Category Archives: Duke Basketball

Duke Hoops Radio Show with Jeff Capel

DURHAM, N.C. – The first Duke Basketball Radio Show of the 2017-18 season will broadcast live Monday at 7 p.m. ET from the Bull Durham Bar at the Washington Duke Inn & Golf Club.

 Fans are invited to join Duke associate head coach Jeff Capel and host John Roth at the Washington Duke, listen via or the TuneIn app, or tune in to Buzz Sports Radio (96.5 FM and 620 AM in Durham; 99.3 FM in Raleigh).

 Select men’s basketball student-athletes will join the program throughout the season.

 The Duke Basketball Radio Show is a production of the Blue Devil IMG Sports Network.

 Upcoming Duke Basketball Radio Show Dates:

Monday, December 4

Monday, December 11

MondayDecember 18

TuesdayJanuary 2

MondayJanuary 8

TuesdayJanuary 16

WednesdayJanuary 24

TuesdayJanuary 30

MondayFebruary 5

MondayFebruary 12

TuesdayFebruary 20

TuesdayFebruary 27

MondayMarch 12

Duke Uses Quick Start to Throttle South Dakota

The Duke Blue Devils had doubled their lead to 26-13 at 11:39 in the 1st half.  They did so on a three-point shot by Grayson Allen who scored his 15th point early in the game.

As the half continued, everything was going right for Duke and they went into the break with a 56-30 lead.  But towards the end of the first half, they stumbled a bit and that continued through the rest of the game.

Duke would end up winning their 10th game of the season against no losses  by a 96-80 score.  The aforementioned Allen would lead the Blue Devils with 25 points

The Blue Devils got another double-double from Marvin Bagley IIi as well where he tallied 19 points and 12 rebounds.  Javin DeLaurier fell just short of a double-double himself, ending the contest with 13 points and 9 rebounds.

Trevon Duval had a solid game as well, dishing out a team high 8 assists to go with his 14 points and 4 rebounds.  His play, along with that of DeLaurier earned some praise from Duke coach Mike Krzzyzewski.

During his post game press conference, Krzyzewski said he substituted differently and that he needed to see his subs play more.  He cleared the bench with 6 minutes left in the game and substituted liberally where twelve players would play.

Duke remains undefeated in Cameron against out of conference opponents this season with one more game to play against St. Francis.  That game will tip at 9:00 this Tuesday.

More to come ...

Duke Survives Brutal Stretch of Games

Duke is 9-0 and will only get better after practice time. The No. 1 ranked team has survived a brutal stretch of games going into December. Photo credit - Inside the Hall @

The Duke Men's Basketball team just garnered their ninth win of the young season with a 91-81 win at Indiana.  The Blue Devils finished off the nine games in twenty days undefeated and still ranked as the nation's top team.

While Duke is unquestionably talented, they are still quite young.  In short, do not take for granted their accomplishment despite some of the games being close for they will get even better.

Duke has now had to stage three consecutive comebacks in a row, starting with the overtime win over Texas.  Duke would win the PK 80 Motion Bracket but not without sweating it out against Florida.

Last evening, the team won again had to turn it on late in order to secure the victory.  But one must consider this was a young teams fist true road game of their careers.  Furthermore, they have only played together as a unit  in nine career games.

It is easy for some fans to point to a weakness on defense, or a perception a loss is coming when they are down.  You know what?  A loss could have happened, but it didn't.

What that shows is this team has the ability to win games when many count them out or perceive the situation to be daunting.  Duke has come from 16 and 17 points down late in the 2nd half for wins.  Thanfully for the royal blue faithful, the young players have shown a never give up attitude nor have they wilted under pressure.

Many fail to realize that with this brutal stretch of games against top flight competition is that there has been little time for practice.  Duke has yet to have a chance for their staff to have a practice for corrections on what they see from game film.

With a young team, it is hard to make in-game adjustments on the fly.  They respond better to seeing themselves on film to correct an issue.  Duke is 9-0 and they can play better and that has to be scary for opponents as the season progresses.

The rest of December will be when the team learns some vital lessons.  Duke has upcoming games with South Dakota and St. Francis in Cameron Indoor Stadium.  They will then travel to Boston college for their ACC opener.

But the Blue Devils will a long break before playing Evansville and another ten days off before taking on Florida State.  That is 5 games in 30 days.  While some of this time will be spent with family over the Holiday break, Duke will still have plenty of time for adjustments.

So, Duke is right where they are supposed to be for this time of the season.  They're good but they can get better.  The staff likes what they have in this group and they see a never say die attitude and fight which should  bode well this year.

Coaches want to see their teams chemistry  come together over a period of time.  Duke is playing winning basketball now but it should only get better.  Besides, it is over three full months before the ACC Tournament begins, much less the NCAA Tournament.  And that is when games really start to count.

10 Random Thoughts on Duke Basketball

10 Random Thoughts on Duke Basketball Volume 1 - Lance King for BDN

Here is the first edition of "10 Random Thoughts on Duke Basketball."  I will be covering various tidbits worth mentioning that will consist of little known facts and things to ponder.

Marvin Bagley III is only scratching the surface - What a phenomenal week for Marvin Bagley III.  He wins ACC Player of the Week and Rookie of the Week while setting various freshman records at Duke.  But he could be in high school for his final season.  What I am saying is he is young and learning and will realize more and more what he is capable of doing as the season wears on.

Duke is more than just Marvin Bagley III - Take a look at Wendell Carter Jr. for a second.  He is having a solid freshman season as are all of the starters.  It is his play and ability to help protect the lane and garner rebounds that helps Bagley to be great.

Duke is going to get a lot better soon - Okay, so you know they will have played 9 games in 20 days after they take on Indiana tomorrow night.  But have you considered that during this stretch there has been little to no practice time?  Once Mike Krzyzewski and his staff has time to break down the film from this run, Duke will make major adjustments and tweak what they are doing.  In short, you ain't see nothing yet.

Duke Basketball players should run their own race and in time their goals will be met.

Run your own race - I have covered Duke basketball for many years.  In that time I have seen great players in time not have the success they would like in their freshman and sophomore seasons.  Heck, ask Nolan Smith about sticking with it after barely playing as a freshman.  Duke has some guys on the roster that may not fully blossom until their junior years, but if they stick with the system, they will become stars with key roles.

What we have learned to date -  You can never count this Duke team out.  Fans should look over their timelines to see how they reacted when Duke was down 17 to good teams.  Moving forward, they should know this team is talented and can wear their opponents down over the course of a whole game.  The confidence gained in these comeback wins will serve Duke well.

Duke Basketball is alive and well.

Special -  Mike Krzyzewski aka Coach K called his team special in the post game after the win over Florida.  Special can mean many things, but he has seen this group will not give up and wants to play together, learn and get better.  What he did not specifically mention is that these are all really good young men off the court as well and that he love teaching them.

Indiana is a trap game - The Hoosiers had one of the worst losses in their fabled history in their opening home loss to Indiana State of Larry Bird fame.  They lost to a good, ranked, Seton Hall team on the road.  But they have shown signs of improvement pushing their record to 4-2.  They are rested and playing in their super bowl tomorrow night.

Duke does not announce their injuries - I often see fans ask what is wrong with so and so or he is having a bad game or two,  It is not policy for the Blue Devils to announce their injuries and do not expect them to help their opponents scouting report by doing so.  Food for thought.

The Duke team will soon get a break but -  the coaches will be breaking down filming in between holiday recruiting events later this month.

That needed break will come - after Duke returns from Bloomington where they will face a good South Dakota team in CIS (Cameron Indoor Stadium) on December the 2nd (Saturday) and then St. Francis in a brutal 9:00 start this coming Tuesday.  Wait!  I am not finished.  The team will then go as far north in the ACC as possible for their league opener against Boston College on the 9th.  At that time comes a much-needed 11 day break.  Duke will then play Evansville on December the 20th in CIS to shake off the rust before another 10 day break when they will come back to take on Florida State at home with the students still on vacation break.  Duke will need their non student fans to be on the top of their game in the home ACC opener.

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Bagley Named ACC Player & Rookie of the Week

 DURHAM, N.C. – Duke freshman Marvin Bagley III has swept the ACC basketball weekly awards, earning both Player and Rookie of the Week following his MVP performance at the PK80 Invitational in Portland.

 No. 1-ranked Blue Devils (8-0) have garnered six of seven ACC weekly honors in the season’s first three weeks. Bagley III, the ACC’s leading scorer (22.3 ppg) and rebounder (11.3 rpg), was both co-Player of the Week and Rookie of the Week on Nov. 13, while senior Grayson Allen and freshman Wendell Carter Jr., were Player and Rookie of the Week, respectively, last week.

 Bagley was named the Most Valuable Player of the eight-team Motion Bracket in leading the Blue Devils to the title. In four games last week, he scored 106 points and grabbed 53 rebounds, averaging 26.5 points and 13.3 rebounds.

 He is the first Duke player since 1973 to post three consecutive games of 15+ rebounds and is the first Duke player in history with consecutive performances of 30+ points and 15+ rebounds.

 Bagley had 34 points and 15 rebounds in an overtime PK80 semifinal win over Texas, including eight of the team’s 12 points in overtime. He followed with 30 points and 15 rebounds in Sunday night’s win over No. 7 Florida in the title game.

 The 34 points versus Texas tied Duke’s freshman scoring record (J.J. Redick vs. Virginia in 2003). Bagley’s six double-doubles are tied for the most in the NCAA. For the week, Bagley shot 60 percent from the field and 71 percent from the free-throw line, including 9-of-10 in the PK80 title game. He added seven assists, four blocked shots and two steals last week.

No. 1 Duke Uses 15-2 Run to Stun Florida

Marvin Bagley III was named MVP as the Duke had a comeback win over Florida in the PK80 Motion bracket final.

There is something about this years Duke Basketball team that allows them to stage epic comebacks against good teams.  After an overtime victory over Texas on Friday, the Blue Devils gained an even more impressive win over a top ten team in the Florida Gators.

Florida held the lead for more than 34 minutes of the game and they built a 16 point advantage over Duke in the 2nd half.  But these Blue Devils did not fold and played through fatigue to go on a 15-2 run over the last 4:04 of the game for a 87-84 win.

Duke has a way of wearing teams down and hanging around just close enough to make a comeback.  But they were playing high level competition against a Gators team that will contend in the SEC all season long, so valuable lessons were learned.

After a painfully slow offensive start the 2nd half, Duke warmed up as did their defense.  The Blue Devils would go back to man to man and that held the highest scoring team in the nation in Florida to just 31 points.

Duke put game pressure on the Gators as they  did the Longhorns and much of that is from the play of their outstanding freshman, Marvin Bagley III.  The soon to be first pick in the coming NBA Draft scored 30 points while pulling down 15 rebounds.

Bagley was named the PK80 MVP after scoring 82 points and pulling down 45 rebounds in 3 games.   The young man is a match up nightmare while remaining a good team player.

The Florida defense held Grayson Allen and Gary Trent Jr. scoreless for most of the 2nd half.  But when the two players came alive it was during some of the games biggest moments.

Allen (14 points, 7 assists) would knock down back to back 3 pointers during the comeback.  Trent (17 points, 2 blocked shots) knocked down two free throws to give Duke an 85-84 lead with 1:12 to go, then made a steal with 11 seconds left and sank two more free throws to seal the win.

All of the Duke players who played contributed.  Duke got good minutes from Javin DeLaurier, Wendell Carter Jr., Marques Bolden, Alex O'Connell and Trevon Duval.

The Gators held the edge on the boards for much of the contest, but Duke was tough on the glass during their 8-0 run to end the game.  They ended up holding a 43-36 rebound advantage when the dust cleared.

Two key factors played a role for Duke.  Firstly, going 19-20 from the free throw stripe was their best showing of the season in that department.  Secondly, Duke was hot from beyond the three-point stripe hitting 10 of 23 attempts.

Duke also shared the ball well with 20 team assists.  More importantly, they remained poised even when they were not playing well.  When you have a knack for continually chipping away at teams, good things will happen.

The Blue Devils celebrated the victory at mid court where Phil Knight awarded them their trophy.  The Duke team is likely heading for their flight as I type and will arrive in Durham mind morning.

Duke will soon have played 9 games in 20 days during a brutal scheduling stretch.  They will go to class on Tuesday afternoon before heading to Bloomington, Indiana to take on the Hoosiers in a game that tips off this Wednesday on ESPN at 9:40.

With tonight's win, Duke moves to an impressive 8-0 on the season and will remain the nation's top ranked team.  Duke Coach Mike Krzyzewski continues to build on his record as having coached the most games as the top ranked team in the land.

All in all, it was a great learning experience for a young team as they played three game opponents and varying styles of play in four days.  Duke is far from a perfect team but they are certainly a special team which has plenty of upside moving forward.