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Somehow, it has been just two and a half weeks since No. 2 Duke and third-ranked Virginia met at Cameron Indoor Stadium. But in the meantime, the Blue Devils and Cavaliers have just kept doing what they've both done 20 times this season already—winning.
When Duke and St. John's linked up at Madison Square Garden a little less than a year ago, nobody expected much from the Red Storm. After all, Chris Mullin's squad entered that matchup on an 11-game losing streak and without a win in conference play.
Georgia Tech guard Jose Alvarado pumped his fists at halfcourt, looking for his bench to get to its feet. And as Coach K called timeout, the Yellow Jackets obliged.
Going up against one of the nation's premier defensive units, Duke will be playing without its top defender.
Without a doubt, Zion Williamson has been the star of this Duke team. The freshman has taken over SportsCenter, YouTube and social media with his high-flying jams, and most draft experts have already put Williamson at the top of their boards—with good reason.
During the last five seasons, a traditional ACC clash has turned into a rivalry as Virginia has grown into one of the nation's elite programs. Although Duke has met the Cavaliers on just six occasions in that stretch—this will be the first time since 2010-11 that the teams play twice in the regular season—there have been plenty of thrilling matchups.
This story was updated Thursday at 3 p.m. to include head coach Mike Krzyzewski's comments as published by The Athletic.
After being forced to win without arguably the team's biggest star against Florida State, the Blue Devils will be back to full strength Monday.
There may not be a better game in college basketball all season long. So it was only inevitable that Duke's primetime matchup with Virginia next weekend was going to get the full ESPN treatment.
On most occasions, Duke quite literally towers over its opponents. The Blue Devils have played just one team whose average height gets within a half inch of their own—and that Gonzaga squad was without 6-foot-10 standout Killian Tillie.
With the end of 2018 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.
SHREVEPORT, La.—If you're around Duke enough, you probably knew how this situation was going to go.
When Duke takes on Temple Thursday afternoon in Shreveport, La., it will be the first time the Blue Devils and Owls have ever met on the gridiron. Temple, after starting the season with a pair of losses to FCS side Villanova and Buffalo, finished the year on a hot streak—the Owls won six of their last seven games to end with an 8-4 ledger, losing only to No. 7 Central Florida.
NEW YORK—Tre Jones headed to the bench one last time Thursday night as the final 30 seconds ticked off the clock.
NEW YORK—In a game of runs, No. 12 Texas Tech is giving No. 2 Duke all it can handle, as the Red Raiders lead the Blue Devils 29-28 at intermission. Here are five thoughts from the opening 20 minutes in the Big Apple.
Although it feels like longer, it's been just less than a month since No. 2 Duke's last matchup with a ranked foe—when the Blue Devils fell to Gonzaga in the Maui Invitational final.
When Duke played its first-ever intercollegiate basketball game in 1906, the Blue Devils took the court in a relatively unfamiliar spot. The Ark—more formally known as the Angier Duke Gymnasium—on what is Duke's present-day East Campus, hosted North Carolina's inaugural college hoops matchup as the Blue Devils fell to Wake Forest College 24-10.
Duke is one of the nation's top offensive teams—the Blue Devils are scoring with ease, using a lethal transition attack to put them third in KenPom's adjusted offensive efficiency behind just No. 6 Nevada and No. 1 Gonzaga.
Duke looked nothing like a bowl-caliber team in its regular-season finale against Wake Forest last weekend. But on the heels of another strong nonconference slate, the Blue Devils will return to the postseason for a second straight year.
In his first four pro seasons, Quinn Cook has done plenty of winning—he was NBA D-League Rookie of the Year in 2016, a first-team All-D-League honoree in 2017 and in 2018, earned a NBA championship ring with the Golden State Warriors.