Matuella, a top draft prospect, needs Tommy John surgery on his elbow
To be successful this weekend, starting with the national semifinal game with Michigan State on Saturday night (6:09 p.m. TBA) at Lucas Oil Stadium, the Blue Devils will focus on staying who they’ve been all season.
Duke heads to another Final Four in Indy.
As if it wasn’t bad enough suffering a stinging 15-14 loss, No. 4 UNC added insult to injury by slapping No. 6 Duke not once but twice with backhand swipes in a titanic ACC clash. The familiar rivals staged a back-and-forth dandy before the Tar Heels clinched their first victory over the Blue Devils at Fetzer Field since March 19, 2003, a day better remembered as the launch of the U.S. invasion of Iraq. The then-No. 13 Tar Heels beat No. 8 Duke 14-9 that day.
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No. 4 Duke survived a rough shooting day to outlast Gonzaga 66-52 in the NCAA Tournament South Regional final Sunday at NRG Stadium.
The Blue Devils (33-4) claimed a spot in the Final Four, the 16th Final Four appearance in school history and the first for Duke since 2010. No one on Duke’s current roster had been to a Final Four or won an ACC championship, but sophomore guard Matt Jones and freshman Justise Winslow were instrumental in ending in that drought on Sunday.
No. 4 Duke picked the best time of the season to play its best defense. ... With that said, the Blue Devils face a stern test in that department as they strive to play in the Final Four for the first time since 2010. ... Duke’s game with Gonzaga pits the top two seeds in the NCAA Tournament South Regional against one another at NRG Stadium Sunday, March 30 (5:05 p.m., WRAL). ... The Zags (35-2) are ranked No. 7 in the country and seeded No. 2 in the regional. Duke (32-4) is ranked No. 4 in the AP top 25 poll and are the South’s top seed.
Shatori Walker-Kimbrough scored 18 of her 24 points in the second half, Laurin Mincy scored all 15 of her points in the first half, and top-seeded Maryland advanced to the Spokane Regional final with a 65-55 victory over No. 4 seed Duke on Saturday.
Blue Devils hold Utes to 35 percent shooting, ride strong game from Winslow to win
Spot in NCAA women's tournament's elite eight on the line when Duke plays Maryland today
Duke hasn't lost often, but it has had its mettle tested by tough situations and has survived quite nicely
Now that No. 4 Duke is two wins away from the Final Four, and needing four wins for a national championship, the play of Jahlil Okafor and Justise Winslow has become most important for Duke.
The next hurdle in Duke’s path to a first Final Four berth in five years will present the Blue Devils defense with a serious challenge.
After years of landing in the same region as Connecticut or whoever was the powerhouse team of that particular season, the Duke women finally caught a break in this year’s NCAA Tournament.
Duke's play getting even better as opposition is the toughest