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  • Duke Blue Devils strengthen frontcourt by adding Marquette Golden Eagles transfer Theo John

    ESPN "Marquette Golden Eagles men's basketball transfer Theo John is going from a Coach K protégé to Coach K himself. John, who spent the past four seasons playing under former Duke star and assistant Steve Wojciechowski with the Golden Eagles, announced..." April 16

  • Duke basketball recruiting: Trevor Keels commits as Blue Devils land third five-star prospect in 2021 class

    CBS Sports "Duke already had a loaded recruiting class on the way next season with five-stars Paolo Banchero and A.J. Griffin signed and ready to make immediate contributions. But the group got even better on Friday as another blue-chipper -- five-star shooting guard Trevor Keels -- opted to join the..." April 02

  • Duke's Jordan Goldwire, who led the Blue Devils in assist and steals, plans to transfer as graduate student

    CBS Sports "Duke senior point guard Jordan Goldwire has entered the transfer portal and leaving the Blue Devils program as a graduate transfer, the program announced Saturday. Goldwire, a four-year player with Duke, led the team in assists and steals last season and was a steadying amidst the..." March 27

  • Duke's Jaemyn Brakefield enters transfer portal

    CBS Sports "Jaemyn Brakefield became a rarely seen Duke one-and-done by announcing Wednesday that he intends to enter the transfer portal after his freshman season. Brakefield averaged 3.5 points and 2.5 boards but played only 12.5 minutes per game in the 2020-2021 season. A former..." March 24

  • NCAA tournament snubs Louisville, Duke among teams to turn down NIT

    Yahoo! Sports "In the sports world, navigating COVID-19 amounts to an exercise in risk vs. reward. Selection Sunday put that calculation to the test, and Louisville and Duke found their line. It's the NIT. After being snubbed for the NCAA tournament, the Cardinals declined their..." March 15

  • Duke could play in NCAA Tournament if selected

    The Score "Duke could potentially play in the NCAA Tournament next week if selected as an at-large team or a COVID-19 replacement, a source told ESPN's Rece Davis. The Blue Devils withdrew from the ACC Tournament on Thursday after a positive COVID-19 test forced the team to..." March 13

  • Positive COVID test knocks Duke out of ACC tournament, and likely out of March Madness

    Yahoo! Sports "Duke's men's basketball team will not play its ACC tournament quarterfinal Thursday night against Florida State after a positive COVID-19 test within the program, according to multiple reports Thursday morning. The Blue Devils beat Louisville in the second round..." March 11

  • Mike Krzyzewski admits Duke does not deserve NCAA Tournament bid

    Larry Brown Sports "The Duke Blue Devils are expected to contend for an NCAA Tournament title every year, but in 2021 they’re facing the real prospect of being excluded from the field entirely. Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski admitted that the Blue Devils simply do not deserve a bid as it stands, and..." March 08

  • Duke's Nolan Smith wants Creighton coach Greg McDermott held 'accountable' for racially insensitive remarks

    USA Today "The apology issued by Creighton men's basketball coach Greg McDermott for urging his players to "stay on the plantation" during a postgame speech last week has not been widely accepted, including by Duke's director of operations and player development Nolan..." March 04

  • 5 college basketball bubble teams in need of a big win

    Larry Brown Sports "March 1 is right around the corner and plenty of college basketball teams are starting to feel the heat. Despite the strangest season we’ve ever see, with games moved, canceled, and heavily affected by COVID-19, the selection committee will still need to sort through varied resumés..." February 26

  • Jay Bilas Ripped Jim Boeheim Over His Comments About Jalen Johnson

    The Big Lead "Jim Boeheim made waves on Thursday when he ripped Duke star freshman Jalen Johnson for opting out of the season. Syracuse's head coach was harsh in his assessment of the decision and almost seemed to take it personally. Jay Bilas was not happy with those remarks and took aim at Boeheim..." February 19

  • Jim Boeheim on Jalen Johnson's Duke Opt-Out: 'That Guy Was Hurting Them'

    Bleacher Report "Syracuse head coach Jim Boeheim did not mince words when discussing Jalen Johnson's decision to opt out of the remainder of the season for the Duke Blue Devils.  "That guy was hurting them so they actually are much better now without him," Boeheim said,..." February 19

  • Mike Krzyzewski To Jayson Tatum After Not Shooting: “Soft A** St. Louis Kid”

    Fadeaway World "Coach Mike Krzyzewski is one of the most famous coaches in basketball history after all the years he’s spent in college basketball, coaching Team USA, and more. He is one of the best ever at his job, creating big memories with his players year after year but when he needs to be tough, he..." February 16

  • Duke freshman Jalen Johnson withdraws from rest of season

    The Score "Duke freshman forward Jalen Johnson has opted out of the rest of the 2020-21 season, sources told Zagsblog's Adam Zagoria and Jacob Polacheck. Johnson and his camp have had unspecified off-court issues with the school since early in the..." February 15

  • Duke will rise again as it all starts with recruiting

    CBS Sports "Duke lost again this week -- for the eighth time this season, for the fourth time at home, for at least the fourth time to an opponent unlikely to make the NCAA Tournament. Consequently, at 7-8, the Blue Devils now have a losing record for the first time since November 1999. They're..." February 12

  • Blue Devils fall below .500 for first time since 1999

    CBS Sports "Duke fell below .500 for the first time since November 1999 on Tuesday, when it lost 93-89 to Notre Dame for its third straight defeat and sixth loss in the last eight games. The Blue Devils (7-8, 5-6 ACC) allowed a season-high 93 points in the game just three days after..." February 11

  • Duke Loses to Notre Dame, Falls Below .500 for 1st Time Since 1999

    Bleacher Report "The Duke men's basketball team is having a historic season—just not in the way it would like. Duke fell to Notre Dame 93-89 on Tuesday to drop to 7-8 on the season. This is the first time since 1999 that the program has had a record below .500, according to Kyle..." February 09

  • Duke, UNC enter college basketball's greatest rivalry unranked

    USA Today "Duke and North Carolina.  There's really no further explanation needed. It's the greatest rivalry in college basketball and maybe all of sports, but Saturday's game at Cameron Indoor Stadium — the 253rd meeting in the series — lacks its..." February 06

  • Duke's Mike Krzyzewski received second COVID-19 vaccine days before UNC game

    USA Today " Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski said he received his second COVID-19 vaccine on Tuesday and dealt with side effects that affected his coaching performance the next day. Krzyzewski, 73, said Thursday he received his first vaccine in mid-January. Duke will face North Carolina at 6..." February 04

  • 10 storylines to watch as Big Dance approaches

    The Score "As an unprecedented college basketball season approaches its climax, there's still plenty that needs to be settled ahead of Selection Sunday. Here are 10 storylines to watch in the final month before the Madness begins. Gonzaga pursuing perfection Typically,..." February 01

  • Jalen Johnson Dunks All Over Clemson's P.J. Hall and Makes One of the Sweetest Sounds in Sports

    The Big Lead "Duke played Clemson today in the college basketball realm. It was not a terribly notable affair until Jalen Johnson yammed all over Clemson's P.J. Hall. It was extremely awesome. As you can see. It's not the biggest poster you'll ever see. Hall did not jump..." January 30

  • Men's college basketball bluebloods Duke, Kentucky are struggling. Is reliance on one-and-done players to blame?

    USA Today "Starting with his third recruiting class that arrived in 1982, there was a time Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski could have promised all but one of his next 25 incoming groups of freshmen that they would be guaranteed at least one Final Four appearance if they stayed four seasons. It was a..." January 29

  • Mike Krzyzewski Apologizes To Student Reporter For Angry Response

    Essentially Sports "The Duke Blue Devils are having a very rough season. While being 5-5 isn’t a big issue, it is a massive cause of concern for the NCAA heavyweights. They fell to a rough loss at the hands of the Louisville Cardinals two days ago. While Duke was outmatched for that game, the loss was still..." January 25

  • Student reporter responds to Coach Mike Krzyzewski controversy

    Yardbarker "Duke basketball coach Mike Krzyzewski was criticized for the way he treated a student reporter following Saturday night’s game. As you might expect, the student seemed a bit surprised by the exchange. Jake Piazza, an economics major who writes for the Duke Chronicle, asked Coach..." January 24

  • HC Mike Krzyzewski gets testy with student reporter over postgame question

    Larry Brown Sports "Coach K got testy with a student reporter after Duke’s 70-65 loss to Louisville on Saturday. A student reporter asked Mike Krzyzewski during his postgame press conference where the team goes from here. Coach K took issue with the question. Rather than just say his Blue Devils..." January 24

  • Federal judge rules in favor of Zion Williamson, deems marketing deal void

    The Score "A federal judge in North Carolina granted New Orleans Pelicans forward Zion Williamson partial judgment on Wednesday in his lawsuit against Gina Ford and Prime Sports Marketing, according to ESPN's Mark Schlabach. The judge ruled that the deal Williamson signed..." January 20

  • Duke unranked for first time since 2016

    Yardbarker "The men's basketball team of the Duke Blue Devils has made some unfortunate history.  As noted by an ESPN piece, Duke has fallen out of the Associated Press men's basketball top 25 for the first time since Feb. 8, 2016. The unbeaten Gonzaga Bulldogs remain No...." January 18

  • Duke's Mike Krzyzewski to miss Boston College game while quarantining

    WRAL Sports "Duke head coach Mike Krzyzewski made it official Monday during the ACC's weekly teleconference that he will not be able to coach Duke's game against Boston College on Wednesday. It's not clear if he'll be back for Duke's game on Saturday against Wake Forest,..." January 04

  • Duke vs. Pittsburgh postponed after positive COVID-19 test

    CBS Sports "Tuesday evening's scheduled ACC showdown between Duke and Pittsburgh has been postponed after a positive COVID-19 test and subsequent quarantining and contact tracing within Pitt's program, the ACC announced Monday. A rescheduled date has not yet been..." December 28

  • Gonzaga still No. 1, while Duke falls out of USA TODAY Sports men's basketball poll

    USA Today "Gonzaga will enter the 2021 portion of the season with the No. 1 ranking in the USA TODAY Sports men’s basketball coaches poll. The Zags closed out another impressive week with a blowout of Virginia and easily retain the top position with 29 of 32 first-place votes. Baylor..." December 28

  • Duke Women's Basketball Team Ends Season Due to Pandemic

    Complex "The Duke women’s basketball team has decided to end its season due to COVID-19 concerns. “The student-athletes on the Duke women's basketball team have made the difficult decision to conclude their current season due to safety..." December 27

  • Duke Blue Devils basketball player Jalen Johnson out indefinitely with foot injury

    ESPN "Duke freshman Jalen Johnson is out indefinitely with a foot injury and won't play on Wednesday against Notre Dame, the school announced Tuesday. Johnson, a 6-foot-9 forward, is the team's most talented player and top NBA draft prospect. Ranked No...." December 16

  • Nate Oats apologizes to Mike Krzyzewski for criticism

    Larry Brown Sports "Nate Oats on Saturday apologized publicly to Mike Krzyzewski for criticizing the legendary Duke coach. After Duke lost to Illinois at home on Tuesday, Coach K questioned playing during a pandemic. Duke later announced that they wouldn’t play any more non-conference..." December 13

  • Jim Boeheim comes to Coach Mike Krzyzewski's defense: Nate Oats 'should know better'

    The Score "Syracuse head coach Jim Boeheim came to Mike Krzyzewski's defense two days after Alabama bench boss Nate Oats questioned the legendary Duke head coach for wanting the NCAA to reassess the current collegiate season. "Everybody knows Mike K is..." December 12

  • John Calipari explains why Kentucky isn't following Duke

    CBS Sports "On Thursday, Duke and Coach Mike Krzyzewski announced an unprecedented move by canceling the remaining nonconference portion of their upcoming schedule to allow players to go home for Christmas. But not every coach in college hoops agrees with the move or plans to follow..." December 11

  • Duke Cancels Remaining Non-Conference Men’s Basketball Games

    GoDuke.com "The Duke men's basketball program will forgo its remaining nonconference regular season basketball games for the 2020-21 season. The decision was made out of an abundance of caution due to the COVID-19 pandemic and to allow the Blue Devils' student-athletes time over the holidays to..." December 10

  • Alabama Coach Nate Oats Takes Shot at Mike Krzyzewski for Wanting to Delay NCAA Basketball Play

    Complex "As the NCAA basketball season is in full swing amidst a global pandemic, Alabama coach Nate Oats had some choice words regarding comments Duke Coach Mike Krzyzewski made about continuing the season. “Let me ask you a question. Do you think Coach K would be saying..." December 10

  • Mike Krzyzewski on Playing Through COVID-19: 'I Don't Think It Feels Right to Anybody'

    Bleacher Report "Duke head coach Mike Krzyzewski is concerned about the NCAA's lack of leadership as the organization attempts to hold a basketball season amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Speaking to reporters after the Blue Devils' 83-68 loss to Illinois on..." December 09

  • Duke basketball’s season-opener against Gardner-Webb postponed due to COVID issues

    The News & Observer "Duke’s scheduled season-opening basketball game with Gardner-Webb will not be played Wednesday. COVID-19 issues with in the Gardner-Webb program caused the two schools to call off the game Monday morning. According to information released by Gardner-Webb, an..." November 23

  • Kansas, Kentucky, UNC, Duke Shut out of NBA Lottery for 1st Time Since 2000

    Bleacher Report "The 2020 NBA Draft has turned out to be more historic than previously expected.   For the first team in two decades, neither Kansas, Kentucky, North Carolina nor Duke produced a lottery pick. " November 19

  • 2021 NCAA Tournament contender tiers

    CBS Sports "College basketball season starts next week, and the sport's top officials have already explained their intent to host the 2021 NCAA Tournament in a controlled environment. So all indications are that a champion will be crowned this season, unlike last season when the..." November 18

  • Duke's Mike Krzyzewski offers assurance: We will have March Madness

    Sporting News "If you’re a college basketball fan looking for assurances from on high, now isn’t a bad time to hear from Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski. “We’re going to have March Madness,” he said Wednesday on a Zoom call with reporters. That felt like a needed..." October 28

  • Conference games should be priority

    CBS Sports "The plan is to still have non-league games this college basketball season -- and that'll likely remain the plan unless this getting-worse-by-the-day pandemic makes it something close to impossible. But, that said, news on Monday that ESPN is pulling the plug on the NBA-like bubble it..." October 26