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Duke is set to start the basketball season with an open practice this Saturday.

Duke Basketball Open Practice Saturday

Duke is set to start the basketball season with an open practice this Saturday.
Duke is set to start the basketball season with an open practice this Saturday.

DURHAM, N.C. – The Duke men’s basketball program will host an open practice on Saturday, Oct. 1, from 9:30-11:30 a.m. ET at Cameron Indoor Stadium.

Doors to Cameron Indoor Stadium will open for spectators at 8:30 a.m. ET. Spectators may enter from Rubenstein Pavilion (lower south side of Cameron), Morton Plaza (lower north side of Cameron), the Duke Basketball Museum and Athletics Hall of Fame (upper north side of Cameron) and the South Hall of Honor (upper south side of Cameron).

All seating for the open practice will be in the upper bowl of Cameron Indoor Stadium.

General public parking for the open practice will be available on a first come, first serve basis in the Circuit Lots located on Circuit Drive. The lots will open at 7 a.m. ET. Due to Duke football’s home game on Saturday, Oct. 1, there will be a $10 charge to park (cash only).

General public disability parking for the basketball program’s open practice will be located in the Edens Lots located on Towerview Road off of Duke University Road. The Edens Lots will also open at 7 a.m. ET with a $10 charge to park (cash only).

An ADA lift-equipped van will be available to assist guests from the Edens Lots to Cameron Indoor Stadium starting at 7 a.m. ET. An accessible drop-off and pick-up point for guests is located in the Edens Lots.

For directions to the available parking lots, as well as a football game day parking map, please visit goduke.com/gameday.

Spectators attending the Duke football program’s home game against Virginia on Saturday are encouraged to remember that no bags/purses are allowed inside Brooks Field at Wallace Wade Stadium.

On the heels of a 25-win season and a Sweet 16 appearance in 2016, Duke welcomes back a veteran core led by graduate student Amile Jefferson, senior Matt Jones and junior All-American Grayson Allen for the 2016-17 campaign. The Blue Devils also add one of the nation’s top recruiting classes to the fold, a group of six headlined by center Marques Bolden, forward Harry Giles, guard Frank Jackson and forward Jayson Tatum.

Mike Krzyzewski is set for his 42nd season as a head coach and 37th at the helm of the Duke program after leading the U.S. Men’s National Team to its third consecutive gold medal at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. Coach K wrapped up his tenure as the U.S. Men’s National Team head coach with an 88-1 record, including an active 76-game winning streak. He is the first coach – man or woman – to lead a country to three Olympic basketball gold medals.

The winningest coach in men’s college basketball history and the first Division I men’s coach to reach the 1,000-win mark, Coach K has a 1,043-321 overall record as a head coach and a 970-262 mark at Duke.

Duke will open the 2016-17 regular season when it welcomes Marist to Cameron Indoor Stadium on Friday, Nov. 11.

Prior to the start of the regular season, Duke will tip off the 2016-17 campaign with Countdown to Craziness presented by Delta Air Lines on Oct. 22. The Blue Devils will also host exhibition games against Virginia State on Oct. 28 and Augustana (S.D.) on Nov. 4.

Duke Basketball in 2016-17 and What to Expect.

Duke Basketball – What to Expect in 2016-17

Duke Basketball in 2016-17 and What to Expect.
Duke Basketball in 2016-17 and What to Expect.

There is certainly a lot of hype surrounding the 2016-17 Duke Basketball team and for good reason.  The Blue Devils return a solid nucleus of players to go with an outstanding freshman class.  Here are a few tidbits on what to expect this season -

Duke will bring Harry Giles Jr. along slowly in that there is no rush to get him back into playing shape right away.  His rehab is going well and he is getting his timing back as he integrates back into the game. Giles is but one of the reasons this years Duke team will be perhaps the best rebounding team Mike Krzyzewski has had.

A season ago, Duke leaned on varying players to run the point guard spot at times.  The Blue Devils lost Derryck Thornton in  the off-season but there is no reason to panic.  What you will see this season is point guard by committee.  Grayson Allen came back to Duke for another season and he will get his chances there.  In a sense, this will help his NBA career by adding to his skill set.  Duke will also rely on Matt Jones, Luke Kennard here as well.  And then there is of course, the talented newcomer in Frank Jackson.  What Duke likely wants is for these guys to be a bit interchangeable.

Luke Kennard is but one returning Blue Devil.
Luke Kennard is but one returning Blue Devil on this years talented Duke Basketball team.

Duke has crazy depth this season.  The team has gone from not being able to hold traditional practices due to lack of numbers last season to a place of luxury.  This will be one of the tallest rosters ever for Duke and there are multiple players who can play varying positions.  Besides, we all know there are no positions at Duke.

The Blue Devils can throw a lot of players at you in the post this season.  Giles was a beast on the high school level but skilled enough to come at you in different ways.  The return of an even stronger Amile Jefferson is a major plus.  Not only will he groom younger players in the Duke way of doing things, he'll be a major factor.  He was averaging a double-double when he went down a season ago. There is no doubt that Chase Jeter will be much improved and he will be joined by newcomer Javin DeLaurier who supposedly grew another inch since committing to Duke. One of the more intriguing players will be Marques Bolden.  Having seen all the guys in high school, I know he can be a factor, especially when motivated,  Duke will be very versatile up front with solid scoring options.

Matt Jones
Matt Jones will provide leadership as a co captain on this years team.

I spoke to team depth and that means expect Duke to play much better defense this season.  The Blue Devils can throw a lot of players at you and that means fresh legs which will enable them to press and fill the passing lanes more.  Duke Basketball competed by going to a zone in recent years and we will still see some of that, but we will also see a return to man to man defense.  There should be plenty of talent that knows how to switch in said defense and help when guys are beat.

There is no one category that fits Jayson Tatum well if we are talking front or back court.  That is because he would play shooting guard in a pinch but will settle in as the best small forward or the best tall wing on this years team.  Blessed with a super skill set he can even learn to be a great defender which is something to watch out for. A It is notable thatTatum stands at 6-8, but there are no less than six players taller than him on the roster.

Team chemistry will be a key this season and reports are that the team gets along well.  They grew up a lot and learned to Duke way while getting to know one another when Mike Krzyzewski and Jeff Capel were helping Team USA win Gold.  It helps when you have a veteran assistant in Nate James and Jon Scheyer guiding the team through workouts.  One of the overlooked strength of this team and program is the current staff.  Capel is the most grizzled assistant Mike Krzyzewski has ever had.  In fact, I would venture to say this is the best staff Duke hoops has had and that is saying a lot.

Three of the four pre season publications has Duke ranked first in the nation.  Duke will play nine currently ranked team games according to Blue Ribbon which is likely the best preview of the bunch.

Grayson Allen is an All American and National Player of the Year Candidate.
Grayson Allen is an All American and National Player of the Year Candidate.

Grayson Allen has been featured most as a first team All American and Player of the Year Candidate in the pre season.  Many are saying his numbers will drop with such a talented team, but I personally wonder.  The reason being that teams will not be allowed to double-team him as they did a season ago and he will not have to carry the burden which will allow him fresh legs.

Duke will score the ball.  The offensive potential of this years team is off the charts.  Besides the aforementioned Allen, Duke can score from every single position on the court.  Good luck to teams trying to shut one player down for the rest of the team will make you pay. There is the hard-nosed ability of Luke Kennard to shoot the three, the slashing ability of Frank Jackson and a steady Matt Jones in the backcourt.  Up front, Jefferson was coming into his own before injury a season ago and Jayson Tatum and Harry Giles were fill it up guys in high school.  And wait until you see that Marques Bolden can pop outside as well as play with his back to the basket.

In closing, Duke Basketball will have some epic practices.  It's hard not to leave a player name out or miss pointing out strengths in one article. That's how crazy talented this year's team will be.  It will be a fun year and we are getting ready to start hearing more and more hype as the season closes in.

Duke will appear in PK-80 event.

Duke to Appear in Nike PK-80 Tournament

Duke will appear in PK-80 event.
Duke will appear in PK-80 event.

PORTLAND – The Duke men’s basketball program will participate in PK80 – Phil Knight Invitational, a 16-team early-season men’s college basketball tournament honoring the Nike co-founder and 2012 Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame inductee in advance of his 80th birthday.

Set for Thanksgiving week 2017 from Portland, Ore., PK80 will be one of the largest regular-season tournaments in college basketball history and will be played Thursday, Nov. 23, Friday, Nov. 24, and Sunday, Nov. 26 from the Rose Quarter’s Moda Center and Veterans Memorial Coliseum.

Duke will be joined in the field by Arkansas, Butler, Connecticut, Florida, Georgetown, Gonzaga, Michigan State, North Carolina, Ohio State, Oklahoma, Oregon, Portland, Portland State, Stanford and Texas.

Two eight-team events – consisting of three games per team – will run simultaneously in the two buildings with the crowning of two bracket champions.

“Phil Knight has been a visionary and innovator for a long time,” Duke head coach Mike Krzyzewski said. “PK80 is a unique way we can honor him and the contributions he has made not just to the game of basketball, but to all of sport.”

The schools in the PK80 field have combined for 23 national championships and nearly 90 Final Four appearances. Nine of the past 13 NCAA champions will be part of the PK80 field, and 10 of the programs in the event have won at least one national title.

All games from Portland will be televised on the ESPN family of networks. Ticket information and tournament brackets will be announced at a later date.

 

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Duke Ranked First by Blue Ribbon

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Duke is ranked first by Blue Ribbon.

The most respected preseason magazine or boo if you will, is the annual Blue Ribbon Yearbook.  While this years edition is not yet available, here is what their top 25 teams will look like.  Duke has again been selected as the nation's top team.  Earlier, Athlon rated the Blue Devils as the top team as well, while Lindy's picked them third.  The teams listed in bold are on this years schedule.  The number beside them is the amount of games the two teams play one another.  Duke will play a total of nine games against ranked teams in the poll.  The Blue Devils welcome a stellar recruiting class who will join a key group of veteran players led by Grayson Allen, a National Player of the Year candidate.

1 -Duke
2- Oregon
3- Kansas - 1
4- Kentucky
5- Villanova
6- Wisconsin
7- North Carolina - 2
8- Louisville - 1 
9- Purdue
10-Virginia - 1
11-Michigan State -1
12-Xavier
13-Arizona
14-Gonzaga
15-Connecticut
16-Butler
17-Saint Marys
18-Indiana
19-Creighton
20-Florida State - 1
21-West Virginia,22- UCLA, 23- N.C. State  - 1 24 Maryland, 25- Rhode Island--1 if they defeat Cincinnati

Duke Basketball Schedule Released

Duke Basketball Schedule Released

Duke Basketball Schedule Released
Duke Basketball Schedule Released

DURHAM, N.C. – The Duke men’s basketball program, in conjunction with the Atlantic Coast Conference, announced its 2016-17 league schedule on Monday. In addition to the ACC slate, Duke learned times and television assignments for the majority of its previously announced non-conference games.

On the heels of a 25-win season and a Sweet 16 appearance in 2016, Duke welcomes back a veteran core led by graduate student Amile Jefferson, senior Matt Jones and junior All-American Grayson Allen for the 2016-17 campaign. The Blue Devils also add one of the nation’s most top recruiting classes to the fold, a group of six headlined by center Marques Bolden, forward Harry Giles, guard Frank Jackson and forward Jayson Tatum.

The Blue Devils’ ACC regular season schedule includes eight games against 2016 NCAA Tournament participants, including two each against Miami and North Carolina.

Eleven of Duke’s ACC regular season games, and 20 of its regular season games that currently have TV assignments, will be broadcast on the ESPN family of networks. The Blue Devils will also have a pair of ACC regular season games on CBS.

“The ACC is, more often than not, the best conference in the country and this year will be no different,” Duke head coach Mike Krzyzewski said. “To win this league, you have to be at your best each and every night. We view this schedule as an opportunity to do something special and as a way for our team to be battle-tested heading into postseason play.”

Duke will open ACC play at Virginia Tech on Dec. 31 (ESPN2, noon ET) before hosting Georgia Tech and Boston College on Jan. 4 (ESPN2, 7 p.m. ET) and Jan. 7 (RSN, 2 p.m. ET), respectively.

The following week, Duke will visit Florida State on Jan. 10 (ACC Network, 8 p.m. ET) and Louisville on Jan. 14 (ESPN/ESPN2, noon ET). The Blue Devils will have a week off before hosting Miami on Jan. 21 (ESPN/ESPN2, time TBD) and NC State on Jan. 23 (ESPN, 7 p.m. ET). Duke will have road games at Wake Forest on Jan. 28 (ACC Network, 3 p.m. ET) and Notre Dame on Jan. 30 (ESPN, 7 p.m. ET) to close out the month.

February will begin with a three-game homestand for Duke, as the program will host Pittsburgh on Feb. 4 (CBS, 1 p.m. ET) before its matchup with rival North Carolina at Cameron Indoor Stadium on Feb. 9 (ESPN/ACC Network, 8 p.m. ET). The homestand will conclude with a meeting with Clemson on Feb. 11 (ACC Network, 1 p.m. ET).

Duke will visit Virginia on Feb. 15 (ESPN2, 9 p.m. ET) and host Wake Forest on Feb. 18 (ACC Network, 1 p.m. ET). Road trips to Syracuse on Feb. 22 (ESPN, 7 p.m. ET) and Miami on Feb. 25 (CBS, 4 p.m. ET) precede the Blue Devils’ regular season home finale against Florida State on Feb. 28 (ESPN2, 7 p.m. ET).

Duke will conclude regular-season play at North Carolina on March 4 (ESPN, 8 p.m. ET).

The 2016 ACC Tournament is set for March 7-11 at Barclays Center in Brooklyn. The ESPN family of networks and ACC Network will once again combine to televise every game of the event.

Regular Season - Home Games in BOLD -

Nov. 11 Marist

Nov 12 Grand Canyon

Nov. 15 Kansas/New York

Nov 19 Penn State - Conn.

Nov 20 Cincinnati or Rhode Island - Conn.

Dec. 31 at Virginia Tech

Nov 23 William and Mary

Nov 26 App. State

Nov 29 Michigan State

Dec 3 Maine

Dec 6 Florida/New York Jimmy V Classic

Dec 10 at UNLV

Dec 19 Tennessee State

Dec 21 Elon

Dec 31 at Virginia Tech

Jan. 4 vs Georgia Tech

Jan. 7 vs Boston College

Jan. 10 at Florida State

Jan. 14 at Louisville

Jan. 21 vs Miami

Jan. 23 vs. N.C. State

Jan. 28 at Wake Forest

Jan. 30 at Notre Dame

Feb. 4 vs Pittsburgh

Feb. 9 vs. North Carolina

Feb. 11 vs. Clemson

Feb. 15 at Virginia

Feb. 18 vs. Wake Forest

Feb. 22 at Syracuse

Feb. 25 at Miami

Feb. 28 vs. Florida State

March 4 at North Carolina

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Athlon Tabs Duke 1st in the Nation

xv422_CBK_UNC-Duke.jpg.pagespeed.ic.xdjvpB1FwAThe first of the pre season basketball magazines are out for the 2016-17 College Basketball season.  Duke anchored by returnees Grayson Allen, Amile Jefferson, Matt Jones, Luke Kennard and Chase Jeter will be joined by a sensational freshman class this season.  And that is the reason Athlon has selected Duke as the number one team in the country in their magazine which is on newsstands now.

Rounding out the top four teams are Kentucky, Villanova and Oregon.  Also ranked from the Atlantic Coast Conference are North Carolina at 6th, Virginia 7th, Louisville 13th, Virginia Tech 22nd and Florida State 25th.  Duke will also face two other ranked teams in the preseason poll in Michigan State and Rhode Island,