Another night of balanced scoring meant another easy win for No. 4 Duke. The Blue Devils saw four players reach double figures, led by Justise Winslow’s 18 points, as they routed Fairfield 109-59 Saturday night at Cameron Indoor Stadium.
No one can say Duke women’s basketball coach Joanne P. McCallie takes the easy route into a season. The No. 7-ranked Blue Devils are once again eschewing an opening night home game with a lesser foe as they open at Alabama Sunday, Nov. 16 (8 p.m., SEC Network) before heading to Norfolk, Virginia to play Old Dominion on Thursday night.
The top-ranked North Carolina field hockey team extended its 2014 season by beating No. 20 Liberty 2-1 in an NCAA Tournament Sweet 16 game Saturday at Francis E. Henry Stadium. The Tar Heels will host No. 9 Duke at Henry Stadium at 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 16 with a trip to the Final Four on the line.
Clean, often pristine football had No. 19 Duke on top in the ACC Coastal Division.
A pockmarked performance, cluttered with penalties, turnovers and missed field goals, knocked the Blue Devils down a peg on Saturday.
Duke turned the ball over three times and heretofore perfect kicker Ross Martin missed two field goals, including a 40-yard attempt late in the fourth quarter, as Virginia Tech beat the Blue Devils 17-16 in ACC football at Wallace Wade Stadium.
Duke (8-2, 4-2 in ACC) entered the day with six turnovers all season, tying the Blue Devils for the fewest in the country. But three turnovers — two on quarterback Anthony Boone interceptions — plus eight penalties and Martin’s unexpected miscues meant the Blue Devils’ winning streak stopped at four.
“The things we pride ourselves in — taking care of the ball, no lost yardage plays, no sacks — didn’t happen,” said Duke coach David Cutcliffe, who accepted blame for the team not being prepared well enough.
The No. 4 Blue Devils opened their basketball season Friday night at Cameron Indoor Stadium with a 113-44 dismantling of Presbyterian where Duke showed off its depth, athleticism and talent.
Longtime ACC power Virginia Tech (4-5, 1-4) enters its matchup with Duke Saturday, Nov. 15 (noon, ESPNU) at Wallace Wade Stadium looking up at six other teams in the division race, including first place Duke (8-1, 4-1), while riding a three-game losing streak.
It’s been nearly eight months since Duke last played a basketball game that counted. For players like senior guard Quinn Cook, the outcome of that game still resonates as the No. 4 Blue Devils prepare to open a new season against Presbyterian tonight (6 p.m., ESPNU).
North Carolina and Duke each added talented men’s and women’s basketball recruits on Wednesday, the first day of the early signing period for high school seniors.
The phone buzzed and Andre Dawkins looked down to read the caller ID.
A number from the 305 area code popped up and, it being cut time around the NBA last month, the nervous Miami Heat rookie feared bad news.
The national award Duke punter Will Monday picked up Wednesday is another example of how well the No. 19 Blue Devils are playing on special teams.
It’s called the transitive property of inequality, a fancy way of saying that if A is greater than B, and B is greater than C, then A must be greater than C. Works in math. Not in the Atlantic Coast Conference’s Coastal Division.
Around Duke football, Tuesdays are known as the days you leave everything on the practice field. This week, though, the No. 19 Blue Devils are taking a kinder, gentler approach to their preparation for an ACC game with Virginia Tech this Saturday (noon, ESPNU).
Pacing practice, special teams advantages, winning close games.
NCAA allows both Braxton Deaver and Kelby Brown, each out with knee injuries, to return next season as sixth-year seniors.
One week after Duke won despite its defense showing unforeseen vulnerability, the Blue Devils defenders have returned to their stingy selves.
On the heels of a 51-48 double-overtime win at Pittsburgh, when Duke allowed 594 yards on Nov. 1, the Blue Devils limited Syracuse to a mere 224 yards in a 27-10 Duke win on Saturday.