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Gameday: Duquesne

THE CONTENTS: No. 7 Duke battles Duquesne at 3 p.m. at Cameron Indoor Stadium today. You can see the game on ESPN with Bob Picozzi and Jimmy Dykes and hear it on 620 AM.

THE EXPOSITION: Duke (6-0) got a much-needed break after playing four games in eight days. The Blue Devils are coming off their 78-58 victory over Montana.

Duquesne (4-0) hasn’t exactly played top-flight competition yet. The Dukes have defeated High Point, Saint Francis (PA), Furman, and South Carolina Upstate. Duquesne was picked to finish 12th in the 14-team Atlantic-10 (that’s a lot of numbers). For context, Rhode Island was picked to finish ninth. It is the first Dukes game to be televised nationally since 1995.

Duke is 4-1 all-time against Duquesne, including a 3-0 mark in Durham.

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Austin One Step Closer to NCAA Title

At Wednesday’s NCAA Championship javelin trials at Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa, redshirt freshman John Austin came in 11th place out of 26 with a 211′-8″ toss. His finish landed him amongst the top-12 throwers, who move on from the preliminaries to the finals on Friday.

Austin, who set the Duke record earlier this season with his NCAA-qualifying 225′-5″ hurl in the NCAA East Regional on May 30, has a legitimate chance at the title—the longest mark of today’s preliminary came in at just under 230 feet. Even if Austin doesn’t capture the top spot, he can still go for a top-eight finish, which will garner him All-American status.

A throw of 229′-8″ would qualify him for the Olympic Trials.

—from staff reports

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QB Spurns Duke, Commits to Maryland

Despite the lure of having David Cutcliffe, well-known for his quarterback grooming abilities, as his college head coach, Kernersville, N.C. native Danny O’Brien recently gave a verbal commitment to Maryland. The pro-style quarterback had been considering Duke and East Carolina along with the Terrapins. In Maryland head coach Ralph Friedgen’s still-early, three-person 2009 recruiting class, O’Brien is already the second quarterback.

Rivals.com lists him at 6-foot-3, 204-pounds, with a 4.64 40-time and a 4.0 GPA. This may just be speculation, but Cutcliffe’s biggest recruiting grab so far–Sean Renfree, one of the top 11 quarterbacks in the 2008 class–may have deterred O’Brien from becoming a Blue Devil.

In any case, we’ll keep you posted as more summer recruiting news filters in.

–by Matthew Iles

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On the Edge, A Campus Perspective

THE DILLO — As I sat at a cramped table in the Armadillo Grill in the basement of the Bryan Center surrounded by Dukies too nervous to down their Coronas or queso, the same names kept flashing through my mind:

Richmond over Syracuse. Santa Clara over Arizona. Coppin State over South Carolina. Hampton over Iowa State. Belmont over Duke.

Only four No. 2 seeds have gone down in the history of the NCAA Tournament. With my eyes as fixed to the screen as K seemed to be on the bench all night, I couldn’t help but think that the Blue Devils were about to be on the wrong side of history. Maybe this was my punishment for jumping on the Duke bandwagon when I got to campus three years ago—the first back-to-back first-round losses in the Big Dance under head coach Mike Krzyzewski. Maybe this Duke was overrated, plain and simple. Maybe Belmont was actually that good. Whatever it was, it looked bad. And the crowd in the Dillo that would have made the fire marshal sweat at tip had looked as lifeless as, well, Duke, ever since nine-minute mark in the second, the last time the Blue Devils had outright claim of a lead. Sixteen ticks left, still down one, we were all waiting for something: either one play that would send us out of our seats or a botched set that would leave us slouching in our chairs under the weight of one of the biggest upsets in Tourney history.

Then came Gerald. We sat up a little higher. Clenched our fists. This was it. Henderson stole the ball at the Bruin end and somehow you just knew he was going to take it all the way to the hoop or it was going to be all over. The 6-foot-4 swingman elevated over Belmont’s Matthew Dotson and Justin Hare and laid it in. The Duke bench flashed on the TV, jumping up and down, and the crowd erupted into the most relieved screams I’ve ever heard.

There was still time left, though, and the way the Bruins had been answering Duke all night long, the excitement had died down about as quickly as it had started. A Belmont 30-second timeout. A final possession. One last chance at making history. The Bruins set to inbound the ball with just over four seconds left in the contest. Suddenly, flashing through the paint was senior DeMarcus Nelson , and it seemed that as soon as the ball got in play it was in the captain’s hands. (Where did he come from? With a meager two points, I thought K’s “rock” was accidentally left in Durham somewhere until this very moment). The fans erupted again, this time is was sustained. The Bruins got a decent desperation look with two ticks, but just like they did, the shot fell short.

Everyone seemed to take a collective sigh, some people mumbled some curses under their breaths and many started to file out of the campus dive. All had just evaded being a party to what could have been one of the five most famous losses of all-time.

Belmont over Duke Not this time. Best of luck to American, though.

–by Meredith Shiner

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