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Notre Dame's Juwan Durham (11) gets pressure from Duke's Jordan Goldwire during the second half of Wednesday's game in South Bend, Ind. Duke won 75-65.

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Duke’s freshmen take step forward in ACC opener

By Tom Shanahan Special to the Times
| December 18, 2020

They’re some of the top basketball recruits in the nation, but they also are essentially strangers in this oddest of seasons. The COVID-19 pandemic slowed their transitioned to highlighting individual skills in AAU ball to executing the Division I college game.

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A look ahead, all too soon

By Tom Shanahan Special to the Times
| March 20, 2020

Today should have been about analyzing Duke’s first-round NCAA Tournament opponent. Instead, with the coronavirus pandemic canceling the postseason, we’re left to think ahead. What will th...

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Blue Devils, Tar Heels wind up ACC's regular season

By Tom Shanahan Special to the Times
| March 6, 2020

DURHAM —North Carolina is riding a three-game win streak, while Duke has dropped three of its last five. Normally, that suggests the Tar Heels are seeking a top postseason seed and the Blue …

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Young Blue Devils are still learning late in the season

By Tom Shanahan Special to the Times
| February 28, 2020

Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski learned leadership at a foremost institution for developing leaders — West Point. After all, before he was a basketball coach, he was a retired U.S. Army captain. Coac...

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For Duke, NC State loss is a one-off

By Tom Shanahan Special to the Times
| February 21, 2020

RALEIGH — The last two times Duke won national championships in 2010 and 2015, the Blue Devils’ regular season included a double-digit loss at N.C. State’s arena. The Wolfpack won …

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Coach K pleased with the growth of his young Blue Devils

By Tom Shanahan | Special to the Times
| February 14, 2020

DURHAM — Mike Krzyzewksi, Duke’s hall-of-fame basketball coach, sounded positively giddy Monday night, just three days before his 73rd birthday. And that’s a good thing not to be …

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No certainties in resumption of Duke-UNC rivalry

By Tom Shanahan Special to the Times
| February 7, 2020

DURHAM — If only it was this easy to compare scores and pick college basketball results. A week after struggling North Carolina lost at home to middling ACC foe Boston College, Duke …

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Capel’s return to Durham stirs emotion

By Tom Shanahan Special to the Times
| January 31, 2020

Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski doesn’t like to play against his former players that have been an assistant for and then landed their own job as a head coach. We saw just how much he dislikes it at t...

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Blue Devils’ O-line gets upgrade with Frey

By Tom Shanahan Special to the Wilson Times
| January 24, 2020

Daniel Jones proved he was a better quarterback than NFL fans judged him at Duke upon taking over the New York Giants’ starting role as the sixth pick of the NFL draft. Quentin Harris, a …

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Tighter rotations mean less margin for error for Blue Devils

By Tom Shanahan Special to the Times
| January 17, 2020

Well, what did we learn from Duke’s surprising loss at Clemson? Perhaps the most revealing information was Duke’s 10-man rotation has been more than “coachspeak” from Blue …

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After SFA upset, Blue Devils are on a roll

By Tom Shanahan Special to the Times
| January 10, 2020

Eight straight wins, seven by double figures, five of them by 20-plus points and two those in ACC victories by 39 (Boston College) and 33 (Miami). Duke looks again like not only a Final Four team …

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Robinson a valuable commodity for Duke

By Tom Shanahan Special to the Times
| January 3, 2020

DURHAM — Vernon Carey’s strong inside play has progressed earlier than expected, especially for a freshman prone to using his perimeter skills in high school. To understand a key to his …

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Blue Devils’ depth on display in latest victory

By Tom Shanahan Special to the Times
| December 27, 2019

DURHAM — This sounds ironic, but it’s fair to wonder if Duke was overlooked in the latest Associated Press Top 25 basketball poll. The Blue Devils often get the benefit of the doubt, inclu...

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Blue Devils don’t worry about the rating game

By Tom Shanahan Special to the Times
| December 20, 2019

DURHAM — Luca Diamont verbally committed to Duke 10 months ago while ranked a 4-star prospect. Then, between February and signing his National Letter of Intent Wednesday, he dropped to a …

From Army to Duke, Coach K’s intensity a constant

By Tom Shanahan Special to the Times
| December 13, 2019

DURHAM – Herman Bulls knew Mike Krzyzewski early on, long before Duke’s basketball Hall-of-Famer was Coach K, his iconic identity. He was an unknown Army coach with a silent K preceding …

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