May 20, 2007 |
John Wayne swaggered like a rodeo bull, thundered like a storm over Monument Valley, and towered over the West like a craggy butte. And he looms as large in death as he did on-screen. Duke, as he was universally known, died the year Heath Ledger - a very different kind of cowboy - was born, in 1979. Ever since, when pollsters ask Americans to name their favorite actor, Wayne, whose centennial is this week, routinely makes the top 10. The iconic figure of westerns and war movies placed third in the 2006 Harris Poll, behind Denzel Washington and Tom Hanks.
April 7, 2011 |
Point guard Kyrie Irving is leaving Duke after one season to enter the NBA draft. Coach Mike Krzyzewski said in a statement yesterday that Irving plans to hire an agent, ending his college career. Irving played only 11 games and missed roughly two-thirds of the season with an injured big toe on his right foot. The 6-2 guard averaged 17.5 points, 3.4 rebounds and 4.3 assists. In other draft news, junior 7-footer Tyler Zeller and sophomore forward John Henson will return to North Carolina next season.
March 13, 2006 |
Mike Krzyzewski sat at the podium with four of his seniors, basking in the glow of another Atlantic Coast Conference Tournament championship and the automatic NCAA Tournament bid that goes with it. This was Duke's seventh title in 8 years and 16th overall, breaking a tie with North Carolina for the most in the 52-year history of the event. J.J. Redick, Shelden Williams, Sean Dockery and Lee Melchionni were part of the past three. "I'd like to do that time machine thing and do it all over again with this group, because they've been terrific," Krzyzyewski said with an eye toward his players.
February 24, 1997 |
J.R. Henderson was still rubbing sleep from his eyes when UCLA's game against visiting, sixth-ranked Duke tipped off late yesterday morning. Two early fouls resulted in an eight-minute rest on the bench that didn't help Henderson's momentum, even though the No. 17 Bruins built a 10-point, first-half advantage in his absence. But Henderson awoke with a bang in the second half, scoring 16 of his 18 points, including the go-ahead basket off his own miss with 40 seconds remaining. Toby Bailey then hit two free throws with 15 seconds to play, helping UCLA defeat Duke, 73-69, and snap the Blue Devils' seven-game winning streak.
May 15, 1991 |
Bill McCaffrey of NCAA champion Duke will transfer to Vanderbilt in hopes of better preparing for an NBA career. Duke confirmed the transfer yesterday. McCaffrey, a 6-foot-3 sophomore from Allentown, is said to think he needs to play point guard to reach the NBA. Under NCAA rules, he will not be eligible to play for Vandy until the 1992-93 season. Last season, he started 21 games at off-guard for Duke. He scored 16 points in Duke's championship-game victory over Kansas, and led the Blue Devils in scoring in five games.
January 25, 2001 |
No. 2 Duke made the top defense in the Atlantic Coast Conference look rather ordinary. Jason Williams scored 27 points as the host Blue Devils used a 21-3 run to close the first half and clutch three-point shooting for an 85-62 victory over No. 9 Wake Forest. "We have the ability on this team to hit a lot of killer shots," said Duke senior forward Shane Battier, who scored 22 points. The victory kept the Blue Devils (18-1, 6-0) in a first-place tie with North Carolina in the ACC. Duke also improved to 52-2 in their last 54 regular-season conference games.
February 3, 2005 |
Chris Paul scored 23 points and Wake Forest withstood a flurry of late three-pointers to hang on for a 92-89 victory over Duke last night in Winston-Salem, N.C. The seventh-ranked Demon Deacons (18-3, 6-2 Atlantic Coast Conference) led by as many as 14 in the second half. But J.J. Redick made a trio of three-pointers in the final 2 minutes, 14 seconds as No. 4 Duke cut it to 90-89 with three seconds to play. The Blue Devils (16-2, 6-2) had to foul and sent Taron Downey to the line with 2 seconds left.
March 12, 1989 |
J. R. Reid scored 17 points and North Carolina took advantage of Maryland's icy shooting hand yesterday in the Atlantic Coast Conference semifinals in Atlanta to advance to the final with an 88-58 victory over the Terrapins, who played without hospitalized coach Bob Wade. The Tar Heels (26-7; No. 9 AP, No. 8 UPI) go to the championship game for the 17th time in the 36 years of the tournament. They will meet Duke, a 69-58 winner over Virginia in the second semifinal, in the championship game today.
February 23, 2006 |
As he watched J.J. Redick struggle to find his jump shot, Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski could still see everything falling into place. "I don't think he's ever been two of 17, but we just believe that the next shot is your first shot," Krzyzewski said. "To me, that's mental toughness. " Shelden Williams had 26 points and 11 rebounds and Redick overcame a horrid start to score 22 points as the top-ranked Blue Devils beat host Georgia Tech, 73-66, last night. The win gave Duke its 11th Atlantic Coast Conference regular-season title under Krzyzewski.
February 3, 2003 |
Adam Waleskowski sandwiched a lefthanded hook and a dunk around two free throws by Tim Pickett in the final 20 seconds last night as Florida State upset fifth-ranked Duke at home in Tallahassee, Fla., for the second straight season, 75-70. Florida State (11-8, 2-6 Atlantic Coast Conference) moved out of the league's basement with the victory while handing the Blue Devils (14-3, 4-3) their third straight conference road loss. Last season, the Seminoles shocked then-No. 1 Duke with a 77-76 victory that ended the defending national champions' 22-game winning streak.