The Duke Men’s Basketball Team was ranked 5th in the NCAA Division 1 standings released on March 7th.
The Blue Devils enter the ACC Tournament quarterfinals with an overall record of 28-4 and a conference record of 13-3. Duke faced Maryland in the quarterfinals game and will be advancing to the semifinals after an 87-71 win.
The Blue Devil’s have had a great run but have been plagued by one small, random thing: toe injuries. The second Blue Devil this season to go down with a toe injury was senior Nolan Smith. Smith was injured in the last eight minutes of the Maryland game.
Freshman Kyrie Irving has been out for the past three months for a similar toe injury. Since these two athletes were relied on heavily, it has caused Sophomore Seth Curry to step up and take charge of the team.
He has had to learn several different positions throughout the season, depending on team needs, and is turning into an all-around player. Besides injuries, the Blue Devils were still able to pull out a quarterfinals win. Head Coach Mike Krzyzewski leads the Blue Devils, but looks to Nolan Smith, Kyle Singler, and Seth Curry for on court perfection.
About The Team
Head Coach Mike Krzyzewski is in his 31st season as coach of the Blue Devils. He has earned many significant awards and achievements in his tenure at Duke including being a Hall of Fame coach, 12-time National Coach of the Year, four National Championships, 26 NCAA Tournament bids, 11 Final Four appearances, 12 ACC regular season championships, 795-plus total victories and 77 NCAA Tournament victories. Krzyzewski has built a dynasty at Duke and continues to build a quality program.
Senior Nolan Smith was recently injured during play against Maryland. He was named to the All-ACC First Team, ACC All-Defensive team, and ACC Player of the Year, all firsts in his career. Smith was also named the USBWA Player of the Year. He averages 21.6 points per game, 4.8 rebounds per game, and 5.2 assists per game.
Senior Kyle Singler was also named to the All-ACC First Team with Smith and USBWA First Team. He currently averages 15.9 points per game, 6.9 rebounds per game, 2.1 assists per game, and 1.2 steals per game, and has over 2,297 career points.
Sophomore Seth Curry is averaging 12.2 points per game and 49.1% from the three-point range in the past 10 games. He continues to step in and fill different roles as Smith and Irving heal from injuries.
About The School
Duke University is located in Durham, NC and has about 13,000 undergraduate and graduate students. With over 10 different schools of study and 40 undergraduate majors and minors to choose from Duke offers something for everyone.
In addition to this there are also over 400 student clubs and organizations for fellow students to get involved with. Duke University offers a variety of classes and extracurricular activities to fulfill the needs of all students.