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Feb 22, 2017; Syracuse, NY, USA; Syracuse Orange fans celebrate on the court following the game against the Duke Blue Devils at the Carrier Dome. The Orange won 78-75. Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports
Feb 22, 2017; Syracuse, NY, USA; Syracuse Orange fans celebrate on the court following the game against the Duke Blue Devils at the Carrier Dome. The Orange won 78-75. Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports

A quick take on Syracuse's incredible 78-75 win over Duke on Wednesday evening at the Carrier Dome:

WHAT HAPPENED: With three Duke defenders in his face and the game tied, Syracuse guard John Gillon launched a 3-pointer from straight away that banked in as time expired, as the Orange likely stamped its ticket to the NCAA Tournament with a dramatic come-from-behind win.

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Duke is the favorite to win the NCAA championship and junior guard Grayson Allen is favored to win AP National Player of the Year honors, according to Bovada.lv.

Led by Allen and a crew of stud freshmen including Jayson Tatum, Harry Giles, Frank Jackson and Marques Bolden, Duke faces odds of 4/1 to win the national championship in Glendale, Az. Kentucky follows at 15/2 with Kansas and reigning NCAA champion Villanova at 10/1. Arizona, which also has several elite freshmen in Kobi Simmons and Rawle Alkins, is next at 14/1.

Allen, who leads the AP odds at 6/1, opted to return to Duke for his junior season after he could have declared for the NBA Draft last year. He's currently projected at No. 25 by DraftExpress.com.

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May 7, 2016; Louisville, KY, USA; during the 152nd running of the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs. Mandatory Credit: Jamie Rhodes-USA TODAY Sports (Jamie Rhodes)
May 7, 2016; Louisville, KY, USA; during the 152nd running of the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs. Mandatory Credit: Jamie Rhodes-USA TODAY Sports (Jamie Rhodes)

Rick Pitino, who coached one of the greatest college basketball teams ever in the 1995-96 Kentucky Wildcats, says this year's incarnation of the Duke Blue Devils could rival his historic club.

That Kentucky club featured eight future NBA players and had Nazr Mohamed as its 13th man.

"They've got a fifth-year guy (Amile Jefferson) who's a terrific rebounder and basketball player and they've got great shooting, great coaching and a great system," Pitino told Jon Rothstein on his Podcast. "They've got it all. They're very deep and they've got two of the best in Jayson Tatum and Harry Giles - the one-and-two ranked high school players in the nation. They're as good of a team as I've seen in the modern era."

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Duke freshman forward Harry Giles underwent a left knee arthroscopy on Monday and is expected to be out six weeks, the team announced.

"We're very pleased with the outcome of today's procedure," head coach Mike Krzyzewski said in a statement. "This is the right step for Harry at the moment as it will help him be 100 percent going forward. Harry has done a tremendous job in rehabilitation over the last year and I'm sure he'll continue to do the same after this procedure."

The 6-foot-11 Giles is part of Duke's heralded freshmen class that also includes fellow forwards Jayson Tatum and Marques Bolden.

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WEST POINT, N.Y. -- Lance Thomas knows all about the Plumlee family, having played alongside Miles and Mason Plumlee on the 2009-10 Duke team that won an NCAA championship.

Now the youngest Plumlee, 7-foot Marshall, is Thomas' teammate with the Knicks as both players look to fortify a revamped front line highlighted by the signing of free agent Joakim Noah.

"Yeah, I knew Marshall, I remember when Marshall was in high school," the 6-8 Thomas told me Thursday at Knicks' training camp at West Point. "He was coming to visit his brothers, who I played with, Miles and Mason. It's very good to have him here."

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Gary Trent Jr., the 6-foot-5 shooting guard now at Napa (CA) Prolific Prep, has long been linked to Duke and after seeing pictures of his home visit with the entire Duke staff on Wednesday night, it's not hard to see why.

Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski, associate head coach Jeff Capel and assistants Nate James and Jon Scheyer all met with the Michigan native, who took his first official visit to UCLA this past weekend.


The same week he received an offer from Duke, Alex O'Connell committed.

O'Connell, out of Alpharetta (GA) Milton, is ranked the No. 16 shooting guard in the Class of 2017 by 247Sports.com and also considered Louisville, among others.


Jermaine Samuels Jr. named a top five after picking up a Duke offer this week.

The 6-foot-6 wing from the Weston (MA) Rivers School listed Duke, Villanova, Georgetown, Indiana and Kansas. The Duke offer was first reported by ESPN's Adam Finkelstein.

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(Robert Hanashiro)

GARDEN GROVE, Calif. -- Chase Jeter knows expectations are high for Duke entering the 2016-17 season.

The Blue Devils will likely be the preseason No. 1 team in most polls, and betting site Bovada has them at 9/2 odds to win the NCAA championship in Phoenix next April.

The 6-foot-10 Jeter isn't backing down from those expectations, either.

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NORTH AUGUSTA, S.C. -- At the age of 69, Mike Krzyzewski has already won five NCAA championships and two Olympic gold medals as a head coach.

The Duke and Team USA head man has never won both in the same basketball season but that could all change across the next nine months.

Team USA will be the favorite to take home gold at the Rio Olympics next month, while Duke has already been installed by many outlets as the preseason No. 1 team in college basketball for 2016-17.

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Quade Green picked up an offer from Duke on Tuesday during his unofficial visit to campus.

"Duke is a school Quade has always talked about getting an offer from and now it has come true," Neumann-Goretti coach Carl Arrigale told SNY.tv. "It's a true mark of how well he continues to play and get better this summer. I am happy for him. His success is well deserved. He works extremely hard."

Green is now the third Class of 2017 player from the PSA Cardinals with a Duke offer, following 7-footer Mohamed Bamba of the Westtown (Pa.) School, and 6-9 forward Deng Gak of Blair (N.J.) Academy.

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(Mark L. Baer)

Former Duke guard Derryck Thornton Jr. will transfer to USC.

Thornton, who played one season at Duke, will have to sit out the 2016-17 season due to NCAA transfer rules, but will have three years of eligibility remaining starting in 2017-18.

"He really got along with (associate head coach) Tony Bland, (head coach Andy) Enfield and the whole staff," Derryck Thornton, Sr. told Scout.com "He liked all four staffs but it was really the trust level at USC with Bland and the staff and the comfort of being home."

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Quade Green is off to a great start in the summer heading into his senior season.

The 6-foot point guard from Neumann-Goretti High School and the PSA Cardinals on Thursday made the first cut for the USA Basketball U18 team.

Later this month, he is tentatively planning to visit both Duke (June 21-22) and Kentucky (June 29-30), his high school coach Carl Arrigale told SNY.tv.

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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. -- David McCormack has progressed a lot in the last year and the Norfolk (Va) Academy center has slimmed down and now has a who's who of college basketball involved for his services.

At midnight on Tuesday -- when college coaches could first contact Class of 2018 targets -- Maryland coach Mark Turegon reached out.

"Maryland, I actually got a call from them as soon as the clock struck midnight," McCormack said at the NBPA Top 100 Camp "...It was a crazy experience. A lot of people told me to be ready. Coach Turgeon [extended an offer]."

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David McCormack, a 6-foot-10, 285-pound Class of 2018 big man from Norfolk (VA) Academy and Team Loaded, took an unofficial visit to Duke over the weekend.

McCormack is rated the No. 2 center in the nation by 247Sports and the No. 3 player in the state for the Class of 2018.

"It was a great experience," he told SNY.tv. "We [Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski and McCormack] talked about how I am a one of a kind big and [how I should] embrace the way I play on the court."

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(Winslow Townson)

Brandon Ingram worked for the Philadelphia 76ers on Monday and was the only player in the workout.

The 6-foot-9 Ingram is projected as a top-2 pick in the June 23 NBA Draft, with most draft sites projeciting the Sixers to take former LSU forward Ben Simmons at No. 1, leaving Ingram for the Lakers at No. 2.


Duke's Brandon Ingram is one of five former Blue Devils named to the USA Select Team. (Winslow Townson)
Duke's Brandon Ingram is one of five former Blue Devils named to the USA Select Team. (Winslow Townson)

Five former Duke players and three Kentucky products highlight the 25-man 2016 USA Men's Select Team that will train July 18-21 with the 2016 USA Basketball Men's National Team in Las Vegas.

Jabari Parker, Jahlil Okafor, Justise Winslow, Rodney Hood and Brandon Ingram, a projected top-2 pick in the upcoming NBA Draft, all played at Duke, while Willie Cauley-Stein, Devin Booker and Julius Randle played at Kentucky.

Also selected for the 2016 USA Basketball Select squad were: Malcolm Brogdon (University of Virginia); Kentavious Caldwell-Pope (Detroit Pistons); Kris Dunn  (Providence College); Aaron Gordon (Orlando Magic); Jerami Grant (Philadelphia 76ers); Gary Harris (Denver Nuggets); Brice Johnson (University of North Carolina), Stanley Johnson (Detroit Pistons); Zach LaVine (Minnesota Timberwolves); CJ McCollum (Portland Trail Blazers); Doug McDermott (Chicago Bulls); Emmanuel Mudiay (Denver Nuggets); D'Angelo Russell (Los Angeles Lakers); Marcus Smart (Boston Celtics); Myles Turner (Indiana Pacers); Denzel Valentine (Michigan State University); and Cody Zeller (Charlotte Hornets).

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(Robert Deutsch)

Duke, the projected No. 1 team in the nation, will host Michigan State while Indiana will host North Carolina in next year's ACC/Big Ten Challenge set for Nov. 28-30.

Both Duke and Michigan State have elite recruiting classes, with the Blue Devils bringing in Marques Bolden, Harry Giles, Jayson Tatum, Frank Jackson and Jack White, and Michigan State adding Miles Bridges, Cassius Winston, Josh Langford and Nick Ward.

Duke and Michigan State will also compete in the Champions Classic Nov. 15 at Madison Square Garden, with the Blue Devils meeting Kentucky and the Spartans facing Kansas. Meantime, Kansas visits Kentucky in the SEC/Big 12 Challenge on Jan. 28.

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After months of buildup, waiting and speculation, Marques Bolden finally announced for Duke and not Kentucky on Thursday at DeSoto (TX) High School.

The 6-foot-10, 250-pound big man is ranked the No. 1 center in the Class of 2016 and joins a loaded recruiting class that already includes Harry Giles, Jayson Tatum, Javin DeLaurier, Frank Jackson and Jack White. Duke's class is now ranked No. 1 by Scout.com ahead of No. 2 Kentucky and No. 3 Arizona.


CHICAGO -- John Calipari was perceived to be taking a shot at Duke and coach Mike Krzyzewski earlier this week when he tried to distinguish between Kentucky's pitch to recruits and the pitch made by other schools.

"I refuse to go in a home and paint a picture saying things like, 'If you come with us you'll be taken care of for the rest of your life by the program and by our alums" even though you may only be in school for a year or two,' he wrote on his Website. "How preposterous does that sound? What if I say that same thing and the young man decides to transfer for one reason or another? Does that still hold true that we're going to take care of them the rest of their lives? Our approach is to give them the fishing rod and the lures to help them catch fish, not to just give you the fish."

The comment was widely taken as a shot at Duke, which is known to emphasize the school's long-term benefits to recruits.

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Marques Bolden has yet to announce his college choice, much to the chagrin of many Kentucky and Duke fans.

But incoming Kentucky point guard De'Aaron Fox made one last pitch for Bolden to join Big Blue Nation via USA Today (and a transcription from Kentucky Sports Radio).


Deng Gak was stunned when the voice on the other end of the phone belonged to Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski.

"It's pretty surreal when Coach K calls you," the 6-foot-10, 205-pound Gak said.

Coach K called Gak on Thursday to extend a scholarship offer to the forward from Blair (N.J.) Academy and the PSA Cardinals.

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Brandon Randolph continues to pile up high-major offers after a strong start on the Nike EYBL circuit.

The 6-foot-6, 175-pound Class of 2017 shooting guard from the PSA Cardinals picked up offers from North Carolina and Oregon on Tuesday.

That came after he added offers last week from Arizona, Villanova, Syracuse, Kansas, Notre Dame and DePaul.

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Duke and Kentucky each placed three recruits in the final ESPN.com recruiting rankings for the Class of 2016.

Duke placed Harry Giles at No. 1, Jayson Tatum at No. 3 and Frank Jackson at No. 10.

Kentucky has Bam Adebayo at No. 5, De'Aaron Fox at No. 6 and Malik Monk at No. 9.

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Mike Krzyzewski may be off the road in April as he recovers from knee replacement surgery, but that hasn't stopped him from checking in on some of the top recruits in the Class of 2017.

Coach K called PSA Cardinals director Terrance "Munch" Williams on Monday to say he was "interested in 2017s Mohamed Bamba, Quade Green and Deng Gak. Duke has already offered Bamba, but not yet the other two.

"He's interested in all of them," Williams told SNY.tv.

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NEW YORK -- Entering the Jordan Brand Classic last week, Jayson Tatum, Harry Giles and Frank Jackson had never been in Barclays Center in Brooklyn.

The game gave the Duke-bound trio a glimpse at the arena where the ACC Tournament will be played for the next two years.

Tatum went for 18 points on 6-of-14 shooting with 8 rebounds in the East's 131-117 victory over the West. Jackson played only 5 minutes in the became before he hit his head on the floor and was taken off with concussion-like symptoms. Giles watched from the bench for the East as he recovers from ACL surgery.

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Quade Green hosted a series of big-time schools this week at Philadelphia Neumann-Goretti High School.

Xavier and Temple had school visits with the 6-foot point guard from the PSA Cardinals, while Duke and Miami watched him during an open gym on Wednesday. Syracuse watched him the week before.

Syracuse, Miami, Xavier and Temple have already offered, while Duke is showing interest.

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Duke got some good news when the Atlantic Coast Conference approved a medical hardship waiver for senior Amile Jefferson, making him eligible for the Blue Devils in 2016-17.

Duke sought the waiver on Jefferson's behalf after he missed all but nine games in 2015-16 due to a right foot fracture sustained in December. In those nine games, he averaged 11.4 points and 10.3 rebounds.

In 115 games in a Duke uniform, including 68 starts, Jefferson has averaged 6.1 points and 5.7 rebounds while shooting .624 from the field. His 277 career offensive rebounds are sixth-most in program history.

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Transferring Duke point guard Derryck Thornton is down to four schools -- Kansas, USC, Miami and Washington -- and will take official visits to all four schools before deciding, he told Scout.com.

Thornton broke down all four schools for Scout:

Kansas: "Kansas has a terrific tradition and Bill Self runs a great program. I have a great relationship with Kurtis Townsend. They win the Big 12 every year and I know they're going to be in the national championship hunt."

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Duke head coach Mike Krzyzewski offered a scholarship to 2017 guard Hamidou Diallo on Tuesday.

"Coach K offered on FaceTime," Putnam Science Academy (CT) coach Tom Espinosa told SNY.tv.

Associate coach Jeff Capel was in the building Tuesday watching the 6-foot-6 Diallo.

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(Screen shot courtesy ESPN)

NEW YORK -- Two high-level Division 1 point guards exited the Jordan Brand Classic Friday night with injuries.

UConn-bound floor general Alterique Gilbert suffered a separated left shoulder and could miss approximately four weeks, West coach Sharman White confirmed to SNY.tv. White has separated the shoulder before, White said.

"Put back in place, doing much better," White said.

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NEW YORK -- Through the first two days of practice here at the Jordan Brand Classic, Harry Giles has been one of the largest cheerleaders you will ever see.

The 6-foot-9, 230-pound power forward has been sitting on the bench, rooting on the East team, which includes his future Duke teammate Jayson Tatum. The East will meet the West on Friday at 8 p.m at Barclays Center (ESPN).

"I've accepted it now because I've been through it from the [beginning of the] season, from November when I got hurt," Giles said of tearing his right ACL on Nov. 4 while playing for Oak Hill Academy in a game that Kentucky coach John Calipari watched while scouting Giles before he committed to Duke.

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McDonald's All-American West guard Frank Jackson (3) takes a shot during the McDonald's High School All-American Game at the United Center. (Brian Spurlock)
McDonald's All-American West guard Frank Jackson (3) takes a shot during the McDonald's High School All-American Game at the United Center. (Brian Spurlock)

NEW YORK -- Duke has one point guard transferring, Derryck Thornton, and one coming in, five-star senior Frank Jackson, so we will never know what the dynamic would be like had both been on the same team next season.

When news of Thornton's transfer broke on Sunday, few people seemed surprised. Count Jackson among them.

"I'm gonna be honest with you, it didn't surprise me," Jackson told SNY.tv Wednesday morning at the HSS Training Center after he and his West teammates finished up practice for Friday night's Jordan Brand Classic at Barclays Center. "I saw it throughout the season, but that's his decision, and that's what him and his family thought was best for him."

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Point guard Derryck Thornton (12) is transferring from Duke. (Mark Dolejs-USA TODAY Sports)
Point guard Derryck Thornton (12) is transferring from Duke. (Mark Dolejs-USA TODAY Sports)

A year ago, Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski was trying to get Derryck Thornton to reclassify from 2016 to 2015, and run the point in Durham.

Thornton wound up reclassifying and playing his freshman year for the Blue Devils, but now, he is on the open market.

Duke announced Sunday that Thornton will transfer after one season at Duke in which he averaged 7.1 points and 2.5 assists over 36 games.

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What if Bobby Hurley had gone to Seton Hall instead of Duke?

How many NCAA championships might the Pirates have won with Hurley running the point?

"At least one," former Seton Hall star Terry Dehere told SNY.tv

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Duke has been installed as the favorite to win the 2017 NCAA Tournament at 9/2 odds, according to Bovada.

The Blue Devils return much of their current team while adding the No. 2 recruiting class in the nation according to Scout.com, led by the projected top-2 picks in 2017 in Jayson Tatum (pictured) and Harry Giles.

Kentucky, which will lose several players to the NBA Draft but has the No. 1-ranked class, chimes in at 6/1, while newly-minted NCAA champion Villanova is at 8/1.

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(Robert Hanashiro)

Sophomore guard Grayson Allen will return to Duke University for his junior season in 2016-17, the school announced Wednesday.

The 6-foot-5 sophomore had been projected as the No. 31 pick in the NBA Draft by DraftExpress.com, and is now listed at No. 19 in 2017.

He returns to a team that will likely be ranked as the preseason No. 1 team in the nation by many outlets. Bovada has already installed Duke as a 9/2 favorite to win the 2017 NCAA Tournament.

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(Robert Hanashiro)

Duke freshman Brandon Ingram will enter the 2016 NBA draft, he announced in a goodbye letter posted on The Players' Tribune

Ingram played at Duke for only one season, averaging 17.3 points and 6.8 rebounds per game while being named the Atlantic Coast Conference's freshman of the year. Ingram was also named second-team All-ACC.

"My time is almost over here in Durham. Today as I declare for the NBA draft, I'm both excited and said about this moment," Ingram wrote. "On one hand, one year at Duke isn't a very long time. I know that. But I've done a lot of growing, and growing up, in that time. I know by leaving I'll miss out on a lot of friendships and opportunities. I'll really miss all the students who showed me so much love." 

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PHILADELPHIA -- Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski reached out to Oregon coach Dana Altman on Saturday to apologize for calling out Dillon Brooks in the handshake line following Duke's 82-62 loss to Oregon in the Sweet 16.

"Today, I spoke with Oregon head coach Dana Altman and apologized to him for my remarks to Dillon Brooks following our game," Krzyzewski said in his statement first obtained by The Sporting News. "It is not my place to talk to another team's player and doing so took the focus away from the terrific game that Dillon played.

"In the postgame press conference, I reacted incorrectly to a reporter's question about my comment to Dillon. Clearly, the story that night was about Oregon advancing to the Elite Eight, and the outstanding game they played. I sincerely hope I did not create a distraction for Coach Altman and his team at this critical time of year. Certainly, I have the utmost respect for the Oregon program and their tremendous accomplishments."

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(Winslow Townson / USA Today Sports)

Brandon Ingram was recently installed as the projected No. 1 pick in the NBA Draft -- ahead of Ben Simmons -- by DraftExpress.com.

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Duke Blue Devils forward Amile Jefferson walks on crutches on the court prior to the game against the Elon Phoenix at Cameron Indoor Stadium. (Mark Dolejs/USA Today Sports Images)
Duke Blue Devils forward Amile Jefferson walks on crutches on the court prior to the game against the Elon Phoenix at Cameron Indoor Stadium. (Mark Dolejs/USA Today Sports Images)

Duke's Amile Jefferson is out for the rest of the season with a foot injury, the school announced.

Jefferson, 22, played just nine games this year, none after Dec. 5. He averaged 11.4 points and 10.3 rebounds.

The school will seek a medical hardship waiver in hopes he will be eligible for next season.

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(Bob Donnan)

(AP) -- Grayson Allen scored 23 points and freshman Derryck Thornton came up with the clinching block on the final play to help No. 20 Duke edge No. 5 North Carolina 74-73 on Wednesday night.

Allen hit a pair of free throws with 1:09 left for the lead on a night when the Blue Devils (20-6, 9-4 Atlantic Coast Conference) trailed most of the way. Then Duke came up with a pair of stops in the final minute, first on a shot attempt inside in traffic by Kennedy Meeks.

Then, on UNC's final possession, Thornton blocked Joel Berry II's shot in the lane. Allen rebounded the ball and flung it into the air to let the final seconds expire, and then the players raced to the bench to mob each other and celebrate. >> Read more

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(AP) -- There is a number in front of Duke again. After two weeks of being one of the unranked, the Blue Devils are finally back in The Associated Press Top 25.

One of the longest streaks of consecutive poll appearances ended two weeks ago when Duke dropped out of the rankings. Its run of 167 consecutive polls started with the preseason Top 25 of 2006-07. A run of four losses in five games knocked the Blue Devils from the ranks of the ranked.

A four-game winning streak has Duke (19-6) at No. 20 and if the Blue Devils go on a run similar to their last one they will be ranked until sometime in the 2024-25 season.

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DURHAM, N.C. (AP) -- Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski was back at work one day after missing his first game in more than 20 years.

School spokesman Jon Jackson said Wednesday night that the Hall of Fame coach worked earlier that day, is feeling better and expects to resume his normal schedule Thursday.

Krzyzewski wasn't with the Blue Devils for their 80-71 victory at Georgia Tech on Tuesday night, staying in Durham on the advice of Duke University Hospital doctors who checked him out after he felt ill following the team meal Monday night. Associate head coach Jeff Capel coached the Devils in that game.

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One day after Duke fell out of The Associated Press top 25 for the first time since 2007, the Blue Devils were dealt some more bad news.

Head coach Mike Krzyzewski will miss Tuesday's game against Georgia Tech and associate head coach Jeff Capel will run the show.

"After the team meal last evening, he was feeling under the weather and stayed back in Durham, where he was evaluated at Duke University Hospital and directed by his doctors to remain home," the school said in a statement. "Associate head coach Jeff Capel will coach the team in tonight's game at Georgia Tech. Coach Krzyzewski is expected to return to the team soon."

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For the first time in eight-plus years, Duke is not ranked in The Associated Press Top 25 poll.

The defending national champion Blue Devils tumbled out of the poll after losing at No. 15 Miami, 80-69, last Monday night. They were No. 24 in the poll released last week, and many felt they didn't deserve to be ranked then.

Duke had been ranked for 167 straight weeks dating to the final poll of the 2006-7 season. Kansas now holds the longest current streak at 136 weeks.

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Duke will likely fall out of the AP Top 25 for the first time in 167 weeks following Monday's loss at Miami. (Steve Mitchell / USA Today)
Duke will likely fall out of the AP Top 25 for the first time in 167 weeks following Monday's loss at Miami. (Steve Mitchell / USA Today)

When the new AP Top 25 rankings come out on Monday, defending champion Duke likely will tumble out of the poll.

The Blue Devils, No. 24 in the poll released Monday, lost at No. 15 Miami, 80-69, on Monday night thanks to Angel Rodriguez's 13 points, 11 assists and 5 rebounds.

Duke has been ranked for 167 straight weeks. Kansas, which also lost Monday at Iowa State, 85-72, holds the next-longest streak at 135 weeks. Arizona has been ranked for 71 consecutive weeks.

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Duke forward Amile Jefferson (21) drives against Buffalo Bulls forward Ikenna Smart (34) in their game at Cameron Indoor Stadium. (Mark Dolejs / USA Today)
Duke forward Amile Jefferson (21) drives against Buffalo Bulls forward Ikenna Smart (34) in their game at Cameron Indoor Stadium. (Mark Dolejs / USA Today)

Duke forward Amile Jefferson is out of his walking boot and appears to be getting closer to a return to action.

The 6-foot-9 senior was pictured without the boot on the bench during Duke's 88-78 win over N.C. State on Saturday.


Dec 30, 2015; Durham, NC, USA; Duke Blue Devils guard Grayson Allen (3) drives against Long Beach State 49ers forward Gabe Levin (0) in their game at Cameron Indoor Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark Dolejs-USA TODAY Sports (Mark Dolejs)
Dec 30, 2015; Durham, NC, USA; Duke Blue Devils guard Grayson Allen (3) drives against Long Beach State 49ers forward Gabe Levin (0) in their game at Cameron Indoor Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark Dolejs-USA TODAY Sports (Mark Dolejs)

DURHAM, N.C. (AP) -- Grayson Allen finally found some open lanes to the basket, and he burst through them. All those drives added up to the highest-scoring game of his career.

Allen scored 24 of his 33 points in the second half to lead No. 15 Duke past Long Beach State 103-81 on Wednesday.

"I just started to see it as the game was going by, and coach wanted us to be more active on offense when we were attacking the zone," Allen said. "I just saw lanes to drive out there, and as the game went on, I was able to see them quicker and more often."

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Utah forward Jakob Poeltl (42) controls the ball against Duke center Marshall Plumlee (40) during overtime at Madison Square Garden. Utah defeated Duke 77-75 in overtime. Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Utah forward Jakob Poeltl (42) controls the ball against Duke center Marshall Plumlee (40) during overtime at Madison Square Garden. Utah defeated Duke 77-75 in overtime. Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

NEW YORK -- Larry Krystkowiak was obviously pleased when Jakob Poeltl decided to return to Salt Lake City for his sophomore season, and if were up to the Utah head coach, the sophomore 7-footer would be back for a third year, too.

"First off, he made the right decision to come back and he needs to make the same decision next year," Krystkowiak deadpanned after his Utes hung on to defeat No. 7 Duke, 77-75, Saturday afternoon at Madison Square Garden in a rematch of last season's Sweet 16.

If Poeltl keeps having games like he had on Saturday at the Garden, there is virtually no chance Krystkowiak will get his wish.

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