Offense didn’t completely explain the Blue Devils’ 4-3 loss to Wake Forest in the opening game of the ACC baseball tournament. Duke did tally 13 hits on the day. But it was timely offense that did the Blue Devils in, as they stranded 12 base runners and went 2-for-13 with runners in scoring position.
Put together, it’s a fine year for an influx of talent into the Triangle. Duke will be a popular preseason No. 1. North Carolina won’t fall far, if at all, after winning the ACC and reaching the national title game last season. And N.C. State has transformed itself from a Tuesday-in-Brooklyn shoo-in to a much more promising bunch thanks to a few weeks of roster shuffling.
A light rain drizzled down on Jack Coombs Field Tuesday as a few Blue Devils waited in the dugout for it to clear. The pause gave them time to think about the opportunity ahead of them this weekend: win the series at Pittsburgh and earn a spot in the ACC tournament and most likely the NCAA tournament, too, for the first time since 1961.
The late arrival of high-scoring Turkish center Omer Yurtseven isn’t just good news for N.C. State, which desperately needed an injection of talent with all of its offseason defections. It’s good news for the Triangle, which will get to watch an improbable collection of the best freshman basketball talent in the country next season.
Four years ago, after suffering a severe brain trauma in a jet ski crash that left Holliday unconscious and in a coma, it was hard to imagine him speaking again. Or walking again. Or driving again. Or going to school again.
Duke committed 19 turnovers despite a 23-for-31 showing from faceoff ace Kyle Rowe as the Blue Devils absorbed a 16-10 loss at seventh-seeded Loyola to fall on the first weekend of the tournament for the second consecutive year.
While the academic year has come to a close, the collegiate lacrosse season is just entering its main event. Duke has certainly established itself as one of the premier programs in the country, and this year’s Blue Devils open up the NCAA tournament on the road at No. 7 Loyola Saturday at noon (ESPNU). Duke previously bested the Greyhounds on the road, 15-6, on March 12. The Blue Devils are unseeded in the tournament for the first time since 2001, but count them out at your own risk (they also have beaten four of the eight seeded teams).
The Blue Devils are in the NCAA Tournament. And that’s about where the similarities with the previous nine years of lacrosse coach John Danowski’s tenure end. For the first time since 2001, Duke opens tournament play on the road, traveling to No. 7 Loyola for a noon start Saturday. But after their NCAA tournament selection show experience, the Blue Devils are just thankful to still be playing.
VIDEO: Former Duke WR Blair Holliday and Duke head football coach David Cutcliffe hold a joint press conference at Cameron Indoor Stadium
Thursday, May 12, 2016 regarding Holliday's recovery from a near-fatal water sports accident in 2012.Though he may not be able to play football for Duke now, Holliday is progressing and talks about his working with the team. Holliday will graduate at Duke's commencement Sunday, May 15, 2016.
The Atlantic Coast Conference would consider keeping future championship events out of North Carolina if the state’s controversial “bathroom bill” isn’t repealed, league commissioner John Swofford said Thursday.
The ACC's leadership spent a “significant amount of time” discussing television and all that comes with that topic – rights fees, the possibility of a dedicated ACC channel in partnership with ESPN – during the league's annual spring meetings.
When Duke starting quarterback Thomas Sirk ruptured his left Achilles tendon on Feb. 9 – the second Achilles rupture of his career – his 2016 season was thrown into doubt. But just a few months later, coach David Cutcliffe said he is “hopeful” that Sirk can be ready by the start of the season in September. Cutcliffe expects to have a better handle of Sirk’s readiness in mid-July.