Duke Basketball: The 8 Most Iconic Moments in Blue Devils Hoops History

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Duke Basketball: The 8 Most Iconic Moments in Blue Devils Hoops History
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As far as clichéd histories go, Duke basketball's is exceptionally long and storied. Four national titles. Countless (actually, nine) national player of the year awards. A seemingly mandatory bid into the NCAA Tournament each year.

When evaluating the most "iconic" moments in Duke's history, very few came to mind. This is not a team that often features high-flyers like Derrick Williams, so iconic dunks aren't too common (though Williams himself made Duke his own personal poster back in March, but more on that later). Obviously great names like Grant Hill and the untouchable J.J. Redick come to mind, but specific moments have faded over time.

What sticks out are the wins. The win over Butler in 2010. Any win over North Carolina. Kentucky in 1992. Duke wins more than any team in modern college basketball, and that's where the memories come from.

Who knows when Duke's next memorable moment will come. Austin Rivers will break some ankles and throw down some dunks, but can he produce a championship? On a team that values substance over style, he'll need to in order to go down as one of the Duke greats.

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