Greensboro, N.C. - You will be hearing a lot more on rules changes in the coming week, especially a new one which doesn’t allow a defensive player to stand in an imaginary box. Yes, an imaginary box. In short, a defender cannot stand just below the basket and if he does in an attempt to take a charge it is a foul. We’ll talk more about these rules in the coming week, but for now who better to hear from about this than Coach Mike Krzyzewski. BDN made it a point to ask the Duke coaches opinion on this rule in our audio interview part 2.
Greensboro, N.C. – It’s been an incredibly busy time for Duke Athletics and yesterday the hoops season officially kicked off during ACC Operation Basketball. BDN was on hand and we secured several audio clips which we will start to churn out. Coach Krzyzewski was very forthcoming on any subjects. We have tweaked the audio to a level which we feel certain is better than before with concern to volume. So sit back, hit play and enjoy - (It’s also worth noting that TV media was not involved, so everything you hear is different than what most outlets have, meaning it’s fresh)
Greensboro, N.C. - The Blue Devil Nation was on hand for today’s ACC Operation Basketball and the voting for All ACC and the projected standings were just released.
Duke and UNC tied for first place in the voting. The Blue Devils got the most first place votes at 25, while UNC had 20, but the Heels were picked higher in many ballots which helped them tie Duke for the top spot.
Clemson was picked third, Georgia Tech fourth, Maryland fifth, Wake Forest sixth, Florida State seventh, Virginia Tech eighth, Boston College ninth, Miami tenth, Virginia eleventh and N.C. State at twelth.
Kyle Singler got 19 votes to Grievas Vasquez 15 votes, making the two the leaders in the pre season player of the year honors. Singler was the first Duke player pick player of the year since JJ Redick.
Derrick Favors was tabbed as rookie of the year with UNC’s Jon Henson getting a few votes. The All ACC team is Vasquez, Davis, Booker, Singler, Delaney.
Kyle Singler dropped in 21 points on 6 of 7 shooting from the field and 3 of 4 three pointers in tonight’s victory over Pfeiffer. Singler pretty much toyed with whoever was guarding him all night. BDN caught up with Kyle Singler after the game and got his thoughts. Join BDN Premium and get full site access. Just hit play -
Here is a post game audio Q & A with Duke freshman Mason Plumlee done just moments ago. Mason scored 18 points to go with 12 rebounds in Duke’s 128-70 exhibition win over Pfeiffer. We are headed to ACC Operation Basketball in the morning, so prepare for an onslaught of new interviews. We still have post game interviews with Ryan Kelly and Kyle Singler we hope to have up tonight. We’ll add more football news as well, but we’ll balk on a game story this one time for the score ssays it all. Just press play -
DURHAM, N.C. - The Duke Blue Devils rode the arm of Thaddeus Lewis to defeat the Maryland Terrapin’s 17-13 in soggy and wet Wallace Wade Stadium. The win pushed Duke’s record to 2-1 in the ACC and 4-3 overall.
The Devils have now won two consecutive ACC games for the first time since 1994 when they won four in a row. Lewis hit 30 of 43 for 371 yards, two touchdowns and one interception.
Lewis was aided by big games from wideouts Donavan Varner [8 catches 120 yards, one touchdown] and Conner Vernon [5 catches for 102 yards] and Austin Kelly [9 catches for 61 yards]. The other passing touchdown went to tight end Danny Parker.
Vernon became the first freshman in Duke history to record two 100 yard games. Thaddeus Lewis broke a school record for total offensive plays as well.
“When’s the last time somebody could say Duke won ugly?,” asked Duke Coach David Cutliffe.
His point was that Duke had a season high 12 penalties for 101 yards and two fumbles in the red zone. Despite that, Duke was able to hang on for a key ACC victory.
Duke’s defense would have held Maryland to less than 200 yards if it were not for one 67 yard touchdown pass. Interestingly, Duke held Maryland to 67 yards rushing on 31 carries, a season low for the team.
The Blue Devils next travel to Virginia in a game which starts at 3:30 on ESPN 360. More football coverage to come.