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Head coach Mike Krzyzewski of the Duke Blue Devils reacts in the second half against the Yale Bulldogs during the second round of the 2016 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at Dunkin' Donuts Center on March 19, 2016 in Providence, Rhode Island.  (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)

Duke to close practices to NBA teams

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Outside of two days in October, NBA scouts who want to get a look at Duke prospects will have the same vantage point as anyone who can buy a ticket or a cable package.

In the stands at games or on television.

The Blue Devils will host two pro days next month, but then will bar NBA personnel from attending their practices during the season, according to a report from Yahoo’s Adrian Wojnarowski.

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Duke will host NBA teams on Oct. 19 and Oct. 25 as part of pro days that will allow front office personnel a glimpse of an extremely talented Duke roster that features likely lottery picks in true freshmen Jayson Tatum and Harry Giles along with projected first-rounder Grayson Allen, a junior.

After that, though, Duke will be closing practice, allowing front offices to scout players at games, whether it be at Cameron Indoor Stadium or on the road.

Pro days aren’t new to college hoops as they were famously introduced by (who else), Kentucky coach John Calipari in 2014 for his supremely talented team that won its first 38 games of the season before falling in the Final Four. Four Wildcats, including No. 1 pick Karl-Anthony Towns, went in the lottery that spring. Kentucky, which continues to host a pro day, has not closed practices, however.

The decision to close practices is sure to rankle teams that are starved to collect as much information as possible about potential draft picks, especially players under lottery consideration such as Tatum and Giles.

It’ll be interesting to hear what coach Mike Krzyzewski says about the decision when he is inevitably asked about it, but the early betting line is on the goal of “minimizing distractions” throughout a season that will likely see the Blue Devils ranked near the top of the polls and with two players in the No. 1 overall draft pick conversation.

It’ll also be interesting to hear if Coach K’s USA Basketball obligations this summer played any part in the decision as he was away from campus – and his talented freshmen – for most of the summer capturing his third Olympic gold medal.

No. 20 Duke snaps three-game skid with win at N.C. State

Duke's Matt Jones (13) and North Carolina State's Anthony Barber (12) chase after the ball during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Raleigh, N.C., Saturday, Jan. 23, 2016. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)
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Duke snapped its three-game losing streak by picking up an important 88-78 ACC road win at N.C. State on Saturday afternoon. Freshman Brandon Ingram and sophomore Grayson Allen were both tremendous in the win as the Blue Devils picked up a decisive victory in a building that has been tough for them in recent years.

Ingram went for 25 points and seven rebounds, scoring effortlessly in multiple ways and finishing 10-for-16 from the floor. Allen was great attacking off the dribble and finished with 28 points, seven assists and seven rebounds on 11-for-17 shooting from the field. The duo led a Duke offense that was red hot in the second half and scored field goals nearly every trip down the floor.

N.C. State (11-9, 1-6) had solid offensive contributions from multiple players, as Cat Barber led five players in double figures with 19 points, but they just couldn’t get enough stops to get back in the game in the second half.

This is the type of confidence-boosting win that Duke needed heading into Monday night’s game at Miami. The Blue Devils showed with the win at N.C. State that even though they have lost a few games early in ACC play that they have the talent to compete with anyone if Ingram and Allen play well.

The Blue Devils (15-5, 4-3) only went six deep against the Wolfpack and got away with it thanks to minimal foul problems and some scoring around the two stars. Ingram looked like an All-ACC player against N.C. State and if Allen plays to that level, Duke’s offense will be really tough to stop on most nights.

Utah outlasts No. 7 Duke in overtime

Utah forward Jakob Poeltl (42) battles for a rebound against Duke center Marshall Plumlee (40) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game, Saturday, Dec. 19, 2015, in New York. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)
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Utah overcame foul trouble and a limited second half from star sophomore center Jakob Poeltl as the Runnin’ Utes upset No. 7 Duke, 77-75, on Saturday in Madison Square Garden.

At the end of a wild game, Luke Kennard made a four-point play with under 10 seconds left and Duke trailing by six. Utah turned the ball over on the ensuing inbounds play with 6.7 seconds left, but Brandon Ingram missed the game-tying look just outside of the restricted area as Utah’s Kyle Kuzma recovered the defensive rebound and was fouled.

Poeltl quickly picked up his third and fourth fouls in the second half and didn’t score for over 20 minutes of game action before turning it on at the end of the game for Utah. The sophomore had multiple blocks at the rim, finished plays with rebounds and also attacked Duke senior center Marshall Plumlee on the offensive end — who was also battling foul problems.

Finishing with 19 points and 14 rebounds, Poeltl was a huge boost for Utah late, as they were carried for much of the second half by Kuzma. The sophomore forward scored 13 consecutive points for Utah during one stretch and he finished with 21 points and eight rebounds, taking advantage of Duke using smaller lineups when Plumlee wasn’t on the floor.

Duke struggled to adapt without senior forward Amile Jefferson, who is sitting out with a fractured foot. The Blue Devils used various zone looks in the first half and only slowed down Utah when Poeltl was on the bench in foul trouble. Sophomore guard Grayson Allen was also struggling with flu-like symptoms and only finished 3-for-17 from the floor for seven points for the Blue Devils.

Duke (9-2) struggled overall as a team, shooting 29 percent (23-for-77) from the field and 28 percent (8-for-28) from 3-point range. Freshman guard Luke Kennard paced Duke with 24 points — 10 of which came in overtime — while Matt Jones added 18 points. Freshman Brandon Ingram tallied 15 points for Duke.

Utah (9-2) also had a solid outing from guard Lorenzo Bonham, who finished with 12 points, nine rebounds and four blocks.

Without Jefferson, Utah outrebounded Duke 56-38 on the afternoon. Utah avenged a loss against Duke in last season’s Sweet 16 as they beat the Blue Devils for the first time since 1970.

This is a great win for Utah, who picks up a signature victory and showed that it could hang with elite teams without Poeltl on the floor for the whole game. Kuzma showed that he’s a matchup problem for plenty of teams and Bonham was also steady at both ends of the floor.

With only a limited rotation without Jefferson, Duke is still trying to figure out lineups — especially if Plumlee is battling foul trouble. Freshman center Chase Jeter still isn’t ready for major minutes and Brandon Ingram doesn’t help enough as a rebounder if he plays the four. It’ll be a trial-and-error process for Duke with some of these smaller lineups, but it’s encouraging that Kennard stepped up and attacked the way that he did.

Freshman Ingram leads No. 7 Duke past Georgia Southern 99-65

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DURHAM, N.C. (AP) Freshman Brandon Ingram had season highs of 26 points and 14 rebounds, and No. 7 Duke beat Georgia Southern 99-65 on Tuesday night.

Grayson Allen added 18 points, Matt Jones had 16 and Derryck Thornton finished with 15 for the Blue Devils (9-1) in their first game without high-energy forward Amile Jefferson. He averages a double-double but is out indefinitely with a right foot injury.

Playing for the first time in 10 days due to final exams, Duke wasn’t always crisp but still had little trouble pulling away for its seventh straight win. The Blue Devils shot 57.6 percent in the second half and held a 55-29 rebounding advantage.

Tookie Brown scored 20 points and Mike Hughes added 14 for Georgia Southern (3-5), which has lost two straight and five of seven.

For Duke, the priority in this one was figuring out the best way to play without Jefferson, who started the first nine games and averaged 11 points and 10 rebounds – including an ACC-best 4.8 on the offensive end.

The easy answer was to lean hard on Ingram and Marshall Plumlee, who finished with a career-best 11 rebounds.

Jefferson watched from the bench in sweats with a hard cast on his foot, and Duke replaced him in the starting lineup with Luke Kennard – a freshman making his first start – and shifted Ingram from small forward to Jefferson’s power forward spot.

The Blue Devils led for all but about 30 seconds and began to pull away during the final minute of the first half. Jones hit a free throw with 32.2 seconds left before Chase Jeter grabbed his miss and Thornton hit a 3 from the corner just before the buzzer to put Duke up 47-32 at halftime.

Plumlee opened the second half with a stickback dunk, and Ingram followed with a steal and a fast-break dunk through contact. After Ingram swished a 3 two possessions later to make it a 20-point game, Duke was well on its way to another easy win.


Georgia Southern: The Eagles were playing a ranked team for the first time since 2008, when then-No. 8 Duke beat them 97-54.

Duke: The trickle-down of Jefferson’s absence led to more significant playing time for Jeter, a 6-foot-10 freshman who occupied the last spot in the seven-man rotation. He had two points while playing a season-high 17 minutes.


Georgia Southern plays host to Winthrop on Saturday.

Duke plays Utah on Saturday in New York.

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Ingram scores 23, No. 7 Duke beats Buffalo 82-59

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DURHAM, N.C. (AP) Freshman Brandon Ingram scored 23 points and No. 7 Duke pulled away to beat Buffalo 82-59 on Saturday night.

Grayson Allen finished with 22 points and a career-best 11 rebounds, and Amile Jefferson had 13 points for the Blue Devils (8-1).

They won their sixth straight despite some offensive struggles: Duke never trailed but shot a season-worst 40.7 percent and matched a season low with five 3-pointers.

CJ Massinburg had 17 points and Lamonte Bearden added 10 for Buffalo (4-4), which shot just 33 percent.

After some early shooting struggles, Duke scored 11 straight points midway through the second half to build its first 20-point lead.

Jarryn Skeete pulled the Bulls to 41-32 with a 3-pointer with 15 minutes left. Jefferson countered with a layup, Ingram hit a corner 3 and the Blue Devils jumped into a 1-3-1 defense that forced consecutive turnovers that led to five easy points. Jefferson then capped the burst with a free throw that made it 52-32 with 12:25 to play.

After Buffalo cut it to 12, Matt Jones answered with a 3-pointer – just Duke’s third to that point – to make it 62-47 with 7 minutes left.

The Blue Devils might have been in big trouble in this one if not for Ingram – who was 8 of 15 in his second straight 20-point performance. He had a season-best 24 points last time out, in a 20-point win over Indiana three nights earlier.

It would have been tough for the Blue Devils as a whole to play much better than they did in that one.

But for a while, it seemed like a pretty drastic regression.

Players not named Ingram combined to miss 16 straight shots over a 15-minute stretch, and Duke had just two assists on its 10 baskets in the first half.

That Duke led by 10 points at halftime was mainly due to Ingram – who had 15 points at the break – and 13-of-17 free throw shooting.


Buffalo: The Bulls, who visit No. 5 Iowa State on Monday night, are the first Mid-American Conference team to play consecutive games against Top 10 opponents since Eastern Michigan in 2012.

Duke: Seven-foot center Marshall Plumlee finished with a career-high four assists. He entered with a team-best 17 blocks and shared the team lead for the season with 10 steals.


Buffalo visits No. 5 Iowa State on Monday night.

Duke hosts Georgia Southern on Dec. 15.

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Jones, Allen lead No. 5 Duke past Bryant, 113-75

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DURHAM, N.C. (AP) No. 5 Duke got together for a team meeting to talk about the flaws in its lopsided season-opening victory.

Then the Blue Devils came out for Game 2 and managed an even bigger rout.

Grayson Allen had a career-high 28 points, Matt Jones scored all of his career-best 19 in the first half, and Duke beat Bryant 113-75 on Saturday night in the 2K Classic.

“We still have to learn from winning,” Allen said, “so we don’t have to lose just to learn.”

Freshman Brandon Ingram had 21 points to help the Blue Devils (2-0) earn their second lopsided win in as many nights.

Amile Jefferson had 11 points and 11 rebounds in his second straight double-double, and freshman Luke Kennard added 11 points for the reigning national champions.

They never trailed, shot 53 percent, hit 13 3-pointers, forced 19 turnovers and turned them into 24 points.

Things almost certainly won’t be this easy next time for Duke: the Blue Devils play No. 2 Kentucky on Tuesday night in the Champions Classic in Chicago.

They picked up easy wins against Siena and Bryant on consecutive nights to start the season, trailing for a total of 10 seconds so far. But Duke admitted it wasn’t at its best against the Saints, and coach Mike Krzyzewski said the team “had a tough feedback tape for about an hour” earlier Saturday morning.

“Our freshmen, I thought, played with much better enthusiasm and more decisiveness than they did” against Siena, Krzyzewski said.

He’ll need even more from them next week: After facing Kentucky, Duke will play Virginia Commonwealth and either No. 17 Wisconsin or Georgetown next weekend in Madison Square Garden.

Jones finished 7 of 9 from the field, hit five of Duke’s eight 3-pointers in the first half, had his career high by the break and only played 3 minutes in the second half as a precaution, Krzyzewski said.

Jones dealt with a groin injury in the preseason. His previous high of 17 points was set against Wake Forest last March in the home finale.

A role player on the team that captured the program’s fifth national title last spring, Jones has become a key scoring threat on a new-look Duke team that lost three freshmen to the first round of the NBA draft and needs its perimeter to provide the scoring punch.

This one certainly didn’t require much effort.

Three players – Jones, Allen and Ingram – cracked double figures by halftime. The Blue Devils scored on 14 of 15 possessions midway through the half to push the lead into double figures to stay, then took a 20-point lead on Allen’s free throw with 2:09 left in the half.

Hunter Ware scored a career-high 24 points to lead Bryant (0-1).

“To be able to score 75 points against a team the caliber of Duke is a good sign for us,” coach Tim O’Shea said.


Ingram, the biggest name in Duke’s freshman class, finished 7 of 11 from the field and hit four 3-pointers. A night earlier, he shot just 5 of 16 and was 1 of 9 from beyond the arc. “I don’t fault him for (Friday) night,” Krzyzewski said. “You’ve got to learn. A shot fake is a good thing.”


The Blue Devils pushed their winning streak at Cameron Indoor Stadium against nonconference opponents to 118. They have also won 110 in a row at home against unranked non-ACC opponents.


Bryant: The Bulldogs are 1-9 against Atlantic Coast Conference schools with their only win coming against Boston College in 2012-13. They did play Pittsburgh tough in a 72-67 loss on Feb. 2.

Duke: Allen reached 20 points for the second straight night. He had 26 against Siena, and his previous best of 27 – set against Wake Forest last year – was his only other 20-point game.


Bryant: Hosts Emerson on Wednesday.

Duke: Plays No. 2 Kentucky on Tuesday in Chicago.

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