Duke finishes undefeated at dwelling in Scheyer’s first season

Duke’s Jon Scheyer made historical past on Tuesday, changing into the primary head coach within the ACC to go undefeated at dwelling in his first season.

The Blue Devils beat NC State 71-67, bettering to 15-0 this season at Cameron Indoor Stadium. It was their ultimate dwelling sport of the marketing campaign, as they shut the season at North Carolina on Saturday, earlier than heading to the ACC match and NCAA match.

“We just wanted to finish it out and get a win and, obviously, protect home court and go undefeated all season at home. I’m just glad we got it done,” junior guard Jeremy Roach mentioned.

“It means a lot. Shoutout to all the Crazies. They’ve been doing a great job, camping out, supporting us all year. They give us that energy, that boost that we need, and it’s been a fun ride with them.”

It’s the primary time since 2013-14 that Duke completed undefeated at dwelling, and the Blue Devils are the primary ACC workforce to run the desk at dwelling since Florida State in 2019-20.

According to ESPN Stats & Information analysis, Duke now has 18 undefeated seasons at dwelling for the reason that ACC was fashioned in 1953-54 — essentially the most within the league. Eleven of these seasons got here underneath Mike Krzyzewski, nevertheless it took the legendary coach six seasons earlier than he completed one with no dwelling loss.

“Going into every game, personally, I felt that we could not lose a game here,” freshman ahead Kyle Filipowski mentioned. “That’s just the mindset I had moving forward; that’s what we’re going to continue doing now.”

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Scheyer was named Krzyzewski’s substitute in June 2021, however he did not take over till Krzyzewski retired following final season. The 35-year-old Illinois native performed for Krzyzewski from 2006 to ’10 after which spent eight seasons as an assistant coach at Duke from 2014 to ’22.

Duke’s win over NC State on Tuesday was the Blue Devils’ fifth victory in a row. Roach led the best way with 20 factors, his ninth double-figure scoring efficiency in his previous 10 video games. The freshman trio of Mark Mitchell, Tyrese Proctor and Filipowski all scored in double figures, with Filipowski additionally grabbing 14 rebounds.

The Blue Devils are 22-8 total and 13-6 within the ACC, projected as a 6-seed in Joe Lunardi’s newest Bracketology.