2007–08 Duke Blue Devils men's basketball team

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2007–08 Duke Blue Devils men's basketball
Duke text logo.svg
NCAA Tournament, Second Round
Conference Atlantic Coast Conference
Ranking
Coaches No. 16
AP No. 9
2007–08 record 28–6 (13–3 ACC)
Head coach Mike Krzyzewski
Assistant coach Johnny Dawkins
Assistant coach Chris Collins
Assistant coach Steve Wojciechowski
Home arena Cameron Indoor Stadium
Seasons
« 2006–07 2008–09 »
2007–08 ACC men's basketball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
#1 North Carolina 14 2   .875     36 3   .923
#9 Duke 13 3   .813     28 6   .824
#22 Clemson 10 6   .625     24 10   .706
Virginia Tech 9 7   .563     21 14   .600
Miami (FL) 8 8   .500     23 11   .676
Maryland 8 8   .500     19 15   .559
Georgia Tech 7 9   .438     15 17   .469
Wake Forest 7 9   .438     17 13   .567
Florida State 7 9   .438     19 15   .559
Virginia 5 11   .313     17 16   .515
Boston College 4 12   .250     14 17   .452
North Carolina State 4 12   .250     15 16   .484
† ACC Tournament winner
Rankings from AP Poll

The 2007–08 Duke Blue Devils men's basketball team represented Duke University. The Head Coach was Mike Krzyzewski, serving for his 28th year. The team played its home games in Cameron Indoor Stadium in Durham, North Carolina. The team finished with a 28–6 (13–3) record, while making it to the second round of the NCAA tournament. Senior DeMarcus Nelson was the sole senior and captain for the 2007–2008 squad, starting at shooting guard. Junior Greg Paulus (point guard), sophomores Gerald Henderson, Jr. (guard/forward) and Lance Thomas (forward), and freshman Kyle Singler (forward) rounded out the rest of the starting lineup. Jon Scheyer (shooting guard) served as the sixth man, playing significant minutes off the bench.

Recruiting[edit]

Name Hometown High school / college Height Weight Commit date
Taylor King
SF
Huntington Beach, California Santa Ana Mater Dei High School 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 230 lb (100 kg) Jan 12, 2006 
Scout:4/5 stars   Rivals:4/5 stars   247Sports: N/A    ESPN grade: 97
Kyle Singler
SF
Medford, Oregon South Medford High School 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 230 lb (100 kg) Oct 26, 2006 
Scout:5/5 stars   Rivals:5/5 stars   247Sports: N/A    ESPN grade: 98
Nolan Smith
SG
Upper Marlboro, Maryland Oak Hill Academy (VA) 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 185 lb (84 kg) Jan 12, 2006 
Scout:4/5 stars   Rivals:4/5 stars   247Sports: N/A    ESPN grade: 98
Overall recruiting rankings: Scout: 6   Rivals: 5  ESPN: N/A
  • 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:

Roster[edit]

Name Number Position Height Weight Year Hometown
Jordan Davidson 41 G 6–1 180 Junior Melbourne, Arkansas
Gerald Henderson, Jr. 15 G 6–4 210 Sophomore Merion, Pennsylvania
Steve Johnson 51 F 6–5 195 Sophomore Colorado Springs, Colorado
Taylor King 20 F 6–6 230 Freshman Huntington Beach, California
David McClure 14 F 6–6 200 Junior Ridgefield, Connecticut
DeMarcus Nelson(c) 21 G 6–4 200 Senior Elk Grove, California
Greg Paulus 3 G 6–1 185 Junior Syracuse, New York
Martynas Pocius 5 G/F 6–5 190 Junior Vilnius, Lithuania
Jon Scheyer 30 G 6–5 180 Sophomore Northbrook, Illinois
Kyle Singler 12 F 6–8 220 Freshman Medford, Oregon
Nolan Smith 2 G 6–2 180 Freshman Upper Marlboro, Maryland
Lance Thomas 42 F 6–8 220 Sophomore Scotch Plains, New Jersey
Brian Zoubek 55 C 7–1 260 Sophomore Haddonfield, New Jersey

Rankings[edit]

Ranking Movement
Legend:      Improvement in ranking.      Decrease in ranking.      Not ranked the previous week. rv=Others receiving votes.
Poll Pre Wk 1 Wk 2 Wk 3 Wk 4 Wk 5 Wk 6 Wk 7 Wk 8 Wk 9 Wk 10 Wk 11 Wk 12 Wk 13 Wk 14 Wk 15 Wk 16 Wk 17 Wk 18 Final
AP 13 13 13 7 6 6 6 10 9 9 7 4 3 2 2 5 7 6 7 9
Coaches 11 10 10 7 7 7 7 10 8 7 5 3 3 2 2 4 6 5 7 9

Schedule[edit]

Date
Time, TV
Rank# Opponent# Result Record Site (Attendance)
City, State
October 27, 2007
7:00 PM
Blue/White*
Scrimmage
 Blue 69-White 64 
Cameron Indoor Stadium 
Durham, NC
Exhibition
November 1, 2007
6:30 PM
Shaw*
Exhibition
W 134–55 
Cameron Indoor Stadium 
Durham, NC
November 3, 2007
5:00 PM
Barton College*
Exhibition
W 105–44 
Cameron Indoor Stadium 
Durham, NC
Regular Season
November 9, 2007
7:00 PM, ACC Select
No. 11 NCCU* W 121–56  1–0
Cameron Indoor Stadium (9,314)
Durham, NC
November 12, 2007
7:00 PM, ESPN2
No. 10 N.M. State* W 86–61  2–0
Cameron Indoor Stadium (9,314)
Durham, NC
November 19, 2007
9:00 PM, ESPN2
No. 10 vs. Princeton*
EA Sports Maui Invitational Tournament
W 83–61  3–0
Lahaina Civic Center (2,500)
Lahaina, HI
November 20, 2007
9:00 PM, ESPN2
No. 10 vs. Illinois*
EA Sports Maui Invitational Tournament
W 79–66  4–0
Lahaina Civic Center (2,500)
Lahaina, HI
November 21, 2007
10:00 PM, ESPN
No. 10 vs. No. 11 Marquette*
EA Sports Maui Invitational Tournament
W 77–73  5–0
Lahaina Civic Center (2,500)
Lahaina, HI
November 25, 2007
1:00 PM, FSN
No. 10 Eastern Kentucky* W 78–43  6–0
Cameron Indoor Stadium (9,314)
Durham, NC
November 27, 2007
9:00 PM, ESPN
No. 7 No. 20 Wisconsin*
ACC–Big Ten Challenge
W 85–58  7–0
Cameron Indoor Stadium (9,314)
Durham, NC
December 1, 2007
12:00 PM, ESPNU
No. 7 at Davidson* W 79–73  8–0
Charlotte Bobcats Arena (17,034)
Charlotte, NC
December 8, 2007
2:00 PM, CBS
No. 7 Michigan* W 95–67  9–0
Cameron Indoor Stadium (9,314)
Durham, NC
December 17, 2007
7:00 PM, ESPN2
No. 7 Albany* W 117–70  10–0
Cameron Indoor Stadium (9,314)
Durham, NC
December 20, 2007
7:00 PM, ESPN
No. 7 vs. No. 11 Pittsburgh*
Aeropostale Classic
L 64–65 OT 10–1
Madison Square Garden (19,544)
New York, NY
January 6, 2008
5:30 PM, FSN
No. 8 Cornell* W 81–67  11–1
Cameron Indoor Stadium (9,314)
Durham, NC
January 9, 2008
7:00 PM, ESPN
No. 7 at Temple* W 74–64  12–1
Wachovia Center (18,030)
Philadelphia, PA
January 13, 2008
8:00 PM, FSN
No. 7 Virginia W 87–65  13–1
Cameron Indoor Stadium (9,314)
Durham, NC
January 16, 2008
7:00 PM, ESPN
No. 5 at Florida State W 70–57  14–1
Donald L. Tucker Center (11,548)
Tallahassee, FL
January 19, 2008
6:00 PM, ESPN
No. 5 No. 24 Clemson W 93–80  15–1
Cameron Indoor Stadium (9,314)
Durham, NC
January 24, 2008
7:00 PM, ESPN
No. 3 Virginia Tech W 81–64  16–1
Cassell Coliseum (9,847)
Blacksburg, VA
January 27, 2008
6:30 PM, FSN
No. 3 at Maryland W 93–84  17–1
Comcast Center (17,950)
Park, MD
January 31, 2008
9:00 PM, Raycom/ESPN2
No. 3 North Carolina State W 92–82  18–1
Cameron Indoor Stadium (9,314)
Durham, NC
February 2, 2008
3:30 PM, ABC
No. 3 Miami (FL) W 88–73  19–1
Cameron Indoor Stadium (9,314)
Durham, NC
February 6, 2008
9:00 PM, Raycom/ESPN
No. 2 at No. 3 North Carolina W 89–78  20–1
Dean Smith Center (21,750)
Chapel Hill, NC
February 9, 2008
1:00 PM, CBS
No. 2 Boston College W 90–80  21–1
Cameron Indoor Stadium (9,314)
Durham, NC
February 13, 2008
7:00 PM, ESPN
No. 2 Maryland W 77–65  22–1
Cameron Indoor Stadium (9,314)
Durham, NC
February 17, 2008
7:30 PM, FSN
No. 2 at Wake Forest L 73–86  22–2
Lawrence Joel Veterans Memorial Coliseum (14,646)
Winston-Salem, NC
February 20, 2008
9:00 PM, Raycom
No. 4 at Miami (FL) L 95–96  22–3
BankUnited Center (6,670)
Coral Gables, FL
February 23, 2008
4:00 PM, CBS
No. 4 St. John's* W 86–56  23–3
Cameron Indoor Stadium (9,314)
Durham, NC
February 27, 2008
9:00 PM, ESPN
No. 6 Georgia Tech W 71–58  24–3
Cameron Indoor Stadium (9,314)
Durham, NC
March 1, 2008
12:00 PM, CBS
No. 6 at North Carolina State W 87–86  25–3
RBC Center (17,742)
Raleigh, NC
March 5, 2008
7:00 PM, ESPN
No. 5 at Virginia W 86–70  26–3
John Paul Jones Arena (14,273)
Charlottesville, VA
March 8, 2008
9:00 PM, ESPN
No. 5 No. 1 North Carolina L 68–76  26–4
Cameron Indoor Stadium (9,314)
Durham, NC
ACC Tournament
March 14, 2008
7:00 PM, Raycom/ESPN2
No. 7 vs. Georgia Tech
ACC Tournament Quarterfinals
W 82–70  27–4
Charlotte Bobcats Arena (20,035)
Charlotte, NC
March 15, 2008
4:00 PM, Raycom/ESPN
No. 7 vs. Clemson
ACC Tournament Semifinals
L 74–78  27–5
Charlotte Bobcats Arena (20,035)
Charlotte, NC
NCAA Tournament
March 20, 2008
7:10 PM, CBS
No. 9 (2) vs. No. (15) Belmont*
NCAA Tournament West Region First Round #2 vs #15
W 71–70  28–5
Verizon Center (18,400)
Washington, D.C.
March 22, 2008
2:10 PM, CBS
No. 9 (2) vs. No. (7) West Virginia*
NCAA Tournament West Region Second Round #2 vs #7
L 67–73  28–6
Verizon Center (18,400)
Washington, D.C.
*Non-conference game. #Rankings from Coaches' Poll. (#) Tournament seedings in parentheses.

Accomplishments[edit]

  • 15–1 record at home
  • Ranked as high as #2 in the AP poll
  • Began ACC with 10–0 record
  • 8–3 record vs. teams in the NCAA tournament field during the regular season
  • 4–2 record vs. ranked teams
  • ACC honors:
    • DeMarcus Nelson was first team All-ACC and ACC Defensive Player of the Year
    • Kyle Singler was third team All-ACC and ACC Rookie of the Year

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