-seeded Blue Devils begin their tournament run Thursday at 12:15 p.m. against No. 13 seed UNC Wilmington from the Colonial Athletic Association. Duke enters with the highest winning percentage in the history of the NCAA tournament and will look to improve that mark and set up a matchup Saturday against the winner of Baylor/Yale. The Blue Zone takes a look at one player from each team who could be the difference in the game: