Duke vs. Wake Forest Game Notes and a Zion Update

Before we get to anything else, today is absolutely in celebration of two guys:

Our seniors, Brennan Besser and Antonio Vrankovic. This is their final game in Cameron for two guys who don’t play as much but are as valuable or more than players with all the talent in the world. They’ve both given so much to our program and we’re so incredibly happy for them as they give a final farewell to the Crazies and, in May, to the University. Thank you, seniors.

Now, for the Zion update. It’s good news! Coach Krzyzewski said this in the ACC Coaches’ Teleconference:

There’s been no decision, he’s still day-to-day Zion Williamson is in phase 4 of the 4-phase program and it’s just a matter of how long he stays in it and we feel comfortable

Coach Mike Krzyzewski

Coach K is obviously not at all going to rush it but there’s no decision on whether Zion will play tonight. If he were to play– which means he’s 100%– I’m sure he’d not play the whole time but even if he doesn’t, he’d really ought to suit up. That article by Matt Giles is great, by the way.

Now, we want to get him back for the seeding implications. We’re supposedly in danger of losing that top seed– don’t ask me why, as we have owned Virginia all season, but I suppose that’s where we’re at right now. However, with a fully healthy squad, we all know who’s #1 overall (the team that hasn’t lost since November when fully healthy).

On to Wake Forest. They’re– well– they’re just bad again. The numbers don’t lie: they do have two good players in Brandon Childress (yeah, he’s still there) and Jaylen Hoard, as well as another double-digit scorer in Chaundee Brown but they’re not yet averaging just 70 PPG and allowing 75. Duke on the other hand averages 85 PPG. The Deacs are 11-17, though four ACC wins are better than last.

When these two teams met in Winston-Salem, Zion Williamson had a 30-point stat sheet stuffer, but with his status uncertain we’ll certainly rely on other guys to pick up the pieces. Alex O’Connell has played his best all season during Zion’s absence, which we hope will continue. Additionally, Marques Bolden has been just magnificent of late.

Game Notes

Wake Forest Demon Deacons at Duke Blue Devils

Date: Tuesday, March 5, 2019

Time: 7:00pm

TV: ESPN

Radio: Blue Devil IMG Sports Network; ESPN Radio

Bleed blue. “Teach them how to say goodbye, to say goodbye…”

Coach K Near Heights Unseen by Anyone

Not one college basketball coach has won 1,123 games: not men’s, not women’s, not D-I, not D-II, and not even D-III. The record, as of now being 1,122, isn’t actually held by Coach K yet: Harry Statham, who retired last year from Division II’s McKendree University, just finished off a run of half a century. Coach K win “Kount” stands at 1,121– one behind Statham. Now, with a win tonight and a win at home vs. NC State would make Coach Mike Krzyzewski the winningest college coach of all time.

Not much more you can say there except “Wow”.

Bleed blue. Catch the Duke-Louisville game at 9pm tonight.

Good News for Tre Jones!

Duke fans have held their breath for the past week as Tre Jones continued to recover from an AC joint separation suffered early in a loss against Syracuse, but it’s time to exhale: Jones is doing exceptionally well and will be back much earlier than we feared. Coach Mike Krzyzewski described it as “not long-term”. AC joint separations are very dependent on the severity of the injury, and while Jones sustained a very painful injury it doesn’t appear to be horribly severe.

Agreed, Barstool Blue Devils. Agreed.

His shoulder has “responded well to treatment”, according to ESPN’s Andrea Adelson, though he is unlikely to play against Virginia on Saturday he is day-to-day and not yet ruled out less than 24 hours before the game. Cam Reddish, who did not play due to illness last Saturday, is expected to be available.

Bleed blue. All I ask is for you to continue to #PrayForTre! It’s working!

Duke vs. Army: Veterans Day Special

First off, a salute to all of our veterans across the armed forces today as we celebrate and salute your service. We salute you and thank you; this country would not be close to where it is today without you.

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Coach Mike Krzyzewski giving a speech at his alma mater, West Point.

Now to the basketball! There’s some history between Duke and Army: specifically, Coach K history. Coach Krzyzewski played at Army under Bob Knight, then coached them (after service in the Army) from 1975-1980 before arriving at Duke. His record there was 73-59. Not many people know that Coach K actually holds the rank of captain and served from 1969 until 1974. Today, Coach K brings in his new squad of freshmen with one goal in sight: stay humble. We want to win convincingly, but the one thing this team will have to do is ignore the noise. After last week’s humiliation of Kentucky, the college basketball world has been buzzing with excitement about this team. However, we cannot be overconfident, because any combination of talent can be vulnerable to complacency.

Bleed blue.