The Duke Blue Devils have established themselves as one of the premier college basketball programs in the country and an argument can be made for the best program overall. The accolades are countless for the Blue Devils as they have appeared in over 37 NCAA Tournaments, won more than 95 games, advanced to over 14 Final Fours, and have won four championships.
Duke’s basketball program took the next step to national prominence when Mike Krzyzewski (Coach K) was hired as the head coach in 1980. Coach K has led the Blue Devils to over 28 tournament appearances; earned the number one seed more than 10 times, have 80+ tournament wins which is a college record, more than 10 Final Fours and four national championships. Coach K has also coached over 20 first round draft picks in his history with Duke along with over 7 national player of the year award winners.
The most memorable tournament run for Duke occurred in 1992 as the Blue Devils tried to repeat as national champions. Duke rolled through the first three rounds before facing the number 2 seed Kentucky Wildcats for the right to advance to the Final Four. The Blue Devils trailed 103-102 in overtime with 2.1 seconds remaining before Grant Hill threw a full court pass to Christian Laettner, who took a dribble and hit a jump shot to give the Blue Devils a 104-103 victory. The game is now known as “The Shot” and is considered one of the best college basketball games of all-time. Duke defeated the rest of their competition including the Michigan Wolverines led by the “Fab 5” to repeat as national champions.
Duke Blue Devils Recent NCAA Tourament History
Duke’s 2014 tournament run is something they would like to quickly forget. With their lengthy successful history, the Blue Devils entered the tournament as the number 3 seed after another solid season. Facing the 14 seed Mercer Bears, Duke was unable to advance to the next round as they lost 78-71 despite 23 points from Quinn Cook.