Evolution of the Duke Blue Devils Logo


Duke University’s college basketball program dates back to the early 1900s, but it’s the recent decades that have lifted it to national prominence and perennial tournament appearances. A part of the reason can be attributed to Duke’s long-standing legendary coach Mike Krzyzewski, who has led his squads to five national titles over his tenure beginning in 1980. The Duke Blue Devils are the No. 4 all-time winningest team in NCAA history, and over their 100+ seasons, they’ve gone through a few logo changes too. Let’s take a look at their storied history and how the Blue Devils became what they are today.


Duke History

Duke University can trace its timeline back to 1838 when it began life as a subscription school and then chartered as a college in 1851. A name change to Trinity College in 1859 took place, and the college was eventually moved to its current locale in Durham in 1892. The name was changed yet again in the ’20s to Duke University, but its basketball program got its start when it was still called Trinity College.

Wilbur Wade “Cap” Card was the initiator at Trinity, having graduated from the college in 1900 and coming back as a physical education director for the school a few years later. The college was approached by the coach of the Wake Forest basketball team for a game, so Card converted the gym and recruited a team. Card coached the team for seven years, and a flurry of other coaches took the reins, but it wasn’t until Coach K got the job in 1980 that the program developed into what is now a modern-day powerhouse that regularly goes to tournaments and wins championships.

Under Coach K, the team has gone to a ton of Final Fours and won five national championships, most recently in 2015. The team has also contributed many players to the NBA, including current players Jabari Parker and Kyrie Irving.

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Logo Evolution

Duke University sports teams are known as the Blue Devils, a name that originated from French soldiers during World War I. Trinity College was searching for a unique, catchy name and settled on the Blue Devils in 1923 as it had garnered support in previous years.

The school’s earliest logos reflect this influence, and over the years, it’s changed quite a bit.


The first Blue Devils logo features the head of a dashing, stern devil, complete with horns and a twisty mustache and goatee – the traditional devil look if you will. Duke is spelled out in capital letters along the bottom right of the logo itself.


In 1948, the logo changes significantly. No longer a simple head, this Blue Devil comes complete with a full body, pointy tail, and menacing trident – plus horns, mustache, and goatee. This guy is standing on the word Duke, which is again in all caps and stretches along the bottom of the logo. A capital “D” adorns his chest.


This version of the Blue Devil is pretty buff compared to the prior two incarnations. He is still depicted with a full body, but he’s facing us and has a very wide and muscular upper body. His features are a bit more cartoonish, but still sports horns, a pointy tail, and a trident. Flames surround his feet as he stands atop the word “Duke.”


Here, we return to a disembodied head. This version is more abstract and lacks a body and the wordmark below.


In 1971, the full-bodied Blue Devil returns, this time with his entire body outlined in flames. He sports a long cape, has a “D” belt buckle, and trident. No words here, either.


The depiction of a Blue Devil disappears for the final version that first appeared in 1978 and remains today. It consists of a white capital “D” against the traditional Duke blue background. Very simple, but very strong and compelling.

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NCAA Men’s Basketball Records


As you get ready to immerse yourself in March Madness, don’t forget to do a little homework. You don’t want to be the only person at the party without some stats to share. Here are a few great records – some recently crafted and others left untouched on the shelf for years – to up your street cred wherever you’ll be watching NCAA men’s basketball this month.

From Downtown: 3-Point Shooters


Scoring close to 500 points for Davidson in the 2008 season with 3-pointers alone, Steph Curry enabled their 2007-2008 March Madness Cinderella run. While they ultimately lost to the eventual winners, the Kansas Jayhawks, the “Baby-Faced Assassin” made everyone aware of the talent he contained … and the Golden State Warriors took notice.

There have been challenges to the throne as recently as 2014 and 2016, however, with Akeem Richmond of East Carolina scoring 155 points. Unlike Curry, Richmond wasn’t able to parlay his long-range success in college to a career in the NBA. Buddy Hield, tied for third with 147 points, made a better transition on the back of his performances at the University of Oklahoma as the sixth overall draft pick by the New Orleans Pelicans in 2016.

Rejected: Blocked-Shot Specialists


At almost six blocked shots per game, it’s been hard for anyone to get close to replicating the work done by Keith Closs at Central Connecticut State during the 1995 and 1996 seasons. He struggled to translate these performances into the NBA, playing three season for the Los Angeles Clippers, largely in a backup role. Closs averaged just over one blocked shot per game in his NBA career.

Adonal Foyle, who trailed slightly behind Closs’s numbers, parlayed his time at Colgate between 1995 and 1997 as a blocked-shot specialist into a 12-year professional career. He played for the Golden State Warriors for a decade before stints with the Orlando Magic and Memphis Grizzlies rounded out his NBA life span.

Free Points: Most Accurate Free-Throw Shooters


There are no perfect free-throw shooters in collegiate basketball, but Blake Ahearn has come the closest. He completed close to 98 percent of the free-throw opportunities he earned, 117 out of 120, for Missouri State in 2004. He wouldn’t get the same number of opportunities in the NBA, playing only 19 games in his career between the Miami Heat, San Antonio Spurs, and Utah Jazz, but he continued to convert. Ahearn was 32 out of 33 for free throws in the NBA.

J.J. Redick, who scored over 90 percent of his attempted free throws for Duke, turned his college performance into a successful NBA career. Drafted 11th by the Orlando Magic, Redick currently plays for the Los Angeles Clippers, after a few games in between with the Milwaukee Bucks. Reddick has scored 1,366 of his 1,539 free-throw attempts in the NBA, or almost 89 percent.

Bountiful Buckets: Top Scorers


No player scored more in his NCAA career than Pete Maravich for Louisiana State University. He played for the school from 1967 to 1970 and scored 3,667 points. Known as “Pistol Pete,” the proficient scorer would go on to play in the NBA for the Atlanta Hawks, New Orleans/Utah Jazz, and Boston Celtics, before retiring. He averaged over 24 points per game in the pros, and recently had his number retired by the Hawks. It had previously been retired by the Jazz, Pelicans, and LSU for Pete’s invaluable contributions.

The highest scorer in recent history, Doug McDermott, scored over 3,100 points for Creighton between 2010 and 2014. In his years in the NBA, between the Chicago Bulls who drafted him 11th overall and the Oklahoma City Thunder, “McBuckets” is closing in on 1,400 points scored. He’s completed almost 40 percent of his 3-pointer attempts too!

Laying It On: Highest Single-Point Games


You may not have heard of Kevin Bradshaw, but he holds the record for most points scored in a single Division I game with 72. He broke the record for U.S. International playing against Loyola Marymount, in turn sending Pistol Pete’s record of 69 to second place.

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Maravich actually owns two of the top five highest-scoring games, with 69 and 66 points each. He earned these records against Alabama and Tulane respectively. Pete actually has four total games where he scored more than 60 points, which has made attempts at catching some of his other records most challenging. He also owns the record for most games scoring at least 50 points (28 games).

Take On the Madness

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Rooting for the Underdog


Building the Bracket

March Madness is officially upon us, as the first four teams duke it out this Tuesday and Wednesday for their chance to become NCAA champions. Villanova, last year’s champions, Gonzaga, and Kansas sit at the top three spots in the AP Top 25 poll. According to FiveThirtyEight’s predictions, these three also have strong chances at the championship trophy, with Villanova at the top spot of a 15 percent chance to win it all. Gonzaga is at 14 percent and Kansas is at a 10 percent.

Villanova had a big season this year, despite the Wildcats’ loss of key players: junior Jay Booth (who suffered from a knee injury after three games) and freshman Omari Spellman. Nonetheless, seniors Josh Hart, Jalen Brunson, and Kris Jenkins led their team in this strong season. Similarly, Gonzaga had a boastful 32-1 regular season led by USA TODAY Sports’ Coach of the Year, Mark Few. And once again, Kansas captured the No. 1 seed. This is the seventh time in the past eleven years that they have done so.

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While the big boys are expected to do well throughout the tournament, let’s take a look at some of the underdogs who could very well be this year’s “Cinderella Story” and bust some brackets in the process.

Bracket Busters


Part of the excitement of March Madness is the possible chance of upsets, starting with the very first round. Number 10 seed Wichita State, currently on a 15-game winning streak, is expected to beat out number 7 seed Dayton. Number 9 seed Vanderbilt is also expected to win over Number 8 seed and tournament first-timer, Northwestern. There are a few close calls and potential upsets between Maryland (No. 6) and Xavier (No. 11), Arkansas (No. 8) and Seton Hall (No. 9), and Minnesota (No. 5) and Middle Tennessee (No. 12).

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Chalk It Up


While these games are up in the air, we can always count on sure things between No. 1 and 2 seeds versus Number 15 and 16 seeds. We can expect No. 1 North Carolina, to win handedly over Texas Southern, Gonzaga over South Dakota, Louisville over Jacksonville State, Kentucky over Northern Kentucky, and Duke over Troy. While rivals No. 2 Duke and No. 1 North Carolina are both widely considered the favorites to win it all this year, potentially adding a sixth tourney win under Coach Mike Krzyzewski’s belt, Kentucky could make things difficult.

Let’s Ball

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March Madness Winning Teams Color Analysis


March Madness is beginning to amp up as the NCAA men’s hoops regular season winds down. While you’re sharpening your pencil to fill out your bracket after Selection Sunday, we here at Fanatics have taken a look at past champs and the runners-up. Specifically, we’re taking a gander at the color combos of their uniforms, and if there may be some prediction power behind them.

The Champs


First, let’s look at every champion in NCAA tourney history since players first took the court and battled it out in 1939. At first glance, a few colorways stand out – namely blues, reds, and a little yellow and gold.

Top Ten Colors for NCAA March Madness Championships Winners

  1. White & Blue
  2. Gold & Blue
  3. Red & Black
  4. White & Red
  5. Red & Cream
  6. Red & Blue
  7. Orange & Blue
  8. Gold & Green
  9. Range & Black
  10. Red & Grey

The color blue, for example, is very well-represented among college hoops champs – with Kentucky hoisting the trophy eight times, Duke and North Carolina five times, and Connecticut four times. The most recent champion, Villanova, has won twice.

There are plenty of reds, also, in various combos (including alongside blue at KU and Arizona). Blue hooking up with gold is another highly popular championship colorway (especially considering  UCLA‘s gigantic winning streak in the mid’-60s through early ’70s).

Winning Color Combos


Looking at both the champs and the runners-up, blue is definitely where it’s at. The blue and white color combo steals the show on both accounts. On the winning side, blue and white has won it all a whopping 24 times, followed by blue and gold, which comes in at 14.

Dropping off a bit further, the different combos with red start to make an appearance. For example, red and black teams brought the NCAA trophy home six times, as did teams wearing white and red. Red and cream-clad teams have won five times, and squads with red and blue threads have won four times.  

Colorways like gold and brown, gray and blue, orange, purple and black, purple, red and gold, yellow and blue, and yellow and green have all won the tournament one time.

On the runners-up side, the uniform colors are similar to (but not exact duplicates of) the color combos of the champs. Blue and white, again, comes out on top, with 20 second place finishing teams wearing those colors.

The numbers drop off steeply after that, with red and blue grabbing the title of runner-up seven times, as did white and red. Gold and blue came in second six times, followed by three colorways that came in second for a total of five times: gray and blue, red and gray, and yellow and blue.  

Breaking it Down


Popping the championship teams into tidy slots based on their uniform color combos shows that, while blue colorways are the usual suspects when it comes to winning, and red combos aren’t far behind, they’re not the only colors that bring the trophy home.

Some of the outlier colorways include the gold and green of the San Francisco Dons, the gold and brown of the Wyoming Cowboys, the purple and black of the CCNY Beavers, the white and green of the Michigan State Spartans, and the orange and blue of both Florida and UTEP.

Some teams, like Syracuse and Holy Cross, are even more unique, as they don’t have an official second color.

Dressing Like a Champ

Do red or blue uniform color combos guarantee that a team will win the NCAA tournament? Not necessarily. While there is certainly plenty of variety in college team colors, blues and reds just seem to win more.

However, that doesn’t mean blue and red colorways are definitely going to bring the trophy home. Whether your favorite college hoops team dons red, blue, or another completely different color combo, you can head over to Fanatics.com to get your gear before Selection Sunday and root your team on during March Madness.


The Beginners Guide to College Basketball – Become a Fanatic Overnight


Guide to Becoming a College Basketball Fanatic

Every March, some co-worker swings by your desk with a piece of paper outlining a bunch of college names and lines, asking if you “want in the pool.” They’re definitely not talking about a pool party but rather March Madness and college basketball. Stop dodging their texts and avoiding the break room for an entire month; it’s time for an education on college basketball. Our Guide to Becoming a College Basketball Fanatic will give you back March for good!

B-Ball Basics

Over 300 college basketball programs make up the National Collegiate Athletic Association’s (NCAA) Division I. There are 32 different conferences to better organize and ease scheduling of games, including the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC), the Big 12, the Big Ten, and the Pac-12.

Each team plays a regular season, matched mostly with in-conference rivals, with the hopes of being one of the 64 teams that makes it into the playoffs (commonly referred to as March Madness). This tournament is comprised of single-elimination games, reducing down to 32, 16, eight, and four schools with the ultimate goal of producing the two best teams and the championship title game.

Information Layup

College basketball games are shorter than those played by professionals in the NBA. Instead of taking place over four 12-minute quarters, college basketball takes place over two 20-minute halves. Teams transition quickly between offense and defense. Possession changes after a team scores or when the team on offense fails to score or is dispossessed by the team playing defense. This encourages teams to play quickly, moving the ball up and down the court, to take advantage of player mismatches.

If the game is tied at the end of regulation (two halves), an overtime period begins. Like the NBA, the teams play five-minute overtime periods until there is a winner.


Five on Five

Each team has five players on the court, with no minimums or maximums for the number of each position on the court. It becomes important for coaches to think about match-ups when placing the best team on the court to win the game (do they need tall shot-stoppers or speedy playmakers at that moment?). These positions are also associated with numbers, which you might hear the announcers reference:

  • Point Guard (PG): 1
  • Shooting Guard (SG): 2
  • Small Forward (SF): 3
  • Power Forward (PF): 4
  • Center (C): 5

Here are a few student athletes that were lighting it up on the court for their respective college basketball programs during the 2015-2016 season:

  • Point Guard: Xavier Rathan-Mayes, Florida State; Bronson Koeing, Wisconsin
  • Shooting Guard: E.C. Matthews, Rhode Island; Malik Newman, Mississippi State
  • Small Forward: Svi Mykhailiuk, Kansas; Steve Vasturia, Notre Dame
  • Power Forward: James Webb III, Boise State; Troy Williams, Indiana
  • Center: Tyler Davis, Texas A&M; Damian Jones, Vanderbilt

Basket Weaving 101

When making a basket, a team can receive one, two, or three points depending on where the shot originates from:

  • 1 point: Shot from the free-throw line, and awarded when a player is fouled in the attempt to make a shot
  • 2 points: Any shot made from the field within the 3-point line
  • 3 points: Distance shots made anywhere beyond the 3-point line. In college, this distance is 20.9 feet (22 feet in the NBA)

Must-See Teams & Players

So you’re ready to hop on the court and start making threes, but hold on – you need to choose a team with exciting players to follow. We have a couple of recommendations:

  • Duke Blue Devils: Led by “Coach K,” Duke competes every single year. They’re a perennial favorite loved by fans and hated by everyone else (which tends to happen when you’re really, really good).
  • Kentucky Wildcats: The Wildcats, champions in 2012 and runners-up in 2014, stockpile plenty of talent but haven’t been able to come away with the title recently. What will Coach Calipari do to bring another title back to the Bluegrass State?
  • North Carolina Tar Heels: Coach Roy Williams has delivered two National Championships since he took over the program in 2003, with the last awarded in 2009. Does he have the squad to make a deep run in the tournament this year?

Final Buzzer

Culminating with March Madness and the NCAA Tournament, college basketball inspires passionate fans (and co-workers for the office bracket pool) across the nation. Show off your team spirit and score a slam dunk by getting the best official licensed merchandise and apparel from Fanatics.com.