Ranking all 40 Duke basketball teams under Coach K

Duke basketball head coach Mike Krzyzewski (Photo by Michael Hickey/Getty Images)
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Former Duke basketball point guard and current Utah Jazz head coach Quin Snyder (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images) /

434. Pick Analysis. 9-5 ACC. 1987-88 Blue Devils. Scouting Report. 28-7 overall. 12. player


  1. Junior forward Danny Ferry: 19.1 points, 7.6 rebounds, 4.0 assists, 1.3 steals
  2. Senior guard Kevin Strickland: 16.1 points, 4.5 rebounds, 1.0 steals
  3. Sophomore forward Robert Brickey: 10.5 points, 5.1 rebounds; 53.8 field goal percentage
  4. Senior forward Billy King: 5.1 points, 3.3 rebounds, 3.5 assists, 1.5 steals, 28.1 minutes
  5. Junior guard Quin Snyder: 8.3 points, 5.7 assists, 1.6 steals; 44.6 3-point percentage
  6. Junior forward John Smith: 8.1 points, 3.1 rebounds
  7. Sophomore guard Phil Henderson: 5.9 points, 1.7 rebounds, 1.0 steals


The 1987-88 Duke basketball team included an encouraging mix of sophomores, juniors, and seniors. Plus, the roster contained the best defender in the country in Billy King. As seen in the video below, King forced Temple legend Mark Macon into a 6-for-29 shooting night; in doing so, he helped the Blue Devils stun the No. 1 seed Owls and advance to the Final Four.

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Despite the loss to Kansas in the next game, Duke basketball faithful were delighted to have seen for the first time under Coach K a 3-0 sweep of UNC. Danny Ferry had reached another level of purity on offense. Robert Brickey, as he demonstrated with a game-winning block of Tar Heel guard Jeff Lebo in Chapel Hill, was an otherworldly athlete.

Throw in the consistent scoring of Kevin Strickland and the passionate play of guys like Quin Snyder. One of K’s great squads, indeed.


  • 28 out of a possible 40 points for WIN TOTAL
  • 1.5 out of a possible 5 points for TOP 25 WINS (six)
  • 2.25 out of a possible 5 points for WINS BY 25+ POINTS (nine)
  • 10 out of a possible 20 points for POSTSEASON NETS (ACC Champions, Final Four)
  • 0 out of a possible 10 points for CONSENSUS FIRST TEAM ALL-AMERICANS
  • 1 out of a possible 5 points for ALL-ACC FIRST TEAM SELECTIONS (Ferry)
  • 2.5 out of a possible 5 points for MCDONALD’S ALL-AMERICANS (Ferry, Snyder, Alaa Abdelnaby, Henderson, Koubek)
  • 5.75 out of a possible 10 points for HYPOTHETICAL HEAD-TO-HEAD STANDING (No. 18)
  • 6 bonus points for WINS AGAINST UNC (three)
  • TOTAL GRADE: 57.00