Each day from December 19th-December 29th, GoDuke.com will profile its top 11 stories of 2011. On the final day, a special edition of GoDuke Weekly will feature video highlights of all 11 stories.
4. Directors’ Cup Finish
After posting a school record 1171.50 points, Duke finished in fifth place in the final Division I Learfield Sports Directors' Cup Standings.
Overall, Duke ranked behind Stanford, Ohio State, California and Florida. The Directors' Cup rankings measure an athletic program's comprehensive sports success by totaling points based on a team's finish in national competition.
Duke's 1171.50 points marked the highest figure in school history, surpassing the previous best total of 1021.25 in 2005, while the fifth place finish matched the best showing in school history. Duke also placed fifth in 2005. Additionally, this was the fifth top 10 finish for the Blue Devils (1999, 2005, 2006, 2010 & 2011) and a five-place improvement over 2010. Duke has placed among the top 20 schools in eight consecutive years.
Duke ranked first among Atlantic Coast Conference schools, 10.75 points ahead of North Carolina (sixth; 1160.75). Virginia (seventh; 1092.00) was next, followed by Florida State (ninth; 1079.00), Maryland (17th; 858.00), Virginia Tech (45th; 500.50), Clemson (47th; 485.50), Miami (51st; 416.50), Georgia Tech (59th; 350.75), Boston College (64th; 322.00); N.C. State (67th; 312.00) and Wake Forest (74th; 261.50).
5. Duke Basketball Visits China & Dubai
6. Seven ACC Player of the Year Honorees
7. Duke Athletics Hall of Fame
8. Duke Men’s Golf – 2010-11 Season
9. Selected No. 1 in NBA Draft
10. Men’s & Women’s Lacrosse Advance To Final Four
11. Academic Achievement