Duke’s Mike Krzyzewski set to retire after next season
A spring filled with upheaval in college basketball has now reached the game’s most recognizable face. Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski will retire following the 2021-22 season, according to a Wednesday report from Stadium. Krzyzewski will reportedly be replaced by Jon Scheyer, a former Duke player who is a current Blue Devils assistant coach. Krzyzewski is the latest high-profile coach to retire in what has been a tumultuous offseason for college basketball. In return for the Spartans playing the Champions Classic as a road game at Duke’s Cameron Indoor Stadium last season, Duke agreed to play a future game at the Breslin Center.mlive.com
Buddy Boeheim gets dad back to Sweet 16 as Syracuse tops WVU
Syracuse defeated Syracuse 75-72. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)INDIANAPOLIS – Buddy Boeheim kept shooting, carrying his Hall of Fame father and 11th-seeded Syracuse back into the Sweet 16. The Orange, a top program for four decades under Jim Boeheim, once again showed they're just as dangerous as an NCAA Tournament afterthought. Now they're heading to Jim Boeheim's 20th Sweet 16, thanks to his 6-foot-6, sweet-shooting son. They have advanced to the Sweet 16 each time they’ve been given a double-digit seeding, reaching the Final Four as a 10 in 2016 and the Sweet 16 as an 11 in 2018.
Duke basketball season over after positive coronavirus test, ending 24-year NCAA streak
Duke has pulled out of the Atlantic Coast Conference Tournament and officially ended its season after a member of the program tested positive for coronavirus. The Blue Devils' streak of 24 consecutive NCAA Tournaments is now over. The ACC announced that the Blue Devils' quarterfinal game with Florida State scheduled for Thursday night has been canceled. In a statement, Duke head coach Mike Krzyzewski said he was "honored" to coach his team and was "extremely proud of their collective attitudes and effort." Because Duke's season is over, Florida State will now automatically advance to the ACC Tournament semifinals.cbsnews.com
Duke basketball season over after positive Covid case
A Duke Blue Devils basketball with the logo before their game against the Georgia State Panthers at Cameron Indoor Stadium on November 15, 2019 in Durham, North Carolina. The Duke men's basketball season is over following a positive coronavirus case in the program, the team announced in a statement Thursday. The team is withdrawing from the ACC tournament after "one member of our program tested positive following Wednesday's ACC Tournament game in Greensboro," said Kevin White, Duke's director of athletics. The positive test comes after The Duke Chronicle reported 102 undergraduates tested positive for the coronavirus between March 5 and 9. The Blue Devils ended the season 13-11 overall and finished tenth in the ACC with a 9-9 record.cnbc.com
Duke pulls out of ACC Tournament, NCAA tourney streak ends
The ACC announced that the Blue Devils quarterfinal game with Florida State scheduled for Thursday night has been canceled. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)GREENSBORO, N.C. – Duke arrived at the Atlantic Coast Conference Tournament hoping to make an unprecedented run to extend its long NCAA Tournament streak. The ACC announced that the Blue Devils' quarterfinal game against No. And athletics director Kevin White said Duke's season is over, ending the Blue Devils' streak of 24 consecutive NCAA appearances that began in 1996. Duke hadn't missed the NCAA Tournament since the 1994-95 season when Krzyzewski stepped away from coaching following complications from back surgery.
Duke's Johnson is foregoing season, declaring for NBA draft
Duke forward Jalen Johnson (1) drives to the basket as Miami guard Harlond Beverly (5) defends during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game, Monday, Feb. 1, 2021, in Coral Gables, Fla. (AP Photo/Marta Lavandier)Highly touted Duke freshman Jalen Johnson is foregoing the rest of the Blue Devils' season and declaring for the NBA draft. Johnson had three points in eight minutes while coming off the bench for the third straight game. Afterward, Krzyzewski said Johnson was “knocked back” by the game’s physicality but added: “I have confidence in him. The highlight after his return was a huge game (24 points, 16 rebounds, seven assists and four blocks) at Pittsburgh. He deserves to be fully healthy for the upcoming NBA draft.”___Follow Aaron Beard on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/aaronbeardap___More AP college basketball: https://apnews.com/hub/College-basketball and http://www.twitter.com/AP_Top25
Elite programs stuck on the NCAA Tournament bubble
So is North Carolina. The Blue Devils are 8-8 and 6-6 in the ACC after beating North Carolina State on Saturday, a win that ended a three-game losing streak. The Scarlet Knights were poised to reach the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 1991 before the season was canceled. A team on the NCAA Tournament bubble can't really afford consecutive losses late in the season. ___AP Basketball Writer Aaron Beard in Raleigh, North Carolina, contributed to this story.
Duke falls out of AP Top 25; Gonzaga, Baylor remain 1-2
(AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)Gonzaga and Baylor maintained their grip on the top two spots in The Associated Press men's basketball poll Monday. “Everyone has dealt with this,” said Wright, whose team finally gets back on the court Tuesday night against Seton Hall. The Golden Gophers were followed by Auburn, one of this week's poll newcomers, Missouri and Clemson. “We’re still finding out about our team,” said coach Mike Krzyzewski, whose team nearly rallied from an 18-point deficit against Virginia Tech. IN AND OUTThe Bruins were the other newcomer to this week's poll after improving to 11-2 and 7-0 in the Pac-12 with consecutive wins over Washington State and Washington.
The Latest: Raptors, Lightning to play without fans for now
(AP Photo/Matt Dunham)The Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___The Toronto Raptors and Tampa Bay Lightning won’t have fans at home games in Tampa, Florida, until at least Feb. 5. “We are not comfortable bringing large numbers of fans indoors to watch hockey or basketball right now,” said Steve Griggs, CEO for Vinik Sports Group and the Lightning. Because of Canada’s border restrictions and rising COVID-19 cases, the Raptors were forced to play their home games out of Tampa for at least the first half of the season. ___A third United Arab Emirates cricket player has tested positive and forced the scheduled one-day international against Ireland in Abu Dhabi on Sunday to be postponed to next Saturday. The 73-year-old coach said earlier this week e and his wife were placed into quarantine after a family member tested positive for COVID-19.
The Latest: Duke-Florida State basketball game postponed
18 Florida State on Saturday after coming into close contact with a person who tested positive for COVID-19. ___Marquette women’s basketball has paused activities because of a positive COVID-19 test. The Browns did not have any new positive COVID-19 tests on Friday, and after getting league approval, practiced indoors. It’s the second straight postponement for the Sun Devils after their game scheduled for Thursday at Washington State was also called off. Every player on the active roster practiced Thursday and Friday, an indication none was identified as a high-risk close contact with Fitzpatrick.
Sports in 2020: Disruptions aplenty, only constant was loss
FILE - In this Aug. 6, 2020, file photo, the Olympic rings for the Olympic and Paralympic Games Tokyo 2020 pass by on a barge by tugboats off the Odaiba Marine Park in Tokyo. Tokyo Olympic officials said Thursday, Dec. 24, they have reached a basic agreement with all 68 domestic sponsors to extend their contracts into next year to support the postponed Games. Facing increasingly long odds, some mega-events — the Olympics, March Madness, the Boston Marathon and Wimbledon — pushed the starting line into 2021. … Continue to push (against) everything that’s the opposite of love.”If only for a moment, the pandemic receded into the background. “If we can continue to do that, all of us,” James concluded, “America would be a much better place.”
AP source: Duke women end basketball season amid virus
The Duke women's basketball team has ended its season amid the coronavirus pandemic, a person familiar with the situation told The Associated Press. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer, File)The Duke women's basketball team has ended its season amid the coronavirus pandemic, a person familiar with the situation told The Associated Press. The women’s basketball team has been on pause since Dec. 16 because of two positive COVID-19 tests and contact tracing within the program’s travel party. The Ivy League opted out of playing winter sports in November before the basketball season started. See just what would be best?”The virus has already caused many games to be canceled or postponed in the first month of the season.
No. 21 Duke wins 75-65 at Notre Dame in ACC opener
Duke's Matthew Hurt (21) celebrates after a big play during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game against Notre Dame on Wednesday, Dec. 16, 2020, in South Bend, Ind. Notre Dame has seven more games on its schedule against teams that are currently ranked. With two other games in the window canceled, Notre Dame represented Duke’s only contest over a span of 20 days. Notre Dame: The Irish face Purdue on Saturday as part of the 10th annual Crossroads Classic in Indianapolis. Notre Dame is 3-1 against the Boilermakers in Classic matchups.
Stanford's VanDerveer poised to break wins record by Summitt
So, when VanDerveer tied the late Hall of Famer as winningest women's coaches in history with 1,098 victories Sunday night, Dec. 13, 2020, she quickly credited Summitt for helping her get there. “If I tied this record with her, she helped me do it, because of playing against her teams. And consider what VanDerveer's win total could be: She took a year away from Stanford to coach the 1996 Olympic team. Her drive, consistency and passion are the foundations for success,” said Tucker, who also played for VanDerveer at Ohio State. With a young, talented team currently, VanDerveer would like nothing more than to bring home another title before she's through.
Michigan State disappointed by Virginia cancellation but doesn’t want season paused
Michigan State had been looking forward to matchup against the 2019 national champions, and for forward Joey Hauser to play against his brother, Cavaliers forward Sam Hauser. For Michigan State, moving forward could include a new game on the schedule in the near future. Exactly who that opponent will be and when they will come to the Breslin Center has yet to be determined (the game would likely have to be at home because Michigan State will be holding finals.) He said players have spoken about the challenges of the season and would still prefer to be playing basketball. So Michigan State will press on, knowing that more disruptions are likely, but preferring that to any other option.mlive.com
For Michigan basketball, playing during pandemic is difficult, crazy but also a blessing
ANN ARBOR -- The Michigan men’s basketball team came out feeling fine about its first experience with schedule disruption. There is perhaps no right answer as to whether college basketball should be played during this pandemic. They want to play basketball. In past seasons, college basketball pauses for a week or so around Christmas. But Christmas day, I don’t think anybody wants to travel away from their place.mlive.com
Duke’s Coach K: It doesn’t feel right to be playing college basketball right now
Within a few minutes of Michigan State-Virginia getting postponed late Tuesday night, the most notable voice in college basketball suggested that the sport needs to “reassess” its decision to play in the throes of a pandemic. Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski said in his postgame press conference following his team’s loss to Illinois that it doesn’t feel right to be playing college basketball right now given conditions. “I would just like for the safety, the mental and physical health of players and staff to assess where we’re at,” Krzyzewski said. But we’re just plowing through this.”Michigan State’s cancellation was the biggest COVID-19 related college basketball news of Tuesday night, but it’s one of more than 50 games that have been canceled or postponed this season. Michigan also had its ACC/Big Ten Challenge game against North Carolina State canceled, but was able to find a replacement game against Toledo.mlive.com
No. 8 Michigan State Beats No. 6 Duke 75-69
6 Duke 75-69 on Tuesday night in the Champions Classic. “They are able to play at a consistently higher level than us due to their depth right now,” Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski said. Joey Hauser had 11 points and 10 rebounds, while Malik Hall added 10 points and 10 rebounds for Michigan State. Matthew Hurt had 21 points and 13 rebounds for Duke, but freshman Jalen Johnson was limited to 11 points on 4-of-11 shooting after scoring 24 in his college debut. POLL IMPLICATIONSMichigan State should continue to climb in the AP Top 25, while Duke might slip a bit.detroit.cbslocal.com
Popovich knows filling US Olympic roster may be a challenge
And when presented with this potential scheduling conundrum, San Antonio coach Gregg Popovich — who will coach USA Basketball men’s national team at the next Olympics — came up with a very quick, very lighthearted solution. “I don’t think we’re going to let the finals go seven games,” Popovich said. Popovich will be head coach of the Olympic team for the first time, succeeding Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski. “The Olympics is always on my mind, just as Coach K told me it would be,” Popovich said Tuesday. The 2016 Olympic team was picked about six weeks before the start of the Rio Games, allowing time for a training camp and exhibitions before heading to Brazil.
Watts scores 20, No. 8 Michigan State beats No. 6 Duke 75-69
DURHAM, N.C. – Rocket Watts scored 20 points and Julius Marble had a career-high 12 to help No. Joey Hauser had 11 points and 10 rebounds, while Malik Hall added 10 points and 10 rebounds for Michigan State. BIG PICTUREMichigan State: Izzo improved his coaching record to 3-12 against the Blue Devils. “I’m going to smile and enjoy it because I haven’t done a very good job against Duke," Izzo said. POLL IMPLICATIONSMichigan State should continue to climb in the AP Top 25, while Duke might slip a bit.
Watts scores 20, No. 8 Michigan State beats No. 6 Duke 75-69
Michigan State basketball coach Tom Izzo has tested positive for COVID-19. 8 Michigan State beat No. “They are able to play at a consistently higher level than us due to their depth right now," Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski said. Joey Hauser had 11 points and 10 rebounds, while Malik Hall added 10 points and 10 rebounds for Michigan State. “I’m going to smile and enjoy it because I haven’t done a very good job against Duke," Izzo said.
Reaction to the death of Hall of Fame coach John Thompson
FILE - In this April 2, 1984, file photo, Georgetown head coach John Thompson, left, gives a happy pat to the most valuable player Patrick Ewing, after Georgetown defeated Houston 84-75 in Seattle. He was a great coach but an even better person and his legacy is everlasting. Patrick Ewing, former Georgetown star and current coach. Coach Thompson, saved my life ... continuously motivating and molding me into the man that I am today. former Georgetown star Alonzo Mourning. He was a great coach, but he was also a role model for a lot of coaches white coaches and Black coaches. ___Last night, we lost a towering figure in coach John Thompson, whose shoulders many of us stand on.
Chemistry class: New managers test for right mix amid virus
FILE - In this Tuesday, July 7, 2020, file photo, Pittsburgh Pirates first baseman Josh Bell, right, listens to manager Derek Shelton during a team workout at PNC Park in Pittsburgh. Shelton and other first-year managers are scrambling to make up for lost time. Fortunately for the first-year Pittsburgh Pirates manager, bench coach Donnie Kelly made it a point to provide it. I just (want) to make sure that Im talking to them, Im aware of what theyre going through, Shelton said. The 38-year-old Rojas the youngest manager in the majors read a book by Duke basketball coach Mike Krzyzewski to help him prepare.
Madness Matchups That We Missed Out On
The potential for a third meeting washed away with the cancellation of the Big East tournament, then NCAA Tournament. The NCAA Tournament, which was slated to start in full on Thursday, has been turned into March Sadness. All those matchups college basketball fans look forward to every year have been replaced by empty arenas and locked doors. They squared off again on Feb. 29 in Milwaukee and had a similar result; Howard scored 37 points, Powell had 28 and the Pirates won 88-79. The NCAA Tournament could have had two of the best go at it: Creighton and Brigham Young.detroit.cbslocal.com
Kobe Bryant memorial: Who may attend, what to expect
Four weeks after Kobe Bryant and daughter Gianna were killed in a helicopter crash, the public will have an opportunity to say goodbye. The memorial for Kobe, Gianna, 13 and affectionately known as Gigi, six friends and pilot Ara Zobayan is Monday at Staples Center at 1 p.m. Kobe and Gianna were buried in a private service at Pacific View Memorial Park in Corona Del Mar on Feb. 7.Who may speak? Jerry West: As general manager of the Lakers in 1996, West traded for the draft rights to Kobe Bryant that summer. Kobe and Vanessa Bryant's relationship with his family has been strained since before they wed in 2001.monroenews.com
No. 4 Duke edges third-ranked Kansas 68-66
Kansas guard Devon Dotson (1) drives to the basket past Duke guard Tre Jones during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2019, in New York. (AP Photo/Adam Hunger)NEW YORK, NY Tre Jones scored 15 points and Cassius Stanley added 11 of his 13 points in the second half to help No. 4 Duke beat third-ranked Kansas 68-66 in the opener of the Champions Classic on Tuesday night at Madison Square Garden. 1 Michigan State plays second-ranked Kentucky in the second game of the doubleheader. NOT SO FREE THROWS: Both teams struggled from the foul line with Kansas going 16 for 26 and Duke 14 for 23.