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Duke Receives Accolade at 2010 ESPYs
Courtesy: Duke Sports Information
Release: 07/14/2010
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Duke was honored as the Capital One Best College Men's Athletic Program on Wednesday evening at the 2010 ESPY Awards Show.
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LOS ANGELES - Duke was honored as the Capital One Best College Men's Athletic Program on Wednesday evening at the 2010 ESPY Awards Show. Seniors Nolan Smith and Kyle Singler, along with Brian Zoubek and Lance Thomas, attended the live show in Los Angeles.

The 2010 NCAA Men's Basketball game between Duke and Butler was nominated for Best Game of the Year, while head coach Mike Krzyzewski was nominated for Coach of the Year.

Men's Basketball - The Duke men's basketball program won the 2010 NCAA Championship with a 61-59 win over Butler. The Blue Devils finished the year 35-5 and ranked No. 1 in the ESPN/USA Today Coaches Poll. Duke also claimed its ninth ACC Championship in the last 12 years.

Men's Lacrosse - The Duke men's lacrosse team climbed to new heights in 2010, capturing its first NCAA Championship with a thrilling 6-5 overtime victory over Notre Dame. Senior Ned Crotty became the second Blue Devil in history to win the Tewaaraton Trophy as the nation's top player.

Baseball - Duke baseball wrapped up its fourth straight winning season in 2010 with a 29-27 overall record. Included in the Blue Devils' 2010 resume were series victories over No. 11 North Carolina and No. 11 Clemson.

Men's Track and Field / Cross Country - The Duke men's cross country team completed a stellar season in 2009, capped by the program's 10th NCAA Championship appearance. The Blue Devils posted team victories at the James Madison Invitational and the Reebok Pack Invitational before claiming their second consecutive IC4A Championship on November 21.

Men's Fencing - The Duke men's fencing squad finished the season ranked 10th nationally and took three fencers to the 2010 NCAA Championships. Junior Dorian Cohen was the team's top finisher with an eighth-place showing.

Football - Under the direction of head coach David Cutcliffe, the 2009 Blue Devils won five games -- the program's most wins since the 1994 season. Defensive tackle Vince Oghobaase was named All-America, while six Blue Devils - including record-setting quarterback Thaddeus Lewis - were honored on the All-ACC Football Team.

Men's Golf - The men's golf team made its fifth NCAA Championship appearance in the last six years in 2010. The Blue Devils were led by All-ACC selection Adam Long and record-setting freshman Brinson Paolini.

Men's Soccer - The Duke men's soccer team turned in a strong season in 2009, posting a 14-7-0 overall record and advancing to the NCAA Round of 16. Ranked 12th in the final coaches' national poll, Duke climbed to as high as No. 9 in the rankings during the year.

Men's Swimming and Diving - The men's swimming and diving squad finished sixth at the ACC Championships and established nine new school records, three of which were set by freshman NCAA Champion diver Nick McCrory.

Men's Tennis - Duke finished the 2010 season with a 20-9 overall record and 9-2 mark in the ACC. The Blue Devils won at least 20 matches for the 19th time in school history and advanced to the round of 16 in the NCAA Tournament before losing to No. 1 Virginia, 4-0.

Wrestling - For the second consecutive year, Duke wrestler Konrad Dudziak captured an ACC title and All-America recognition after advancing to the NCAA Semifinals. Duke posted the fourth highest grade point average among Division I wrestling programs, while John Barone and sophomore Peter Terrezza earned NWCA All-Academic Team recognition.