Posted On: February 28, 2007 By: Cliff Comments: (0)
Right from the get go in last nights game you could tell that Maryland was playing their game and Duke was not.Ã‚Â This years Duke team has to slow the game down and hope to hold the opponent to around 50-60 points.Ã‚Â Well that didn’t happen last night as the Terrapins defeated the Blue Devils 85-77.
Greg Paulus had a pretty good overall game scoring 20 points and hitting some big threes to keep Duke in the game during the second-half.Ã‚Â In the first-half it was the DeMarcus Nelson show as he scored a quick 13 points to lead the Blue Devils.
For Maryland, Mike Jones scored a game-best 25 points while Ibekwe and Strawberry had 17 apiece.Ã‚Â You could see hoe energetic Maryland was especially Greivis Vasquez after he would make a bucket.Ã‚Â He was having some fun with the Cameron Crazies taunting etc.Ã‚Â Just remember Vasquez, you are only a freshman so have fun next time you’re in Cameron!
Up next for the Blue Devils is North Carolina on Sunday.Ã‚Â HUGE GAME for the Devils as it would mean a lot to knock off the Tar Heels this year.Ã‚Â If you don’t have ACC Tournament or NCAA Tickets well then you need to click here to order from our partners!
Posted On: February 26, 2007 By: Cliff Comments: (0)
For the second straight week and third time this seasonÃ‚Â DukeÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Jon Scheyer was selected ACC Rookie of the Week.
In earning the leagueÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Rookie of the Week Award for the third time this season, Scheyer averaged 14.5 points and 4.5 rebounds as the 18th-ranked Blue Devils claimed key road wins over Clemson and St. JohnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s. The Northbrook, Ill., product had 18 points, six rebounds and a steal in ThursdayÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s 71-66 win at Clemson. In SundayÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s 67-50 win at St. JohnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s, Scheyer had 11 points, three rebounds and two assists.
I think we will see Sheyer end up on the all ACC Freshman first team once the votes are all counted.Ã‚Â He has really helped out the team with his shooting and freethrows.Ã‚Â Give him another year and we just might have another JJ Redick!
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Posted On: February 25, 2007 By: Cliff Comments: (0)
Another good game for the Blue Devils at Madison Square Garden in New York City yesterday.Ã‚Â Once again playing in front of quite a few Duke Fans, the Dukies beat St. Johns 67-50.Ã‚Â St. Johns struggled during theÃ‚Â first half only scoring 10 points while Duke pushed out to a 34-10 lead.
St. Johns came out with more agression during the second half and actually had their crowd back into the game for a little bit.Ã‚Â The play in the second half also got more physical as twice there were double technical fouls called.Ã‚Â For Duke, Josh McRoberts and DeMarcus Nelson picked them up.Ã‚Â Nothing too bad, just some physical play that the refs wanted to stop and prove a point right then.
It was Greg Paulus and DeMarcus Nelson who led the Blue Devils in the game.Ã‚Â Paulus scored 19 points andÃ‚Â Nelson added 14 points and seven rebounds.Ã‚Â Freshman Jon Scheyer chipped in with 11 points as well.Ã‚Â McRoberts had a good all around game finishing some close shots with dunks, and also throwing a great alley-oop to Nelson in the first half that got the crowd buzzing.Ã‚Â McRoberts finished the game nine points,Ã‚Â six rebounds, and six blocks.
The Blue Devils are picking up momentum heading into another epic battle with North Carolina and then the ACC Tournament.Ã‚Â I think if they can some how beat Carolina, they have a really good shot and making some noise in the ACC Tournament and then in the NCAA Tournament.Ã‚Â Expect Duke to get a 3-4 seed with the NCAA brackets come out in a few weeks.
Posted On: February 22, 2007 By: Cliff Comments: (0)
Jon ScheyerÃ‚Â scored 18 points and DeMarcus Nelson added 16 to help Duke win its 21st straight over Clemson 71-66 on Thursday night. It was also the Blue Devils third straight win after a four-game losing streak that had some wonderingÃ‚Â how far the team would fall.
Nelson has said the four-game losing steak really got the players thinking and become better focused for the games.Ã‚Â As you could in last nights game, Duke was up 20, and then all of a sudden they scored give points in the first 10 minutes of the second half but were able to hold to win.Ã‚Â When they get up by 15-20 points, they have got to put the nail in the coffin like they have in years past.
Hopefully this game will carry over for the next game against St. Johns.Ã‚Â St. Johns has gave Duke troubles in the past but hopefully this year, Duke can cruise to a 10-12 point victory.
Posted On: February 21, 2007 By: Cliff Comments: (0)
Clemson is rolling downhill right now and will try to stop thier skid tonight as they Duke at home in a national televised game on ESPN at 9 p.m. eastern.Ã‚Â Duke is coming into the game off a 71-62 win over Georgia Tech at home.
The last time Clemson and Duke played, it took a last second shot from David McClure to give the Blue Devils the win.Ã‚Â We all remember that the officials added more time onto the clock that allowed the Devils and McClure to score the last second basket.Ã‚Â I’m pretty sure Clemson will come out tonight pretty fire up for this Blue Devil team.
Duke, which has beaten Clemson 20 straight times dating back to January of 1997, seems to bring out the best in senior point guard Vernon Hamilton. Hamilton scored a career-high 31 points against the Blue Devils last season and matched his season high with 21 points in the teams’ meeting four Thursdays ago.
Our prediction is Duke 69 Clemson 64 in a tough ACC battle at LittleJohn.
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Posted On: February 18, 2007 By: Cliff Comments: (0)
Greg Paulus scored 15 points and Duke beat Georgia Tech 71-62 on Sunday in coach Mike Krzyzewski’s 700th victory at the school.Ã‚Â
Jon Scheyer had 14 points and DeMarcus Nelson added 13 points apiece for the Blue Devils (20-7, 7-6 Atlantic Coast Conference), who bounced back from their first four-game losing streak in 11 years with two straight wins.Unranked for the first time since 1996, Duke reached the 20-win mark for the 11th straight year and returned to .500 in conference play by earning its 20th win over Georgia Tech in the last 22 meetings.
Krzyzewski improved to 700-198 in his 27th season as the Blue Devils’ coach, and his career record of 773-257 also includes five seasons at Army. The student section serenaded him with a “Coach K” chant during a postgame ceremony to mark the occasion.
Posted On: February 14, 2007 By: Cliff Comments: (0)
Duke got back on the winning track last night against Boston College as they beat the league leaders 78-70.Ã‚Â Josh McRoberts lead the team with 18 points and 11 rebounds.Ã‚Â You could tell he was playing with a lot of emotion last night and really took the ball the basket.Ã‚Â Half of McRoberts points came off dunks.Ã‚Â He did miss a few easy layups however, so hopefully he can start to finish those off.
Greg Paulus and DeMarcus Nelson chipped in with 15 and 12 points that really helped out the Blue Devils.Ã‚Â When we have McRoberts, Paulus, and Nelson all in double figures, usually we will be in good shape to win the ballgame.
The win pushed Duke back to .500 in the ACC with a 6-6 record, moved the Blue Devils within one victory of win number 20 on the season, and silenced growing talk that they might be playing themselves right onto the NCAA Tournament bubble.
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Posted On: February 12, 2007 By: Cliff Comments: (0)
Duke’s recent slide in the past two weeks has now knocked them entirely out of the coaches poll for the first time in 11 years.Ã‚Â This marks the first time in the nine-year history of the ESPN/USA Today poll — a span of 185 polls — that Duke has not been ranked. The Blue Devils’ No. 16 ranking last week was the lowest they had been ranked over that time (they were 15th in the second and third polls of the 1999-00 season).
Meanwhile, Duke fell out of The Associated Press poll for the first time since the end of the 1995-96 season. The Blue Devils had been in the media poll for 200 straight weeks — the second longest streak behind UCLA.
Duke will try to rebound against Boston College on Wednesday night.Ã‚Â We all won’t be able to watch the game since it is Valentines Day, and I should probably spend that evening with my wife.Ã‚Â Maybe she will let me check in on the game from time to time lol.
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