Tradition-rich basketball programs Kansas University and Duke, who rank second and fourth all-time in victories, have met just nine times throughout history.
The Blue Devils, who trail KU by 100 games (2102 victories to 2002), do happen to hold a 7-2 advantage over the Jayhawks in head-to-head meetings.
It should be noted Duke maintains a slim 3-2 lead in the all-important NCAA Tournament. KU is 0-1 versus Duke in the Preseason NIT and 0-1 in the Maui Invitational. Just two games have been played on the campuses of the Big 12 and ACC schools. Duke is 2-0 in those contests.
Here’s a recap of each of the nine meetings heading into today’s Champions Classic contest in Chicago’s United Center. Tipoff is approximately 9 p.m., following a 6:30 p.m. battle between Michigan State and Kentucky.
Duke 68, KU 61, Nov. 23, 2011 (Maui Invitational final): Duke improved its all-time record in Maui to 15-0 by overcoming a seven-point second half deficit.
The Devils iced three threes in the final two minutes. First, Andre Dawson connected to give Duke a 60-58 lead. Tyler Thornton delivered to make it 63-61, and Thornton again swished for a 66-61 margin.
It looked as if Seth Curry might have traveled before dishing to Thornton for that final three — a desperation attempt with a second left on the shot clock and hands in Thornton’s face.
“I’ve not been around a game like that. I believe it will go down as one of the top games the tournament has ever had,” said an emotional KU forward Thomas Robinson, who had to be helped off the floor by teammate Travis Releford at game’s end.
KU led 41-34 early in the second half. However, Duke’s 12-3 run erased a 43-37 deficit. Mason Plumlee and Ryan Kelly scored 17 points and Austin Rivers 10 for the Devils. KU’s Tyshawn Taylor had 17 points and 11 turnovers, most bobbles in a game in KU history. Robinson had 16 points, 15 rebounds and Jeff Withey 14 points and 10 boards.
KU 69, Duke 65, March 27, 2003 (NCAA Sweet 16, Anaheim, Calif.): KU’s Nick Collison poured in a career high 33 points off 14-of-22 shooting and grabbed 19 rebounds. Keith Langford scored 13 points with eight boards on a night Kirk Hinrich managed two points off 1-of-9 shooting.
“He’s a beautiful kid, and he’s a beautiful player,” Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski said of Collison before the game.
Duke’s Dahntay Jones scored 23 points on a night guard J.J. Redick was held to five points off 2-of-16 shooting. KU ultimately advanced to the NCAA title game, losing to Syracuse in Roy Williams’ final game as KU coach.
Duke 69, KU 64, March 19, 2000 (NCAA second round, Winston-Salem, N.C.): Duke’s Shane Battier scored 21 points, (10-of-11 from line) while Carlos Boozer had 15. KU’s Hinrich had 12 points and six assists and Collison eight points on a night KU connected on just 25 of 69 shots. KU’s Drew Gooden and Kenny Gregory each went 3-for-11 (eight and seven points), while Jeff Boschee was 3-for-12 (eight points) The Jayhawks fell in the second round for the third straight year. Duke the following season won the NCAA title.
Duke 72, KU 65, April 1, 1991 (NCAA title game, Indianapolis): Duke’s Christian Laettner scored 18 points (12-of-12 from line) with 10 rebounds, and Bill McCaffrey 16 points, while Bobby Hurley had 12 points and nine assists in 40 minutes. Grant Hill contributed 10 points and eight boards. KU’s Mark Randall scored 18 points and grabbed 10 boards, while Terry Brown and Adonis Jordan had 16 and 11 points respectively. Some people said Duke was “due” for an NCAA title after reaching the Final Four for four straight seasons and five of six. Duke went on to win the title the following season as well.
Duke 102, KU 77, Feb. 18, 1989, Cameron Indoor Stadium, Durham, N.C.: The Jayhawks dropped their seventh straight game during Williams’ first season as KU coach. KU had no chance on the day the Devils retired Danny Ferry’s jersey number. Ferry scored 26 points and grabbed 10 rebounds on a snowy day.
KU 66, Duke 59, April 2, 1988, Kemper Arena, Kansas City, Mo. (NCAA Final Four semifinal): KU’s Danny Manning and Milt Newton erupted for 25 and 20 points respectively. Ferry scored 19 points and grabbed 12 rebounds, but hit just 7-of-22 shots. KU went on to win the NCAA title in Manning’s senior year and Larry Brown’s fifth and final season as Jayhawk coach.
Duke 74, KU 70, OT, Feb. 20, 1988, Allen Fieldhouse: The Jayhawks stormed to a 23-8 lead, but Duke sliced the margin to one by halftime. The Jayhawks led by six with three minutes left, but couldn’t hang on. Manning scored 31 points and grabbed 12 rebounds. Quin Snyder and Ferry had 21 and 20 points for Duke.
Duke 71, KU 67, March 29, 1986, Dallas (NCAA Final Four semifinal): Duke’s Johnny Dawkins scored 24 points, two more than KU’s Ron Kellogg. Kellogg hit 11 of 15 shots. Ferry had eight points, while Jay Bilas had seven. Calvin Thompson and Archie Marshall had 13 points apiece. Duke hit 21 of 30 free throws to KU’s nine of 12, which infuriated KU coach Brown. The Jayhawks finished that season 35-4 with two losses coming to Duke.
Duke 92, KU 86, Dec. 1, 1985, New York (Preseason NIT title game): Manning had 24 points and eight boards, while Thompson and Kellogg scored 22 and 20. Duke’s David Henderson led the way with 30 points, while Mark Alarie and Dawkins had 21 and 20. Duke hit 22 of 25 free throws to KU’s six of nine.