2008–09 Duke Blue Devils men's basketball team

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2008–09 Duke Blue Devils men's basketball
Duke text logo.svg
Coaches Vs. Cancer Classic Champions
ACC Tournament Champions
NCAA Tournament, Sweet Sixteen
Conference Atlantic Coast Conference
Ranking
Coaches #5
AP #6
2008–09 record 30–7 (14–5 ACC)
Head coach Mike Krzyzewski
Assistant coach Chris Collins
Assistant coach Steve Wojciechowski
Assistant coach Nate James
Home arena Cameron Indoor Stadium
Seasons
« 2007–08 2009–10 »
2008–09 ACC men's basketball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
#2 North Carolina 13 3   .813     34 4   .895
#6 Duke 11 5   .688     30 7   .811
#12 Wake Forest 11 5   .688     24 7   .774
#16 Florida State 10 6   .625     25 10   .714
#24 Clemson 9 7   .563     23 9   .719
Boston College 9 7   .563     22 12   .647
Maryland 7 9   .438     21 14   .600
Virginia Tech 7 9   .438     19 15   .559
Miami (FL) 7 9   .438     19 13   .594
North Carolina State 6 10   .375     16 14   .533
Virginia 4 12   .250     10 18   .357
Georgia Tech 2 14   .125     12 19   .387
† ACC Tournament winner
Rankings from AP Poll

The 2008–09 Duke Blue Devils men's basketball team represented Duke University in the 2008–09 NCAA Division I men's basketball season. The team's head coach was Mike Krzyzewski, who served for his 29th year. The team played its home games in Cameron Indoor Stadium in Durham, North Carolina. The Blue Devils captured the ACC Championship by defeating Florida State in the championship game in Atlanta.[1]

Pre-season[edit]

The 2007–08 Duke Blue Devils finished the season 28–6 (13–3), placed second in the ACC regular season standings, and lost in the second round of the NCAA Tournament. Earlier in the season, the squad reached as high as #2 in the Coaches' Poll with only one loss. Some late season losses caused them to finish the regular season ranked #9 in the country and #2 in the Atlantic Coast Conference.[2] Duke then lost in the semifinals in the ACC Tournament to the Clemson Tigers.[3] Duke was given a #2 seed in the NCAA tournament. After narrowly defeating #15 Belmont, Duke lost 73–67 to the #7 West Virginia Mountaineers.[4]

Recruiting[edit]

Name Hometown High school / college Height Weight Commit date
Olek Czyz
PF
Reno, Nevada Reno 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 240 lb (110 kg) Sep 26, 2007 
Scout:4/5 stars   Rivals:3/5 stars   247Sports: N/A    ESPN grade: 92
Miles Plumlee
PF
Warsaw, Indiana Christ School (NC) 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) 220 lb (100 kg) May 1, 2008 
Scout:4/5 stars   Rivals:3/5 stars   247Sports: N/A    ESPN grade: 96
Elliot Williams
SG
Memphis, Tennessee St. George's 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 180 lb (82 kg) Nov 1, 2007 
Scout:5/5 stars   Rivals:5/5 stars   247Sports: N/A    ESPN grade: 96
Overall recruiting rankings: Scout: 13   Rivals: 27  ESPN: 23
  • Note: In many cases, Scout, Rivals, 247Sports, and ESPN may conflict in their listings of height and weight.
  • In these cases, the average was taken. ESPN grades are on a 100-point scale.

Sources:

On September 26, 2007, forward Olek Czyz committed to Duke University. Czyz is a 6–7 Poland native who has spent the last three years in Reno, Nevada. Both Scout and Rivals.com listed him as the 27th best power forward in the nation. However, Scout.com had him 80th overall, while Rivals.com had him back at 102nd. As a junior at Reno High School, Czyz averaged 18.7 points and 8.3 rebounds per game, leading Reno to a 24–6 record. In his sophomore year, Olek had a ten point and six rebound average, while leading his team to a state championship.[5] Other schools to make offers to Czyz were Arizona State, Colorado State, Florida, Kentucky, Louisville, Nevada, Pepperdine, and Washington State.[6]

On the first day of November, the Blue Devils received a commitment from Elliot Williams. The 6–4 shooting guard from Memphis, Tennessee was listed as the number 3 shooting guard in the country by Rivals.com, while Scout.com had him as the number 4 shooting guard and the number 14 overall prospect in the country. Williams spent high school at St. George’s where he averaged 25 points, seven rebounds, and six assists per game. In his junior year, Elliot averaged 22 points and six rebounds per contest, while leading his team to a state championship.[5] Williams turned down offers from Clemson, Memphis, Tennessee, Vanderbilt, and Virginia.[7]

Power forward Miles Plumlee, a 6–10 native of Warsaw, Indiana, who attended high school in Arden, North Carolina, committed to the Blue Devils on May 1, 2008. Miles, who is the older brother of 2009 commitment Mason Plumlee, had signed a letter of intent to Stanford University, but after head coach Trent Johnson took the coaching job at Louisiana State, Plumlee requested and was granted a release. Plumlee is rated as the 17th best power forward of the 2008 recruiting class by Scouts.com, while Rivals has him ranked 29th at forward and 101st overall.[8]

Offseason changes[edit]

The only senior Duke lost from their 2007–08 squad was DeMarcus Nelson who graduated. Nelson was projected to go somewhere in the late second round in the 2008 NBA Draft,[9] but instead went undrafted.[10] On September 9, 2008, Nelson was signed by the Golden State Warriors.[11]

Joe Alleva, the Duke Athletics Director, interviewed for the athletics director job at Louisiana State on April 1, and was offered for the position on April 3. After 10 years as Duke's athletics director, Alleva took the job and is scheduled to start on July 1.[12] At Duke a twelve-person committee, assembled by Duke President, Richard H. Brodhead, searched for a new athletics director. Joe Alleva said in an interview that he would do anything to help in the search.[13] On May 30, Brodhead announced that the Duke had hired former Notre Dame athletics director Kevin White.[14] Coach Mike Krzyzewski said the White "is one of the most respected people in intercollegiate athletics" and brings " wealth of experience and is someone who people admire".[15]

Duke forward Taylor King decided to transfer to Villanova University in April 2008.[16] As a freshman at Duke, King played in all 34 games, averaging 5.9 points and 2.0 rebounds per game. He had 43 three-pointers that season, putting him eighth all-time against Duke freshmen. When announcing his transfer, King told reporters "Nothing against Duke, but it's time for a change. I needed to explore other places. Villanova is a true family atmosphere where everyone's got each other's back." Per NCAA regulations, King will have to sit out a season.[17]

On April 26, associate head coach Johnny Dawkins announced that he would be leaving the Blue Devils, to take over the head coaching spot at Stanford. Dawkins was a member of the 1986 Duke team that lost in the finals to Louisville. After nine seasons in the NBA, Dawkins was hired as an assistant coach during the 1998–99 season. Two years later he was promoted to associate head coach, a job he's held for nine years.[18]

It was announced on May 5, that Nate James would replace Johnny Dawkins as an assistant coach. James was a captain on the 2000-01 Duke Blue Devils men's basketball team that won a national championship. After turning pro, James played in the Philippines, France, Hungary, Japan and the Netherlands. In 2004, James participated in the training camp of the Philadelphia 76ers, but did not make it onto the team. During the winter of 2007–2008, he was hired to oversee operations at the Duke's new practice facility.[19]

Roster[edit]

Smith (2), McClure (14), Zoubek (55), and Pocius (5) set up an offensive set vs. Michigan at the 2k Sports Classic Final (2008-11-21)
Zoubek (55) grabs a rebound at Michigan (2008-12-06)
2008–09 Duke Blue Devils men's basketball team
Players Coaches
Pos. # Name Height Weight Year High School/Junior College Home town
F 13 Czyz, OlekOlek Czyz 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 240 lb (109 kg) Fr Reno Reno, NV
G 41 Davidson, JordanJordan Davidson 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) 180 lb (82 kg) Sr Blair Academy Melbourne, AR
G 15 Henderson, Jr., GeraldGerald Henderson, Jr. 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 210 lb (95 kg) Jr Episcopal Academy Merion, PA
F 51 Johnson, SteveSteve Johnson 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 195 lb (88 kg) So Cheyenne Mountain Colorado Springs, CO
F 14 McClure, DavidDavid McClure 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 200 lb (91 kg) Sr Trinity Catholic Ridgefield, CT
G 3 Paulus, GregGreg Paulus 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) 185 lb (84 kg) Sr Christian Brothers Syracuse, NY
F 21 Plumlee, MilesMiles Plumlee 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) 220 lb (100 kg) Fr Christ School Warsaw, IN
G/F 5 Pocius, MartynasMartynas Pocius 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 190 lb (86 kg) Sr Holderness School Vilnius, Lithuania
G 30 Scheyer, JonJon Scheyer 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 180 lb (82 kg) Jr Glenbrook North Northbrook, IL
F 12 Singler, KyleKyle Singler 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 220 lb (100 kg) So South Medford Medford, OR
F 2 Smith, NolanNolan Smith 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 180 lb (82 kg) So Oak Hill Academy (VA) Upper Marlboro, MD
F 42 Thomas, LanceLance Thomas 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 220 lb (100 kg) Jr St. Benedict's Prep Scotch Plains, NJ
G 20 Williams, ElliotElliot Williams 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 180 lb (82 kg) Fr St. George's Memphis, TN
C 55 Zoubek, BrianBrian Zoubek 7 ft 1 in (2.16 m) 260 lb (118 kg) Jr Haddonfield Memorial Haddonfield, NJ
Head coach

Mike Krzyzewski

Assistant coach(es)

Chris Collins
Steve Wojciechowski
Nate James


Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • (S) Suspended
  • (I) Ineligible
  • (W) Walk-on

Rankings[edit]

Ranking Movement
Legend:      Improvement in ranking.      Decrease in ranking.      Not ranked the previous week. rv=Others receiving votes.
Poll Preseason
Oct 31[20]
Week 1
Nov 17[21]
Week 2
Nov 24[22]
Week 3
Dec 1[23]
Week 4
Dec 8[24]
Week 5
Dec 15[25]
Week 6
Dec 22[26]
Week 7
Dec 29[27]
Week 8
Jan 5[28]
Week 9
Jan 12[29]
Week 10
Jan 19[30]
Week 11
Jan 26[31]
Week 12
Feb 2[32]
Week 13
Feb 9[33]
Week 14
Feb 16[34]
Week 15
Feb 23[35]
Week 16
Mar 2[36]
Week 17
Mar 9[37]
Week 18 Final
AP 8 10 7 4 7 6 5 5 2 3 2 1 4 6 9 7 7 9 6
Coaches 5 5 5 4 7 6 5 5 2 2 2 1 3 5 9 7 7 8 5

Schedule[edit]

Date Time Opponent# Rank# Site TV Result Attendance Record
Sat, Oct 18* 1:00 p.m. Blue/White Cameron Indoor StadiumDurham, NC
(Scrimmage)
 White 97–74, Blue 79–70   
Exhibition
Sat, Oct 25* 1:00 p.m. Virginia Union Cameron Indoor Stadium • Durham, NC W 114–50   
Wed, Nov 05* 7:00 p.m. Lenoir-Rhyne Cameron Indoor Stadium • Durham, NC W 95–42   
Regular Season
Mon, Nov 10* 7:00 p.m. Presbyterian #8 Cameron Indoor Stadium • Durham, NC
(Coaches Vs. Cancer Classic)
ESPNU W 80–49  9,314 1–0
Tue, Nov 11* 9:05 p.m. Georgia Southern #8 Cameron Indoor Stadium • Durham, NC
(Coaches Vs. Cancer Classic)
ESPNU W 97–54  9,314 2–0
Sun, Nov 16* 4:30 p.m. Rhode Island #8 Cameron Indoor Stadium • Durham, NC ESPNU W 82–79  9,314 3–0
Thu, Nov 20* 7:00 p.m. vs. Southern Illinois #10 Madison Square GardenNew York, NY
(Coaches Vs. Cancer Classic)
ESPN2 W 83–58  9,440 4–0
Fri, Nov 21* 7:30 p.m. vs. Michigan #10 Madison Square Garden • New York, NY
(Coaches Vs. Cancer Classic)
ESPN2 W 71–56  12,543 5–0
Sun, Nov 23* 1:00 p.m. Montana #10 Cameron Indoor Stadium • Durham, NC FSNS/NESN W 78–58  9,314 6–0
Fri, Nov 28* 3:00 p.m. Duquesne #7 Cameron Indoor Stadium • Durham, NC ESPN W 95–72  9,314 7–0
Tue, Dec 02* 9:00 p.m. at #9 Purdue #4 Mackey ArenaWest Lafayette, IN
(ACC – Big Ten Challenge)
ESPN W 76–60  14,123 8–0
Sat, Dec 06* 3:30 p.m. at Michigan #4 Crisler ArenaAnn Arbor, MI ESPN L 81–73  13,751 8–1
Wed, Dec 17* 7:30 p.m. UNC Asheville #6 Cameron Indoor Stadium • Durham, NC ESPN2 W 99–56  9,314 9–1
Sat, Dec 20* 2:00 p.m. vs. #7 Xavier #6 Izod CenterEast Rutherford, NJ CBS W 82–64  14,818 10–1
Wed, Dec 31* 4:00 p.m. Loyola, Md #5 Cameron Indoor Stadium • Durham, NC ESPN2 W 92–51  9,314 11–1
Sun, Jan 04 7:45 p.m. Virginia Tech #5 Cameron Indoor Stadium • Durham, NC FSN W 69–44  9,314 12–1 (1–0)
Wed, Jan 07* 7:00 p.m. Davidson #2 Cameron Indoor Stadium • Durham, NC ESPN W 79–67  9,314 13–1 (1–0)
Sat, Jan 10 2:00 p.m. at Florida State #2 Donald L. Tucker CenterTallahassee, FL ESPN W 66–58  12,100 14–1 (2–0)
Wed, Jan 14 7:00 p.m. at Georgia Tech #3 Alexander Memorial ColiseumAtlanta, GA ESPN W 70–56  9,035 15–1 (3–0)
Sat, Jan 17* 1:30 p.m. #13 Georgetown #3 Cameron Indoor Stadium • Durham, NC CBS W 76–67  9,314 16–1 (3–0)
Tue, Jan 20 8:00 p.m. NC State #2 Cameron Indoor Stadium • Durham, NC ESPN2/Raycom W 73–56  9,314 17–1 (4–0)
Sat, Jan 24 12:00 p.m. Maryland #2 Cameron Indoor Stadium • Durham, NC
(Duke–Maryland rivalry)
ESPN W 85–44  9,314 18–1 (5–0)
Wed, Jan 28 7:00 p.m. at #6 Wake Forest #1 LJVM ColiseumWinston-Salem, NC ESPN L 68–70  14,665 18–2 (5–1)
Sun, Feb 1 2:00 p.m. Virginia #1 Cameron Indoor Stadium • Durham, NC ESPN W 79–54  9,314 19–2 (6–1)
Wed, Feb 4 9:00 p.m. at #10 Clemson #4 Littlejohn ColiseumClemson, SC ESPN L 47–74  10,000 19–3 (6–2)
Sat, Feb 07 1:30 p.m. Miami (FL) #4 Cameron Indoor Stadium • Durham, NC Raycom W 78–75 OT 9,314 20–3 (7–2)
Thu, Feb 12 9:00 p.m. #3 North Carolina #6 Cameron Indoor Stadium • Durham, NC
(Carolina–Duke rivalry)
ESPN/Raycom L 87–101  9,314 20–4 (7–3)
Sun, Feb 15 5:30 p.m. at Boston College #6 Conte ForumChestnut Hill, MA FSN L 74–80  8,606 20–5 (7–4)
Thu, Feb 19* 7:00 p.m. at St. John's #9 Madison Square Garden • New York, NY
(Aeropostale Classic)
ESPN W 76–69  13,800 21–5 (7–4)
Sun, Feb 22 7:45 p.m. #8 Wake Forest #9 Cameron Indoor Stadium • Durham, NC FSN W 101–91  9,314 22–5 (8–4)
Wed, Feb 25 9:00 p.m. at Maryland #7 Comcast CenterCollege Park, MD ESPN W 78–67  17,950 23–5 (9–4)
Sat, Feb 28 3:30 p.m. at Virginia Tech #7 Cassell ColiseumBlacksburg, VA ABC W 72–65  9,847 24–5 (10–4)
Tue, Mar 3 8:00 p.m. #24 Florida State #7 Cameron Indoor Stadium • Durham, NC Raycom W 84–81  9,314 25–5 (11–4)
Sun, Mar 8 4:00 p.m. at #2 North Carolina #7 Dean E. Smith CenterChapel Hill, NC
(Carolina–Duke rivalry)
CBS L 71–79  21,750 25–6 (11–5)
ACC Tournament
Fri, Mar 13 9:30 p.m. vs. Boston College #9 Georgia Dome • Atlanta, GA Raycom/ESPN2 W 66–65  26,352 26–6 (12–5)
Sat, Mar 14 3:30 p.m. vs. Maryland #9 Georgia Dome • Atlanta, GA Raycom/ESPN2 W 67–61  26,352 27–6 (13–5)
Sun, Mar 15 1:00 p.m. vs. #22 Florida State #9 Georgia Dome • Atlanta, GA Raycom/ESPN2 W 79–69  26,352 28–6 (14–5)
NCAA Tournament
Thurs, Mar 19 9:40 p.m. vs. #(15) Binghamton #6 (2) Greensboro ColiseumGreensboro, NC
(NCAA Tournament First Round – East Region #2 vs. #15)
CBS W 86–62  20,001 29–6 (14–5)
Sat, Mar 21 8:15 p.m. vs. #(7) Texas #6 (2) Greensboro Coliseum • Greensboro, NC
(NCAA Tournament Second Round – East Region #2 vs. #7)
CBS W 74–69  22,479 30–6 (14–5)
Thurs., Mar 27 10:08 p.m. vs. #11 (3) Villanova #6 (2) TD Banknorth GardenBoston, MA
(NCAA Tournament Sweet Sixteen – East Region #2 vs. #3)
CBS L 77–54  18,831 30–7 (14–5)
*Non-conference game. #Rankings from AP Poll. All times are in Eastern Time[38].

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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  2. ^ "Atlantic Coast Conference Standings 2007–2008". ESPN. Archived from the original on 2 April 2008. Retrieved 2008-04-19. 
  3. ^ "55th Annual ACC Men's Basketball Tournament". Atlantic Coast Conference. 2008-03-16. Archived from the original on 9 May 2008. Retrieved 2008-04-19. 
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  6. ^ Scouts.com Olek Czyz Retrieved on 2008-04-18.
  7. ^ Scouts.com Elliot Williams Retrieved on 2008-04-18.
  8. ^ Ryan Craig, WRAL Duke adds power forward to '08 class Retrieved on 2008-05-02.
  9. ^ Staff Reports, The News and Observer King headed to Villanova Retrieved on 2008-04-27.
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  13. ^ Dave Nathan, WRAL Duke Hopes to Select AD by End of Summer Retrieved on 2008-05-09.
  14. ^ Ken Tysiac, The Charlotte Observer Duke lures new AD from Notre Dame Retrieved on 2008-06-01.
  15. ^ Bill Cole, Winston-Salem Journal White leaves Notre Dame for Duke Retrieved on 2008-06-01.
  16. ^ WRAL King to leave Duke Retrieved on 2008-04-19.
  17. ^ Jeff Fox DeMarcus Nelson: NBA Draft Profile Retrieved on 2008-04-29.
  18. ^ WRAL Duke's Dawkins to Coach at Stanford Retrieved on 2008-04-27.
  19. ^ Luciana Chavez, The News and Observer James to join Duke bench Retrieved on 2008-05-06.
  20. ^ "2008–09 NCAA Men's Basketball Rankings – Preseason". Associated Press. 2008-10-31. Retrieved 2008-11-01. 
  21. ^ 2008–09 AP Men's Basketball Rankings – Week1
  22. ^ 2008–09 AP Men's Basketball Rankings – Week2
  23. ^ 2008–09 AP Men's Basketball Rankings – Week3
  24. ^ 2008–09 AP Men's Basketball Rankings – Week4
  25. ^ 2008–09 AP Men's Basketball Rankings – Week5
  26. ^ 2008–09 AP Men's Basketball Rankings – Week6
  27. ^ 2008–09 AP Men's Basketball Rankings – Week7
  28. ^ 2008–09 AP Men's Basketball Rankings – Week8
  29. ^ 2008–09 AP Men's Basketball Rankings – Week9
  30. ^ 2008–09 AP Men's Basketball Rankings – Week10
  31. ^ 2008–09 AP Men's Basketball Rankings – Week11
  32. ^ 2008–09 AP Men's Basketball Rankings – Week12
  33. ^ 2008–09 AP Men's Basketball Rankings – Week13
  34. ^ 2008–09 AP Men's Basketball Rankings – Week14
  35. ^ 2008–09 AP Men's Basketball Rankings – Week15
  36. ^ 2008–09 AP Men's Basketball Rankings – Week16
  37. ^ 2008–09 AP Men's Basketball Rankings – Week17
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