The 1986 NCAA Division I Men’s Soccer Tournament was the 27th organized men’s college soccer tournament by the National Collegiate Athletic Association, to determine the top college soccer team in the United States. The Duke Blue Devils won their first national title by defeating the Akron Zips in the championship game, 1–0. The final match was played on December 13, 1986, in Tacoma, Washington, at the Tacoma Dome.
The 2015 NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Tournament involved 68 teams playing in a single-elimination tournament to determine the national champion of men’s NCAA Division I college basketball. The 77th edition of the tournament began on March 17, 2015, and concluded with the championship game on April 6 at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis. Duke defeated Wisconsin in the championship game, 68–63. Tyus Jones of Duke was the tournament’s Most Outstanding Player.
Teams for then Trinity College were known originally as the Trinity Eleven, the Blue and White or the Methodists. William H. Lander, as editor-in-chief, and Mike Bradshaw, as managing editor, of the Trinity Chronicle began the academic year 1922–23 referring to the athletic teams as the Blue Devils. The Chronicle staff continued its use and through repetition, Blue Devils eventually caught on.
The Blue Devils have won 17 NCAA National Championships. The women’s golf team has won seven (1999, 2002, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2014, and 2019), the men’s basketball team has won five (1991, 1992, 2001, 2010, and 2015), men’s lacrosse has won three (2010, 2013 and 2014), and the men’s soccer (1986) and women’s tennis (2009) teams have won one each. Duke’s major historic rival, especially in basketball, has been the Tar Heels of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (see Duke-Carolina rivalry).
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Blue Devils – “They first gained attention when their unique training and alpine knowledge was counted upon to break the stalemate of trench warfare in their native region of the French Alps,” according to Duke University. “Unfortunately the Vosges Campaign in March, 1915, failed to alter the status quo even though the Blue Devils won accolades for their courage. However, their distinctive blue uniform with flowing cape and jaunty beret captured public imagination. When the United States entered the war, units of the French Blue Devils toured the country helping raise money in the war effort. Irving Berlin captured their spirit in song describing them as ‘strong and active, most attractive . . . those Devils, the Blue Devils of France.’”
Trinity College, the predecessor of Duke, was looking for a nickname for its football program, which had recently been reinstated after a 25 year absence. The school’s colors were blue and white, just like Huntington and its teams were commonly referred to as the Blue and White. The college chose Blue Devils as its mascot/nickname for the 1922/23 school year. (Trinity changed its name to Duke in 1924.)
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