Duke Men’s Basketball Tickets go on sale October 5th

Courtesy GoDuke.com
Courtesy GoDuke.com

DURHAM, N.C. – Duke University announced three game time changes as well as single game ticket sales for five contests on Tuesday. The Duke ticket office will begin selling single game tickets on Monday, Oct. 5.

Three early season contests at Cameron Indoor Stadium have changed start times beginning with the opening round of the NIT Season Tip-Off. Duke will still face Coastal Carolina on Monday, Nov. 16 in a 7:00 p.m. tip-off on ESPNU, while Charlotte and Elon will now play at 9:30 p.m. Tuesday’s championship game remains a 6:00 p.m. start time with the consolation game following at 8:30 p.m.

Duke’s game against Radford on Saturday, Nov. 21 has been moved to a 2:00 p.m. start time and will be shown on ACC Select.

Single game tickets will go on sale on Monday for Countdown to Craziness (Oct. 16) and Findlay (Nov. 3) as well as regular season games against Gardner-Webb (Dec. 15), Long Beach State (Dec. 29) and Pennsylvania (Dec. 31). Ticket prices are to be determined by seat location.

The Duke ticket office is located in the south lobby of Cameron Indoor Stadium and is open Monday-Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Telephone numbers for the ticket office are 1-877-375-DUKE (3853) and 919-681-BLUE (2583). Tickets may also be purchased online at www.goduke.com/tickets.

Duke throttles cross town rival NCCU 49-14 on a rainy night in Wallace Wade Stadium

duke-blue-devilsThe first meeting between Duke and N.C. Central ended with the Blue Devils winning easily on a damp and rainy night in Wallace Wade Stadium.  The Blue Devils rolled up 487 yards and in the process got a lot of reps for multiple players.   Duke played their second team the entire fourth quarter.

Senior quarterback Thaddeus Lewis got back on track going 17 of 25 for 189 yards and 2 touchdowns  in the air and one rushing.  Freshman Sean Renfree went 8 of 12 for 65 yards and a touchdown.

Desmond Scott, a true freshman from Durham Hillside ran for 100 yards in his first game.  Scott will likely continue to get some carries in that injuries are still hampering Re’quan Boyette and Jay Hollingsworth.  Another freshman, Patrick Kuruwune added 93 yards on the ground and averaged 6.6 yards per carry in the victory.

Coach Cutcliffe said his team has yet to play up to its ability and mentioned that he cracked the whip when Central cut the lead to 21-14 on an 82 yard interception return for a score.  However, he was pleased with the second half effort when Duke’s defense tightened up holding Central to just 181 total yards.

Senior linebacker Vinnie Rey returned a fumbled punt for a touchdown.  The score was his third recoverd fumble over his career which is a Duke record.

Duke goes to 2-2 on the season while their counterpart the N.C. Central Eagles are seeking their first win.  The Blue Devils next face defending ACC Champion Virginia Tech at 12:00 noon next Saturday.  The Hokies are coming off an impressive 31-7 thumping over a hot Miami team.  Check in tomorrow for more game coverage including players and coaches comments and a photo gallery.

Duke entertains Kyrie Irving this weekend

Kyrie Irving visits the Duke campus this weekend
Kyrie Irving visits the Duke campus this weekend

When the Duke Basketball team is led by a New Jersey point guard under Krzyzewski they win national championships, just ask former All Americans Bobby Hurley and Jason Williams.

All three of Coach K’s titles had a Garden State native running the show and they are now seeking the services of a third Jersey point guard, Kyrie Irving.

If you are a Duke fan and you haven’t heard that name by now, you probably don’t follow recruiting closely.  If that’s the case Irving is one of the premiere prospects in the class of 2010 and he’s visiting Duke this weekend.

BDN has covered Irvings recruitment from the start following him during various AAU events and we can tell you first hand that Irving can play with anyone.

Duke offers Irving a situation where he can step into the point guard spot from day one, or be tossed the keys to the car to motor the team.  He’s also a Duke type kid and one who by all reports gets along well with our players current and future.

The Blue Devils have made no secret that Irving is their man, following him as much as NCAA rules allows.  Coach K made it a point to be front and center whenever possible and in Orlando, Irving took notice.

The staffs of Duke, Indiana and Kentucky were all over Irving during this event and they saw Irving make an even bigger name for himself with his play.  During our then interview with the stellar prospect, Irving was all smiles when talking of Duke and he has seemingly continued to favor the Blue Devils dropping Indiana from consideration.

With the Irvings due in shortly, the excitement around campus and in the Duke community reminds me of the time Chris Duhon came in.  For those of you who were not around then, there was a literal love-fest awaiting Duhon.  While chaotic and not planned by the team, the end result was good and Duhon found a home.

The Irving visit is similar in that Duke students are more than just a little aware that a vital cog in Duke’s future is in town.  Signs adorned campus as did fliers but a last minute interpretation of NCAA rulings may force them down.

Either way, the Duke staff has worked tirelessly and steadfast in their wooing of Irving and you can bet they are prepared to put their best foot forward.  If all goes as planned, Irving will find his collegiate home in Durham and the visit will make his pending decision come sooner rather than later.

Duke Football injury report – Key players out for NCCU game

Oghobaase is llisted as doubtful for NCCU
Oghobaase is listed as doubtful for NCCU

Duke University released their injury report today and several players are out and or doubtful for the N.C. Central game

Duke Football Injury Report
N.C. Central at Duke — September 26

WR Conner Vernon (ankle) – Probable
WR Johnny Williams (ankle) — Probable
RB Jay Hollingsworth (ankle) — Doubtful
DT Vince Oghobaase (leg) – Doubtful
RB Re’quan Boyette (leg) – OUT
RB Kyle Griswould (leg) — OUT
CB Randez James (hand) — OUT
OG Mitchell Lederman (leg) — OUT
S Anthony Young-Wiseman (knee) — OUT FOR SEASON