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Sunday, January 26, 2014

Liston sets record, Henson gets career high as Duke romps

Posted By on Sun, Jan 26, 2014 at 6:41 PM

CAMERON INDOOR STADIUM/DURHAM Duke returns home for the first time in 10 days after surviving for a week on the road. In their first two road games since losing Chelsea Gray for the second straight season with a knee injury, the Blue Devils had to scratch and claw for victories.Photo by Chris BairdTricia Liston drives to the hoop as Pitt’s Briana Kiesel defends. Haley Peters is at right. Last Sunday the No. 3 Blue Devils held on for a 74-70 win at much-improved Virginia Tech, and then Thursday night they survived an 85-77 overtime battle with No. 24 Florida State....

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Saturday, January 18, 2014

Duke beats State, 95-60

Posted By on Sat, Jan 18, 2014 at 6:42 PM

CAMERON INDOOR STADIUM/DURHAM—It’s five minutes before tipoff against North Carolina State at Cameron Indoor Stadium, on a cold, clear Saturday in mid-January, and the Duke men’s basketball team is taking warmups. The team looks loose; it’s been five days since their last game, when the Blue Devils fought off gritty Virginia, despite another rough night of shooting from freshman star Jabari Parker. There’s an especially marked difference in the body language of Parker, who rolls through the layup line like he’s spent those five days in a massage parlor. A great tension seems to have been released from between his...

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Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Blue Devils platoon their way to victory over Virginia: 69-65

Posted By on Tue, Jan 14, 2014 at 3:06 PM

CAMERON INDOOR STADIUM/DURHAM—Two days before the No. 23 Blue Devils squared off on Monday night against unranked Virginia (12-5, 3-1), Duke freshman Matt Jones received the news that he would get his first start of the season. But neither he nor his teammates knew that Coach Krzyzewski would be implementing an unorthodox substitution strategy against the Cavaliers. In the game’s opening minutes, Duke took a 5-0 lead against Virginia, following a Jabari Parker 3-pointer, a steal and offensive rebound from Amile Jefferson and a couple of made free throws from Matt Jones. The lineup looked strong and intent upon...

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Sunday, January 12, 2014

Jackson, Blue Devils blow past scrappy Boston College

Posted By on Sun, Jan 12, 2014 at 6:25 PM

Photo courtesy Duke photographyDuke’s Richa Jackson eyes the hoop ahead of BC’s Kat Cooper (44) and Katie Zenevitch.CAMERON INDOOR STADIUM/DURHAM Duke finally gets to play its first ACC home game of the season today, and the Blue Devils are definitely on a roll. With impressive road wins over Georgia Tech — which oddly won’t visit the state of North Carolina this season — and Syracuse, the No. 3 Blue Devils are 15-1 and 2-0 in conference play heading into today’s matchup with Boston College (10-6, 1-1). The Eagles, who play the toughest schedule in the country over a four-day period,...

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Thursday, January 9, 2014

ABC: UNC loses to Miami, and loses face

Posted By on Thu, Jan 9, 2014 at 12:41 PM

DEAN E. SMITH CENTER/ CHAPEL HILL—"People have taken their chances and beaten up on us for quite a while, but we’re gonna survive this. I’m really proud of my kids." That sounds like the sort of thing UNC head basketball head coach Roy Williams could have been expected to say after his team lost, glumly and weakly, to Miami last night on their own home court, 63-57. The Tar Heels fell to 0-2 in the ACC for the second straight year, but this time their prospects for improvement do not look as good. But Williams wasn't talking about his...

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Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Great expectations: Duke wins ACC home opener against Georgia Tech

Posted By on Wed, Jan 8, 2014 at 12:17 AM

CAMERON INDOOR STADIUM/DURHAM – It  was  a one point game at halftime of  the Duke-Georgia Tech men’s  basketball game, which the 16th-ranked  Blue Devils would end up winning, 79-57, on what meteorologists were  calling the coldest day since the 1990’s—back when Georgia Tech used to beat Duke from time to time, the ACC had nothing to do with Indiana, New York and Pennsylvania, and the only one-and-done college players were the guys who got expelled or flunked out. “I don’t know if the weather, the start of school,” said Coach Mike Krzyzewski after the game, searching for an explanation. “We seemed...

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Monday, December 30, 2013

Action, comedy and drama in the Blue Devils’ first half of the season.

Posted By on Mon, Dec 30, 2013 at 11:50 AM

CAMERON INDOOR STADIUM/DURHAM—It may have taken all of October and November for a couple of Duke’s veteran players to realize that this year’s basketball season was not a continuation of last year’s, but the Blue Devils may have finally arrived at a point where a good attitude and great execution have met where a championship run is eminent. “This isn’t last year,” said a foggy-eyed Coach Krzyzewski after his 10-2 Blue Devils fought through a staggering Eastern Michigan University zone defense and ran over the Eagles, 82-59. “It’s like a different play. Last year was a drama. This is an...

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Saturday, December 21, 2013

Hatchell watches as Tar Heels outrun scrappy High Point

Posted By on Sat, Dec 21, 2013 at 4:57 PM

Photo by Chris BairdUNC coach Sylvia Hatchell watches her team from the de facto skybox.CARMICHAEL ARENA/CHAPEL HILL UNC’s final game before Christmas turns out to be a very special occasion. For the first time all season, Coach Sylvia Hatchell will watch her team play in person. Hatchell, who will watch from the lower media box about 20 feet above the court, has been undergoing chemotherapy treatment for leukemia and isn’t supposed to get near big crowds. In her absence the Tar Heels have been led by Hatchell’s 27-year veteran assistant Andrew Calder. Today’s opponent is High Point, which actually leads...

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Thursday, December 19, 2013

Peters, Gray spark Duke to second-half romp over Albany

Posted By on Thu, Dec 19, 2013 at 9:45 PM

Photo by Orin Day, courtesy DWHoops.comHaley Peters focuses on the hoop. Seated (l-r) are Barry Hastings, Mike Potter, Joe Johnson and Nolan Hayes.CAMERON INDOOR STADIUM/DURHAM Now we find out how this Duke team will respond to a hard loss. The No. 2 Blue Devils had a very tough night less than 48 hours ago when they took an 83-61 drubbing in their long-anticipated meeting with No. 1 and defending national champion Connecticut. Tonight’s opponent is Albany, a nice team from the America East Conference that suffered its first loss in nine games this season on Sunday at home against Quinnipiac....

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Driver, driver, driver, driver, driver, driver, driver, driver: notes on UNC Mens' Basketball losing at home to Texas

Posted By on Thu, Dec 19, 2013 at 9:39 AM

DEAN E. SMITH CENTER/ CHAPEL HILL—The Tar Heels continued their topsy-turvitude last night, losing at home to unranked Texas, which won't be unranked anymore. The 10-1 Longhorns, kind of a discount Kentucky in many ways, just needed a win over a respected program to prove their worth. After the game, their head coach, Rick Barnes, whose infamy in Tar Heel lore has faded over time, pulled the old coaching trick of saying he pays no attention to the rankings but then recalling how he told one of his assistants that Texas was not only unranked; they probably didn't even...

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Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Connecticut gets ahead big early and Duke doesn't come back

Posted By on Tue, Dec 17, 2013 at 10:53 PM

CAMERON INDOOR STADIUM/DURHAM The seniors on the Duke women’s basketball team get one more shot at this tonight — at least during a regular season.Photo by Chris BairdTricia Liston drives on Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis. The game they may have been dreaming about is here, since they’re undefeated and ranked No. 2 in the nation heading into their battle with No. 1 and defending NCAA champion Connecticut in the Jimmy V Classic. Connecticut has won six straight in the series and leads it 9-3. Duke’s best showing against UConn under seventh-year coach Joanne P. McCallie was a 61-45 loss here two seasons...

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Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Tuesday Night Special: Duke bench shows up for 79-69 win over Michigan

Posted By on Wed, Dec 4, 2013 at 2:40 AM

CAMERON INDOOR STADIUM/DURHAM—Ten minutes before tip-off of the Duke-Michigan men’s basketball game—a herky-jerky contest the 10th-ranked Blue Devils won with relative ease, 79–69—the Wolverines, ranked No. 22 in the nation, gathered territorially at center court, as if to claim Cameron as their own. During the national anthem, they left the sidelines and stood spaced out across the court riot police-style, ready to face down rebel scum. As the home team was introduced, Michigan reformed their warrior’s circle at the foul line, ringing their leader Mitch McGary, the 6-foot-10, 255-pound sophomore, who strutted and yelled, prowling like a large dog in...

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Monday, November 25, 2013

Who’s Afraid of Jabari Parker? (after Duke’s one point win over Vermont)

Posted By on Mon, Nov 25, 2013 at 9:53 AM

CAMERON INDOOR STADIUM/DURHAM—Five minutes into the second half of Duke’s weird 91-90 win over the 1-4 Catamounts of the University of Vermont, Jabari Parker, the 6-foot-8, 235-pound future NBA All-Star, stole the ball from a green-clad guard named Candon Rusin, loped down court, and dunked delicately with two hands, as if dropping a bomb down a foxhole. The crowd went nuts. Vermont called a timeout. The score was 61-49, Duke. “Right after that,” said Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski post-game, “was our worst.” He looked and sounded like a Michelin chef who’d just eaten three microwaved corndogs. “Those are the kind...

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Sunday, November 24, 2013

Wolfpack foils Tulane for first big win of Moore's tenure

Posted By on Sun, Nov 24, 2013 at 6:31 PM

Photo by Alexis BairdLakeesa Daniel drives to the hoop against Tulane's Chinwe Duru. State's No. 3 is Miah Spencer.REYNOLDS COLISEUM/RALEIGH This time it gets serious. N.C. State has been able to coast through its first four women’s basketball games of the season, beating outgunned opposition by an average of 32 points. The Wolfpack won’t likely win like that today. This time first-year coach Wes Moore plays for the first time against a major opponent when Tulane (4-0) visits.Wake Forest alum Lisa Stockton’s team, like the Wolfpack, was in the WNIT last season. But Tulane won 25 games. This is the...

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Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Hood's shots and Parker's blocks give Duke the edge in 83-74 win over ECU

Posted By on Wed, Nov 20, 2013 at 8:22 AM

CAMERON INDOOR STADIUM/DURHAM—“This team is not gonna go away,” is what Coach Krzyzewski said to his No. 6 Duke Blue Devils during Tuesday night’s second round of NIT Season Tip-Off Tournament play against a relentless Eastern Carolina University squad. Of course, he gave this warning sometime after the Blue Devils opened the first half with an 11-of-11 field-goal shooting barrage. While their early perfection suggested that this game would be their third, 30-plus point victory in five days, ECU—led by guards Prince Williams and Antonio Robinson—eventually rallied from behind and cut Duke’s lead to one point midway through the second...

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Monday, November 18, 2013

Burke's 23 leads easy Wolfpack win over Morgan State

Posted By on Mon, Nov 18, 2013 at 10:56 PM

REYNOLDS COLISEUM/RALEIGH N.C. State continues its early-season run of home games against Division I opponents from outside the “power conferences” as first-year mentor Wes Moore starts his tenure at the helm. Tonight’s foe is Morgan State of the MEAC, which lost its opener at home to Lincoln (Pa.) of the CIAA.File photo by Greg Mintel/Courtesy NCSU athleticsKody Burke eyes the hoop for a one-hander. The Wolfpack is 3-0, with easy wins over St. Bonaventure, Towson and Presbyterian under its belt. This one is as easy as expected, as the Wolfpack rolls 94-52. N.C. State takes control from the outset,...

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Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Young Tar Heels play tough, but experienced Lady Vols still better

Posted By on Tue, Nov 12, 2013 at 1:00 AM

Photo by Chris BairdBrittany Rountree drives against Tennessee’s Isabelle Harrison.CARMICHAEL ARENA/CHAPEL HILL There’s a little bit of sadness around this Top 20 women’s basketball game. When the contract for Tennessee to play last season and this one UNC was originally signed, the matchup was supposed to be between Hall of Fame coaches Pat Summitt and Sylvia Hatchell, who many long years ago was one of Summitt’s assistants with the Lady Vols. But a year and a half ago Summitt became the Vols’ head coach emeritus, as she resigned because of her Alzheimer’s disease. And then last month, Hatchell was diagnosed...

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Saturday, November 9, 2013

Jabari Parker talks to himself, and other scenes from the Duke-Davidson blowout

Posted By on Sat, Nov 9, 2013 at 8:43 AM

CAMERON INDOOR STADIUM, DURHAM—Roughly 10 minutes into the Duke season opener at Cameron Indoor Stadium, where the Blue Devils trampled Davidson, 111-77, Jabari Parker, the ballyhooed freshman who many expect will be a top five NBA draft pick in 2014, said to himself, “That’s all day.” He was referring to the shot he’d just made from the top of the key, which had started with an exploratory jab step, pump fake, and then a second jab step at his defender, as if poking a pork roast to test for doneness, before draining the 3-pointer, one of three he would make...

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Friday, November 8, 2013

UNC, State open women's hoop seasons today

Posted By on Fri, Nov 8, 2013 at 12:34 AM

The wait is over for fans of ACC women’s basketball.File photo by Chris Baird Yes, the action starts today, with two Triangle teams hitting the court. No. 12 UNC (29-7 last season), which is picked fourth in the conference, will host Air Force (4-26) at 4:30 p.m. at Carmichael Arena. Then at 6 N.C. State (17-17), picked ninth, will take on St. Bonaventure (10-19) at Reynolds Coliseum. Conference favorite and defending champion No. 2 Duke (33-3) will open Sunday at 6 p.m. at No. 9 California (32-4) in a game to be shown on ESPNU. The Blue Devils return five...

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Thursday, October 24, 2013

Duke picked No. 1, UNC No. 4 and NCSU 10th on media day

Posted By on Thu, Oct 24, 2013 at 12:02 AM

Indy file photoHall of Fame coaches Sylvia Hatchell of UNC and Connecticut's Geno Auriemma meet before their 2011 game in Chapel Hill. Hatchell will not begin the season on the sidelines for the Tar Heels as she battles leukemia.GRANDOVER RESORT/GREENSBORO Duke has been a model of consistency in ACC women’s basketball for a couple of decades, and it has continued under Joanne P. McCallie as head coach. So even with the addition of a Final Four team to the mix, the Blue Devils still command plenty of respect in the conference. ACC media day was on Wednesday and Duke was...

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Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Lady Vols, Duke, State highlight Tar Heels' home schedule

Posted By on Wed, Aug 28, 2013 at 9:59 PM

Home games against Tennessee, archrivals Duke and N.C. State, and Maryland’s final visit to Carmichael Arena as an ACC member highlight the 2013-14 UNC women’s basketball schedule released today. The schedule opens at home Nov. 8 against Air Force. The Tar Heels will host Nebraska in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge, while new members Pittsburgh and Syracuse as well as Clemson, Miami and Virginia Tech will visit for conference games. The other non-conference home games are against Coastal Carolina, Coppin State, Charleston Southern and High Point. Both Duke games will be broadcast nationally. The first is in Durham as part...

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Thursday, August 8, 2013

McCallie: Blue Devils improving and healing in off-season

Posted By on Thu, Aug 8, 2013 at 10:05 PM

CAMERON INDOOR STADIUM/DURHAM Duke has been a model of consistency in the top tier of women’s basketball for the last two decades, and in her six-year tenure as head coach Joanne P. McCallie has definitely kept that going. On Thursday she hosted a handful of area media for a luncheon to discuss the program’s most recent activities and introduce new assistant coach Hernando Plannells and new director of recruiting operations and former Blue Devil All-America center Michele Van Gorp. McCallie is 171-34 at Duke (457-180 overall) and has taken her team to the NCAA Elite Eight for four straight seasons....

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Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Duke announces another tough non-conference women's slate

Posted By on Tue, Jul 2, 2013 at 1:07 PM

File photo by Chris BairdChelsea Gray will get a homecoming game in her senior season.Home games with Connecticut in the Jimmy V Classic and Purdue in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge highlight the non-conference portion of Duke’s 2013-14 women’s basketball schedule announced today. In what has the potential to be a No. 1 vs. No. 2 battle, the Blue Devils will host the Huskies on Dec. 17 at 7 p.m. in a game to be shown on ESPN. The Purdue game is on Dec. 5. The Blue Devils will host several other big-name opponents in Alabama, Vanderbilt and Old Dominion. “We...

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Thursday, June 27, 2013

Moore looking for toughness in his first season at Wolfpack helm

Posted By on Thu, Jun 27, 2013 at 4:53 PM

BACKYARD BISTRO/RALEIGH Wes Moore doesn’t want to waste any time as he gets his N.C. State women’s basketball team ready for his first season at the helm.On Thursday he was the guest of honor at a media luncheon to discuss the upcoming season as well as the future, and brought his new assistant coaches to rub elbows with the media as well. The Wolfpack’s still-new slogan is “This Is Our State,” and to make that point in women’s basketball they still have a high hill to climb. Duke is probably going to be ranked No. 2 nationally to start the...

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Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Irish, Terps will total five trips to Triangle this season

Posted By on Wed, May 29, 2013 at 3:17 PM

Notre Dame will be visiting the Triangle twice and Maryland thrice according to the ACC’s 2013-24 women’s basketball scheduling parameters announced today. The conference announced its home-and-home matchups and the other six home opponents for each team in the 16-game schedule. The 2013 Big East champion Irish, Pittsburgh and Syracuse will join the conference for play in the fall. The ACC boasts four of the nation’s top five freshman recruiting classes, with Duke ranked No. 1, UNC No. 2, Maryland No. 4 and Notre Dame No. 5. This season will mark Wes Moore's debut as head coach at N.C. State....

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