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Duke rallies late to stun Carolina

Duke trailed by eight with fewer than seven minutes to play but held North Carolina to five points the rest of the way to top the Tar Heels 74-73 in Chapel Hill. The Blue Devils took their first lead since midway through the first half when Luke Kennard sank a three-point from the right corner with 2:37 to go. After a Kennedy Meeks basket inside for Carolina, and a UNC turnover, Grayson Allen drove to the hoop and was fouled. He hit both free throws with 1:09 left to make it 74-73. Carolina had two chances to take the lead. […]

Duke trailed by eight with fewer than seven minutes to play but held North Carolina to five points the rest of the way to top the Tar Heels 74-73 in Chapel Hill.

The Blue Devils took their first lead since midway through the first half when Luke Kennard sank a three-point from the right corner with 2:37 to go. After a Kennedy Meeks basket inside for Carolina, and a UNC turnover, Grayson Allen drove to the hoop and was fouled. He hit both free throws with 1:09 left to make it 74-73.

Carolina had two chances to take the lead. Meeks’ shot was blocked inside with 50 seconds left and Joel Berry had a 10 footer in the lane deflected by Derryck Thornton with four seconds to go.

“I told the kids I should have called a timeout,” UNC coach Roy Williams said. “We didn’t get a very good shot.”

Carolina got the ball down by 1 with 16 seconds left but Williams said traditionally UNC doesn’t call a timeout in that situation because the Heels want to attack before the defense can get set. That strategy didn’t work.

“It’s a wonderful rivalry to be involved in but I’m tired of just being involved,” Williams said. “We’ve got to get better.”

It was the fourth straight win for Duke in the rivalry and the 11th in the last 14 games between the two teams.

The loss overshadowed a fine performance by UNC’s Brice Johnson who scored 29 points and hauled in 19 rebounds. Johnson scored 18 in the first half as the Heels, who led by as many as seven in the first half, led 46-42 at the break.

Carolina’s largest lead was eight at 68-60 with 6:52 left. A wild up and down couple of minutes that included back-to-back blocks by Marcus Paige and Justin Jackson ended with a fastbreak follow shot by Jackson that gave the Heels the eight-point advantage and had the Carolina crowd hopping and Duke Coach K hopping mad. He called a timeout and glared at the officials.

Brandon Ingram, who was favored to go to Carolina before the uncertainty of the NCAA academic investigation, scored six straight points to draw the deficit to two and setting up the painful ending for the Tar Heels.

UNC’s Paige, who was only two of 10 from the floor including zero of six from beyond the arc, missed a free throw with 3:52 left that would have given the Heels a three-point cushion. Then UNC’s Berry missed everything with 2:54 left as the Heels were charged with a shot clock violation.

Carolina’s guards, and other outside shooters, didn’t get it done from the perimeter as the Heels hit only one of 13 three-point shots. On the other side, Duke hit seven threes. That’s 18 points that the Heels had to make up elsewhere.

“I don’t think we were lucky to win this game,” Duke coach Krzyzewski said. “We fought hard and earned it.”

Duke, 20-6 overall and 9-4 in the ACC, was led by Allen’s 23 points and Ingram’s 20 points. The Blue Devils lost starting shooting guard Matt Jones in the first half to a right-ankle injury but Kennard came in to replace him and scored 15 points including that go-ahead three late.

The loss drops the Tar Heels, 21-5 and 10-3 in the league, into a tie for first in the ACC with Miami, who comes to Chapel Hill Saturday afternoon.

For more on the game, including a box score, please click here.

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Struggling Duke seeks answers

DURHAM – Few people at Duke are better positioned than junior guard Matt Jones to get to the bottom of the biggest question facing the Blue Devils’ soon-to-be-unranked basketball program. …read more Source:: Fayetteville Observer

DURHAM – Few people at Duke are better positioned than junior guard Matt Jones to get to the bottom of the biggest question facing the Blue Devils’ soon-to-be-unranked basketball program. …read more

Source:: Fayetteville Observer

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Krzyzyewski offers glimpse into Duke’s “cruel time”

DURHAM – Just over three minutes into his news conference after Monday night’s 64-62 loss to Syracuse, Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski got philosophical. …read more Source:: Fayetteville Observer

DURHAM – Just over three minutes into his news conference after Monday night’s 64-62 loss to Syracuse, Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski got philosophical. …read more

Source:: Fayetteville Observer

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Former Duke basketball coach Bill Foster dies at 86

Bill Foster and Jim Spanarkel

Former Duke University head basketball coach Bill Foster died Thursday. He was 86. …read more

Source:: WRAL

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Duke’s Cash named ACC Defensive POY, Watson takes overall POY

Duke University redshirt senior safety Jeremy Cash has been named the ACC Defensive Player of the Year, the Atlantic Coast Sports Media Association announced Wednesday. …read more Source:: WRAL
Duke sputters in 2nd half, falls to No. 23 Nothwestern

Duke University redshirt senior safety Jeremy Cash has been named the ACC Defensive Player of the Year, the Atlantic Coast Sports Media Association announced Wednesday. …read more

Source:: WRAL

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ECU’s Smith, Duke’s Cofield in camp with Redskins

williesmith+takobycofieldWillie Smith and Takoby Cofield grew up less than an hour from each other in eastern North Carolina. Now they’re on the same NFL team.

The two offensive linemen are vying for spots with the Washington Redskins.

Smith, who played college football at ECU, grew up Kenly and attended North Johnston High School. He’s played in the NFL since 2011 having spent time with the Raiders and Chargers in between two stints with the Redskins.

Cofield, a Duke product, laced up his spikes at Tarboro High School. He was signed as an undrafted free agent in May.

Click to see a video story on the two.

Source: WITN

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Duke: Cold Tub Chronicles – Part I

Part One of Three During Fall Camp …read more

Source:: GoDuke.com

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Duke fortunes likely to rise or fall with new quarterback

By Clifton Barnes Duke’s football fortunes are likely to rise and fall on the shoulders of new quarterback Thomas Sirk. The 6-foot-4, 215-pound redshirt junior whose career was slowed by a ruptured achilles takes over for Anthony Boone, who led the Devils to bowl berths. Sirk has been known mostly as a runner. He came in 12 games last season and ran 47 times for 238 yards and eight touchdowns. He threw only 14 passes but managed three throwing touchdowns. He has stepped up big with a winning running TD against Pitt last season and a winning passing TD against […]

By Clifton Barnes

Duke’s football fortunes are likely to rise and fall on the shoulders of new quarterback Thomas Sirk.

The 6-foot-4, 215-pound redshirt junior whose career was slowed by a ruptured achilles takes over for Anthony Boone, who led the Devils to bowl berths.

Sirk has been known mostly as a runner. He came in 12 games last season and ran 47 times for 238 yards and eight touchdowns. He threw only 14 passes
but managed three throwing touchdowns.

He has stepped up big with a winning running TD against Pitt last season and a winning passing TD against Virginia.

“There is no question Thomas is our starter,” Duke coach David Cutcliffe said at the preseason ACC media event in Pinehurst. “He’s a very capable quarterback,” he added, trying to dispel the notion that Sirk is just a runner.

Cutcliffe has reminded Sirk that the first person you’ve got to compete against is yourself. “He sets his sights high and I like that about him,” he said.

The backup at quarterback is redshirt sophomore Park Boehme (6-2, 220 pounds) and he is expected to get some action. In fact, Cutcliffe says he’ll play some in the first game. Boehme only took 15 snaps last season when games against inferior oppoenents were out of reach so expect his playing time to go down as the season progresses – unless Sirk is injured.

The game plan doesn’t have to change drastically with Boehme in the game as he also is a running and passing threat.

While Sirk is a question mark, Duke’s starting running back is expected to be solid.

Shaquille Powell, senior who rushed for 618 yards last season, is on the watch list for the Doak Walker Award given to the top running back in the NCAA.

The Blue Devils running game has improve drastically over the years for a Duke team known for passing. The Devils averaged 182 total rushing yards per game, the program’s highest total since 1977 when Duke rushed for 199 yards a game.

Cutcliffe said it’s “not an accident” that the running game has improved. He said the Devils have recruited well at running back and on the offensive front.

Cutcliffe said even if you are primarily known as a passing team, you’d better maintain the ability to run the football, which is something he admitted Duke didn’t do very well when he first started out as Duke coach in 2008.

By 2013, Cutcliffe had led the Blue Devils to their first-ever Division title and a berth in the ACC championship game, not to mention the first 10-win season in the school’s history.

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Fourth knee injury ends Duke LB Brown’s collegiate career

Duke redshirt senior linebacker Kelby Brown’s will miss the 2015 season after suffering a torn left anterior cruciate ligament last Tuesday. …read more
Duke rallies, holds on to top Wake Forest, 28-21

Duke redshirt senior linebacker Kelby Brown’s will miss the 2015 season after suffering a torn left anterior cruciate ligament last Tuesday. …read more

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Undrafted: Duke’s Cofield signed by Redskins; ECU’s Carden by Bears

Takoby Cofield.

Takoby Cofield.

Now that the NFL draft is over, those who went undrafted are being made offers from teams as undrafted free agents. Several in North Carolina have already been signed including East Carolina quarterback Shane Carden (Bears) and Duke’s offensive tackle Takoby Cofield (Redskins).

Meanwhile, NC State was shut out of NFL Draft for the first time since 1996 but Wolfpacker Tyson Chandler, a 6-6 340-pound offensive tackle, signed with the Lions.

ECU’s Carden might be in a decent situation joining a team that went just 5-11 and whose fans booed the starting quarterback, veteraan Jay Cutler.

Carden has the best numbers of any East Carolina quarterback in history with nearly 12,000 passing yards, 86 touchdowns and more than 1000 completions.

Pirate teammate Lamar Ivey, a physical safety, was signed by the Seattle Seahawks.

As for the 6-4, 310-pound Cofield, a Tarboro native, Dane Brugler of CBS Sports said this before the draft, “Although guard Laken Tomlinson receives most of the attention on Duke’s offensive line, Cofield started 42 straight games at left tackle and has produced NFL worthy film of his own. He was a steady edge blocker for the Blue Devils, using adequate size, athleticism and constant hustle to get the job done. Cofield needs to introduce discipline to his play style to limit his lunges and improve his anchor to better sink in his stance to survive at the next level. Although he has wrinkles to iron out and his lack of range of physical tools aren’t ideal, Cofield shows promise and has enough talent to grow into a reserve swing tackle in the NFL – worth late round consideration.”

Cofield was a third-team All-ACC selection. His teammate quarterback Anthony Boone was signed by Detroit while Duke receiver Issac Blakeney was signed by the 49ers. Duke defensive end Jordan DeWalt-Ondigo, who was considered a possible draftee, signed with the Eagles.

The two UNC Tar Heel signed so far are cornerback Tim Scott, who was signed by the Cowboys, and tight end Jack Tabb, who was signed by the Saints. Scott impressed scouts with a 4.55 40-yard dash at UNC’s Pro Day prior to the draft but it wasn’t enough to get drafted.