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Countdown to Craziness Tips Off 2015-16 Campaign
Courtesy: Duke Sports Information
Release: 10/18/2015
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DURHAM, N.C. -- Duke men's basketball fans caught their first glimpse of the 2015-16 squad during the program's seventh annual Countdown to Craziness presented by Delta Airlines event Saturday in Cameron Indoor Stadium.

"What a really great night that was," said head coach Mike Krzyzewski. "I want to thank all the people who did an extraordinary job with putting the event on."

The Blue Devils took the court for the Blue/White scrimmage, consisting of two, 12-minute periods. Sophomore Grayson Allen led all players with 13 points, adding four rebounds and three steals in a well rounded effort.

Veterans Amile Jefferson and Marshall Plumlee also had solid outings as Jefferson totaled 13 points and seven rebounds while Plumlee notched 10 points and eight boards.

Freshmen Chase Jeter, Luke Kennard, Derryck Thornton, Brandon IngramAntonio Vrankovic and Justin Robinson all made their Duke debuts in front of a packed Cameron. 

In the first 12-minute period, Kennard helped the White Team to a 27-21 win over the Blue Team, scoring nine points. Kennard would finisht the night with 12 points, the highest total among Duke's heralded freshman class. Ingram led the Blue Team with nine points in the opening period. 

The second 12-minute stanza saw Allen total 10 points to go along with two rebounds and a steal as the White Team downed the Blue Team, 22-18. Jeter chipped in six points and six boards for the Blue Team, ultimately finishing the evening with 11 points and nine rebounds. 

"I thought our guys played well," Krzyzewski added. "Our defense is ahead of our offense. We are very big and we've been concentrating a lot on defense, especially our ball screen and dribble hand-off. I was pleased with the effort."

Countdown to Craziness kicked off with on-court activities, including performances by the Duke cheerleading squad, dance teams and vocal ensembles.

Coach K and the Blue Devils then honored Dr. Paul Modrich, who recently won the Nobel Prize in Chemistry, by presenting him with a jersey on court. 

 

The Blue Devils also debuted the 2015-16 poster: 

The pre-scrimmage festivities were highlighted by the unveiling of Duke's  2015 NCAA National Championship banner, the program's fifth national championship. 

 

Duke opens exhibition play Friday, Oct. 30, playing host to Florida Southern in Cameron Indoor Stadium. Tipoff is slated for 7 p.m., and the event will be streamed live on BDN+.

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