March 26, 2001 |
Some results are shocking. Others are merely surprising. Some are inevitable. Duke was inevitable. The Blue Devils always were going to win the East Regional final at the First Union Center on Saturday night. You think they came here to play Temple on Dec. 2 just because they like the city? That was the trial run. This was the real thing. Southern California was the designated victim. USC already had exceeded all expectations. Asking the Trojans to win again was asking too much.
March 25, 1994 |
Second star to the right, then straight on to morning. Or was that to the left? Overachieving Marquette took a wrong turn last night. The sixth-seeded Warriors had their improbable journey to Never-Never Land ended with a 59-49 loss to No.2 Duke in a Southeast Regional semifinal last night at Thompson-Boling Arena. Back in the Sweet 16 for the first time since its national championship season in 1977, Marquette (24-9) wilted under the smothering defense of a tournament-tested Duke team that was playing in its eighth regional semifinal in nine years.
December 13, 1996 |
The Duke Blue Devils, who come to the CoreStates Center tomorrow to face Villanova, are a veteran team, but they don't arrive as a finished product. It's not so much that the 14th-ranked Blue Devils, off to an uneven start, are looking for somebody to take over. With this group, they say, the go-to role will change from game to game and even minute to minute. "That's just something we've got to get used to," point guard Steve Wojciechowski said yesterday. "It's something we're learning about our team.
January 10, 2000 |
Chris Carrawell reflects on events like one of those veterans well into his second decade as a pro rather than a college senior. After scoring 20 points and doing just about anything else No. 8 Duke needed yesterday in an 80-70 victory at No. 12 Maryland, Carrawell sat in a crowded locker room and talked of the many streaks the latest win kept alive. "I've been in every game situation, played against all the top players, been to the national championship game and Final Four and even was part of a team that lost a 17-point lead [to Kentucky]
January 14, 1994 |
When Randolph Childress got confused in the final seconds against No. 2 Duke, he turned to what he does best - shoot. His three-pointer with 11 seconds left gave visiting Wake Forest a 69-68 upset victory over the No. 2 Blue Devils, last night, denying Duke's chance to rise to the top of the polls. "I didn't know what (coach Dave Odom) wanted to do," Childress said. "He had me totally confused. I said he was going to kill me in the locker room if I miss this shot, but I said I was just going to go down and shoot the basketball regardless.
November 21, 1996 |
The last five seasons, St. Joseph's opened against Delaware, Princeton, Delaware State, Morgan State and Wheeling Jesuit. Not exactly like opening at Cameron Indoor Stadium, the very essence of the lunacy that is on-campus college basketball. Duke rarely loses at Cameron. Duke never loses to nonconference opponents there. Well, almost never. The Blue Devils had won 94 straight against non-Atlantic Coast Conference teams before Illinois beat them last December. The new streak is now seven after the Devils rolled past the undermanned Hawks, 89-60, in a Preseason NIT game, the season opener for both teams.
January 6, 2009 |
Temple matched up with a national heavyweight last night in No. 5 Duke and suffered a relatively quick knockout in a 87-52 defeat. The Owls (8-5) caused a small stir early with a 2-0 lead in Cameron Indoor Stadium in Durham, N.C. That was only because Duke (12-1) was in the process of missing its first eight shots. But then the Blue Devils went ahead on five straight foul shots. It became an 11-0 run when Duke finally found the basket with a trio of field goals and went on to dominate the rest of the way. "As soon as they were able to score, they put on the press," Temple coach Tonya Cardoza said of Duke's ability to move ahead.
February 24, 2012 |
RESERVE Andre Dawkins scored 22 points and freshman Austin Rivers added 20 to lead No. 5 Duke to a 74-66 victory at No. 15 Florida State last night. The win kept the Blue Devils (24-4, 11-2) tied with No. 7 North Carolina for first place in the Atlantic Coast Conference, while Florida State (19-8, 10-3) dropped a game behind. "We fought hard but we had just too many empty possessions," Florida State coach Leonard Hamilton said. Dawkins scored 18 points over the last 11:23 of the first half, going 5-for-7 from three-point range as Duke took a 39-32 lead.
January 3, 2006 |
Shanna Zolman scored 23 points and Nicky Anosike added 17 to lead top-ranked Tennessee (13-0) to an 83-67 victory over Old Dominion (2-7) last night in Knoxville, Tenn. Duke 100, Wake Forest 54 - Monique Currie had 16 points before sitting out the final 11 1/2 minutes, Lindsey Harding added 14 points, and No. 2 Duke (12-0) routed Wake Forest (7-5) in Durham, N.C., in the Atlantic Coast Conference opener for both schools. Maryland 82, Manhattan 49 - Jade Perry had 17 points and 10 rebounds, and No. 6 Maryland (12-1)
February 4, 2000 |
Last season was one of blowouts for Duke. This time around the No. 3 Blue Devils are living on the edge. Visiting Duke won its fourth overtime game this season, beating archrival North Carolina, 90-86, last night in one of the classic games in arguably college basketball's best rivalry. "Our guys have done well in overtime, but I don't want them to take me there anymore," Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski said. Duke (17-2, 8-0 Atlantic Coast Conference) blew a 19-point second-half lead, but got 25 points from Shane Battier, 23 from Chris Carrawell and seven from Carlos Boozer in the overtime to beat the Tar Heels (13-9, 4-4)