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The Duke Hangover…Is It Real?

Coach K
Every time Duke steps on the floor, the Blue Devils get their opponent’s best shot. For many teams, playing Duke is the biggest game of the year…their Super Bowl.

It would be understandable for there to be a let down in the next game for those teams that do manage to defeat Duke. By many, this has been referred to as “The Duke Hangover.”

Whether it’s the emotion of beating the Blue Devils in front of a euphoric home crowd, or pulling off the challenging task of winning in Cameron Indoor Stadium, it can be difficult to maintain focus for the following game.

But does a hangover actually exist?

Going back to the 2001-02 season, let’s take a look at who has beaten Duke and how they fared in their next game. You can see every game in the table below.

Since the 2001-02 season, Duke has lost 104 times (including ACC & NCAA Tournament). In the opponent’s next game, they have won 63 games, while losing 42 times. ACC teams in that time frame have accounted for 44 wins and 35 losses.

Since the National Championship season in 2009-10, Duke has lost 53 times (including ACC & NCAA Tournament). In the opponent’s next game, they have won 27 games, while losing 27. ACC teams in that time frame have accounted for 19 wins and 21 losses.

The numbers suggest that, while beating Duke doesn’t guarantee a team will lose its next game, there is a good chance it will.

Date Opponent Opponent's Next Game
1/6/02 Florida St. L 77-61 @ NC State
2/17/02 Maryland W 99-90 vs. Clemson
2/28/02 Virginia L 111-92 @ Maryland
3/21/02 Indiana W 73-64 vs. Oklahoma (Final Four)
1/18/03 Maryland W 81-66 @ UNC
1/22/03 NC State W 86-77 vs. UNC
2/2/03 Florida St. L 61-60 @ UNC
2/13/03 Wake Forest L 90-67 @ Maryland
3/2/03 St. John's W 75-59 vs. Rutgers
3/15/03 UNC W 83-72 vs. DePaul (NIT)
3/27/03 Kansas W 94-61 vs. Marquette (Final Four)
11/30/03 Purdue W 76-64 vs. Clemson
2/15/04 NC State L 60-55 @ Clemson
2/18/04 Wake Forest W 80-76 @ Georgia Tech
3/3/04 Georgia Tech W 63-60 vs. Florida St.
3/14/04 Maryland W 86-83 vs. UTEP
4/5/04 UCONN W 82-73 vs. Georgia Tech (National Championship)
2/26/05 Maryland W 79-71 vs. Georgia Tech
2/2/05 Wake Forest W 83-63 @ Virginia Tech
2/12/05 Maryland L 82-63 @ NC State
2/17/05 Virginia Tech W 71-58 vs. Miami
3/2/05 UNC W 88-81 vs. Clemson
3/25/05 Michigan St. W 94-88 vs. Kentucky
1/21/06 Georgetown W 85-82 @ Notre Dame
3/1/06 Florida St. W 67-64 vs. Miami
¾/06 UNC W 76-67 vs. Virginia
3/28/06 LSU W 70-60 vs. Texas
11/21/06 Marquette W 65-62 vs. Valparaiso
1/6/07 Virginia Tech W 74-51 vs. UNC Greensboro
1/10/07 Georgia Tech W 88-80 vs. Florida St.
2/1/07 Virginia W 81-70 vs. Miami
2/4/07 Florida St. L 71-58 @ Clemson
2/7/07 UNC W 104-67 vs. Wake Forest
2/11/07 Maryland W 85-70 vs. NC State
2/28/07 Maryland W 79-59 vs. NC State
¾/07 UNC W 73-58 vs. Florida St.
3/8/07 NC State W 79-71 vs. Virginia
3/15/07 VCU L 84-79 vs. Pittsburgh
12/20/07 Pittsburgh L 80-55 vs. Dayton
2/17/08 Wake Forest L 89-73 vs. UNC
2/20/08 Miami W 78-63 vs. Maryland
3/8/08 UNC W 82-70 vs. Florida St.
3/15/08 Clemson L 86-81 vs. UNC
3/22/08 West Virginia L 79-75 vs. Xavier
12/6/08 Michigan W 91-60 vs. Eastern Michigan
1/28/09 Wake Forest L 76-74 @ Georgia Tech
2/4/09 Clemson L 65-61 vs. Florida St.
2/11/09 UNC W 69-65 @ Miami
2/15/09 Boston College L 69-58 @ Miami
3/8/09 UNC W 79-76 vs. Virginia Tech
3/26/09 Villanova W 78-76 vs. Pittsburgh
12/2/09 Wisconsin W 79-46 vs. Grambling
1/9/10 Georgia Tech L 82-75 @ Virginia
1/20/10 NC State L 88-64 @ Maryland
1/30/10 Georgetown L 72-64 vs. South Florida
3/3/10 Maryland W 74-68 @ Virginia
1/12/11 Florida St. W 84-71 vs. NC State
1/30/11 St. John's W 58-56 vs. Rutgers
2/26/11 Virginia Tech L 76-61 vs. Boston College
3/5/11 UNC W 61-59 vs. Miami
3/24/11 Arizona L 65-63 vs. UCONN
11/29/11 Ohio St. W 64-35 vs. UT Rio Grande Valley
¼/12 Temple L 87-77 vs. Dayton
1/21/12 Florida St. W 75-52 vs. Wake Forest
2/5/12 Miami W 65-49 vs. Virginia Tech
3/3/12 UNC W 85-69 vs. Maryland
3/10/12 Florida St. W 85-82 vs. UNC
3/16/12 Lehigh L 70-58 vs. Xavier
1/12/13 NC State L 51-50 vs. Maryland
1/23/13 Miami W 71-47 vs. Florida St.
2/16/13 Maryland L 69-58 @ Boston College
2/28/13 Virginia L. 53-52 @ Boston College
3/15/13 Maryland L 79-76 vs. UNC
3/31/13 Louisville W 72-68 vs. Wichita St. (Final Four)
11/12/13 Kansas W 86-66 vs. Iona
11/29/13 Arizona W 79-58 vs. Texas Tech
¼/14 Notre Dame L 77-70 vs. NC State
1/11/14 Clemson W 56-49 @ Virginia Tech
2/1/14 Syracuse W 61-55 vs. Notre Dame
2/20/14 UNC W 105-72 vs. Wake Forest
3/5/14 Wake Forest L 69-56 @ Miami
3/16/14 Virginia W 70-59 vs. Coastal Carolina
3/21/14 Mercer L 83-63 vs. Tennessee
1/11/15 NC State L 81-79 vs. UNC
1/13/15 Miami L 75-70 @ Notre Dame
1/28/15 Notre Dame L 76-72 @ Pittsburgh
3/13/15 Notre Dame W 90-82 vs. UNC (ACC Championship)
11/17/15 Kentucky W 78-63 vs. Wright St.
12/19/15 Utah W 105-58 vs. Delaware St.
1/13/16 Clemson W 76-65 vs. Miami
1/16/16 Notre Dame W. 76-49 vs. Boston College
1/18/16 Syracuse L 73-65 @ Virginia
1/25/16 Miami L 85-69 @ NC State
2/20/16 Louisville W 67-60 @ Pittsburgh
2/28/16 Pittsburgh L 65-61 @ Virginia Tech
3/5/16 UNC W 88-71 vs. Pittsburgh
3/10/16 Notre Dame L 78-47 vs. UNC
3/24/16 Oregon L 80-68 vs. Oklahoma
11/15/16 Kansas W 86-65 vs. Sienna
12/31/16 Virginia Tech L 104-78 @ NC State
1/10/17 Florida St. L 96-83 @ UNC
1/14/17 Louisville W 92-60 vs. Clemson
1/23/17 NC State L 85-60 @ Louisville
2/22/17 Syracuse L 88-68 @ Louisville
2/25/17 Miami L 66-61 @ VT