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Blue Devils’ Smith unanimous all-ACC pick

Nolan Smith (courtesy of Duke photography)

Duke Blue Devils guard Nolan Smith is the only unanimous selection to the all-Atlantic Coast Conference basketball team.

Smith was joined by Duke teammate Kyle Singler, Maryland’s Jordan Williams, Virginia Tech’s Malcolm Delaney and Boston College’s Reggie Jackson. Smith, who leads the ACC with an average of 21.6 points and is second in assists, also made the league’s all-defense team.

With North Carolina being the regular season ACC champion, it marked the first time in league history that the top team did not place any members on the first team.

courtesy of Atlantic Coast Conference

Coach “K” alone in second place on all-time wins list with 880

Mike Krzyzewski (file photo)

Number 1 Duke routed North Carolina-Greensboro 108-62 to give head coach Mike Krzyzewski sole possession of second place on the men’s basketball all-time wins list.

The Blue Devils were led by Kyle Singler with 27 points and Nolan Smith with 26 in giving the Hall of Fame coach his 880th career victory, before a crowd of 23,000 at Greensboro Coliseum.

Coach “K” moved past longtime North Carolina coach Dean Smith. That leaves Bobby Knight next on the list. Knight was his mentor and coached him at Army.

Coach “K” is in his 36th year as a head coach and has an overall record of 880-279. He could catch Knight by the end of the season.

compiled from Duke athletics news

Duke versus Butler rematch will take place on December 4 in New Jersey

compiled from staff and wire reports

Brad Stevens Butler ( file photo)

Duke and Butler will meet again on the hardwood next season, eight months after their classic performance in the national championship game.

The two schools will play December 4 in a highly anticipated, much-publicized regular-season game at the IZOD Center in East Rutherford, New Jersey. The Blue Devils won their fourth NCAA Title in Indianapolis on April 5 by beating the fan favorite Bulldogs 61-59. as Gordon Hayward’s potential game-winning 3-point shot from halfcourt bounced off the rim.

The Blue Devils have a long, successful history at the arena, going 18-1 and winning five NCAA regional finals there. Butler has never played at the Meadowlands, former home of the New Jersey Nets of the NBA.

Both teams will start the season amongst the favorites to return to the national championship game. The Blue Devils return star players Kyle Singler and Nolan Smith.

Gordon Hayward declared early for the NBA draft but has not signed with a agent and could region Shelvin Mack, Matt Howard and Ronald Nored in the Butler Bulldogs lineup.

Duke and Coach “K” silence Butler University, 61-59 for the national title

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Duke Blue Devils (Duke Photography)

Duke beat Butler 61-59 for the national championship Monday night, a win that wasn’t locked up until after the buzzer sounded, when Gordon Hayward’s  halfcourt, 3-point heave for the win barely missed to leave most of the 70,000 fans in Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis was rooting for Butler, very disappointed for not having pulled off  the upset.

Kyle Singler scored 19 points and Brian Zoubek rebounded Hayward’s miss with 3.6 seconds left.

The Blue Devils, 35-5, who snapped Butler’s 25-game winning streak and gave Duke its long-awaited fourth national title back to Durham, North Carolina.

The “Big Three”, Singler, Jon Scheyer (15 points) and Nolan Smith (13) finally won college basketball’s coveted  trophy for coach Mike Krzyzewski, his first championship since 2001 and the fourth overall, tying Coach K with Adolph Rupp for second place on the all-time list.

Butler University finishes at 33-5 and showed the entire nation that the Horizon League is a quality league with good programs and solid basketball.

After a 6 year dry spell, Duke is back in the title game; beats West Virginia

compiled from staff, wire and Duke Athletics

The current Duke Blue Devils roster has no clear-cut superstar players meaning there are no Tommy Amakers, Danny Ferrys, Christian Laettners or Grant Hills.

They do have players and leaders in Jon Scheyer and Nolan Smith who can carry them when needed.

Jon Scheyer scored 23 points Saturday night to lead Duke, to a surprisingly easy 78-57 triumph over the West Virginia Mountaineers and set up the NCAA Championship matchup with Indianapolis’ hometown school, Butler University. It’s a matchup of big school vs. little school.

Blue Devils' Jon Scheyer (Duke photography)

The Blue Devils are now 34-5 after the win in Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis on Saturday.

Duke has been yearning to get back to the national championship and has gone six years since its last appearance and it’s been nine years since they won it all. That lengthy drought has not sat too well with the folks in the Tobacco Road area and Coach Mike Krzyzewski has taken alot of heat eventhough he is one of the games upper-tier coaches.

The Blue Devils beat a West Virginia team coached by alumnus Bob Huggins, who led the his team to a 31-7 record and a 10-game winning streak that included the Big East tournament championship and ended with the Final Four trip. West Virginia hasn’t seen anything close to this season, in 51 years when Jerry West was in Morgantown.

Coach Huggins returned to West Virginia to bring back winning basketball and a national spotlight on the program and he has done that for the state’s #1 school.

The Mountaineers chances dimmed when at the 8:59 mark in the second half, star player Da’Sean Butler, twisted his left knee and, was charged with an offensive foul as he fell to the ground. Butler was in a lot of pain and was consoled by Coach Huggins until he was helped off the floor, never to return. If it wasn’t for Butler, West Virginia would never have seen the Final Four; he saved them in several games with buzzer-beating shots.

West Virginia was also stopped inside by Duke’s tall forest of big men led by 7’1 Brian Zoubek and 6’10 brothers, Mason and Miles Plumlee who clogged the middle and forced the Mountaineers to shoot medium-range jumpers.

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