Duke basketball announces it will play in new jerseys

Duke basketball head coach Mike Krzyzewski (Rob Kinnan-USA TODAY Sports)
Duke basketball head coach Mike Krzyzewski (Rob Kinnan-USA TODAY Sports) /

The Duke basketball program plans to reveal some new threads next time out.

Duke basketball’s official Twitter account has entered tease mode. Judging by its most recent tweets and a change to its profile pic, the No. 2 Duke Blue Devils (10-1, 0-0 ACC) will wear a much-anticipated uniform of “The Brotherhood” variety when they host the unranked Virginia Tech Hokies (8-4, 0-1 ACC) at 9 p.m. ET Wednesday.

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On Saturday, following Duke’s 87-56 home win over the Elon Phoenix to cap off the Blue Devils’ non-conference slate, the program informed its followers that a new uniform would debut in the next game if the following tweet received at least 5,000 likes:

Giving Duke basketball fans what they want

The above tweet has since garnered more than 8,000 likes. And now, consider the gothic-D profile pic that the Duke basketball account switched to on Monday morning and then the tweet it sent out minutes later:

Yes, it seems abundantly clear that the new uniforms in question will be the home-white version of the gothic-style outfit with a dark shade of navy lettering.

Duke first used the road-dark version of “The Brotherhood” jerseys during the 2019-20 season and produced this video at the time to explain its symbolic meaning:

Perhaps this latest uni reveal is meant, in part, as a way to honor the final first ACC game of a season under head coach Mike Krzyzewski. He announced in June his plan to retire at the end of this campaign, which marks the all-time wins leader’s 42nd in Durham.

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Although the Blue Devil social media team hinted at using the home-white version before last season began, it’s probably best they did not. After all, that squad’s 13-11 record fell well short of “The Brotherhood” standard.