2017–18 Duke Blue Devils men's basketball team

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2017–18 Duke Blue Devils men's basketball
Duke Athletics logo.svg
Phil Knight Invitational Motion Bracket champions
NCAA Tournament, Elite Eight
ConferenceAtlantic Coast Conference
Ranking
CoachesNo. 4
APNo. 9
2017–18 record29–8 (13–5 ACC)
Head coachMike Krzyzewski (38th season)
Assistant coaches
CaptainGrayson Allen[1]
Home arenaCameron Indoor Stadium
Seasons
2017–18 ACC men's basketball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
#1 Virginia 17 1   .944     31 3   .912
#9 Duke 13 5   .722     29 8   .784
#22 Miami (FL) 11 7   .611     22 10   .688
#20 Clemson 11 7   .611     25 10   .714
NC State 11 7   .611     21 12   .636
#10 North Carolina 11 7   .611     26 11   .703
Virginia Tech 10 8   .556     21 12   .636
Florida State 9 9   .500     23 12   .657
Louisville 9 9   .500     22 14   .611
Notre Dame 8 10   .444     21 15   .583
Syracuse 8 10   .444     23 14   .622
Boston College 7 11   .389     19 16   .543
Georgia Tech 6 12   .333     13 19   .406
Wake Forest 4 14   .222     11 20   .355
Pittsburgh 0 18   .000     8 24   .250
2018 ACC Tournament winner
Rankings from AP Poll

The 2017–18 Duke Blue Devils men's basketball team represented Duke University during the 2017–18 NCAA Division I men's basketball season. They were coached by 38th-year head coach, Mike Krzyzewski. The Blue Devils played their home games at Cameron Indoor Stadium in Durham, North Carolina as members of the Atlantic Coast Conference. They finished the season 29–8, 13–5 in ACC play to finish in second place. They defeated Notre Dame in the quarterfinals of the ACC Tournament before losing to North Carolina in the semifinals. They received an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament as the No. 2 seed in the Midwest region. There they defeated Iona, Rhode Island, and Syracuse to advance to the Elite Eight. In the Elite Eight, they lost to No. 1 seed Kansas in overtime.

Previous season[edit]

The Blue Devils finished the 2016–17 season 28–9, 11–7 in ACC play to finish in fifth place. They became the first ACC team to win four games in four days on their way to winning the ACC Tournament. They received the ACC's automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament as the East Region's #2 seed, where they defeated #15 Troy in the First Round before being upset by #7 South Carolina in the Second Round.

Offseason[edit]

Departures[edit]

Name Pos. Height Weight Year Hometown Reason for departure
Amile Jefferson PF 6'9" 224 RS Senior Philadelphia, PA Graduated
Matt Jones SG 6'5" 204 Senior DeSoto, TX Graduated
Nick Pagliuca G 6'3" 195 Senior Weston, MA Walk-on; Graduated
Sean Obi PF 6'9" 255 RS Junior Kaduna, NG Graduated and transferred to Maryland.[2]
Chase Jeter F/C 6'10" 230 Sophomore Las Vegas, NV Transfer to Arizona.[3]
Luke Kennard SG 6'6" 202 Sophomore Franklin, OH Declared for 2017 NBA draft; selected 12th overall by the Detroit Pistons
Harry Giles PF 6'10" 240 Freshman Winston-Salem, NC Declared for 2017 NBA draft; selected 20th overall by the Portland Trail Blazers and traded to the Sacramento Kings
Frank Jackson PG 6'3" 205 Freshman Highland, UT Declared for 2017 NBA draft; selected 31st overall by the Charlotte Hornets and traded to the New Orleans Pelicans
Jayson Tatum SF 6'8" 205 Freshman St. Louis, MO Declared for 2017 NBA draft; selected 3rd overall by the Boston Celtics

2017 recruiting class[edit]

Duke recruited Marvin Bagley III, the highest-ranked prospect of the 2017 class.
US college sports recruiting information for high school athletes
Name Hometown High school / college Height Weight Commit date
Alex O'Connell
SG
Milton, GA Milton High School 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 170 lb (77 kg) Aug 26, 2016 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:4/5 stars   Rivals:4/5 stars   247Sports:4/5 stars    ESPN:4/5 stars   ESPN grade: 83
Gary Trent Jr.
SG
Apple Valley, MN Prolific Prep (CA) 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 205 lb (93 kg) Nov 10, 2016 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:5/5 stars   Rivals:5/5 stars   247Sports:5/5 stars    ESPN:5/5 stars   ESPN grade: 95
Wendell Carter Jr.
PF
Atlanta, GA Pace Academy 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) 250 lb (110 kg) Nov 23, 2016 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:5/5 stars   Rivals:5/5 stars   247Sports:5/5 stars    ESPN:5/5 stars   ESPN grade: 96
Jordan Goldwire
PG
Norcross, GA Norcross High School 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) 165 lb (75 kg) May 1, 2017 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:3/5 stars   Rivals:3/5 stars   247Sports:3/5 stars    ESPN:3/5 stars   ESPN grade: 78
Jordan Tucker
SF
White Plains, NY Joseph Wheeler High School 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 205 lb (93 kg) May 13, 2017 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:4/5 stars   Rivals:4/5 stars   247Sports:4/5 stars    ESPN:4/5 stars   ESPN grade: 88
Trevon Duval
PG
Wilmington, DE IMG Academy (FL) 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 190 lb (86 kg) May 15, 2017 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:5/5 stars   Rivals:5/5 stars   247Sports:5/5 stars    ESPN:5/5 stars   ESPN grade: 96
Marvin Bagley III
PF
Tempe, AZ Sierra Canyon School (CA) 6 ft 11 in (2.11 m) 220 lb (100 kg) Aug 14, 2017 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:5/5 stars   Rivals:5/5 stars   247Sports:5/5 stars    ESPN:5/5 stars   ESPN grade: 98
Overall recruiting rankings: Scout: #1   Rivals: #1  247Sports: #1  ESPN: #1
  • 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:

  • "2017 Team Ranking". Rivals.com. Retrieved August 14, 2017.

2018 recruiting class[edit]

Roster[edit]

2017–18 Duke Blue Devils men's basketball team
Players Coaches
Pos. # Name Height Weight Year Previous school Hometown
G 1 Trevon Duval 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 186 lb (84 kg) Fr IMG Academy Wilmington, Delaware
G 2 Gary Trent Jr. 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 209 lb (95 kg) Fr Prolific Prep Apple Valley, Minnesota
G 3 Grayson Allen (C) 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 205 lb (93 kg) Sr Providence School Jacksonville, Florida
F 12 Javin DeLaurier 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) 231 lb (105 kg) So St. Anne's-Belfield School Charlottesville, Virginia
G 14 Jordan Goldwire 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 172 lb (78 kg) Fr Norcross HS Norcross, Georgia
G 15 Alex O'Connell 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 171 lb (78 kg) Fr Milton HS Milton, Georgia
C 20 Marques Bolden 6 ft 11 in (2.11 m) 246 lb (112 kg) So DeSoto HS DeSoto, Texas
C 30 Antonio Vrankovic 7 ft 0 in (2.13 m) 269 lb (122 kg) Jr Pine Crest School Delray Beach, Florida
F 34 Wendell Carter 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) 259 lb (117 kg) Fr Pace Academy Atlanta, Georgia
F 35 Marvin Bagley III 6 ft 11 in (2.11 m) 234 lb (106 kg) Fr Sierra Canyon School Tempe, Arizona
F 41 Jack White 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 226 lb (103 kg) So Australian Institute of Sport Canberra, Australia
G 50 Justin Robinson 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 198 lb (90 kg) RS So San Antonio Christian San Antonio, Texas
G 51 Mike Buckmire (W) 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 172 lb (78 kg) Fr Germantown Friends School Blue Bell, Pennsylvania
G 53 Brennan Besser (W) 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 190 lb (86 kg) Jr Latin School Chicago, Illinois
Head coach
Assistant coach(es)

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

Roster

Depth chart[edit]

[4]

Pos. Starting 5 Bench 1 Bench 2
C Marvin Bagley III Marques Bolden Antonio Vrankovic
PF Wendell Carter Javin DeLaurier Justin Robinson
SF Gary Trent Jr. Jack White
SG Grayson Allen Alex O'Connell Brennan Besser
PG Trevon Duval Jordan Goldwire Mike Buckmire

Schedule and results[edit]

Date
time, TV
Rank# Opponent# Result Record High points High rebounds High assists Site (attendance)
city, state
Exhibition
October 27, 2017*
7:00 pm, ACCN Extra
Northwest Missouri State W 93–60 
 23  Allen   9  Carter, Jr.   5  Duval  Cameron Indoor Stadium 
Durham, NC
November 4, 2017*
1:00 pm, ACCN Extra
No. 1 Bowie State W 116–53 
 25  Bagley III   14  Carter, Jr.   11  Allen  Cameron Indoor Stadium (9,314)
Durham, NC
Regular season
November 10, 2017*
7:00 pm, ACCN Extra
No. 1 Elon W 97–68  1–0
 25  Bagley III   11  DeLaurier   8  Duval  Cameron Indoor Stadium (9,314)
Durham, NC
November 11, 2017*
7:00 pm, ACCN Extra
No. 1 Utah Valley W 99–69  2–0
 24  Bagley III   10  Bagley III   12  Duval  Cameron Indoor Stadium (9,314)
Durham, NC
November 14, 2017*
7:00 pm, ESPN
No. 1 vs. No. 2 Michigan State
Champions Classic
W 88–81  3–0
 37  Allen   12  Carter, Jr.   10  Duval  United Center (21,684)
Chicago, IL
November 17, 2017*
7:00 pm, RSN
No. 1 Southern W 78–61  4–0
 20  Carter, Jr.   11  Tied   4  Tied  Cameron Indoor Stadium (9,314)
Durham, NC
November 20, 2017*
7:00 pm, ACCN Extra
No. 1 Furman
Phil Knight Invitational Opening Round
W 92–63  5–0
 24  Bagley III   9  Carter, Jr.   6  Allen  Cameron Indoor Stadium (9,314)
Durham, NC
November 23, 2017*
4:30 pm, ESPN
No. 1 vs. Portland State
Phil Knight Invitational Motion quarterfinals
W 99–81  6–0
 22  Duval   15  Bagley III   9  Allen  Veterans Memorial Coliseum (6,955)
Portland, OR
November 24, 2017*
5:30 pm, ESPN
No. 1 vs. Texas
Phil Knight Invitational Motion semifinals
W 85–78 OT 7–0
 34  Bagley III   15  Bagley III   6  Duval  Moda Center (13,746)
Portland, OR
November 26, 2017*
10:30 pm, ESPN2
No. 1 vs. No. 7 Florida
Phil Knight Invitational Motion Bracket championship
W 87–84  8–0
 30  Bagley III   15  Bagley III   7  Allen  Moda Center (15,365)
Portland, OR
November 29, 2017*
9:30 pm, ESPN
No. 1 at Indiana
ACC–Big Ten Challenge
W 91–81  9–0
 23  Bagley III   12  Carter, Jr.   6  Duval  Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall (17,222)
Bloomington, IN
December 2, 2017*
3:30 pm, ESPN2
No. 1 South Dakota W 96–80  10–0
 25  Allen   12  Bagley III   8  Duval  Cameron Indoor Stadium (9,314)
Durham, NC
December 5, 2017*
9:00 pm, ESPNU
No. 1 Saint Francis (PA) W 124–67  11–0
 21  Bagley III   11  Bagley III   11  Duval  Cameron Indoor Stadium (9,314)
Durham, NC
December 9, 2017
12:00 pm, ESPN
No. 1 at Boston College L 84–89  11–1
(0–1)
 25  Trent Jr.   12  Bagley III   6  Allen  Conte Forum (8,606)
Chestnut Hill, MA
December 20, 2017*
7:00 pm, ESPN2
No. 4 Evansville W 104–40  12–1
 27  Carter, Jr.   7  Bagley III   8  Duval  Cameron Indoor Stadium (9,314)
Durham, NC
December 30, 2017
2:00 pm, CBS
No. 4 No. 24 Florida State W 100–93  13–1
(1–1)
 32  Bagley III   21  Bagley III   6  Allen  Cameron Indoor Stadium (9,314)
Durham, NC
January 6, 2018
8:00 pm, ESPN
No. 2 at NC State L 85–96  13–2
(1–2)
 31  Bagley III   10  Bagley III   5  Duval  PNC Arena (19,500)
Raleigh, NC
January 10, 2018
7:00 pm, ESPN2
No. 7 at Pittsburgh W 87–52  14–2
(2–2)
 16  Bagley III   15  Bagley III   5  Trent Jr.  Peterson Events Center (9,180)
Pittsburgh, PA
January 13, 2018
12:00 pm, ACCN
No. 7 Wake Forest W 89–71  15–2
(3–2)
 30  Bagley III   12  Allen   8  Allen  Cameron Indoor Stadium (9,314)
Durham, NC
January 15, 2018
7:00 pm, ESPN
No. 5 at No. 25 Miami (FL) W 83–75  16–2
(4–2)
 30  Trent Jr.   14  Carter   8  Duval  Watsco Center (7,972)
Coral Gables, FL
January 20, 2018
4:00 pm, ACCN
No. 5 Pittsburgh W 81–54  17–2
(5–2)
 21  Carter Jr.   8  Carter Jr.   4  Duval  Cameron Indoor Stadium (9,314)
Durham, NC
January 23, 2018
9:00 pm, ACCN
No. 4 at Wake Forest W 84–70  18–2
(6–2)
 23  Carter Jr.   12  Carter Jr.   6  Allen  LJVM Coliseum (13,209)
Winston-Salem, NC
January 27, 2018
2:00 pm, CBS
No. 4 No. 2 Virginia L 63–65  18–3
(6–3)
 30  Bagley III   15  Carter Jr.   8  Duval  Cameron Indoor Stadium (9,314)
Durham, NC
January 29, 2018
7:00 pm, ESPN
No. 4 Notre Dame W 88–66  19–3
(7–3)
 22  Trent Jr.   10  Trent Jr.   8  Allen  Cameron Indoor Stadium (9,314)
Durham, NC
February 3, 2018*
12:00 pm, FOX
No. 4 at St. John's
The Garf
L 77–81  19–4
 22  Trent Jr.   15  Carter Jr.   5  Duval  Madison Square Garden (19,812)
New York, NY
February 8, 2018
8:00 pm, ESPN/ACCN
No. 9 at No. 21 North Carolina
Rivalry/ESPN College GameDay
L 78–82  19–5
(7–4)
 16  Trent Jr.   16  Bagley III   7  Allen  Dean Smith Center (21,750)
Chapel Hill, NC
February 11, 2018
6:00 pm, ESPN
No. 9 at Georgia Tech W 80–69  20–5
(8–4)
 23  Allen   10  Carter Jr.   6  Allen  McCamish Pavilion (8,600)
Atlanta, GA
February 14, 2018
7:00 pm, ESPN2
No. 12 Virginia Tech W 74–52  21–5
(9–4)
 25  Allen   13  Carter Jr.   6  Allen  Cameron Indoor Stadium (9,314)
Durham, NC
February 18, 2018
1:00 pm, ACCN
No. 12 at No. 11 Clemson W 66–57  22–5
(10–4)
 19  Allen   10  Tied   4  Allen  Littlejohn Coliseum (9,000)
Clemson, SC
February 21, 2018
9:00 pm, ESPN
No. 5 Louisville W 82–56  23–5
(11–4)
 28  Allen   9  Carter Jr.   6  Carter Jr.  Cameron Indoor Stadium (9,314)
Durham, NC
February 24, 2018
6:00 pm, ESPN
No. 5 Syracuse W 60–44  24–5
(12–4)
 19  Bagley III   10  Carter Jr.   6  Allen  Cameron Indoor Stadium (9,314)
Durham, NC
February 26, 2018
7:00 pm, ESPN
No. 5 at Virginia Tech L 63–64  24–6
(12–5)
 22  Allen   8  Carter Jr.   4  Bolden  Cassell Coliseum (9,275)
Blacksburg, VA
March 3, 2018
8:15 pm, ESPN
No. 5 No. 9 North Carolina
Rivalry/College GameDay
W 74–64  25–6
(13–5)
 21  Bagley III   15  Bagley III   6  Duval  Cameron Indoor Stadium (9,314)
Durham, NC
ACC Tournament
March 8, 2018
7:00 pm, ESPN
(2) No. 5 vs. (10) Notre Dame
Quarterfinals
W 88–70  26–6
 33  Bagley III   17  Bagley III   11  Duval  Barclays Center (17,732)
Brooklyn, NY
March 9, 2018
9:00 pm, ESPN
(2) No. 5 vs. (6) No. 12 North Carolina
Semifinals/Rivalry
L 69–74  26–7
 20  Trent Jr.   13  Bagley III   7  Duval  Barclays Center (18,157)
Brooklyn, NY
NCAA Tournament
March 15, 2018*
2:45 pm, CBS
(2 MW) No. 9 vs. (15 MW) Iona
First Round
W 89–67  27–7
 22  Bagley III   8  Carter Jr.   9  Allen  PPG Paints Arena (18,757)
Pittsburgh, PA
March 17, 2018*
2:40 pm, CBS
(2 MW) No. 9 vs. (7 MW) Rhode Island
Second Round
W 87–62  28–7
 22  Bagley III   9  Bagley III   7  Duval  PPG Paints Arena (19,015)
Pittsburgh, PA
March 23, 2018
9:37 pm, CBS
(2 MW) No. 9 vs. (11 MW) Syracuse
Sweet Sixteen
W 69–65  29–7
 22  Bagley III   12  Carter Jr.   8  Allen  CenturyLink Center (17,399)
Omaha, NE
March 25, 2018*
5:05 pm, CBS
(2 MW) No. 9 vs. (1 MW) No. 4 Kansas
Elite Eight
L 81–85 OT 29–8
 20  Duval   10  Bagley III   6  Duval  CenturyLink Center (17,579)
Omaha, NE
*Non-conference game. #Rankings from AP Poll. (#) Tournament seedings in parentheses.
All times are in Eastern Time.

Ranking movement[edit]

Ranking movements
Legend: ██ Increase in ranking. ██ Decrease in ranking.
NR = Not ranked. RV = Received votes. ( ) = First place votes.
Week
Poll Pre 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 Final 
AP 1 (33) 1 (34) 1 (54) 1 (65) 1 (65) 4 4 4 2 (21) 7 5 4 4 9 12 5 5 5 9 Not released 
Coaches 1 (20) 1^ (20) 1 (29) 1 (30) 1 (30) 4 3 3 2 (4) 6 5 4 5 8 10 5 3 6 6 4

^Coaches did not release a Week 2 poll.
*AP does not release post-NCAA Tournament rankings

References[edit]

  1. ^ Kennedy, Randal. "Grayson Allen named lone captain for 2017-2018". 247Sports.com. Retrieved 31 December 2017.
  2. ^ Wiseman, Steve. "Forward Sean Obi leaving Duke as a graduate transfer". NewsObserver.com. The News & Observer. Retrieved 31 May 2017.
  3. ^ Wiseman, Steve. "Duke sophomore center Chase Jeter transferring". NewsObserver.com. The News & Observer. Retrieved 31 May 2017.
  4. ^ https://basketball.realgm.com/ncaa/conferences/Ivy-League/14/Duke/31/depth-charts