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Duke pushes past Kentucky to kick off Coach K’s final season

Coach K’s send-off tour got off to the perfect start on Tuesday night.

Mike Krzyzewski and No. 9 Duke mounted a big second-half run to power past No. 10 Kentucky on Tuesday night 79-71 at Madison Square Garden in the Champions Classic — which officially kicked off the 2021-22 men’s college basketball season.

The night marked the first of many sure to be highlighted by Krzyzewski, who will retire at the end of the season after more than four decades leading the Blue Devils.

Duke and Kentucky were locked in a close battle through the first 20 minutes on Tuesday night, and the Wildcats jumped to a slight lead just minutes into the second half after trailing by four at the break.

That, though, is when Duke turned it on. The Blue Devils mounted a huge 18-4 run over a nearly eight-minute span to break open a 15-point lead.

Though

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5-star PG Caleb Foster Commits to Duke over Illinois, Louisville, More | Bleacher Report

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The Duke Blue Devils landed a major victory on the recruiting trail Thursday when point guard Caleb Foster joined their 2023 class.

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Breaking: Caleb Foster, the No. 13 overall prospect in the ESPN 60 Class of 2023, has committed to <a href=”https://twitter.com/DukeMBB?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw”>@DukeMBB</a>, per <a href=”https://twitter.com/PaulBiancardi?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw”>@PaulBiancardi</a> 🏀<a href=”https://twitter.com/iamcalebfoster?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw”>@iamcalebfoster</a> | <a href=”https://twitter.com/HoopStateMax?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw”>@HoopStateMax</a> <a href=”https://t.co/sCz86vV78h”>pic.twitter.com/sCz86vV78h</a>

Foster, who checks in at 6’5″ and 190 pounds, attends Oak Hill Academy and is a 5-star prospect, per 247Sports’ composite rankings. He is the No. 12 overall player, No. 3 point guard and No. 1 player from Virginia in his class.

Travis Branham of 247Sports noted Foster committed to Duke over Louisville, Illinois, Stanford, Tennessee, Virginia and others.

Head-coach-in-waiting Jon Scheyer is continuing to lay the foundation for sustained success even after the legendary Mike Krzyzewski retires following the 2021-22 campaign. He has the No. 3 overall class in

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Duke Lands First Recruit Since Coach K Announced Retirement

A closeup of Duke college basketball Mike Krzyewski.

A closeup of Duke college basketball Mike Krzyewski.

Last month, Mike Krzyzewski announced that the 2021-22 season would be his last one as the head coach of the Duke Blue Devils. That announcement left the basketball world stunned for a few days, and rightfully so.

Believe it or not, the timing of Coach K’s decision was actually beneficial for the future of Duke’s basketball program. Krzyzewski wanted to make sure that future recruits knew that he was leaving and Jon Scheyer would be taking his place.

“I think it’s especially important, especially with the start of recruiting … where there’s complete transparency and clarity, with the future of this year and after,” Krzyzewski said in a statement.

Well, it didn’t take long for Scheyer to land his first recruit as the coach-in-waiting for the Blue Devils.

On Thursday morning, Kyle Filipowski of Wilbraham & Monson Academy told ESPN’s Adam Finkelstein

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What needs to happen for Duke men’s basketball to make the NCAA tournament?

After losing at home to North Carolina 91-87, Duke’s record now stands at 7-7. A team that was ranked No. 9 in the AP’s preseason poll is on a trajectory to miss the NCAA tournament for the first time since 1995.

Can Mike Krzyzewski’s squad change that trajectory, even at this late date? Put it this way: The Blue Devils are at the point where earning an at-large bid will require either running the table the rest of the way or something very close to it.

Coach K’s team has just three games remaining on its schedule against opponents that appear more likely than not to reach the NCAA tourney: Virginia, Louisville and a rematch against the Tar Heels in

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