Duke released this season’s ACC schedule today! View the other half of the season’s schedule, the non-conference schedule, here.

Duke released this season’s ACC schedule today! View the other half of the season’s schedule, the non-conference schedule, here.

Gallery: Men’s National Team Defeats Puerto Rico
@dukeblueplanet: The four freshmen were some of the new Duke athletes introduced to the class of 2018 in Cameron Indoor tonight. (x)

@dukeblueplanetThe four freshmen were some of the new Duke athletes introduced to the class of 2018 in Cameron Indoor tonight. (x)

Two-time plane crash survivor Austin Hatch makes his Michigan debut

Such a heartbreaking, yet inspiring, story. Gotta say I’m really rooting for Austin Hatch.

From Esau Howard of Jockington:

Though he is not being touted as one of the elite players to watch, Hatch’s backstory is proof that he is filled with toughness. In 2003 he survived a plane crash that took the life of his mother, sister and brother. Such a traumatizing experience would have been enough to break anyone, and unfortunately fate would place him in that predicament again.

Jeff Eisenberg of Yahoo Sports details the devastating story:

"Eight years after he and his dad walked away from a 2003 crash that killed his mother, 11-year-old sister and 5-year-old brother, Hatch experienced a sickening case of déjà vu. His dad was flying the family between its Indiana home and a Michigan summer house in June 2011 when the small, single-engine plane plummeted nose-first into a garage along a residential street north of Charlevoix Municipal Airport, killing Hatch’s father and stepmother and critically injuring him."

The 2011 accident left Hatch physically unable to function normally. Confined to a wheelchair, it’s taken a lot of training and therapy for him to be able to walk again, let alone be able to play basketball at a Division 1 level. Hatch would go on to to have a great high school career that has allowed him to reach this point. His story is one of triumph and perseverance, and his story will be one to watch as he properly begins his collegiate career at Michigan.

Reminder: the USA Men’s Basketball team will be playing an exhibition game against Brazil tonight at 9pm (EST) on ESPN!

I’ll just… leave this here.
(via ESPN)

I’ll just… leave this here.

(via ESPN)

Coach K accepted the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, and it’s just as awesome as you’d think it would be. For more info on ALS and how you can help the cause, check out ALSA.org.