New York Colleges: Duke Blue Devils

Duke headlines Coaches vs. Cancer in BK

June, 26, 2014
Jun 26
The matchups for the 2014 Coaches vs. Cancer Classic at the Barclays Center have been announced, with Duke serving as the main attraction.

Mike Krzyzewski's Blue Devils will play Temple on Friday, Nov. 21, following a matchup between Stanford and UNLV at 7 p.m. The winners will square off in the championship game the following evening.

Tickets are available now via Ticketmaster and the Barclays Center.

Rapid Reaction: Duke 74, Michigan State 69

November, 15, 2011

NEW YORK -- A quick take on No. 6 Duke's 74-69 win over Michigan State in the first game of the Champions Classic at Madison Square Garden.

What it means: Mike Krzyzewski collects career win No. 903, making him the all-time leader in Division I history. Coach K passed Bob Knight, his former coach and mentor, who was part of the ESPN broadcast crew for the game. Numerous former Duke players were in attendance as well, including Grant Hill, Shane Battier, Carlos Boozer, Mike Dunleavy Jr. and Chris Duhon.

Duke improves to 3-0 on the season, while Michigan State falls 0-2 after losing to No. 1 North Carolina last Friday in the Carrier Classic in San Diego.

The skinny: It was a tight first half -- eight ties and five lead changes. The Blue Devils led 34-33 at the break. Andre Dawkins was the biggest reason -- he had 14 first-half points, making four of his six attempts from beyond the 3-point arc. The Spartans led by as many as six, but were undone by 11 first-half turnovers.

The second half was a different story. An early 14-2 run put Duke firmly in control, with three different players knocking down treys in that span (Dawkins, Seth Curry and Ryan Kelly). The Blue Devils led by as many as 20, 61-41, and appeared on their way to an easy victory. But they got sloppy late, and allowed the Spartans to at least make the margin more respectable in the end. The final score was as close as Michigan State got down the stretch.

The replacement: Maybe Dawkins is ready to fill the shoes of Nolan Smith -- last year's ACC Player of the Year, who averaged 20.6 points per game. The 6-foot-4 junior did a good impression on Tuesday night, finishing with 26 points and shooting 6-for-10 from downtown. Dawkins had just 10 points in Duke's first two games combined, against Belmont and Presbyterian.

On the other side: Michigan State was led by sophomore guard Keith Appling, who scored 17 of his 22 points in the second half. The Spartans had 20 turnovers, and gave the Blue Devils 41 free throws, of which they made 30.

What's next: Duke returns home to face Davidson on Friday at 6 p.m. Michigan State will play its first home game of the season Friday night, versus Texas Southern.

Rapid Reaction: St. John's 93, Duke 78

January, 30, 2011
NEW YORK -- A quick take on St. John's win over Duke at Madison Square Garden on Sunday afternoon.

WHAT IT MEANS: St. John's (12-8, 4-5 in Big East) records its biggest win of the season, stunning a national TV audience by beating the No. 3 team in the country. This is the kind of signature win that will pay huge dividends when the NCAA Tournament selection committee convenes in March. St. John's had lost seven straight to Duke. St. John's has now beaten three ranked teams in a season for the first time since 2001-02.

Duke (19-2, 6-1 in ACC) suffers its second loss of the season. Both defeats came against unranked teams -- Florida State knocked the Blue Devils off 66-61 on Jan. 12 in Tallahassee.

THE PERFECT GAME? Not quite, but St. John's could not have played much better than they did on Sunday afternoon -- particularly in the first half, when they jumped out to a 46-25 halftime lead. The Red Storm executed impeccably on offense, making some tough shots early and exploiting Duke's full-court pressure late for easy buckets.

On defense, St. John's full-court pressure and half-court trap really bothered Duke, which committed 11 first-half turnovers. The Blue Devils could never get into any kind of rhythm offensively.

In the second half, St. John's withstood a couple jabs by Duke, but the Blue Devils never really got back into it. The closest Mike Krzyzewski's club got was within 11.

TEAM EFFORT: There were many heroes for St. John's on Sunday. Dwight Hardy played his best game of the season, finishing with 26 points on 9-for-13 shooting. Justin Brownlee had 20 points and nine rebounds, Paris Horne had 15 points and six assists. And little-used Sean Evans had a big 10 points, going 5-for-5 from the field.

ICE COLD: Duke came in No. 11 in the country in 3-pointers per game (9.1), and No. 16 in the country in 3-point field goal percentage (40.1). St. John's was ranked No. 302 (out of 336 schools) in 3-point field goal defense. Recipe for disaster, right?

Nope. Instead, Duke shot 5-for-26 from beyond the 3-point arc -- at one point they were 1-for-21, but they drained four of 'em late. Leading scorer Nolan Smith had a game-high 32 points, but was 2-for-6 from downtown. Kyle Singler (20 points) was 1-for-7. And Seth Curry, who had 20 points and shot 5-for-7 from long range in Duke's last game versus Boston College, was 1-for-5 and only scored three points in the game.

St. John's played very well defensively, but Duke also missed on a bunch of open looks.

WHAT'S NEXT: St. John's hosts Rutgers at Carnesecca Arena on Wednesday. Duke plays at Maryland on Wednesday.

W2W4: St. John's vs. Duke

January, 30, 2011
Here are three things to watch in Sunday afternoon's game between St. John's (11-8, 4-5 in Big East) and No. 3 Duke (19-1, 6-1 in ACC) at Madison Square Garden.

Tip-off is at 1 p.m., and the game will air nationally on CBS.

SLOW DOWN! St. John's tried to run with Georgetown, one of the best offensive teams in the country, on Wednesday night -- and it cost them. The Red Storm could only keep up for the first 15 minutes -- after that, the Hoyas demolished them.

Duke is No. 4 in the country in points per game (85.7) and No. 20 in field goal percentage (48.1) -- St. John's can't keep up with them either. Look for Steve Lavin's crew to try to slow the pace -- passing the ball around the perimeter in the first 20-25 seconds of the shot clock, unless there is a great fast-break opportunity. If St. John's comes out pushing the pace, they are in trouble.

CLOSE OUT! St. John's must get in Duke's shooters' faces at the 3-point arc, especially Nolan Smith and Kyle Singler. Duke is No. 11 in 3-point field goals per game (9.1) and No. 16 in 3-point percentage (40.1). And the Red Storm have had trouble against 3-point shooters all season long -- currently they are ranked No. 302 in 3-point field goal defense, out of 336 D-1 schools.

CRISIS POINT: This is the final game of a brutal eight-game stretch for St. John's, facing eight straight AP Top 25 teams -- and this will be the toughest test of them all. St. John's has lost five of their past six, capped off by a brutal performance in Washington, D.C., losing by 25.

The players were rather despondent after that Georgetown loss -- let's see how their body language looks in today's game. Asking St. John's to win this one is probably too much -- but it is critical that they hang in with the Blue Devils and do not get blown out at home.
St. John's has been working hard in advance of Sunday afternoon's game versus No. 3 Duke at Madison Square Garden.

But, there has not been a players-only team meeting, as predicted by seniors Dwight Hardy and Justin Burrell after the Red Storm's 77-52 loss at Georgetown on Wednesday.

"Technically we haven't had a players-only meeting with all of the players within one room," Hardy said on Saturday. "There's been communication between different groups with different guys talking about what we need to do in order to be successful for the rest of the season."

St. John's (11-8, 4-5 in the Big East) has lost five of its past six games, and its chances of making the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2002 are in limbo at this point. The Red Storm reportedly had their longest practice of the season on Friday under first-year coach Steve Lavin.

"When we saw the tape, we looked like zombies out there. We know that's not how we play and everybody just felt bad about how we played and how we represented St. John's," Hardy said about the performance in Washington, D.C. on Wednesday. "We can't do that any more. Under no circumstances, we can't come out like that. If we do, then we're going to get killed. I don't know how to put it into simpler words. We just can't come out and play like that."

Rapid Reaction: Duke 82, Butler 70

December, 4, 2010

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EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- A quick take on Saturday's national championship game rematch, an 82-70 win by Duke over Butler.

WHAT IT MEANS: Duke goes to 8-0 on the season and will retain its No. 1 ranking for at least another week. Also, coach Mike Krzyzewski notches career win No. 876 -- which ties him with Adolph Rupp, behind only Bob Knight and Dean Smith.

Butler drops to 4-3 on the season. But the Bulldogs will feel better about this loss, hanging with the No. 1 team in the nation, than they did about getting blown out by Louisville and picked off by Evansville.

HOMETOWN KID: New Jersey product Kyrie Irving, who had the entire college basketball world buzzing after his scintillating 31-point performance in a win over Michigan State earlier this week, got off to a slow start on Saturday. He had just four points in the first half, to go along with four turnovers. But Irving was much more aggressive early in the second half, scoring seven quick points, and hit two huge 3s later on, finishing with 21 points.

CRAMPING THEIR STYLE: This game was tied at halftime, and with 12:46 remaining in the second half Duke still led by only one -- that's when Shelvin Mack, Butler's best player, was forced to leave the game with severe leg cramps. Duke ripped off nine straight points after that, to extend to a 10-point lead, its biggest of the game. Butler battled admirably without Mack, even cutting the deficit to three briefly. But Mack never returned, and that really hurt.

SHOOTING WOES: Duke got plenty of open looks in the first half, but couldn't knock many of them down -- they finished the first 20 minutes shooting just 12-for-31 from the field (38.7 percent) and 4-for-16 from downtown (25 percent). The Blue Devils were much better from the field in the second half (13-for-22, 59.1 percent) and from long range (4-for-10, 40 percent).

WHAT'S NEXT: Duke will play Bradley at Cameron Indoor Stadium on Wednesday. Butler will play at Xavier on Thursday. And ESPNNewYork's next college hoops game is on Tuesday night at Carnesecca Arena, when 5-1 St. John's hosts St. Bonaventure.