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Duke succeeds in guarding Riley

The No. 8 Duke women's basketball team opened its season Friday night with a 77-68 victory over No. 14 Oklahoma State. But the bigger victory came in containing the Cowgirls' star point guard Andrea Riley.

By no means did the Blue Devils stop Riley. The Associated Press preseason All-America finished with a game-high 29 points, scoring 20 of them in the first half. Yet the Devils took her best punch. Knees buckling, they held on to curtail her scoring in the second half and late in the game.

Riley, who averaged 23 points, 4.1 assists and 3.6 rebounds last season, shot just 3 for 16 from the field in the second half and was 2 for 11 from 3-point range.

The Devils mixed man-to-man defense and a matchup zone in the second half to disrupt the 5-foot-5 guard.

Inside this post listen to Duke's Keturah Jackson and Riley describe the tug-a-war.

McCallie: 'Incredibly challenging schedule'

 No. 8 Duke opens its season at home against No. 14 Oklahoma State on Friday. It's the Blue Devils' first of nine games against teams ranked in The Associated Press women's basketball top 25 preseason poll.

Asked about this season's schedule Duke coach Joanne P. McCallie said: "This schedule is as good as any schedule there's ever been at Duke. And probably better."

 The Devils will face No. 2 Stanford, No. 3 Maryland, No. 6 North Carolina, No. 7 Tennessee, No. 15 Virginia and No. 21 Florida State. (They face Maryland and North Carolina twice.)

Before the start of the ACC schedule, the Devils also face Maine, Hartford, Southern or DePaul, Western Kentucky, Iowa, Michigan, Southern California, Siena, Quinnipiac, Providence and Temple. 

 Listen to McCallie talk about the challenges Duke's schedule presents and the team's expectations.

McCallie says schedule is "half the battle, half the fun"
McCallie says schedule can make Duke better this season

Coach K back on satellite radio

Duke basketball coach Mike Krzyzewski begins his fourth season as co-host of a weekly talk show on satellite radio tonight at 7. "Basketball and Beyond With Coach K" and co-host Dave Sims can be heard Tuesdays at 7 p.m. on Sirius channel 123 and XM Radio channel 144. The two satellite radio companies merged over the summer.

Krzyzewski's first guest will be Jerry Colangelo, managing director of the USA Basketball senior men's program. Krzyzewski coached the U.S. team to the Olympic gold medal this year in Beijing, China.

Andrew FitzPatrick, a spokesman for Sirius XM, said it was company policy not to reveal contract terms with its show hosts.

The typical monthly satellite radio fee is $12.95, though Fitzpatrick said different programming packages and rates could be found online at or

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