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X-factor: Blue Devils must slow Cade Carney in regular season finale

(11/24/18 8:27am)

Every week throughout the football season, the Blue Zone will break down a player on each team who could be the difference-maker in the upcoming contest. In their curtain call at Wallace Wade Stadium, Duke’s seniors look to knock off in-state rival Wake Forest for the second straight year and secure a Tier 1 bowl selection. Here is our Shane Smith's X-Factor for the contest:

X-factor: Duke football aims to make Clemson’s Trevor Lawrence play his age

(11/16/18 11:51pm)

After a 42-35 win over archrival North Carolina to clinch the program’s fifth winning season in the last six years, the Blue Devils will hit the road to face No. 2 Clemson, which will be Duke’s highest-ranked opponent since Florida State in 2013. The Blue Zone takes a look at a key player for each team:

Twelve observations, facts and stats about Duke men's basketball

(11/08/18 4:27am)

Through over a century of history and almost forty years under one head coach, the trends behind Duke’s men’s basketball program are rich enough for someone to dive into for hours and hours on end. I’ve done the digging through that history to find thirteen bits that range from superstitious to the utter domination of the Blue Devils under Mike Krzyzewski. Let’s take a look:

X-factor: Duke men's basketball will need Tre Jones to step up in order to topple Kentucky

(11/05/18 4:36am)

In a new twist, the 2018-19 college basketball season will kick off in Indianapolis with the Champions Classic, where No. 4 Duke will face No. 2 Kentucky under the bright lights. The Blue Zone takes a look at a player from each team that could be a difference-maker in the game.

Duke men's basketball 2018-19 player preview: RJ Barrett

(11/02/18 3:55pm)

Game Breakdown: He may not be as widely known as his fellow freshman Zion Williamson, but RJ Barrett will be the engine that makes or breaks this year’s Blue Devil squad. No one comes close to the number of accolades that the consensus No. 1 overall recruit racked up in high school, with a trophy case that includes a Gatorade National Player of the Year award, a Naismith Player of the Year award, and a FIBA U19 gold medal and MVP trophy. 

Recruiting roundup: Examining Duke men's basketball's targets in the Class of 2019

(10/31/18 6:45am)

With the early signing period for college basketball set to begin in a couple weeks for the Class of 2019, Duke head coach Mike Krzyzewski and the Blue Devils will be pushing hard to secure another commitment in the 2019 class before the season starts rolling. Duke recently missed out on No. 2 overall guard Cole Anthony, who excluded the program from his list of six schools on Monday, and New York’s all time leading scorer, Joe Girard, who picked Syracuse over the Blue Devils and others. So, who could join No. 18 Wendell Moore in Durham next year? Let’s take a look at what’s going on with Duke’s top remaining targets:

Who will shoulder the load for Duke women's basketball with the Splash Sisters gone?

(10/29/18 3:07am)

The last time we saw the Duke women’s basketball team, they were exiting the floor at the Times Union Center after a hard fought Sweet 16 battle with the top-overall seed Connecticut. But, perhaps their two brightest stars from the past two seasons, Lexie Brown and Rebecca Greenwell—the “Splash Sisters”—have graduated, leaving the remaining pieces to find a new identity for themselves.

Five observations from Duke women's basketball's Blue/White scrimmage

(10/21/18 7:34pm)

The Blue Devils kicked off the 2018-19 season with their annual intrasquad scrimmage on Sunday in Cameron Indoor Stadium. The White team prevailed against the Blue team 84-50 thanks to a barrage of three pointers in the first half. Here are the five biggest takeaways from the first look at this year’s Duke squad.