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BLUE PLANET 15.3 | December 2010


“Some of the greatest pictures I’ve ever seen -- Like out of Norman Rockwell. You can see we were totally in the moment. Nobody was thinking about the NBA. Nobody was ahead of themselves or looking back too much. It was just, ‘We’re going to be who we are and play basketball today.’” Coach K


Coach K’s quote from a recent article along with all of the 2010 year-in-review specials on TV reminded me again just how spectacular the past calendar year has been for Duke Basketball and Coach K. The 2009-10 team won every championship possible and then Coach K went over to Turkey and led the USA to the World Championship. Next, he came back to guide a team ranked No. 1 with three of the best players in the country sharing the same row in the same locker room. As coach of Duke and the USA in the 2010 calendar year, Coach K posted a gaudy 45-4 record with only one loss since February 1, 2010, while reeling off 31 straight wins to close the year. What has stood out the most during all the wins and championship-level success is the genuine emotion and passion that has defined Coach K’s teams in 2010. Although the three teams played different styles, they all competed fiercely, played together and clearly enjoyed the moment. This is evident when you watch highlights or sort through photos, as Coach K mentioned in his quote. So, before turning the page on a special year, I thought Blue Planet should take one last look back by way of photos. I sorted through hundreds of images from the past year and have included 100 of the best I could find. Enjoy! And here’s hoping for as many memorable and captivating photo opportunities in 2011. Happy New Year!


Dave Bradley Recruiting/Communications Coordinator Editor of Blue Planet


National Champions 1991, 1992, 2001, 2010


Final Fours 1963, 1964, 1966, 1978, 1986, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1994, 1999, 2001, 2004, 2010 ACC Champions ‘54, ‘58, ‘60, ‘63, ‘64, ‘65, ‘66, ‘78, ‘79, ‘80, ‘86, ‘88, ‘91, ‘92, ‘94, ‘97, ‘98, ‘99, ‘00, ‘01, ‘02, ‘03, ‘04, ‘05, ‘06, ‘09, ‘10


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