Duke Basketball: 18 Reasons the Blue Devils Should Burn Those Black Uniforms
Memo to the Duke Basketball team: get rid of those black uniforms.
It has been a scarcely mentioned topic among the Duke faithful over the years, but since Duke unveiled its black uniforms with royal blue trim, bad luck has ensued.
While researching this phenomenon I discovered that out of 31 road loses dating back to 2002, in at least 18 of them Duke wore its black road uniforms.
Duke has had its fair share of wins since they first wore the alternative away unis, but more and more they seem to suffer loses and some of them embarrassing ones.
So far in 2010-2011 Duke has two loses, both while wearing the black uniforms.
Here is a look at those games which should be reason enough to bury the black unis for good.
Note: Some additional loses may have come in the black uniforms, but could not be confirmed at the time this slideshow was created.
Duke was coming off its 2001 National Championship and like this season, many were expecting a repeat with returning All-American candidates.
Maryland though was more than up to the task of knocking off the Blue Devils winning the ACC crown and eventually the NCAA title.
Duke had a shot at a share of the ACC regular season crown with a win and couldn't do it.
The Blue Devils allowed the Cavaliers a late 17-0 scoring run which proved to much for Duke to come back from.
Maryland once again played a spoiler to the boys in black, much like they had done the year before.
Duke at the time was unbeaten and ranked No. 1 in the Nation, but that didn't stop the Terps from taking down what was quickly becoming their most hated ACC foe.
Florida State 2003
Tallahassee proved yet again to be a killing field for Duke and the black uniforms almost at the point assured it.
The Seminoles have a flair for beating ranked Blue Devil teams and 2003 proved as no exception to what has become one of Duke fan's least favorite places to play.
Wake Forest 2003
Wake Forest finally beat the Blue Devils after a six-year drought against their conference rival.
Motivated by the late Skip Prosser, The Demon Deacons went on to great success overall and in the league against Duke.
St. John's 2003
Much like the 2011 version of this game, a highly ranked Duke team took on a mediocre St. John's squad and came up short.
The 2003 game wasn't nearly as bad as the most recent match up but it showed that the black uniforms against a desperate non conference foe doesn't make a good combination.
Georgia Tech 2007
Duke again went into an unranked opponents floor dawning the "intimidating" black unis and yet again they came up on the short end.
The loss dropped Duke to an uncharacteristic 0-2 in the ACC in what would become one of the worst seasons in recent memory for the Blue Devils.
Duke 2006-07 season just kept getting worse. The loss was Duke's fourth in a row. The first such losing streak in 11 years.
Not even the alternative road uniforms could be the sole reason why this season would sooner be forgotten.
In what seemed like the beginnings of a repeat of the 2007 season, Duke dropped its second straight game when they traveled to Miami in 2008.
Despite carrying a lofty ranking and those daunting black unis Duke failed to survive the Hurricanes onslaught.
Another in a long line of games where on paper Duke should have dominated the early season loss in the 2008-09 season at Michigan was a shocker.
The Blue Devils allowed the Wolverines to shoot well and take advantage of their mistakes. The results were not pretty for Duke fans whose moods were as black as their uniforms after this one.
Wake Forest 2009
In a battle of Top 10 schools it didn't take the Blue Devils long to lose their top ranking at the hands of Wake Forest.
The Deacons who had previously struggled against Duke experienced success over their rival under coach Skip Prosser. After his untimely death though Dino Gaudio was able to retain the talent Prosser had recruited and it showed at least in this game.
Boston College 2009
Since entering the league, Boston College and fellow newcomer Virginia Tech had always played the Blue Devils tough.
The Eagles got a taste of what it felt like to beat the big dogs in this one as BC refused to be fazed by Duke's name or black jerseys.
The Blue Devils fans were excited to see the unveiling of freshman Mason Plumlee in this game. It was also a key game in the Big 10/ACC Challenge.
Duke not only disappointed its fans but the entire league, losing a tough game against a very tough opponent in Wisconsin.
Blue Devil players went home black and blue after this one and it had nothing to do with their uniforms.
The Wolfpack hadn't had much luck against Duke and with the expanded conference their chances were more limited.
In the only match up between the two rivals, State jumped out to an early lead it wouldn't let go and behind superb play from big man Tracy Smith, sent Duke and its fans home feeling humbled.
In front of the nation and the president, Duke failed to show up against a tough opponent and paid the price.
Georgetown shot lights out and Duke couldn't hit the broad side of a barn. Add in the unforced errors and Duke was fighting an up hill battle and never came close.
With a chance to seal away sole possession of the ACC Regular Season Championship the Blue Devils traveled to College Park.
They had beaten Maryland handily earlier in the season at home, but on the road, wearing the black uniforms, only motivated the Terps even more.
Maryland rode the shoulder of Grevis Vasquez to the victory and a tie for the ACC crown.
Florida State 2011
All the talk of an undefeated season promptly came to an end against the Noles who are making a habit of beating Duke when ranked No.1
They've done it before and did it again, using stifling defense and just enough offense to send the Blue Devils home with their first loss of this season.
St. John's 2011
St. John's looked like a potential threat early in the season, but as of late hadn't shown much concern to Duke fans.
That thought changed quickly as St. John's dominated the game from beginning to end, handing Duke an embarrassing loss on the national stage against a Big East team for the second consecutive season.