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I’ve had an interest in writing about sports from a young age, growing up with my eyes glued to the TV for my hometown Steelers’ final two Super Bowl wins and watching DVR recordings of ESPN’s First Take the second I came home from school. My mom hated the screaming voice of Stephen A. Smith, but I loved every minute of sports coverage and debate.
The buzzer sounds, and 3,263 North Carolina fans raucously celebrate in the Dean Smith Center. After a 2020-21 season overshadowed by limited fan attendance, COVID-19 protocols and masked student sections, North Carolina men's basketball emerged victorious 91-73 in its final game of the regular season against its fiercest rival. But the excitement came with a catch: legendary head coach Roy Williams got down on his knees and tearfully kissed the ground, a gesture the world would eventually learn was in honor of his final time on the court that bears his own name.
As the old saying goes, “defense wins championships”— or does it?
With Duke set for one final road game Tuesday night against Pittsburgh, the Blue Zone takes a look at a player from both sides who can be a difference-maker for his team:
The NFL’s Big Data Bowl is an annual football competition through which contestants take data given by Amazon’s NextGen Stats and Pro Football Focus and produce research projects to improve the analytical knowledge within the sport.
Loaded with talent and ranked ninth in the nation, the Blue Devils are no stranger to exceptional individual performances.
Coming off a thrilling 76-74 win against Wake Forest, Duke engaged in a back-and-forth first 20 minutes against Florida State Saturday. The Seminoles got off to a hot start from the field, but Duke got it going at the end of the half to take a 52-41 lead into the break. Here are five observations from the action so far.
Duke has played four games since I wrote “Let Griffin Fly” Jan, 25. I’ll admit that he didn’t look great during the two-point crunchtime win against Clemson. One-of-7 for two points with just three rebounds to boot probably marked his worst performance as a Blue Devil. Less than 12 hours after I advocated for freshman guard AJ Griffin’s shooting to be the key focal point of the offense over generating more opportunities for Paolo Banchero. I feared that my column hadn’t even survived a single game. When it comes to the development of young talent, however, patience is always a virtue and like a fine wine, Griffin has only gotten better with age.
For the final time as head coach, Mike Krzyzewski brings the No. 9 Blue Devils into the Dean Dome for a Tobacco Road rivalry matchup Saturday night. Ahead of the historic matchup in Chapel Hill, join the Blue Zone in the film room for some last-minute insights:
This column is a counterpoint to Chronicle Sports Managing Editor Max Rego’s column last week advocating to “Let Paolo Cook.”
Sunday night’s matchup between No. 21 Duke and 3-13 Virginia was Duke’s game to lose, and it sure cut it close.
At the beginning of January, the Los Angeles Athletic Club released the annual midseason watch list for the John R. Wooden Award for college basketball’s most outstanding player. With Duke men's basketball tied for the second-most players on the list, the Blue Zone takes a look at the two star Blue Devils to make it and their chances of taking home the award at season's end:
It's been an eventful week for former Blue Devils in the pros. Read all about in this week's edition of Duke in the NBA:
The calendar year may be drawing to a close, but the NBA season is just hitting its stride as 2022 nears. With plenty of action in recent weeks, the Blue Zone is back with a look at how former Blue Devils are performing at the professional level:
The Cameron Crazies packed into Cameron Indoor Stadium for an ACC contest for the first time since March 2020. The Wednesday game kicked off with a rambunctious winter break crowd, players decked out in the newly revealed "Cameron Brotherhood" jerseys and a nine-point lead for Duke—but something quickly went awry.
Duke welcomed Virginia Tech to Cameron Indoor Stadium for its first ACC game of the season. The Blue Devils came in as 9.5-point favorites, but this is conference play, and the Hokies have taken a 36-32 lead into the half.
Duke opens up ACC play Wednesday night with a showdown against Virginia Tech in Durham, and the Blue Zone is here with three keys to victory for the Blue Devils:
Throughout a pandemic, individual scoring struggles and a tough 2020-21 season, sophomore guard Jeremy Roach has persevered through it all at Duke.
After two cancellations due to COVID issues in opposing programs, Duke hosted Elon Saturday in its last nonconference game of the season. The Blue Devils picked up right where they left off from their last game, and are out to a 44-26 lead at the half. Here’s five of our observations from the opening 20 minutes.
No. 2 Duke men's basketball is set to play their third matchup in five days Saturday afternoon in Cameron Indoor Stadium. After two opponent cancellations due to COVID-19 protocols, Duke will now face an Elon squad hungry to end their seven-game losing streak against the Blue Devils: