The Duke Blue Devils men's basketball team participates in the Atlantic Coast Conference and represents Duke University in NCAA Division I collegiate basketball (ACC). The squad is now coached by Mike Krzyzewski and is fourth all-time in NCAA men's basketball victories. Under his guidance, the program has won four national championships (1983, 1990, 1991, 2005), appeared in an additional five finals games, earned more than $100 million, and established a record for most consecutive wins with at least one player on the roster.
Krzyzewski was named the nation's top college basketball coach in 1992 after leading Duke to its first undefeated regular season (31-0) since 1941. He also is the only coach to have led his team to undefeated seasons in his first two years at the school. After retiring as one of just three coaches in ACC history to post back-to-back 30-win seasons (with Mark Gottfried and Roy Williams being the others), Krzyzewski returned to coaching in 2006 when he took over for Jim Valvano who had died during the previous year. In seven seasons under Krzyzewski, Duke has won or tied for the conference title every year except 2008 when it finished second to Florida State.
Krzyzewski is also one of just eight coaches to win 400 games in their career and is the only coach to have won national titles in both college and pro basketball.
Mike Krzyzewski has been the Duke men's basketball coach since the 1980-81 season. He is the only coach recognized by the NCAA as a member of the 1,000-win club (we'll clarify it later).
He also happens to be one of the most successful coaches in college basketball history. With a record of 902-150, he is the all-time winning leader in National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division I basketball. The only other coach with more than 900 wins is Adolph Rupp of Kentucky.
Krzyzewski has won nine national championships at Duke and his teams have appeared in the NCAA Tournament every year since its inception in 1939. He also has two gold medals from the 1984 Olympics and a silver from 2000.
Prior to becoming a coach, Krzyzewski played center for Duke for three seasons. In addition to being one of the top players in school history, he was also an All-American and team captain during that time. After graduating in 1971, he took over as the team's full-time coach.
He has had many great players come through Durham over the years, including Ralph Sampson, Wayne Ellington, Mike Gantletic, and JASON KIDD!
What is Duke famous for? Basketball! The Blue Devils are one of the most storied and successful basketball teams in the country, having won five national titles and appearing in 11 championship games. They've also produced many All-Americans and NBA stars over the years.
What does Duke do well? Defense first! Coach Mike Krzyzewski's teams are known for their defense, which allows them to win a large majority of their games by only seven points or less. During the 2010-2011 season, Duke allowed only 58.4 ppg, which was second fewest in school history.
Does Duke have any rivalries? There are two big rivalry games every year between Duke and North Carolina. The first is called the "Battle at the Barn." This is because of where these games are played - at the Dean Smith Center in Chapel Hill, NC. The other rivalry game is called the "Holy War." This is because these games usually come down to the last minute of play and often people will shout "holy" when either team is ahead by three points or less.
In conclusion, Duke is one of the most famous universities in America and its basketball team is loved by many. If you ask anyone around the world what university they think is best known for basketball, most people will say - Duke University!
Duke University's intercollegiate sporting teams are known as the Duke Blue Devils. Duke University is situated in Durham, North Carolina. The name is derived from the French "les Diables Bleus," or "the Blue Devils," a moniker given to the Chasseurs Alpins, a French Alpine light infantry regiment, during World War I. They were known for their blue uniforms and red berets.
There are several other universities and colleges that use the nickname "Blue Devils" including Delaware State University, Dickinson College, Franklin & Marshall College, Georgetown University, Indiana University, Iowa State University, Kansas State University, Maryland Eastern Shore University, Miami University, New Jersey Institute of Technology, Ohio University, Penn State Greater Allegheny, Pittsburgh Christian College, Princeton University, Rutgers University, Southern Methodist University, Temple University, Thomas Edison Community College, Trinity College (Hartford), Union College, and West Virginia University.
Duke has many sports programs - especially in basketball and baseball - and they all use the nickname "Blue Devils."
The colors of the Atlantic Coast Conference's team. The official colors of Duke are Duke Blue and White. The athletics squad is known as the Blue Devils.
Duke has been known to change its uniforms from time to time. Current coach David Cutcliffe had this to say about the team's colors: "I think everybody knows what blue and white are. We try to mix it up every year on our helmets and jerseys with some kind of twist."
When Duke first began playing football in 1896, the players were dressed in black suits with white shirts. They were also known as the Black Cats until around 1910 when they changed their name to the Blue Devils.
Since then, they have gone through several color changes - most recently from gray to black - but have always returned to Duke Blue and White.
Cutcliffe says that during game days, fans can expect to see "a lot of blue" everywhere you look. He also notes that there are many ways to be a Devil - on the field, in the stands, and even in the parking lot. "We want everyone enjoying themselves - students, alumni, fans - because that's what college football is all about," he says.
1922. The Blue Devil, the mascot for Duke's sporting teams, has a fascinating backstory. As World War I came to a conclusion, Duke's Board of Trustees, then known as the "Trinity College Board of Trustees," overturned a quarter-century prohibition on football on campus, sparking interest in naming the sporting teams. One member of the board, Albert D. Lutyen, had been elected president of the New York City advertising agency Lutyens & Evringham, which had created many national brands during that time. He proposed the name "Blue Devils" as a tribute to Duke's original color scheme of blue and orange.
1966. After years of controversy over whether to continue with the nickname, school officials decide to go with it as the official moniker of all Duke athletic teams.
1967. For the first time since 1922, there are no Blue Devils of any kind involved with Duke athletics. A group called the "Duke Alumni Association" files a lawsuit claiming ownership of the nickname and logo. The case makes its way through the courts for several years before being settled out of court. The alumni association receives $15,000 as part of the settlement.
1969. With the money from the alumni association settlement, Duke officials begin looking for a new trademark to use with its sports programs. They find one in the form of the devil's head logo used by Luteyn & Evringham at the time of the lawsuit back in 1967.