Duke Blue Devils
The team is currently being coached by Mike Krzyzewski. It has appeared in ten Championship Games alongside fifteen Final Fours and has the best tournament winning percentage in the NCAA. In addition, eleven of its players have been awarded the title of National Player of Year while seventy-one have made it to the NBA Draft. In fact, in the NBA season of 2008-09, the Duke had the highest number of former players on the league’s rosters. Thirty-six players of the college team have been named All-Americans and fourteen of them earned the title of Academic All-Americans. Impressively, the team has won the ACC Championship as many as nineteen times. The Duke men’s basketball team’s achievements just go on making the school’s alumni proud. It is no surprise why the team has so many fans chasing after the Duke Blue Devils tickets.
The Athletic Director of Trinity College and an alumnus from the Class of 1900, Wilbur Wade Card introduced basketball to Trinity in 1906. This news was headlined in the January issue of Trinity Chronicle on the front page. Their first game came to end in defeat from Wake Forest. This game was held at Angier B. Duke Gymnasium that later came to be called The Ark. The Trinity team recorded its first win in 1920 at the state championship in a game against North Carolina’s State College of Engineering and Agriculture, now known as NC State. Earlier, at the start of the season, the team had won from University of North Carolina in the first ever game between the schools. Soon after, Trinity College’s name was changed to Duke University.
Billy Werber, from the Class of 1930, marked the first All-American basketball player of Duke Blue Devils. That year, the Gothic-influenced West Campus opened with a gym that was later named after Coach Card. The team’s Indoor Stadium, where the Duke still continue to play their home games, opened in 1940. It was initially considered to be a mere addition to the gym. A portion of its cost was covered by the proceeds generated from Duke Football team’s participation in the Rose Bowl of 1938. By 1972, the ground was renamed after Eddie Cameron, who was the team’s head coach between 1929 and 1942. Duke’s basketball program marked its one-thousandth winning game in 1974, establishing itself as the eighth college team in the history of NCAA to reach that number. Remarkably, since 1980 the team has been coached by Mike Krzyzewski, who has taken Duke to eleven Final Four games, among numerous accomplishments.
Duke Blue Devils men’s basketball team has claimed nineteen ACC regular season titles. Before entering the ACC, the team won five Southern Conference Championships. It has also completed the season with the number one rank seven times in the AP polls. Moreover, Duke holds AP Top 25’s second longest streak with two-hundred back-to-back appearances between 1996 and 2007. The only team to make a better record is the UCLA which made two-hundred and twenty-one consecutive appearances between 1966 and 1980. Such exceptional success prompted ESPN to declare the team the most prestigious college program for basketball since 1985. The publication also noted that by any type of measure of success, the team is the hill’s king for college basketball among the sixty-four teams of the NCAA tournament. Since this ranking was announced, the Duke again won a national title in the 2009-2010 season.
Former Duke players who have made it to the NBA rosters include Mike Dunleavy, Danny Ferry, Bobby Hurley, Johnny Dawkins, Lance Thomas, Elton Brand and Shane Battier, among many more. Duke Blue Devils start another exciting season soon, so make sure to grab your share of Duke Blue Devils tickets.