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Exclusive Nike PK80 Gear For Duke

PORTLAND, Ore. – No. 1 Duke opens play in the Phil Knight Invitational later today in Portland, Oregon, and Nike has provided exclusive apparel and jerseys for each of the 16 teams competing in the field this week.

The PK80, which celebrates the 80th birthday of Nike founder Phil Knight, brings together an elite field of teams unlike any other in-season event.

During play, the teams will wear footwear and uniforms inspired by Knight’s signature style. Known for his all-black outfits and sunglasses, Knight’s look is translated through all-black makeups of the Kyrie 3, PG1, Kobe AD and KD10, which feature iridescent highlights in an ode to his shining shades.

Knight’s all-black preference also extends into the special-edition uniform designs for each school — connected to one another through the application of black graphics and a black jock tag. For the individual uniforms, signature icons — arena, mascot and pattern — form subtle, simplified graphics that are applied against primary colors to drive the look for each respective program. The resulting jerseys and shorts then create a striking on-court dynamic: color versus color matchups.

Coaches will wear black polos and running shoes in-game. The teams off-court apparel includes: Elite Short, Disrupt Tee, Showcase Hat, Showcase Beanie, PO Hoodie, NSW Tech Fleece Hoodie, NSW Tech Fleece Pant, NSW Tech Fleece Jacket.

Duke (5-0) begins the PK80 Motion Bracket against Portland State at 4:30 p.m. ET today on ESPN.

Duke Rolls Past Furman 92-63

Marvin Bagley III

The Duke Blue Devils defeated a pesky Furman team 92-63 in Cameron Indoor Stadium to push their season record to 5-0.  Duke outscored the smaller Paladins by a whopping 64-28 in the paint.

Wendell Carter Jr. grabbed 9 of those rebounds to go with his 14 points in just 24 minutes of play.  Marvin Bageley III added another 8 boards to go with his team high 24 points.

Grayson Allen had an off shooting night where he had a season low 5 points but led the team in assists with 6 dimes.  Duke also got another solid effort from Javin DeLaurier who had 4 blocked shots, 6 points, 6 rebounds and 3 steals.  Duke Coach Mike Krzyzewski said he had been doing those kind of things all season when questioned of his high motor style.

Perhaps the most impressive player for Duke was Trevon Duval.  The freshman point guard has seen his assist fall off of late and he dished 4 tonight.  But Duval added 18 points on a variety of offensive moves.  When questioned by Blue Devil Nation in the post game he admitted that he loves to play on the move more than half court.

Duke rebounded from a lack luster performance in their last outing by defeating a difficult team to defend.  Furman is one of the top teams in the Southern Conference despite falling to 2-2 on the season.  "I thought we played hard and well together and defeated a good team," stated Krzyzewski.

In the end, Duke was just too big for Furman.  "The two big guys they don't have.  Marvin and Wendell did a great job.  Duke also held Furman from their usual three-point barrage, although they started to hit some once the game was out of reach,

Duke will go to class tomorrow before a short practice and then head out to Portland, Oregon for the PK-80 tournament.  Krzyzewski thinks his team is in a good place and mentioned that the season and practices have gone well to date save one hiccup in the win over Southern.

The long time Duke coach also said that the team had been able to practice where they did not before their last outing.   He is quick to mention his team is young and adjusting to going to school, playing basketball and the travel his team has had to date,  Once the dust clears, Duke will have played 9 games in 20 days.

With tonight's win Duke extended their home court winning streak in Cameron to 137 consecutive games.  Duke played its 154th game as the number one team in the nation.  Mike Krzyzewski won his 1076th win.

A Duke Fans Guide to the Nike PK80 Event

You almost need a map to navigate the many games in the Nike PK-80 event which is a tribute to company fonder Phil Knight and his 80th birthday.  There are two brackets, the Victory and Motion groups.   The two eight-team brackets will run simultaneously in the Moda Center and Veterans Memorial Coliseum in the Rose Quarter with the crowning of two champions.

Duke will play in the Motion Bracket and open the event with an on campus game tonight against Furman in Cameron Indoor Stadium.

The Blue Devils will then head to Portland, OR. tomorrow to face Portland State which is currently 3-0 on Thanksgiving Day in a game scheduled to tip-off at 4:30 on EPSN.

Duke will then face the winner of the Texas (3-0) with Top 25 honorable mention votes vs Butler (3-1 ) on Friday.  Butler handed Furman their only defeat of the season by 17 at home while they lost only to Maryland thus far.  Texas features Muhammad Bamba and Matt Coleman, two players Duke recruited,  It almost seems like a Duke vs Texas match up is in the works, but we will see if that is what the Basketball Gods have in mind,

Duke will play Furman in a PK80 on campus game tonight, then head to Eugene, Oregon.

If Duke survives that game they will play in the championship game on Sunday.  Opponent possibilities are 7th ranked Florida, 17th ranked Gonzaga, Stanford and Ohio State,  I kind of think Florida will come out of that side but a Gonzaga team playing near home will be tough as well.  Should both of those teams and Duke advance it will provide strong competition.

Duke arch rival North Carolina will play in the Victory Bracket that features a team Duke just defeated in Michigan State.  They open with Portland who lost to Duke's opening opponent Portland State (3-0) on their home court,    Oregon is likely the best of the rest which features Arkansas, Oklahoma, UConn and Georgetown.

Duke is a flagship Nike School.

All of the teams participating in this event will end up playing three games via brackets or sessions.  Not all of the teams play an on campus game.  For example Stanford takes on North Carolina at home tonight but neither of them play a home PK game.

There is some leeway with concern to starting times in future games as teams advance.  But it would seem Duke would tip-off at 3:00 on Friday on ESPNU against Texas or Butler with a win on Thursday.  On the ESPN website, they currently have the Motion Championship Game slated for ESPNU at 3:00, the same time as the Victory title game on ESPN.

Duke Trips Up Southern, Goes to 4-0

The Duke Blue Devils moved to 4-0 on the young season with a victory 78-61  win over Southern.

The game featured the return of Marvin Bagley III who was back after going out early in the first half in the Blue Devils win over Michigan State.  Bagley had a double-double of 19 points and 11 rebounds,

Wendell Carter Jr. also added a double-double of  20 points and 11 rebounds.  He led the team in scoring.  Grayson Allen and Trevon Duval scored 10 points each for Duke.

Duke played an especially sloppy first half where they were clearly hung over from the win over Michigan State.  The 0-4 Southern Jaguars played with heart and were tied with the Blue Devils 27 all with 6:50 to go in the first half.

A mild Duke run put the Blue Devils ahead at the half 42-32.  During that stretch Bagley blocked a Jaguar shot where Allen picked it up on the run for the two which brought the Crazies into the game.

Duke would play slightly better in the second half, but it was clear they were a bit flat.  Duke was just 4 of 20 from beyond the three-point stripe while almost doubling the Jaguars turnovers.

Southern also got 37 points from its bench to a mere 11 for Duke.  Duke did outscore them in the paint but failed to take advantage of their significant height advantage in a consistent manner,

Despite the performance, there is little need for worry.  "We want to be where we've been," stated Krzyzewski in the post game.  He will have two opportunities to practice on Saturday and Sunday where he will get the team back into focus.

When you have been at a school as long as Krzyzewski has, you learn not to overreact to off games where the team doesn't dominate.  "Hey, we the game and that's a good thing, isn't it?" said the Duke head man after his 1002nd win in Durham.

Duke will next face Furman in Cameron Indoor Stadium this Monday evening in a game that tips off at 7:00.  The Blue Devils will then head to Portland, OR for the loaded PK-80 event the very next day,  That event starts on November 23rd and runs through the 26th.  The Blue Devils first opponent will be Portland State.  All of those games will be carried on ESPN.

The entire Duke team will go to Jeff Capel II's funeral on Sunday.  Capel III returned to the sidelines tonight and will be at tomorrows practice before heading back to handle family matters.

Trevon Duval is a Key to Early Duke Success

Trevon Duval #1 finishes off a play against Michigan State.

When looking at this years Duke Basketball team and their 3-0 start there are many things which stand out.  Marvin Bagley III is clearly as advertised with concern to the hype.  And Grayson Allen?  Well, he is back to All American form dropping a career high against Michigan State.

Then there is the depth on the front line where Wendell Carter Jr. is a double-double waiting to happen and Javin DeLaurier constantly shows off his motor and ability to be involved.  Yes, everywhere you look, there is improvement and more togetherness than at this time a season ago.

One major factor is what is happening at the point guard position and the play of Trevon Duval.  His skill set was on full display against Michigan State where he tallied 17 points, 10 assists and 6 steals.

Those numbers are majorly impressive as is the fact that Duval is currently ranked 3rd in the entire nation in assists averaging 10 per contest.  And he is dishing those dimes with a tad over a single turnover per game.

Granted, his assist ratio is aided by the play of Grayson Allen of late.  But it must be noted that his ability to run the point allows for Allen to be comfortable in playing off ball on the offensive end.  In fact, the chemistry between Allen and Duval is already evident and it should get even better as the season progresses.

Duval also has very active hands as evidenced by the fact he is tied for 7th in the nation is steals.  He has the ability to not only disrupt passing lanes, but pressure the ball forcing the hand of his opponent to date,

As good as the freshman has been to date, there are areas he needs to put the work in.  His outside shot is inconsistent and teams will dare him to shoot if that continues,  But when he puts the ball on the floor for drives, he makes things happen,

There was one point in the second half where Duke Coach Mike Krzyzewski was clearly unhappy Duval forced the issue.  That play resulted in the ball going the other way where instead of padding a late lead, the Spartans got back into the game, albeit not for long.

There will be a learning curve, even for the most talented of players.  Duval can get better and it will be fun to watch Krzyzewski teach him the game even if it is for a single year in Durham.

Make no mistake about it, the key to drive this Duke team are in hands of Duval.  And so far, he is doing a good job with how he is utilizing the talent around him.

You can watch Duval and this years Duke team again tonight  when they take on Southern in Cameron Indoor Stadium.    The game tips at 7:00 on the ACC Network via ESPN.