2000–01 Duke Blue Devils men's basketball team

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2000–2001 Duke Blue Devils men's basketball
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National Champions,
ACC Tournament Champions,
ACC Regular Season Co-Champions
NCAA National Championship Game
vs. Arizona, W, 82–72
Conference Atlantic Coast Conference
Coaches #1
AP #1
2000–2001 record 35–4 (13–3 ACC)
Head coach Mike Krzyzewski
Assistant coach Johnny Dawkins
Assistant coach Chris Collins
Assistant coach Steve Wojciechowski
Home arena Cameron Indoor Stadium
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The 2000–01 Duke Blue Devils men's basketball team was a Division I college basketball team that competed in the Atlantic Coast Conference. Under the leadership of All-American duo Shane Battier and Jason "Jay" Williams, coach Mike Krzyzewski's Blue Devils won their third national championship in program history.


No. Position Year Player
3 United States F So Nick Horvath
4 United States C So Carlos Boozer
5 United States G Sr Ryan Caldbeck
12 United States G/F Fr Andre Sweet
13 United States G Sr J.D. Simpson
14 United States F/G Sr Nate James
15 United States G So Andre Buckner
20 United States C So Casey Sanders
No. Position Year Player
21 United States G Fr Chris Duhon
22 United States G So Jason Williams
31 United States F Sr Shane Battier
34 United States G/F So Mike Dunleavy, Jr.
40 United States F/C Fr Andy Borman
41 United States F Jr Matt Christensen
42 United States F Fr Reggie Love


Shane Battier entered his senior season as the remaining member of Duke's heralded recruiting class of 1997 which included Elton Brand and William Avery and had nearly led Duke to a championship two years earlier. (Brand and Avery, along with Corey Maggette would become the first Duke underclassmen to leave early for the draft that year.) Despite losing the reigning ACC Player of the Year Chris Carrawell to graduation, the Blue Devils still retained sophomores Jason Williams, Mike Dunleavy, Jr., and Carlos Boozer and welcomed the addition of freshman Chris Duhon to their lineup.

Regular season[edit]

On January 27, 2001, the second-ranked Blue Devils played at eighth-ranked Maryland Terrapins in what would become the first of four contests between these two ACC rivals that year. With Duke trailing by 10 points with 54 seconds left in regulation, Williams scored eight points, including two three-pointers, in a 13-second span and James hit two free throws to send this game into overtime. In overtime Battier blocked a layup by Juan Dixon at the baseline with 4 seconds left to preserve a 98–96 victory.[1]

However, the Blue Devils stumbled in the next game at home against their archrival, fourth-ranked North Carolina by a score of 85–83.[2] A month later, Maryland would avenge their previous home loss to Duke when the No. 16 Terrapins defeated the No. 2 Blue Devils 91–80 on Shane Battier's Senior Night in Cameron Indoor Stadium. After center Carlos Boozer had to leave with a foot injury in that game,[3] coach Krzyzewski decided to change his game strategy, favoring a smaller, quicker lineup by having Duhon start at point guard and moving Williams over to shooting guard. His plan was successful in his next game at North Carolina, when Duke defeated the No. 4 Tar Heels 95–81 to claim a share of the regular season championship.[4] With many pundits having written Duke off after Boozer's injury, the new-look Blue Devils in fact went on to win all 6 of its following games before Boozer rejoined the team in the Sweet Sixteen of the NCAA Tournament.

Conference Tournament[edit]

Duke finished the regular season with a 26–4 record entering the ACC Tournament as a No. 2 seed. In the tournament semifinals, they met Maryland for the third time this season. In another thrilling contest, after Maryland had rallied from a 14-point, second-half deficit, the Blue Devils defeated the Terrapins 84–82 when Nate James tipped in the game-winner with 1.3 seconds left[5] to advance to the title game against North Carolina. In the third game between Duke and UNC that season, the Blue Devils emerged victorious as ACC Tournament champions by the score of 79–53[6] and received a No. 1 seed in the East Regional of the NCAA Tournament.

NCAA tournament[edit]

The Blue Devils would travel the same path they took nine years ago when they claimed their last championship in 1992, from Greensboro to Philadelphia to Minneapolis, where they met Maryland for the fourth time that season, this time in the Final Four with a berth in the championship game at stake. Finding themselves down 39–17 with 6:57 to play in the first half and down 49–38 at the half, Duke went on to stage a comeback against the Terrapins and win 95–84 to advance to the championship game. Duke's 22-point deficit and 11-point halftime deficit marked the largest comeback in Final Four history.[7]

Facing fifth-ranked Arizona led by Gilbert Arenas and Richard Jefferson and coached by Lute Olson, who had lost his wife to cancer earlier during the season, Duke was able to stave off a comeback attempt in the second half and clinch the title by a final score of 82–72. With his third national championship, coach Mike Krzyzewski tied his mentor Bob Knight for third place behind Adolph Rupp (4) and John Wooden (10). Battier was named the NCAA Basketball Tournament Most Outstanding Player.[8]

2000–01 schedule and results[edit]

Time, TV
Rank# Opponent# Result Record Site (Attendance)
City, State
November 14, 2000*
9:00 PM, ESPN
#2 Princeton W 87–50  1–0
Cameron Indoor Stadium (9,314)
Durham, NC
November 17, 2000*
7:00 PM, ESPN
#2 Villanova W 98–85  2–0
Cameron Indoor Stadium (9,314)
Durham, NC
November 22, 2000*
9:00 PM, ESPN
#2 vs. Texas
Preseason NIT
W 95–69  3–0
Madison Square Garden (11,449)
New York, NY
November 24, 2000*
9:00 PM, ESPN
#2 vs. Temple
Preseason NIT
W 63–61  4–0
Madison Square Garden (12,989)
New York, NY
November 25, 2000*
9:00 PM, HTS
#2 Army W 91–48  5–0
Cameron Indoor Stadium (9,314)
Durham, NC
November 28, 2000*
9:00 PM, ESPN
#1 vs. #9 Illinois
ACC–Big Ten Challenge
W 78–77  6–0
Greensboro Coliseum (17,966)
Greensboro, NC
December 2, 2000*
7:00 PM, ESPN
#1 at #17 Temple W 93–68  7–0
First Union Center (19,455)
Philadelphia, PA
December 5, 2000*
7:00 PM, FSS/HTS
#1 Davidson W 102–60  8–0
Cameron Indoor Stadium (9,314)
Durham, NC
December 9, 2000*
9:00 PM, ESPN
#1 Michigan W 104–61  9–0
Cameron Indoor Stadium (9,314)
Durham, NC
December 19, 2000*
10:00 PM
#1 at Portland W 97–64  10–0
Rose Garden (15,341)
Portland, OR
December 21, 2000*
9:00 PM, FSN/HTS
#1 vs. #3 Stanford
Pete Newell Challenge
L 83–84  10–1
The Arena in Oakland (19,804)
Oakland, CA
December 30, 2000*
1:30 PM, RJ
#3 North Carolina A&T W 108–73  11–1
Cameron Indoor Stadium (9,314)
Durham, NC
January 4, 2001
7:00 PM, ESPN2
#3 at Florida State W 99–72  12–1
Tallahassee-Leon County Civic Center (4,337)
Tallahassee, FL
January 7, 2001
1:30 PM, RJ
#3 Clemson W 115–74  13–1
Cameron Indoor Stadium (9,314)
Durham, NC
January 10, 2001
9:00 PM, ESPN
#2 at North Carolina State W 84–78  14–1
Entertainment & Sports Arena (18,263)
Raleigh, NC
January 13, 2001
3:30 PM, ABC
#2 #10 Virginia W 103–61  15–1
Cameron Indoor Stadium (9,314)
Durham, NC
January 16, 2001*
7:30 PM, ESPN2
#2 #25 Boston College W 97–75  16–1
Cameron Indoor Stadium (9,314)
Durham, NC
January 20, 2001
12:00 PM, ESPN
#2 at Georgia Tech W 98–77  17–1
Alexander Memorial Coliseum (10,000)
Atlanta, GA
January 24, 2001
9:00 PM, RJ
#2 #9 Wake Forest W 85–62  18–1
Cameron Indoor Stadium (9,314)
Durham, NC
January 27, 2001
8:00 PM, ESPN
#2 at #8 Maryland W 98–96 OT 19–1
Cole Field House (14,500)
College Park, MD
February 1, 2001
9:00 PM, ESPN2
#2 #4 North Carolina L 83–85  19–2
Cameron Indoor Stadium (9,314)
Durham, NC
February 4, 2001
1:00 PM, RJ
#2 Florida State W 100–58  20–2
Cameron Indoor Stadium (9,314)
Durham, NC
February 7, 2001
9:00 PM, ESPN
#3 at Clemson W 81–64  21–2
Littlejohn Coliseum (10,700)
Clemson, SC
February 11, 2001
3:30 PM, ABC
#3 North Carolina State W 101–75  22–2
Cameron Indoor Stadium (9,314)
Durham, NC
February 14, 2001
7:00 PM, ESPN
#3 at #12 Virginia L 89–91  22–3
University Hall (8,242)
Charlottesville, VA
February 18, 2001*
12:00 PM, CBS
#3 at St. John's W 91–59  23–3
Madison Square Garden (19,580)
New York, NY
February 21, 2001
7:00 PM, ESPN
#4 Georgia Tech W 98–54  24–3
Cameron Indoor Stadium (9,314)
Durham, NC
February 24, 2001
1:00 PM, CBS
#4 at #24 Wake Forest W 82–80  25–3
Lawrence Joel Veterans Memorial Coliseum (14,400)
Winston-Salem, NC
February 27, 2001
8:00 PM, RJ
#2 #16 Maryland L 80–91  25–4
Cameron Indoor Stadium (9,314)
Durham, NC
March 4, 2001
3:30 PM, ABC
#2 at #4 North Carolina W 95–81  26–4
Dean Smith Center (21,750)
Chapel Hill, NC
March 9, 2001
7:00 PM, ESPN
#3 vs. North Carolina State
ACC Tournament Quarterfinals
W 76–61  27–4
Georgia Dome (40,083)
Atlanta, GA
March 10, 2001
4:15 PM, ESPN
#3 vs. #11 Maryland
ACC Tournament Semifinals
W 84–82  28–4
Georgia Dome (40,083)
Atlanta, GA
March 11, 2001
1:15 PM, ESPN
#3 vs. #6 North Carolina
ACC Tournament Finals
W 79–53  29–4
Georgia Dome (40,083)
Atlanta, GA
March 15, 2001*
7:45 PM, CBS
#1 vs. Monmouth
NCAA East First Round
W 95–52  30–4
Greensboro Coliseum (18,932)
Greensboro, NC
March 17, 2001*
1:15 PM, CBS
#1 vs. Missouri
NCAA East Second Round
W 94–81  31–4
Greensboro Coliseum (18,500)
Greensboro, NC
March 22, 2001*
7:30 PM, CBS
#1 vs. #15 UCLA
NCAA East Regional Semifinal
W 76–63  32–4
First Union Center (20,270)
Philadelphia, PA
March 24, 2001*
7:00 PM, CBS
#1 vs. USC
NCAA East Regional Final
W 79–69  33–4
First Union Center (20,270)
Philadelphia, PA
March 31, 2001*
#1 vs. #11 Maryland
NCAA National Semifinal
W 95–84  34–4
Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome (45,406)
Minneapolis, MN
April 2, 2001*
#1 vs. #5 Arizona
NCAA National Championship
W 82–72  35–4
Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome (45,994)
Minneapolis, MN
*Non-conference game. #Rankings from AP Poll. (#) Tournament seedings in parentheses.


  • 3rd national championship in school history (1991, 1992, 2001)
  • 2nd appearance in national championship game in three years (1999, 2001)
  • 3rd straight No. 1-ranking in final regular season AP poll, and 1st No. 1-ranked team to win the national championship since UCLA in 1995.
  • Duke set an NCAA record by winning its 133rd game over a four-year period. The Blue Devils (133–15) broke the record set by Kentucky from 1995–96 and 1998–99.
  • Duke is the first team to be seeded No. 1 over four consecutive seasons since the NCAA began seeding teams in 1979.
  • Duke swept all the major National Player of the Year Awards:
  • Shane Battier won the NABC Defensive Player of the Year award for the third straight time.
  • Shane Battier tied an NCAA record for victories (131) for a four-year period set by Kentucky's Wayne Turner.
  • Jason Williams set a Duke single-season scoring record with 841 points, previously held by Dick Groat (831) in 1951.
  • Shane Battier and Jason Williams were consensus All-American First Team selections.[9]
  • Shane Battier was an Academic All-American First Team selection for the 2nd straight year.[10]
  • Three players received All-ACC honors:
    • Shane Battier, Jason Williams (1st Team)
    • Nate James (3rd Team)
  • Two players from the 2001 squad (Battier and Jason Williams) had their jerseys retired by Duke.
  • Duke set records with the most three-pointers made (407) and attempted (1,057) in a single season by a college basketball team.


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