College Sports

Countdown to Craziness to be held Oct. 25

The Duke men's basketball team officially opened the 2014-15 season with a Friday afternoon practice, but the general public will have its first opportunity to celebrate the Blue Devils on Oct. 25 with the sixth annual Countdown to Craziness., Tickets, which start at $25, go on sale online ( at 8 a.m. Saturday with ticket office windows opening at Cameron Indoor Stadium Monday at 8:30 a.m.

Countdown to Craziness features live student performances, highlight videos, sponsored promotions as well as the annual Blue-White game and dunk contest. The doors to Cameron open at 6:30 p.m. but fans are invited to come out early for live music, inflatable games and face painting in K'Ville.

Duke will also play exhibition games against Livingstone (Nov. 4) and Central Missouri (Nov. 8) before opening the season with a Nov. 14 home contest against Presbyterian.

Men’s tennis

N.C. State: Ian Dempster and Robbie Mudge of the N.C. State men’s tennis team advanced to the consolation quarterfinals on Friday, as the 2014 ITA All-American Championships continued throughout the day at the Case Tennis Center in Tulsa, Okla.

Field hockey

Louisville 2, Duke 1: Despite leading the ACC in shutouts and goals against average coming into the week, the fourth-ranked Blue Devils struggled to contain No. 12 Louisville in a 2-1 loss to the Cardinals Friday evening at Trager Stadium. The setback dropped Duke to 8-2 for the season and 1-2 in conference play.