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The strength of the ACC was on full display this weekend as both North Carolina and Syracuse punched their tickets to Houston, Texas. This marks only the sixth time in the conference’s history that it has sent a pair of participants to the Final Four.
ANAHEIM, Calif.—Hoping to avoid a shot-clock violation as the clock wound down on Oregon’s 82-68 Sweet 16 victory against Duke, Oregon’s Dillon Brooks pulled up from well beyond the 3-point line and canned yet another triple.
ANAHEIM, Calif.—In most games the Blue Devils have played this season, head coach Mike Krzyzewski draws the loudest ovation upon entrance into the arena.
ANAHEIM, Calif.—From tipping off at 10:10 p.m. Eastern time to a blazer-less Mike Krzyzewski at the first media timeout, not much was normal for Duke at the start of Thursday’s showdown against Oregon.
After a three-day hiatus, the NCAA tournament returns Thursday evening with the Sweet 16 in the South and West regions. The Blue Devils will take on top-seeded Oregon in the second game of the night from the Honda Center in Anaheim, Calif. The West was the only region to advance the top four seeds to the second region, and The Chronicle breaks down each remaining team below:
After being relieved of his head coaching duties at Stanford, former Blue Devil Johnny Dawkins is heading back to the sidelines.
After sending seven teams to the NCAA tournament, the ACC holds a 12-1 record and has six teams advancing to the second weekend of the tournament.
After going just 23-10 and spending a portion of the regular season unranked, the Blue Devils are headed back to the Sweet Sixteen. No. 4 seed Duke advanced to the second weekend of the NCAA tournament Saturday with a 71-64 win against 12th-seeded Yale. The Blue Devils will head to Anaheim, Calif., for a Thursday matchup against the winner of Sunday's Oregon-St.Joseph's game.
With the NCAA tournament under way, a handful of former Blue Devils that led Duke in the postseason are performing well on the next level.
With the first round of the NCAA tournament officially getting underway Thursday with Duke's 12:15 p.m. tip against UNC-Wilmington, The Chronicle's men's basketball beat writers give their thoughts on the Big Dance in a lightning-round format.
As 68 teams around the nation prepare for the NCAA tournament, an offseason of player movement, staff movement and retooling begins for those teams that'll be watching the Big Dance from home.
Hawaii Rainbow Warriors
Saint Joseph's Hawks
With the NCAA tournament almost upon us, a group of former Blue Devils that made names for themselves in March are doing the same in the association.
The morning after playing a full 40 minutes in Duke’s 74-73 victory against North Carolina in Chapel Hill Feb. 17, freshman Brandon Ingram woke up sore. At just 190 pounds, the Kinston, N.C., native had spent much of the previous night attacking the rim against the duo of 230-pound Brice Johnson and 260-pound Kennedy Meeks in the interior.
No. 17 Duke could not overcome a beating on the boards in a 76-72 defeat to No. 8 North Carolina to finish the regular season. With the loss the Blue Devils dropped to the No. 5 seed in next week's ACC Tournament and will begin action Wednesday against the winner of N.C. State and Wake Forest.
A week after visiting Duke's campus, Australian swingman Jack White has found a new home with the Blue Devils.
As the NCAA tournament approached a year ago, much of the focus was placed on how a highly-touted group of freshmen—including Duke’s Jahlil Okafor and Kentucky’s Karl-Anthony Towns, to name a few—would perform under the high-stakes pressure of March.
The Blue Devils started slow Sunday and could not recover in a 76-62 loss on the road to Pittsburgh. Duke fell behind by as many as 23 late in the second-half and lacked the energy the more desperate Panthers displayed in front of their home crowd.