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BDN’s Countdown To Craziness Observations

Duke Basketball held their annual Countdown to Craziness event on Friday evening.  While not the official opening, the popular event is more or less the kick off to another season.

The Blue Devil faithful were once again treated to a light show with sound and music.  The event is coordinated by Coach Mike Krzyzewski's daughter, Debbie Savarino.  The theme of this years poster is called "Electric," and the CTC event played that up.

First Impressions

Duke is big.  Even Coach K said this during his press conference after the game.  The Blue Devils take up a lot of space on the floor with their size which was evident even when the team faced off against one another.

The Blue Devils Are A Work In Progress

Talent is not an issue for this seasons team but getting to know one another will take some time.  Don't think for one second you can learn much from what you saw last evening.  The reason being that most of the kids who faced off against one another will be playing together.  The two exhibition games coming up will go a long ways in development.

Current Starters

If the season were to begin today, Mike Krzyzewski said that Grayson Allen, Gary Trent Jr., Marvin Bagley III, Trevon Duval and Wendell Carter Jr. would start.  That means Javin DeLaurier and Marques Bolden would be the first players off the bench.

What Is Already Good

Duke should phenomenal in the paint.  They have a lot of front court players who can flat-out get on the boards.  Bagley and Carter are book ends and Bolden and Vrankovic add even more girth.  DeLaurier also grabbed a game high nine rebounds, but he will be used differently on defense due to his motor.

What Needs Work

Clearly one of the most talented players on the court is Trevon Duval.  But he is still learning the point guard position and is a work in progress with concern to dishing the ball off.  While Alex O'Connell and Jordan Tucker looked good on the offensive end, they are still learning the Duke defensive system.


Wendell Carter goes up against Marvin Bagley and Grayson Allen goes up against Gary Trent.  What that means in practice and the Blue and White game is that the guys are getting better playing against one another.  However, these four guys will be starters during next Friday's exhibition game and how they play together will be a key to the season.

A New Allen

Grayson Allen has the look of a totally rejuvenated player on and off the court.  Krzyzewski challenged him to be the leader of this years team and he is answering the bell.  Allen scored 13 points in a spirited match up with Gary Trent last evening and was all smiles in the locker room.

A Random Thought

Gone is the long-standing birds nest for radio and TV types which has been replaced by a temporary box of sorts.  It looks a bit generic and would pop  with a Duke Basketball logo or some Blue and White paint.  Just a minor quibble.

Big Time Recruits 

Duke entertained some big time basketball recruits which you likely saw via out twitter feed.  Zion Williamson is on his official visit to Duke and he, of course, is a sure fire prospect.  He sat directly beside Mike Krzyzewski before being called over by the Cameron Crazies where he stood with them the rest of the game.  We cover recruiting in more detail on our message board for members.  And we are running a special in October of two years for 100.00 or a year for 60.00.  In short, we are doubling your membership option of choice.  So, take advantage and join for one year and receive two years of coverage which breaks down to$4.12 a month!

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Duke Ranked #1 in the Nation by Coaches

The 2017-18 Duke Basketball team has been ranked number one in the nation by the USA Today Coaches poll.

1 Duke 28-9 774 20 NR 0
2 Michigan St 20-15 747 9 NR 0
3 Kansas 31-5 723 0 NR 0
4 Kentucky 32-6 678 0 NR 0
5 Arizona 32-5 654 2 NR 0
6 Villanova 32-4 623 0 NR 0
7 Florida 27-9 549 1 NR 0
8 Wichita St. 31-5 543 0 NR 0


Once again, the Blue Devils will have a target on their back before they even set foot on the court.  Duke returns just one starter from a season ago but features the nations top recruiting class.

Duke holds their annual Countdown to Craziness tomorrow evening which will be televised on the ACC Network via ESPN via their streaming service.

Countdown to Craziness will broadcast live via ACC Network Extra as Ryan CraigGerald  Henderson and Chris Spatola provide commentary and analysis. ACC Network Extra is an Atlantic Coast Conference-dedicated live-events digital network available to authenticated subscribers of ESPN3 available on WatchESPN and the ESPN app.

Duke will open the 2017-18 regular season when it welcomes Elon to Cameron Indoor Stadium on Friday, Nov. 10. Prior to the start of the regular season, Duke will host exhibition games against Northwest Missouri State on Oct. 27 and Bowie State on Nov. 4.

9 North Carolina 33-7 515 0 NR 0
10 West Virginia 28-9 458 0 NR 0
11 Southern California 26-10 396 0 NR 0
12 Miami-Florida 21-12 383 0 NR 0
13 Cincinnati 30-6 349 0 NR 0
14 Notre Dame 26-10 305 0 NR 0
15 Minnesota 24-10 303 0 NR 0
16 Louisville 25-9 295 0 NR 0
17 Xavier 24-14 284 0 NR 0
18 UCLA 31-5 275 0 NR 0
19 Gonzaga 37-2 242 0 NR 0
20 Northwestern 24-12 208 0 NR 0
21 Purdue 27-8 167 0 NR 0
22 St. Mary's 29-5 152 0 NR 0
23 Seton Hall 21-12 139 0 NR 0
24 Baylor 27-8 107 0 NR 0
25 Alabama 19-15 82 0 NR 0

Information on Countdown To Craziness

DURHAM, N.C. – The 2017-18 Duke men’s basketball team will debut on Fridaywhen the program hosts Countdown to Craziness presented by Delta Air Lines at Cameron Indoor Stadium.  Tickets to the event are no longer available through the Duke Athletics Ticket Office.

Countdown to Craziness presented by Delta Air Lines features a night of entertainment, games, engaging videos and on-court contests all leading up to the introduction of the 2017-18 Blue Devils, the unveiling of this season’s team poster and the annual Blue-White scrimmage.

The festivities begin at 3 p.m. in Krzyzewskiville, adjacent to Cameron Indoor Stadium, where fans can enjoy various activities, music and games. Doors to Cameron open at 6 p.m., and the annual Blue-White scrimmage is set to tip off at approximately 8:25 p.m.

Countdown to Craziness will broadcast live via ACC Network Extra as Ryan Craig, Gerald Henderson and Chris Spatola provide commentary and analysis. ACC Network Extra is an Atlantic Coast Conference-dedicated live-events digital network available to authenticated subscribers of ESPN3 available on WatchESPN and the ESPN app.

Duke will open the 2017-18 regular season when it welcomes Elon to Cameron Indoor Stadium on Friday, Nov. 10. Prior to the start of the regular season, Duke will host exhibition games against Northwest Missouri State on Oct. 27 and Bowie State on Nov. 4.

 Countdown to Craziness presented by Delta Air Lines Schedule of Events

6 p.m. – Doors open
7:55 p.m. – National anthem
8 p.m. – Introduction of the 2017-18 Blue Devils
8:25 p.m. – Blue-White scrimmage

Coach K Interviews Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Grant Hill

Coach K

October 18, 2017 – Duke Men’s Basketball coach Mike Krzyzewski will be joined by popular NASCAR driver Dale Earnhardt Jr. and former NBA and Blue Devils star Grant Hill for one-on-one interviews on the season premiere of Krzyzewski’s weekly SiriusXM show, Basketball and Beyond with Coach K. The show airs Thursday at 6:00 pm ET on ESPNU Radio on SiriusXM (channel 84 on satellite radios and the SiriusXM app) and will be available to subscribers after the debut on SiriusXM On Demand.

Dale Jr., who was voted by fans as NASCAR’s most popular driver 14 times during his career, discusses his decision to retire from full-time Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series competition, following his legendary father into the sport, the future of NASCAR, and the recent news that he and his wife, Amy, are expecting their first child.

Hill, who won two NCAA Championships playing for Krzyzewski, talks about the FBI investigation into fraud in college basketball, and his involvement in the NCAA’s newly formed “Commission on College Basketball.”

Highlights include:

Dale Jr. on today’s young drivers being the key to NASCAR’s future popularity:


Dale Jr.: “We have a very young crop of drivers, and actually a lot of drivers coming into the sport all at once that have a tremendous appeal personality-wise that I think is going to help the sport in the next 20 years, in the next 10 years especially.  We have got a lot of veterans that are going to be around and still successful but there’s this really young group of guys, they grew up in the social media culture.  They know how to access and entertain and connect with fans. … I think that NASCAR needs to promote these kids to the fans, promote them outside of the NASCAR bubble to attract new fans, bring old fans back to the sport that may have left.  There’s tremendous opportunity there and that’s how it happens.  The cars are important, the speed, the thrill, the excitement of the racing is important but nothing is better and more profitable for the sport than the personalities behind the wheel.”

Dale Jr. on distinguishing himself from his father:


Dale Jr.: “I promoted myself as being different than my father and I wasn’t going to try to emulate him outside the car or inside the car.  A lot of people wanted me to be the same way he was, mannerisms and personality and so forth, and I wasn’t and so I tried really hard and maybe put in a little extra effort to show people that I was different and I liked different things and didn’t have the same personality or attitude and approach to my job.  And I think that that helped actually in the long run get me out from under those expectations and people could see me for someone solely as my own person.”

Dale Jr. on becoming a father himself:


Dale Jr.:  “You hear from everybody over the years, ‘This is going to change your life, it’s the greatest thing ever and there’s nothing like it.’ And it’s hard to understand what they are saying and what that means until you start to go through the very beginning of the process and that’s where we are right now.  And it is, it’s so real and there are so many emotions, all very good.  We’re really excited and can’t wait to go down this journey.”

Basketball and Beyond is entering its 13th season on SiriusXM and features Coach K and co-host Dave Sims interviewing successful people from many different walks of life, including sports, pop culture, politics and more. Some of the high profile guests who have joined Krzyzewski on the program in recent seasons include New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick; former Detroit Tigers manager Jim Leyland; NBA Commissioner Adam Silver, General Martin Dempsey, actor Rob Lowe, University of Washington head football coach Chris Petersen; University of North Carolina head basketball coach Roy Williams and many others.

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Irving, Tatum Debut for Celtics

Irving and Tatum debut for Celtics

The Boston Celtics will feature two former Duke Blue Devils in their lineup when they travel to play Cleveland tonight.  This is the NBA opener for both teams with plenty of drama after off-season changes.

Boston will see first round lottery pick Jayson Tatum and All Star Kyrie Irving in Celtic green for the first time.  Tatum had a nice summer league while Irving was the talk of the off-season seeking a trade.

Irving, the No. 1 overall pick by the Cavaliers in 2011 who made the game-winning 3-point shot in Game 7 of the 2016 NBA Finals.  He will be playing in his first NBA game in another team's uniform and actually get a video honor in the pre game.

But Irving is sure to hear boo-birds for his less than flattering statements about Cleveland.  What will also be interesting to watch is him going against Dwayne Wade, a player whom LeBron James always wanted to play with.


Boston closed out the preseason with a starting lineup of Kyrie Irving, Jaylen Brown, Gordon Hayward, Tatum and Al Horford. Tatum will start tonight with an injury to Marcus Morris and will be a mainstay in the rotation all season long.

Celtics coach, Brad Stevens, has called Tatum wise beyond his years.  But there is always a learning curve for rookies in the league these days.

"Tatum looks like an older version of me, when I started doing the step-back and stuff," said former Celtics standout Paul Pierce.  It is the mid range game that should make Tatum a difficult match up as he develops.

With such a major off-season overhaul, the Celtics are likely to take some time to jell.  The Cavaliers are a 3.5 point favorite tonight and that might be a little low in my opinion.

But it will certainly be fun to watch two former Duke players in the legendary Boston uniforms.  And I will certainly be pulling for them on opening night and throughout the season.

The game is televised on TNT starting at 8:00.

Duke Offers Isaiah Stewart

Isaiah Stewart

Duke has offered Isaiah Stewart, a 6-8 PF from Rochester, New York who played for City Rocks on the Nike EYBL circuit.  Stewart is the eighth player in the 2019 class to pick up an offer.

The Blue Devils have been steadily building a relationship with Stewart through assistant coach Jon Scheyer who recently went to visit the prospect.

Stewart most recently transferred to La Lumiere (La Porte, Ind.), which is a high school power.  Powerfully built, Stewart worked on his game and physique after an injury setback during his sophomore season.

Stewart averaged 11.5 points per contest and 9.2 rebounds while shooting close to  64 percent from the field during this past seasons Nike EYBL Peach Jam Finals.

Duke has been coming on fast and hard for the paint eating young big man.  Look for the prospect to keep Duke in mind as he close in on a decision and expect a visit to Cameron in the near future.