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Roundball Notebook: The Gauntlet Comes to a Close
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Release: 02/24/2014
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Duke Beats Nation’s Top-Ranked Team
Welcome to Cameron Indoor Stadium, Syracuse. Better luck next time. The top-ranked Orange, which had held the nation’s No. 1 spot in the Associated Press poll for three weeks prior to Saturday’s game on Coach K Court, fell 66-60 in their first trip to Duke’s home arena. Syracuse could not weather an inspired Duke team backed by a deafening student section and led by freshman Jabari Parker, who scored 19 points and added 10 rebounds on the way to his third straight double-double. The Duke win avenged a 91-89 overtime loss to the Orange in the Carrier Dome earlier this season, which was a game that also ended in dramatic fashion. Saturday, it was a late charge call drawn by Rodney Hood on Syracuse forward C.J. Fair with Duke holding a 60-58 lead that decided the final possession. All in all, the Duke-Syracuse rivalry has produced quite a bit of drama for only being played twice since the Orange joined the ACC. Here’s to a new rivalry.

Duke vs. Syracuse recap, stats & highlights

The Gauntlet Comes To A Close
It was quite an eventful eight days for the Blue Devils, who squeezed an NCAA Tournament-like four games into that short time span. The Blue Devils emerged from the gauntlet 3-1 with their lone loss coming at the hands of North Carolina, 74-66, Thursday in Chapel Hill. While any loss to the Tar Heels stings, winning games against Maryland, at Georgia Tech and against No. 1 Syracuse is a good week for anybody. The Blue Devils get a chance to rest their legs following a home matchup against Virginia Tech Tuesday, as that is the only game on the calendar for the next eight days.

Duke vs. Maryland recap

Duke vs. Georgia Tech recap

Duke vs. North Carolina recap
Parker Featured on Sports Illustrated Cover
A Duke player gracing the cover of Sports Illustrated is nothing new. Doing it as a freshman, however, is quite rare, but that’s exactly what SI readers were treated to when this past week’s issue of the magazine arrived in mailboxes and newsstands sporting Duke freshman phenom Jabari Parker and head coach Mike Krzyzewski. The cover story examines the relationship between Coach K and Parker, writer Jeff Benedict also takes an intimate look at the journey of one of the best college basketball prospects this decade and how a legendary head coach goes about making a great player even better. It’s worth a read, even if you aren’t a Duke basketball fan. Check out the link below for the full story.

Parker Named ACC Rookie of the Week…Again
Another week, another ACC Rookie of the Week away for Jabari Parker. It’s possible that line has already appeared in the Roundball Notebook, but when a player wins an award eight times in a single season, there are only so many ways you can spin it. With two weeks left in the regular season, Parker needs to win both remaining ACC Rookie of the Week awards to match the record of 10 set by Georgia Tech’s Kenny Anderson (1989-90) and North Carolina’s Tyler Hansbrough (2005-06). Parker has won four straight ACC Rookie awards, his most recent coming after he scored a game-high 23 points and added eight rebounds, one assist, two blocks and a steal in the win over Maryland Saturday.
Duke Basketball Radio Show Set for Monday
Hosted by the Washington Duke Inn & Golf Club throughout the season, the Duke Basketball Radio Show with associate head coach Steve Wojciechowski airs live this Monday from 7-8 p.m. on WDNC 620 The Buzz. Fans are invited to join Wojciechowski on location in the Bull Durham Bar at the Washington Duke Inn or watch the show live on The Duke Basketball Radio Show is a production of the Blue Devil Sports Network from IMG College and features Wojciechowski and special appearances by players and prominent college basketball figures. Art Chase, Duke assistant director of athletics for external relations, co-hosts the show alongside Wojciechowski.
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Quote of the Week
“Over the years, I've dealt with some of the greatest players in the world. And they've developed. They look at things differently. He has great instincts. And when those instincts couple with those talents, some things you can't teach, come about.”
- Duke head coach Mike Krzyzewski on freshman Jabari Parker