Are new Duke basketball jerseys now permanent?

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

Duke basketball may be moving toward “The Brotherhood” look full-time.

The Duke basketball team has donned “The Brotherhood” jerseys in four straight games, whether at home or on the road.

And the No. 7 Duke Blue Devils (19-4, 9-3 ACC) have been in this sleek outfit, which they used sparingly and with only the “away” version throughout the previous two seasons, in six of their past nine outings. Before Monday night’s 69-68 home loss to the Virginia Cavaliers, the only defeat in this span came on the road and at the hands of the Florida State Seminoles.

Of course, all of the above observations beg this one question: are the gothic-script threads now the full-time look for the Blue Devils?

A mixed yet overall warm reception from Duke basketball faithful

While some folks do not believe the navy-ish brand should be the standard, fans who do not find the Duke basketball jerseys pleasing to the eye, well, they seem few and far between these days.

There are those who, understandably, believe the school should revert to the traditional ensemble for the final stretch this season as the most fitting way to honor Hall of Fame head coach Mike Krzyzewski. After all, none of the all-time wins leader’s five national champions played in the gothic garments.

However, consider that perhaps the greatest treasure the 74-year-old Krzyzewski will leave behind after his pre-planned retirement in the spring is “The Brotherhood” itself. On that note, one could easily argue that these jerseys make for the perfect tribute after all, as well as an ideal way to usher in the era of Coach K’s successor, Jon Scheyer, a founding member of “The Brotherhood.”

Duke returns to action at 8 p.m. ET Thursday when it faces the Clemson Tigers (12-10, 4-7 ACC) on the road. Currently, it’s unknown what the Blue Devils will wear next time out, but it’s worth pointing out that the program’s official Twitter account has returned to its old-school logo — for now, anyway — following the L to Virginia.

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