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 allowing North Carolina to score 91.

The Blue Devils started the 1999-2000 season 0-2 with losses to No. 13 Stanford and No. 1 UConn before rallying to finish the season 29-5 with a loss to Florida in the Sweet 16. That was the last time the program has been below .500, and there will almost certainly will be no such rally this season.