April 7, 1992 |
Two years ago, they left Denver's McNichols Arena victims of the worst championship game blowout in the history of the NCAA Tournament. The names Duke was being called were the worst in the sport - chokers, losers, runners- up again. A lesser group of players might have been hard pressed to win another game after that 30-point humiliation by Nevada-Las Vegas. Winning a championship? Not likely. Winning two consecutive championships? No team does that anymore. But most of those same Duke players who slinked out of Denver came back to become champions last year.
April 3, 1990 |
Like most things that work precisely the way they should, this was founded in simplicity. "They just never let us do what we like to do," said Phil Henderson of Duke after UNLV had fire-hosed the Dookies in the championship game of the Final Four last night. "It's one thing to say you'll take somebody out of their game, but it's another thing entirely to actually do it. And they did it to us. Boy, did they do it to us. " He shook his head in admiration. "Maybe people will look at the final score and think we didn't play well, but it was more them than us. They didn't let us play.
November 23, 2011 |
Austin Rivers had 20 points, Seth Curry and Ryan Kelly had 17 each, and No. 6 Duke shot its way into another Maui Invitational championship game in Lahaina, Hawaii, with an 82-75 win over No. 15 Michigan yesterday. Duke (6-0) put on an offensive show, scoring on an array of three-pointers and spectacular shots to remain undefeated (14-0) at the Maui Invitational. Andre Dawkins added 14 points and the Blue Devils hit 11 of 21 three-pointers while shooting 56 percent overall to earn a spot in tonight's title game against No. 14 Kansas, a 72-56 winner over UCLA.
December 30, 2003 |
J.J. Redick had a season high of 22 points and freshman Luol Deng added 18 to lead second-ranked Duke past Davidson yesterday, 88-54, in Durham, N.C. Shelden Williams added 14 points and six blocks for the Blue Devils (9-1), who pushed their home winning streak to 33 games, a national best. Duke has won six straight games since a 78-68 loss to Purdue on Nov. 29 in the Great Alaska Shootout. Ian Johnson scored 14 points to lead the Wildcats (4-7), who have lost 17 straight games against Duke.
March 20, 1992 |
Campbell's orange-clad Fighting Camels took the floor at the Greensboro Coliseum for pregame warmups last night, and Duke rooters chanted in mock horror: "Oh, no . . . not Campbell. " Bad taste, perhaps. Duke had to start defending its national championship somewhere, so the top-ranked Blue Devils came out for their opener in the NCAA East Regional against a team ranked 64th in the tournament field, a team that would be at a height disadvantage against a few Philadelphia Public League squads.
February 6, 2012 |
DUKE WON four national championships while being driven by what Hall-of-Fame coach Mike Krzyzewski says was energy, effort and hunger. Well, the seventh-ranked Blue Devils didn't necessarily have those things yesterday, and they couldn't beat visiting Miami. The Hurricanes stunned Duke, 78-74, in overtime, dropping the Blue Devils out of their three-way tie for first place in the Atlantic Coast Conference. The Blue Devils couldn't handle Miami's 6-10, 284-pound Reggie Johnson, who scored five of his career-high 27 points in the overtime and added a season-high 12 rebounds.
March 16, 1992 |
There is Bobby Hurley's smirk. It is annoying and it is involuntary, says Hurley. Christian Laettner is above smirking. He looks above everything. Laettner walks into Pauley Pavilion, dressed in a suit with creases sharp enough to draw blood. The UCLA students hoot and holler at Laettner. Laettner doesn't bat an eye. His head doesn't move. He just keeps walking. The Blue Devils wear winning as comfortably as their soft, European-cut sportcoats. And why not. In the last six years the Blue Devils have made five Final Four appearances.
January 5, 2012 |
THE ONLY WAY this could possibly have been any better is if it had happened in late March, or maybe even early April. Simply put, last night's win probably was Temple's biggest since John Chaney was making the last of his five Final Eight runs in 2001. Each of the last three seasons, Fran Dunphy's Owls had beaten a Top 10 team - (in order) No. 8 Tennessee, No. 3 Villanova and No. 9 Georgetown - at the Liacouras Center. But what went down last night at a sold-out Wells Fargo Center felt different.
February 23, 2009 |
In a battle of Atlantic Coast Conference women's basketball powers, No. 9 Maryland rode a strong second half to a 77-59 triumph over No. 7 Duke last night at the Comcast Center. Both teams are contending for No. 1 seeds in the NCAA tournament. Maryland's win capped a big home weekend after the men's team upset No. 3 North Carolina, 88-85, in overtime a day earlier. Last night's crowd of 16,344, a near-sellout, was the fourth largest in ACC women's history. It watched the Terrapins (23-4, 10-2 ACC)
November 12, 1986 |
Even though his father played for Duke's 1964 Final Four basketball team, and his mother also attended that university, Clay Buckley insists he kept an open mind while being recruited. "I went into the whole situation thinking very objectively," said the 6-10 senior center from Conestoga High. "I feel like I was prepared to make the decision that was best for me. And that's what my parents wanted, too. Actually, until this weekend, I really thought I'd go somewhere else. " But after making the last of his five official college visits, Buckley confirmed what many observers had long suspected - that Duke was the place for him after all. Buckley announced his choice last night, and will take advantage of the NCAA's early signing period by inking a national letter of intent with Duke today.