Tricia Liston scored 15 of her 20 points in the first half and added 11 rebounds to lead No. 2 Duke to a 97-64 win over Central Michigan at the Paradise Jam on Friday.
Nick Johnson scored all but two of his 15 points in the second half and No. 4 Arizona beat No. 6 Duke 72-66 on Friday night in the championship game of the NIT Season Tip-Off.
The No. 15-ranked Blue Devils (27-4, 18-2) launched a phenomenal, focused attack to rip off an 11-1 run over the shell-shocked Tar Heels to erase an eight-point ddficit and win the fourth set to send the title tilt to a deciding fifth set and the eventual ACC championship 3-2 at Cameron Indoor Stadium Friday.
Duke's plethora of in-state players makes the annual game with North Carolin all the more special.
Duke is playing better defense as it enters a four-game stretch that will include three ranked teams.
New lineup helps Blue Devils reach NIT Season Tip-Off championship game
Behind a stellar performance from senior libero Ali McCurdy, the 15th-ranked Duke volleyball team clinched a share of the 2013 ACC Championship Wednesday, defeating N.C. State 3-1 (25-20, 25-14, 20-25, 25-18) in Cameron Indoor Stadium.
Steve Schoettmer was a linebacker and special teams player for Duke in the mid-’70s, and then spent three years as a graduate assistant there while he got his JD and MBA. His son Jeff is the starting middle linebacker at UNC, where he’s gone from a walk-on during training camp to the team’s leading tackler.
The No. 6-ranked Blue Devils, after struggling to beat unheralded Vermont by one point on Sunday night at Cameron Indoor Stadium, play Alabama in the NIT Season-Tip Off semifinals tonight (9:30 p.m., ESPN).
A win at archrival North Carolina on Saturday (noon, ESPN2) would give the Blue Devils the outright ACC Coastal Division championship and a chance to play for the ACC championship. ... Duke has already assured itself of a share of the Coastal Division. To avoid all the messy tiebreakers, all of which the Blue Devils would lose because of those aforementioned losses to Pitt and Georgia Tech, Duke has to beat a UNC team (6-5, 4-3 in ACC) that has won its last five games in a row. .... No. 2 Florida State (11-0, 8-0 in ACC) would be Duke’s opponent in the ACC Championship Game at Charlotte’s Bank of America Stadium on Dec. 7 (8 p.m., WTVD).
No. 2 Duke won all nine of its regular season games in 1941, beating Tennessee in front of 48,000 fans at what was then called Duke Stadium, now Wallace Wade Stadium. In those nine regular-season games, Duke outscored its opponents 311 to 41. As Ted Mann, Duke’s sports publicist at the time, said, “This team simply beat the hell out of everyone.”
Blue Devils stay unbeaten
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Duke senior forward/midfielder Emmie Le Marchand wasn’t sure what hurt more — losing the NCAA field hockey championship game, or having to take off the Blue Devils uniform for the final time.