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Duke holds off Indiana 54-51

In a very low scoring game compared to most games at Cameron Indoor Stadium, the Duke Blue Devils held off the Hoosiers 54-51.  With the win Duke moved to 8-0 alltime in the ACC/Big10 Challenge.

DeMarcus Nelson was the sparkplug once again for Duke.  Nelson had another strong game finishing with 19 points in 33 minutes.  He scored a quick 13 points in the first 11 minutes of the game that gave Duke the lead going into the halftime intermission.

Josh McRoberts and D.J. White battled all night long and neither of them was very impressive.  Both of them finished with 7 points in the game, but McRoberts did help his team out more getting them the ball and bringing the ball up the court when needed.

Greg Paulus still isn’t playing good fundamental basketball.  I don’t know if Paulus is just having trouble coming back from his early season foot injury or if he just pressing too much.  He is making bad decisions on passes, getting stupid fouls, and playing terrible defense that is sending him to the bench.  Jon Scheyer handled the ball a lot last night, more then I would like to see.  I would love too see Paulus get back into his game and Scheyer then playing the role that J.J. Redick did the past few years, moving off multiple screens and making some open shots.

Oh yeah, where was Brian Zoubek last night?

I’ll take it though, a win is a win and this Duke team needs all the wins they can get.

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Duke and Indiana set to battle tonight

The Duke Blue Devils and the Indina Hoosiers are ready to battle tonight in the Big 10 / ACC Challenge.  Tip off will be at 9 p.m. eastern from Cameron Indoor Stadium.  Last year, Duke beat Indiana on their home court 75-67.  Coack K loves playing in this challenge as his Duke Blue Devils are 7-0 all time in the challenge.

The game will feature a terrific matchup at power forward between Duke’s Josh McRoberts and Indiana’s D.J. White. The rugged 6-foot-11 McRoberts is an Indiana native who was booed repeatedly in last season’s meeting in Bloomington. He’s second on the team with 11.3 points per game.

It will be interesting tonight to see what Coack K does with Greg Paulus.  Will he leave him on the bench to start the game and go with Jon Scheyer and Gerald Henderson?  Paulus has been struggling this year and that could be due to his foot injury he suffered before the season.  Greg simply isn’t playing Duke Basketball.  He is stopping his man on defense and creating tournovers that lead to fast break points for the Devils.  If Duke wants to have success this season, Paulus is going to really have to step his game up.

Our Prediction:  Duke 72, Indiana 68

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Jamal Boykin has mono

Duke forward Jamal Boykin has been officialy sidelined with mono and will not be practicing or playing with the team for quite a while.  Coack K has said, ” We want Jamal to finish up in the classroom this semester and then get home and rest”  That doesn’t sound good to me and I would be very suprised if he has an impact on the team this year.  Mono is just too hard to come back from within a few months.

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Marquette knocks off Duke 73-62

We all knew that this would be a tough game for the young Duke Blue Devils, and it sure was.  Marquette got second chance points off rebounds and Duke once again missed quite a few layups.

The first five minutes DeMarcus Nelson dominated the game scoring a quick 11 points, but was never heard from again until late in the second half.  Where id Nelson go we might ask?  Possibly got lost in the suffle of players and Marquette stepped up the defense on him.

You could tell that Josh McRoberts was forcing himself into bad situations late in the game that led to him taking bad shots or turning the ball over.  He is a force down low, but only certain situations where he uses his teammates and passing to his ability.

It will take some time for the young team to gel together but by time ACC conference play rolls around, I think they will be playing alot better.  It will also help to have Greg Paulus playing 35 minutes a game.

Another thing that will help this Duke team is getting the ball down on the low block to Zoubek more often.  He should be taking 8 shots a game with his size and ability.  Take advantage of a 7’1 player when you are playing against a 6’8-6’10 player.

Dukes next game will be Saturday at home against Davidson.  You can watch the game on Fox Sports South.  Gametime is set for 7 pm eastern time.

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Duke shoots down Air Force 71-56

The hot shooting Duke Blue Devils took care of business in the semi-finals of the CBE Classic in Kansas City last night.  Duke used a strong performance by Junior DeMarcus Nelson who finished with a career high 23 points to defeat the fighting Falcons from Air Force.

You could tell the Air Force’s version of the “Princeton Offense” was giving them trouble most of the night with backdoor cuts and sharp passing leading to wide open layups and three point shots.  The good thing for the Blue Devils was that Air Force wasn’t making some of the layups and three pointers.

Lance Thomas gave a great performance all night long and I can see him only getting more playing time by his agressive play and getting the ball in the bucket.  You gotta love those wide open jump shots he was making!

We may not see the real Gerald Henderson until sometime in ACC conference play I’m thinking.  I’m wondering if he is still bothered by the injury he nursed during early practices and still isn’t 100%.  He doesn’t look like he has all of his confidence right now to play big time basketball.

Duke will play No. 13 Marquette, which beat Texas Tech 87-72 on Monday, at 10 p.m. today for the CBE Classic title.  Game time is set for 10 pm eastern time and will be televised on ESPN2.

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Duke to play Air Force in Kansas City tonight

Duke, ranked 11th in the AP poll and 10th in the ESPN/USA Today coaches poll, faces unranked Air Force on Monday in the semifinals of the College Basketball Experience Classic in Kansas City, Mo. Tip-off is set for 7:00 p.m. with espn2 televising the contest.

The Blue Devils posted wins over Columbia (86-43) and Georgia Southern (72-48) to reach the semifinals, while Air Force topped Long Beach State (69-68) and Stanford (79-45) to advance. Duke also defeated UNC Greensboro (75-48) and the Falcons have an 81-45 win over Arkansas-Pine Bluff to their credit. In its last outing (Nov. 16), Duke posted a 75-48 win over UNC Greensboro.

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Duke stays hot with 75-48 win

Duke has held its first three opponents to under 50 points to start the season and that means that defense is playing great for this young Duke team.

Freshman Brian Zoubek scored 17 points in Duke’s win against UNC-Greensboro last night.  Freshman Gerald Henderson had 12 points, and David McClure and DeMarcus Nelson added 11 apiece for the Blue Devils, who shot 53 percent and led by as many as 29 in the closing moments.

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Duke and UNC-Greensboro set to clash tonight

Duke takes on a instate school tonight as UNC-Greensboro travels to Cameron Indoor Stadium.  Game time is set for 7 p.m. and will be shown on Duke cable channel 13 and ACC Select.

UNC-Greensboro comes into the game with a 0-2 record.  They have lost to Marshall 82-80 and Penn State 69-56.  Close games against decent teams but I expect that Blue Devils will control this game and win by around 15 points.

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