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Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Duke Locks Down Virginia Tech 66-48

Posted By on Wed, Feb 26, 2014 at 12:38 AM

Cameron Indoor Stadium / Durham – “Shell shocked,” said Virginia Tech basketball coach James Johnson, age 42, describing his young team’s play in the first 10 minutes of Tuesday night’s game, during which the Blue Devils applied full-court pressure, denied interior passing, and held the Hokies to four points. Four. “Coach constantly tells me he thinks I can be a lockdown defender,” said Rasheed Sulaimon. The Duke guard stalked Virginia Tech point guard Devin Wilson like a hungry leopard for much of the game, pouncing on balls and gliding around the court in a terrifying wide-armed hunting crouch. His efforts...

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Friday, February 21, 2014

It's back: UNC men's basketball beats Duke

Posted By on Fri, Feb 21, 2014 at 10:03 AM

DEAN E. SMITH CENTER/ CHAPEL HILL—Two seasons ago, Duke head coach Mike Krzyzewski had a habit of saying. "It's what we do." He'd make sure to work this little phrase into post-game press conferences with regularity, and he could use it in the context of a number of different things. It was as if he was circling some ineffable something by returning to the phrase when there was an event or a feeling or a concept that needed to be acknowledged but had no precise definition. Maybe it was a sliding notion, or rather, maybe "it" was a sliding...

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Monday, February 17, 2014

Blue Devils dismiss Terps with surprisingly easy result

Posted By on Mon, Feb 17, 2014 at 10:19 AM

Courtesy DWHoops.com/Orin DayRicha Jackson scoops a shot to the hoop.CAMERON INDOOR STADIUM/DURHAM It’s the final scheduled regular-season meeting in a rivalry that has gotten awfully hot. Maryland (20-4, 8-3), ranked No. 8, makes its final visit to Duke (22-3, 9-2), ranked No. 7, as a member of the ACC before moving to the Big Ten next season. It’s the Terps’ third visit to the Triangle this season and nobody will return the visit. The Blue Devils, meanwhile, are coming off a nightmarish 89-78 home-court loss to UNC seven days earlier. This time Duke gets an easy win, dominating the second...

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Wednesday, February 5, 2014

The Nate James Effect: Duke grinds out 83-63 win over Wake Forest

Posted By on Wed, Feb 5, 2014 at 2:39 AM

CAMERON INDOOR STADIUM/DURHAM—With fewer than 10 minutes left in the first half, the 11th-ranked Duke’s men’s basketball team was losing, 25-22, to an unranked Wake Forest team missing their best player to injury, when Nate James, the Blue Devils’ 36 year-old 6-foot-6-inch 200-pound assistant coach, squatted in front of Jabari Parker, the 18-year-old freshman sensation, who had been benched after a recent foul. At the time, Parker had two points, one rebound, and one turnover, and had been scored liberally upon inside first by Devin Thomas and then Tyler Cavanaugh. Parker nodded vaguely as James spoke, his eyes intent on the foul...

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Sunday, February 2, 2014

Notre Dame rips Duke in No. 2 vs. No. 3 battle

Posted By on Sun, Feb 2, 2014 at 6:21 PM

CAMERON INDOOR STADIUM/DURHAM Super Sunday starts a little early for Triangle women’s basketball with a much-anticipated rematch. Photo by Chris BairdTricia Liston drives to the hoop.New ACC member Notre Dame, unbeaten and ranked No. 2 in the country, visits No. 3 Duke today, and the Blue Devils have revenge on their minds. The last meeting came in last season’s regional final in Norfolk, with the Irish winning 87-76 to end the Blue Devils’ season in the NCAA Elite Eight for the fourth year in a row. Notre Dame’s superstar from last season, point guard Skylar Diggins, is now in the...

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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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Thursday, January 23, 2014

Duke soccer star Sebastien Ibeagha on his decision to spurn Major League Soccer for Europe

Posted By on Thu, Jan 23, 2014 at 12:52 PM

On Tuesday, Sebastien Ibeagha turned 22 years old. The same day, Major League Soccer concluded its 2014 SuperDraft of rising amateur talent. Ibeagha, a regular fixture in the U.S. youth national soccer setup since his teenage years, the 2012 ACC Defensive Player of the Year and a two-time college All-American as a defender for Duke University, wasn’t part of the selection process. In fact, as the draft wound down two days ago, Ibeagha (pronounced ibby-AH-ga) was spending his birthday 3,800 miles away in Aalborg, a city situated near the northern tip of Denmark. There, Ibeagha is training with Aalborg BK...

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Wednesday, January 22, 2014

ACC grid sked out; first ever Duke-UNC Thursday night game set

Posted By on Wed, Jan 22, 2014 at 4:27 PM

The first-ever Thursday night “Battle of the Blues” between Duke and UNC along with defending national champion Florida State’s visit to N.C. State highlight the Triangle portion of the ACC football schedule released today. The defending Coastal Division Blue Devils (10-4 last season) will entertain the Belk Bowl champion Tar Heels (7-6) on Nov. 20 at Wallace Wade Stadium in a game to be shown on ESPN.File photo by Chris BairdUNC and Duke will play for the Victory Bell in an ESPN night game this year. The Seminoles’ visit to the Wolfpack, which went 3-9 last season in Dave Doeren’s...

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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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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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Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Duke dominates Indy Week's first All-Triangle football team

Posted By on Tue, Dec 24, 2013 at 10:59 PM

Photo by Chris BairdJamison Crowder runs against Florida State in the ACC Championship Game.As far as I’m aware, nobody has ever put together an All-Triangle college football team. And if you’re one of the few people who has been disappointed in that, here’s a holiday present just for you. Here’s my First Annual (?) Indy Week All-Triangle team, made up of the best players who participated for the local Division I universities this season along with four special awards. Chick-Fil-A Bowl-bound Duke (10-3) places 12 players on the list, followed by seven from Belk Bowl-bound UNC (6-6). Four players come...

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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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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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Sunday, December 8, 2013

Duke runs into a buzzsaw; FSU earns spot in National Championship

Posted By on Sun, Dec 8, 2013 at 1:23 AM

Photo by Al BirdDuke's Jamison Crowder looks for running room as FSU players including Nick Waisome (14) pursue.BANK OF AMERICA STADIUM/CHARLOTTE So the big chance Duke football has been looking for all these years is right here. Tonight at Bank of America Stadium, the No. 20 Blue Devils (10-2) will take on No. 1 Florida State (12-0) for the ACC championship and a guaranteed spot in the Orange Bowl. If FSU wins, of course, it will play either Ohio State or Auburn for the National Championship. The Blue Devils have their best team since at least 1941 and David Cutcliffe...

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Saturday, December 7, 2013

Blue Devils get the chance of a football lifetime tonight

Posted By on Sat, Dec 7, 2013 at 12:43 AM

File photo by Chris BairdDuke WR Jamison Crowder gets a big chance on the national stage tonight.It is said that sometimes truth is stranger than fiction, and in this case that has to be correct. I never heard anybody predict Duke was going to finish this regular season 10-2 and as ACC Coastal Division football champions. Now, I knew the Blue Devils were going to be decent this year. Picked them fifth in the division with a 7-5 record after going 6-7 last season that ended in a close, painful loss in the Belk Bowl. But an eight-game winning streak...

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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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Saturday, November 30, 2013

Duke gets its biggest football victory since the FDR era

Posted By on Sat, Nov 30, 2013 at 5:52 PM

Photo by Chris BairdDuke coach David Cutcliffe celebrates the win in Chapel Hill.KENAN STADIUM/CHAPEL HILL Duke plays its biggest football game in 72 seasons today. Mind-boggling, isn’t it? But the last time the Blue Devils played a game this important was that Rose Bowl in Durham following the 1941 season. With a win over traditional multiple arch-rival UNC today No. 24 Duke (9-2, 5-2 ACC) will have its first 10-win season in school history, earning a spot in the ACC Championship game against No. 2 Florida State on Dec. 7 in Charlotte with a shot at the automatic berth in...

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Duke plays its most important football game in Kenan since 1941 today

Posted By on Sat, Nov 30, 2013 at 1:42 AM

Time was when the annual season-ending battle between Duke and UNC was the biggest football game of the year in the Triangle. And this time, the “Battle of the Blues” for the coveted Victory Bell is back, although it has a little different twist.This time it’s the Tar Heels’ turn to play spoiler. No. 24 Duke (9-2, 5-2 ACC) is having its best season since the ACC was formed, and the Blue Devils will play No. 2 Florida State for the conference championship Dec. 7 in Charlotte if they win today.File photo by Chris BairdDuke could finish turning the world...

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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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Saturday, November 23, 2013

Huge games galore for Triangle grid squads this afternoon

Posted By on Sat, Nov 23, 2013 at 3:38 AM

File photo by Chris BairdDuke is going for one of its best seasons in school history, while N.C. State is looking to avoid one of its worst.Any way you slice it this is a very, very big day for college football in the Triangle. Everybody has a game with more meaning to it than usual. The biggest of all is for Duke, which will win the ACC’s Coastal Division if it can finish 10-2 by beating rivals Wake Forest on the road and UNC in Chapel Hill next week. But UNC is playing for bowl qualification today. N.C. Central is...

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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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Saturday, November 16, 2013

Duke faces massive test today, others hope to tread water

Posted By on Sat, Nov 16, 2013 at 1:46 AM

File photo by Chris BairdDuke looks for a mild upset today that could help boost the Blue Devils into the Orange Bowl.We’re getting toward the end of the regular season in college football, and in the Triangle it’s a little like the world has been turned upside down. Over the past generation it has been common to see UNC and N.C. State zeroing in on bowl eligibility early and N.C. Central chasing a conference title and playoff berths while Duke is locking up yet another losing season. Not this time. Duke is the only team of the four that has...

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