With the exception of Hurt and Goldwire, the majority of this year’s rotation is expected back in Durham next fall. Each game is a lesson learned for a team still developing every day.
It may not be the NCAA tournament just yet, but it is March. And this game was filled with madness for all 45 minutes.
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Duke and Georgia Tech are in the middle of a tight battle, with both squads coming out of the gates playing like two teams who know their NCAA tournament hopes are heavily riding on this game.
The Yellow Jackets are on a four-game win streak and coming off big victories against No. 22 Virginia Tech and Syracuse, so Duke will have to be ready for a hardfought matchup.
If the Blue Devils are to survive the fourth-highest scoring offense in the ACC, they are going to need Goldwire to limit their productivity and efficiency.
During his short time in Durham, Cassius Stanley dazzled Blue Devil fans with his jaw-dropping athleticism and highlight-reel dunks. Now, he'll have a chance to show off that flair for the spectacular on NBA All-Star weekend.
With just two games left in the regular season, the Blue Devils’ postseason outlook is not ideal and Duke’s lack of success begs the question: What will it take to make the tournament?
The best game of Matthew Hurt’s career wasn’t enough. Somehow, Hurt’s career-high 37 points didn’t end in a Duke victory in Saturday night's overtime thriller. A Louisville team led by superior perimeter play and relentless offensive rebounding escaped Cameron Indoor Stadium with an 80-73 win in a game that carried serious implications for a coveted at-large bid in the NCAA tournament.
Although Matthew Hurt has starred thus far, Duke has not been able to stop the Cardinals’ offense, with Louisville taking a 36-26 advantage into the break. Here are five observations from the game’s first 20 minutes.
ESPN's Joe Lunardi has Louisville as one of the final eight teams making the tournament in his latest bracket, with the Blue Devils sitting as one of the final eight teams left out.
This recent stretch of improved play has put Duke right back into the conversation for the NCAA tournament, and its next test comes Saturday against Louisville.
The 70-65 loss for the Blue Devils can largely be attributed to foul trouble, poor rebounding and missed opportunities, but Duke has made significant improvements in all three of those areas since the first matchup.
While Coach K’s Duke team faces an uncertain future, his former protégés are succeeding in the NBA like never before.
Several former Blue Devils have had an impressive first half in the 2020-21 season.
While it is best not to put too much stock into a win over a mid-tier team such as the Orange, it is hard not to be excited about Duke’s resurgence after another stellar outing Monday night.
The Blue Devils' season-long improvement was put on full display against the Orange from the first possession.
Duke's offense was firing on all cylinders in the first half against Syracuse.