The 2nd Greatest Basketball Program In The South: Duke Blue Devils
Posted by Ryne E. Hancock on June 10, 2008
Duke Blue Devils
Location: Durham, North Carolina
Nickname: Blue Devils
Reason For Nickname: World War I French flying unit, the “Les Diables Bleus”
Colors: Blue and White
Conference: Atlantic Coast Conference
Arena: Cameron Indoor Stadium (built 1940, capacity 9,314)
NCAA Appearances: 32 Appearances, 14 Final Fours, 3 National Championships
NIT Appearances: 5 Appearances
Conference Championships: ACC Regular-Season Champions (1954, 1958, 1963, 1964, 1965, 1966, 1979, 1986, 1991, 1992, 1994, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2004, 2006). ACC Tournament Champions (1960, 1963, 1966, 1978, 1986, 1988, 1992, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2005, 2006).
Coaching Legacy: Duke has been home to more than just Coach K, which is without question one of the best coaches in my generation, but also coaches like Vic Bubas, who led the Blue Devils to success in the 1960’s and Eddie Cameron, for whom Cameron Indoor Stadium is named for. But it is Coach K who has had the most success as well as the longest tenure for any coach in Duke history. Under Coach K the Blue Devils have won 3 National Championships and has made the NCAA Tournament 14 years in a row.
Big Man On Campus: Duke’s basketball history reads like a who’s who’s of college basketball history. In its 102 years, there’s been players like Art Heyman, Dick Groat, Shane Battier, J.J. Reddick, Greg Paulus, Shelden Williams, Jay Williams, Christian Laettener, Grant Hill, Chris Duhon, Luol Deng, and many others that have worn the blue and white of Duke University.
Rivalries: Duke’s best-known rivalry has been with the North Carolina Tar Heels. Beginning in 1920, the rivalry pits private Duke against state-supported UNC. Three years ago, Sports Illustrated called it one of the best rivalries in all of sports. Currently, North Carolina leads the all-time series 128-97 at the end of the 2007-08 basketball season.
Did You Know?: 13 jerseys hang in the rafters of Cameron Indoor Stadium.
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