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Duke is a premier basketball school

Duke basketball* has been around for over a century, and it is one of the most prestigious collegiate sports programs in the United States.

Duke’s history includes winning five NCAA Championships, 19 Final Fours, and 31 ACC tournaments. It also boasts some of the best players in NBA history and a long-standing rivalry with UNC that dates back to 1920!

The Blue Devils have won more NCAA championships than any other team in the country, and they are ranked as one of the most prestigious universities in America.

Duke Basketball has been a significant part of the college basketball experience for over 80 years. This post will explore some of the history behind Duke basketball and what is happening with this beloved team now.

Duke has NCAA Championships

The best team in the country right now is Duke. They have won five NCAA Championships, more than any other team in college basketball history! This post explores some of their history and why they are so elite.

Duke has been a part of the game for over 80 years, and it shows no signs of slowing down anytime soon.

The Blue Devils boast players like Johnny Dawkins, Grant Hill, Elton Brand, Christian Laettner and many others who went on to be significant contributors in the NBA, not only as athletes but also with what they brought to the table off-court too.

It’s this combination that makes Duke such an outstanding program – from Hall Of Famers like Coach K or Mike Krzyzewski to guys like Danny Ferry.

The Blue Devils have won 5 national championships, the most of any team in the ACC

The ACC is the most famous and successful basketball conference in the country, and Duke is undoubtedly one of its most successful teams.

In fact, with five national titles under their belt – more than any other team in the league – it’s hard to argue otherwise.

Their first championship came back in 1991 when they beat Kansas on a last-second shot by Christian Laettner for what would become known as “The Shot”.

Coach K has been at Duke since 1980, and he’s won 11 ACC Championships, two National Championships (1991 and 1992) during his time there so far.

The only coach to have done better was John Wooden, who coached UCLA from 1948 until 1975, amassing 12 NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball tournament wins along the way.

They also have 19 Final Four appearances and 27 conference titles

The titles of these tournaments are below:

  • National Championship (1991, 1992)
  • ACC Tournament Championship (1990, 1991, 1994, 1995, 1997*, 1998*, 1999*)
  • ACC Regular Season Champion (1986* 1990*, 1993*, 2000*) – NCAA East Regional Semifinalist (* denotes shared title). They also have six regular-season conference championships.
  • Duke has the most tournament appearances of any team in history and is second all-time for wins, with only Kentucky having more. With five national titles under their belt – more than any other team in the league – it’s hard to argue otherwise.”

Duke Basketball is one of the most successful teams in NCAA history

In fact, with five national titles under their belt – more than any other team in the league – it’s hard to argue otherwise.

Their first championship came back in 1991 when they beat Kansas on a last-second shot by Christian Laettner for what would become known as “The Shot”.

Coach K has been at Duke since 1980, and he’s won 11 ACC Championships, two National Championships (1991 and 1992) during his time there so far.

The only coach to have done better was John Wooden, who coached UCLA from 1948 until 1975, amassing 12 NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball tournament wins along the way.

The Blue Devils are known for their high-scoring offence and tough defence

I don’t think there is any question that Duke is one of the most prolific basketball programs in NCAA history.

They are known for their high-scoring offence and tough defence, with a stout starting five, including senior point guard Quinn Cook and freshman sensation Jahlil Okafor.

Duke had won more games than anyone else over the past decade but still haven’t managed to beat Kentucky since 2010 when they became national champions.

The Blue Devils have only made it back to an NCAA final three times – in 1991, 1992 and 2010 – during coach K’s time at the helm so far despite having arguably some of the best players ever play under him (Jabari Parker, Kyrie Irving). No other school in Division I men’s college basketball.

Coach K has been leading the program since 1980 with 902 career wins

Every fan in duke basketball knows the name, Mike Krzyzewski. Coach K has been leading the program since 1980 with a total of nine hundred and two career wins to his credit – the most in Division I men’s college basketball history.

He was recently inducted into the National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame, meaning that he is now exalted at Duke University and on Naismith Drive.

He’s led them to 4 NCAA Championships

They won 6 National Coach of the Year awards, 12 ACC regular-season titles, 13 ACC Tournament Titles and 20 consecutive winning seasons.

These winning seasons are not just any regular season either. Coach K has led Duke to twenty straight winning seasons, which is the most in Division I men’s college basketball history – and he doesn’t seem to be slowing down at all.

The team’s most recent championship was in 2015

The best season in history for duke men’s basketball was in 2015. They went 38-0 and won the championship game with 68 points against Wisconsin – one of the most formidable opponents they’ve faced yet.

The team’s most recent Championship title victory came in 2016. Duke defeated Oregon to win its fourth NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Tournament under Coach K by a final score of 74−73 03, 2018.

The Blue Devils’ tournament run included wins over No. 16 seed Radford (94–62), No. 11 Arizona State (85–77 OT) and No. 14 Kentucky (87–84).

Coach K is the winningest coach in college basketball history

The best coach in basketball history is Coach K. In 2016, he overtook Pat Summit to become the winningest coach in the NCAA Division I Women’s Basketball Tournament with her career total of 88 wins and 109 losses for a 860 lifetime winning percentage.

In 2018, Duke head men’s basketball coach Mike Krzyzewski surpassed Bob Knight as the all-time leader in Division I Men’s NCAA hoops victories after leading his team to their first Championship victory since 2010 by defeating Michigan 77−74 on April 03, 2019.

The Blue Devils’ tournament run included wins over No. 16 seed Radford (94–62), No. 11 Arizona State (85–77 OT) and No. 14 Kentucky (87—84).

The Blue Devils have made it to the Final Four 18 times

They’ve been crowned champions 13 of those times. Duke Blue Devils have won the NCAA Men’s Division I Basketball Tournament 13 times, while six of those wins have come since 2010.

Duke has appeared in three championship games without winning: 1940, 1954 and 2009.

Duke is ranked third on the all-time list for most college basketball championships with 11 national titles and second on the all-time list for total wins at over 2900 victories, including a record 37 Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) conference tournament crowns.

They were ranked as the number one team

In America they ranked for 11 consecutive seasons from 1999-2009. The ranking for these seasons is based on the AP poll. Duke has been ranked number one for a total of 11 consecutive seasons from 1999-2009.

This ranking refers to the Associated Press Poll and not other polls like Coaches’ or the Harris Interactive Polls. This means that Duke was ranked as #37 in America at least once each season (with exceptions made for teams who didn’t play last year).

For example, in 2000, Duke’s rank was “NR”, which stands for Not Ranked. From 2001 onward, they were always either: unranked (#147).

Their home arena is Cameron Indoor Stadium

Duke Basketball has a total of 14 Final Four appearances, with the most recent being in 2010. Duke students get free basketball tickets if they are Duke season ticket holders or have an active Blue Devil Athletic Association membership.

There is no indication that this will change anytime soon as it’s mainly up to the University administration and not the student government.

Though UNC has more wins, Duke leads because they’ve played for longer than North Carolina, founded 116 years after Duke (1838 vs 1908).

Although both schools share fourteen NCAA National Championships, 11 by the AP Poll ranked and 13 overall, including pre-national championship winners like Bill Russell – NC State 1957) and Al McGuire – Marquette 1977).

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