USA tops Spain in pre-World Cup exhibition, 90-81
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — This was a week of wake-up calls for USA Basketball, some provided by unheralded G League players in practice and now more offered up by the Spanish national team.
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Gregg Popovich somehow only met Mike Krzyzewski for the first time about four years ago, when the two coaching greats saw their paths finally cross when they were together at a...
DURHAM, N.C. (AP) — Duke center Marques Bolden is remaining in the NBA draft while Javin DeLaurier will return to the Blue Devils for his senior season.
Vols’ Barnes to get $26 million over next 5 seasons
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee basketball coach Rick Barnes will make $26 million over the next five seasons as part of a hefty raise he will receive after speaking with UCLA about its coaching...
RJ Barrett to enter NBA draft after 1 season at Duke
DURHAM, N.C. (AP) — RJ Barrett is leaving Duke after one season to enter the NBA draft.
Barrett announced his decision Wednesday in a video posted on social media . He said playing at Duke...
A coaching matchup for the ages highlights Sunday's regional finals in the NCAA Tournament.
Duke's Mike Krzyzewski and Michigan State's Tom Izzo face off in the East Region. Krzyzewski has...
WASHINGTON (AP) — Zion Williamson watched in awe in 2015 when Duke and Michigan State met in the Final Four.
When he steps on to the court for another Duke-Michigan State NCAA Tournament...
Duke’s Reddish a game-time decision vs. Michigan State
WASHINGTON (AP) — Freshman forward Cam Reddish will be a game-time decision for Duke's Elite Eight NCAA Tournament game Sunday against Michigan State because of a knee injury.
Zion Williamson is back for a rematch in the Sweet 16 against one of the four teams the Blue Devils lost to this year.
Duke gets Virginia Tech on Friday night in the NCAA Tournament, a team...
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Zion Williamson took on 7-foot-6 Tacko Fall at the end and won. So did top-seeded Duke — barely — when two last-ditch shots by UCF rolled off the rim.
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Duke probably won't be a full strength for its NCAA Tournament second-round game against UCF on Sunday with reserve forward Jack White likely to sit out a second straight...
Zion in action as NCAA Tournament wraps up first round
The spotlight of the NCAA Tournament shifts to Zion Williamson and No. 1 overall seed Duke.
Along with the other 31 teams playing in first-round games Friday.
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Top-seeded Duke will have 6-foot-11 center Marques Bolden back for its NCAA Tournament opener against North Dakota State, but will be minus forward Jack White.
Williamson, Duke get top seed in East Region
WASHINGTON (AP) — Zion's path to the Final Four goes through the nation's capital.
Zion Williamson and Duke are the overall No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament. The Blue Devils sit atop the...
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Zion Williamson said he never listened to the analysts who suggested he should forego the remainder of his college career at Duke and focus on the NBA.
Duke freshman Zion Williamson is both The Associated press player and newcomer of the year in the Atlantic Coast Conference, and Virginia's Tony Bennett is the coach of the year for the second...
Coach K: Injured Bolden to miss ACC Tournament
DURHAM, N.C. (AP) — Coach Mike Krzyzewski says No. 5 Duke won't have injured big man Marques Bolden for this week's Atlantic Coast Conference Tournament.
DURHAM, N.C. (AP) — Duke freshman star Zion Williamson won't play Saturday at third-ranked North Carolina because he's still recovering from a sprained right knee.
DURHAM, N.C. (AP) — Duke's Zion Williamson is doubtful to play Saturday against third-ranked North Carolina, though Blue Devils coach Mike Krzyzewski said the 6-foot-7, 285-pound freshman is...
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A look at the upcoming week around the Atlantic Coast Conference:
GAME OF THE WEEKEND
No. 4 Duke at No. 3 North Carolina. The rematch of the fierce rivalry is the...
DURHAM, N.C. (AP) — No. 4 Duke again didn't have Zion Williamson. The Blue Devils also didn't have their best version of Cameron Reddish — and for a few uneasy minutes also were without Tre...
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Nick Bosa found himself in the news again last week when Zion Williamson sprained his right knee in the opening minute against North Carolina.
Duke’s Williamson to miss 2nd straight game with knee injury
DURHAM, N.C. (AP) — Duke freshman Zion Williamson will miss a second straight game with a mild right knee sprain he suffered last week.
Coach Mike Krzyzewski said Monday that the national...
Weekend Sports in Brief
SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) — Three days after he hit and killed a pedestrian, Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim returned to the bench Saturday night to a loud applause from a record...
TOP 25 REWIND: No. 1 Blue Devils regroup from wild week
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — There isn't much Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski hasn't encountered in a Hall of Fame career featuring more than 1,100 wins and five national championships.
Rick Byrd wins 800th career game; Belmont beats E. Illinois
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Rick Byrd won his 800th career game as Belmont rolled past Eastern Illinois 99-58 on Thursday night.
Byrd joined Duke's Mike Krzyzewski, Syracuse's Jim Boeheim, North...
Shoe blowout, knee injury leave Zion, Duke to mull future
DURHAM, N.C. (AP) — Duke might have to figure out what the Zion Show will look like without its namesake.
And Zion Williamson could have some things of his own to consider, too.
Duke star Williamson sprains knee after Nike shoe blows out
DURHAM, N.C. (AP) — Freshman sensation Zion Williamson was knocked out of the North Carolina-Duke rivalry game with a knee sprain after his Nike shoe blew out during the top-ranked Blue Devils'...
With Zion injured, No. 8 UNC routs No. 1 Duke 88-72
DURHAM, N.C. (AP) — Zion Williamson blew out his shoe, and then No. 8 North Carolina blew out top-ranked Duke.
Luke Maye took full advantage of a freak injury to the freshman sensation,...
Krzyzewski: ‘No knowledge’ of alleged assault by ex-player
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski says he has "no knowledge" of a woman's allegation that she was sexually assaulted by a former Blue Devils basketball player and he believes the school should and will investigate.
No. 2 Duke rallies from 23 down, beats No. 16 Louisville
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Looking tired and beaten while trailing Louisville by 23 points, Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski told his players they would win the game.
Whether he believed it or not didn't matter. The Blue Devils bought in and found their energy in the final 10 minutes to mount one of their biggest comebacks ever.
Williamson powers Duke past Notre Dame
SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — Zion Williamson flew unimpeded again.
For Notre Dame, there was no chance at grounding him. For Mike Krzyzewski, there's no need to even think about grounding him.
"What do you mean 'grounded'? So he doesn't jump, or what?" the Duke coach said Monday night, repeating a reporter's word used during a question about keeping the Blue Devils' freshman sensation level-headed.
Barrett, No. 2 Duke pull away to beat Georgia Tech 66-53
DURHAM, N.C. (AP) — Mike Krzyzewski could tell something was off with his Duke team, so he burned a timeout shortly after halftime to talk about it.
That the second-ranked Blue Devils responded with yet another double-figure victory taught the Hall of Fame coach something significant about them.
RJ Barrett had 24 points and 11 rebounds, and Duke pulled away to beat Georgia Tech 66-53 Saturday in point guard Tre Jones' return to the lineup.
PG Tre Jones probable to play for No. 2 Duke against Ga Tech
DURHAM, N.C. (AP) — Point guard Tre Jones has been upgraded to probable for No. 2 Duke's game against Georgia Tech after missing two games with a right shoulder injury.
Coach Mike Krzyzewski on Friday updated Jones' status for Saturday's game, saying he "has really progressed well."
Leslie, No. 8 Wolfpack women stand as last unbeaten D-I team
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The wins keep adding up for Kiara Leslie and eighth-ranked North Carolina State.
The Wolfpack women stand as Division I's last unbeaten team — not traditional women's powers Connecticut or reigning national champion Notre Dame, nor coach Mike Krzyzewski and Duke's much ballyhooed freshmen.
North Carolina State has its highest AP Top 25 ranking in nearly two decades and the best start in program history, with Leslie's all-around improvement leading the way.
Williamson scores 25, No. 2 Duke shuts down Pitt 79-64
PITTSBURGH (AP) — There are plenty of words Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski can use to describe his star-laden roster. Nervous is not one of them.
"My guys are not nervous," Krzyzewski said. "I'm nervous. But they are not. They love crowds. They love to compete."
Student vs. Teacher: Capel, Pitt set for Coach K, No. 2 Duke
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Jeff Capel needed a landing spot, a place to recharge and re-evaluate after getting fired by Oklahoma in 2011. Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski came to his former point guard with a simple offer.
Come home, Krzyzewski told Capel. We'll figure something out.
RJ Barrett leads No. 1 Duke past No. 4 Virginia 72-70
DURHAM, N.C. (AP) — No. 1 Duke and fourth-ranked Virginia kept trading baskets — and the lead — down the stretch of another classic at Cameron Indoor Stadium.
Here's the difference: The Blue Devils had RJ Barrett, Zion Williamson and a defense that —even without key on-the-ball defender Tre Jones— flipped the script on the Cavaliers.
Barrett scored 30 points, Williamson had 27 and Duke gave Virginia its first loss of the season by beating the Cavaliers 72-70 on Saturday night.
Without Jones, No. 1 Duke braces for visit from No. 4 U-Va.
DURHAM, N.C. (AP) — Top-ranked Duke hopes its team defense doesn't slip without point guard Tre Jones — for however long he's out.
The Blue Devils were just getting back to playing the kind of tough man-to-man defense that had been their trademark after several years of struggles. Now they're hoping they'll be good enough on that end of the floor when they host defensive-minded Virginia on Saturday.
Duke stays at No. 1 in AP Top 25; Kentucky, Marquette rise
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Duke remained firmly entrenched at No. 1 for a fourth straight week in The Associated Press men's college basketball poll, which was enough to give its Hall of Fame coach another record.
Syracuse upsets No. 1 Duke 95-91 in OT after Jones’ injury
DURHAM, N.C. (AP) — Syracuse packed its patented 2-3 zone defense around Zion Williamson, and dared a depleted Duke team to win from the 3-point line.
Without shooter Cameron Reddish, the top-ranked Blue Devils couldn't do it. And without point guard Tre Jones, their defense couldn't pressure the Orange, either.
Z-eye-on: Williamson starting for No. 1 Duke after eye poke
DURHAM, N.C. (AP) — Freshman sensation Zion Williamson is back in the starting lineup for top-ranked Duke, two days after he was poked in the eye during a game.
Williamson was the last Duke player out for pregame warmups before Monday night's game against Syracuse. He loosened up with no apparent issues roughly an hour before tipoff and was announced as a starter about 30 minutes later.
No. 1 Duke visits No. 13 FSU to headline ACC weekend slate
A look at the upcoming week around the Atlantic Coast Conference:
Williamson leads No. 1 Duke past Clemson 87-68 in ACC opener
DURHAM, N.C. (AP) — Zion Williamson took two dribbles in the open court, and inspiration struck: This was the perfect time to show off his 360-degree dunk.
In a freshman season full of highlight-reel plays for No. 1 Duke, this one might have been the most breathtaking.
"I said, 'You know what? I'm wide open. Why not?'" Williamson said. "I did it, got high enough and it was almost like a layup."
No. 2 Duke emerges from exam break to beat Princeton 101-50
DURHAM, N.C. (AP) — A cold offensive start for second-ranked Duke on Tuesday night turned out to be a good sign for coach Mike Krzyzewski. That's because his Blue Devils never let all those missed shots infect the team's defensive focus.
No. 3 Duke wins 4th straight, beats Yale 91-58
DURHAM, N.C. (AP) — There's no questioning the NBA-destined young talent at third-ranked Duke, showcased game after game through big offensive totals and highlight-reel dunks.
Yet coach Mike Krzyzewski also sees a group that is improving steadily, including with the defense that harassed Yale with turnover-forcing pressure Saturday.
Barrett leads No. 3 Duke past Hartford, 84-54
DURHAM, N.C. (AP) — Coach Mike Krzyzewski slammed a chair during a timeout shortly after halftime. By the end of the game, RJ Barrett was slamming home an alley-oop pass off the glass.
Just that quickly, Duke can turn a frustrating night into yet another blowout.
Barrett had 27 points and a season-best 15 rebounds, and third-ranked Duke pulled away to rout Hartford 84-54 on Wednesday night.
Duke freshmen look to bounce back after reality check
DURHAM, N.C. (AP) — Duke's star-studded freshmen are facing another first, one not many expected this soon — if ever — during their presumably short college careers.
Bouncing back from a loss.
The title game at the Maui Invitational might have provided a reality check for anyone expecting the Blue Devils to coast to an undefeated — if not unchallenged —season behind one of the best freshman classes in years.
Top-ranked Duke knocks off No. 8 Auburn 78-72 in Maui semis
LAHAINA, Hawaii (AP) — Duke hit Auburn with a flurry of alley-oops, acrobatic drives and step-back 3-pointers.
The Tigers, unlike the Blue Devils' first four opponents, fought back, going right back at the top-ranked Blue Devils.
It still wasn't enough.
Duke withstood its toughest test of the season so far, outlasting No. 8 Auburn 78-72 Tuesday night to reach the Maui Invitational title game.