The play hasn’t always been perfect — with this week as a prime example — but No. 2 Duke has reached its holiday break with an unblemished record.
For the second straight year, former Duke football captain and current Cincinnati Bengals linebacker Vinny Rey has been named the organization’s Man of the Year and team nominee for the NFL’s Walter Payton Award, an honor presented annually to the best example of a commitment to philanthropy and community impact.
No. 2 Duke recovered from a slow start to the second half and the Blue Devils scored 15 of 17 points during a key stretch in a 66-56 win over reigning NCAA champion Connecticut at the Izod Center.
Freshmen Jones, Okafor, Winslow lead Blue Devils to 10th consecutive win
Duke got off the naughty list on Wednesday night with a 92-72 win over Oklahoma thanks to senior center Elizabeth Williams.
Duke has accomplished a lot under David Cutcliffe, from winning the ACC Coastal Division championship last season and having a chance to win double-digit games in back-to-back years for the first time in school history with a win in the Hyundai Sun Bowl on Dec. 27.
The opponent lining up next against No. 2 Duke captured last April what the Blue Devils seek this April. While Connecticut won its fourth NCAA men’s basketball championship, it’s Duke which carries the mantle of national title contender this season as they two heavyweights meet tonight (8 p.m., ESPN) at the Izod Center in East Rutherford, New Jersey.
Laken Tomlinson spent the first nine years of life not knowing what it was like to be an American. On Tuesday, the Jamaican-born Tomlinson was named one of the country’s top college football players.
Jahlil Okafor became the first Duke player since Elton Brand in 1998 to have 20 points and 20 rebounds in a game.
Semi Ojeleye was overshadowed by high-profile Blue Devils such as Rodney Hood and Jabari Parker,
No. 2 Duke hosts Elon on Monday before meeting reigning national champion Connecticut on Thursday at the Izod Center in East Rutherford, New Jersey.
Neither David Cutcliffe nor Duke athletics director Kevin White has been contacted by Michigan as the Wolverines search for a new head coach.
All-ACC player, a redshirt junior, has until Jan. 15 to declare for early entry in NFL Draft