Duke versus No. 1- ranked teams and in top-five matchups

Posted by Laura Keeley on February 17, 2014 

Mike Krzyzewski has been at Duke a long, long time and been successfull for a long, long time as well.

CHUCK LIDDY

Duke moved up to No. 5 in the latest AP basketball poll released Monday, which sets up a top-five matchup at at the end of the week with No. 1 (and unbeaten) Syracuse. Now, the Blue Devils have to travel to Georgia Tech Tuesday and the Chapel Hill on Thursday, but let’s jump ahead and consider the stakes for Saturday’s rematch.

Believe it or not, in Mike Krzyzewski’s 34 years in Durham, Duke has only hosted a No. 1 team once while also a top-five squad. Part of this is due to the fact that Duke has spent a fair amount of time at No. 1—281 games under Krzyzewski, with a .872 winning percentage at the top of the polls (in one of the most impressive metrics of Krzyzewski’s long-time success, Duke has played more games at No. 1 than as an unranked team (141)).

And despite the fact that Duke and Syracuse had played just four times entering this season, one came with the Orange at No. 1, like they will be this week.

Here’s a historical look back at how Duke has fared against opponents ranked No. 1 and in top-five matchups:

Duke vs. No. 1 under Mike Krzyzewski (regular season; home games in bold)

March 8, 2008—No. 1 UNC 76, No. 6 Duke 68, Cameron Indoor Stadium

Nov. 26, 1997—No. 3 Duke 95, No. 1 Arizona 87, Lahaina, Hawaii

March 7, 1993—No. 1 UNC 83, No. 6 Duke 69, Chapel Hill, N.C.

Dec. 5, 1992—No. 4 Duke 79, No. 1 Michigan 68, Cameron Indoor Stadium

Dec. 6, 1989—No. 1 Syracuse 78, No. 6 Duke 76, Greensboro, N.C.

Jan. 18, 1985—No. 1 UNC 95, No. 3 Duke 92, Chapel Hill, N.C.

March 3, 1984—No. 1 UNC 96, No. 15 Duke 83, double OT, Chapel Hill, N.C.

Jan. 21, 1984—No. 1 UNC 78, Duke 73, Cameron Indoor Stadium

Dec. 8, 1982—No. 1 Virginia 104, Duke 91, Cameron Indoor Stadium

Jan. 16, 1982—No. 1 UNC 73, Duke 63, Cameron Indoor Stadium

Jan. 31, 1981—No. 1 Virginia 68, Duke 47, Charlottesville, Va.

Duke in regular season top-five matchups under Mike Krzyzewski (home games in bold)

overall: 18-9 (.667)

March 2, 2013—No. 3 Duke 79, No. 5 Miami 76, Cameron Indoor Stadium

Nov. 28, 2012—No. 2 Duke 73, No. 4 Ohio State 68, Cameron Indoor Stadium

Nov. 24, 2012—No. 5 Duke 76, No. 2 Louisville 71, Paradise Island, Bahamas

Nov. 29, 2011—No. 2 Ohio State 85, No. 3 Duke 63, Columbus, Ohio

Nov. 23, 2010—No. 1 Duke 82, No. 4 Kansas State 68, Kansas City, Kan.

Feb. 6, 2008—No. 2 Duke 89, No. 3 UNC 78, Chapel Hill, N.C.

Dec. 10, 2005—No. 1 Duke 97, No. 2 Texas 66, East Rutherford, N.J.

Jan. 17, 2004—No. 2 Duke 84, No. 4 Wake Forest 72, Cameron Indoor Stadium

Feb. 17, 2002—No. 3 Maryland 87, No. 1 Duke 73, College Park, Md.

Jan. 17, 2002—No. 1 Duke 99, No. 3 Maryland 78, Cameron Indoor Stadium

March 4, 2001—No. 2 Duke 95, No. 4 UNC 81, Chapel Hill, N.C.

Feb. 1, 2001—No. 4 UNC 85, No. 2 Duke 83, Cameron Indoor Stadium

Dec. 21, 2000—No. 3 Stanford 84, No. 1 Duke 83, Oakland, Calif.

Jan. 3, 1999—No. 2 Duke 82, No. 4 Maryland 64, College Park

Dec. 22, 1998—No. 2 Duke 71, No. 3 Kentucky 60, East Rutherford, N.J.

Feb. 28, 1998—No. 1 Duke 77, No. 3 UNC 75, Cameron Indoor Stadium

Feb. 5, 1998—No. 2 UNC 97, No. 1 Duke 73, Chapel Hill, N.C.

Nov. 26, 1997—No. 3 Duke 95, No. 1 Arizona 87, Lahaina, Hawaii

March 5, 1994—No. 5 UNC 87, No. 2 Duke 77, Cameron Indoor Stadium

Feb. 3, 1994—No. 2 UNC 89, No. 1 Duke 78, Chapel Hill, N.C.

Dec. 11, 1993—No. 4 Duke 73, No. 3 Michigan 63, Ann Arbor, Mich.

Dec. 5, 1992—No. 4 Duke 79, No. 1 Michigan 68, Cameron Indoor Stadium

March 1, 1992—No. 1 Duke 75, No. 4 UCLA 65, Los Angeles, Calf.

March 2, 1986—No. 1 Duke 82, No. 3 UNC 74, Cameron Indoor Stadium

Feb. 9, 1986—No. 4 Duke 75, No. 2 Georgia Tech 59, Cameron Indoor Stadium

Jan. 21, 1986—No. 4 Georgia Tech 87, No. 2 Duke 80, Atlanta, Ga.

Jan. 18, 1986—No. 1 UNC 95, No. 3 Duke 92, Chapel Hill, N.C.

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