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Duke rolls past Wisconsin 82-58

Duke had no problem Tuesday night in their ACC/Big 10 matchip with Wisconsin. Early foul trouble really set Wisconsin back as their leading scorer and point guard had to sit most of the first half. Duke rolled out to a 48-25 lead at halftime and never looked back in their 82-58 victory.

Greg Paulus led the Blue Devils in points with 18. Thirteen of his 18 points came in the first half. Freshman Taylor King was hot from beyond the arc has he hit five three-pointers for 15 points. Superstar Kyle Singer had 13 points, Gerald Henderson finished with 11 points, and Jon Scheyer helped out with 10 points. More balanced scoring just like we have been seeing all season long for the Blue Devils.

Duke will next play on Saturday when they face off against Davidson. This could actually end up being a closer game then the gameagainst Wisconsin.

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Taylor King powers Duke past Eastern Kentucky 78-43

Freshman Taylor King had the hot hand on Sunday as Duke defeated Eastern Kentucky 78-43. King had a career high 27 points as he knocked down six three pointers. DeMarcus Nelson finished with 12 points, and Gerald Henderon had 10 points for the Blue Devils.

Overall it was a lower scoring game then I would have thought. Kyle Singler didn’t have his normal game as he only finished with seven points in 20 minutes of play. He could possibly be tired from the trip out to Hawaii and now playing back in the Eastern timezone.

Duke will next take the court when they play Wisconsin on Tuesday night. Big 10 / ACC Challenge time! This definately will be a tough game for the Blue Devils. Hopefully they come out strong, and win another big game.

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Duke wins Maui Invite with win over Marquette

The Duke Blue Devils are still undefeated in the Maui Invitational after defeating Marquette 77-73. In another game that could have taken place in March, the Blue Devils stood strong and won a close game. I love the fact that they are playing these kind of games early in the season. It will only make them better when ACC play starts, and also into March Madness.

Kyle Singler took home MVP honors of the tournament. Joining Bobby Hurley, Steve Wojciechowski and Mike Dunleavy as Blue Devils who have won the MVP at the Maui Invitational. Singler had 25 points in the championship game, so he brought it when he really needed too.

Hope everyone has a great and wonderful Thanksgiving today, and we will be back blogging about the Blue Devils in the next few days.

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Duke advances in Maui Invitational with win over Illinois 79-66

Tuesday nights game against the Fighting Illini of Illinios seemed like a game that should be taking place in March, but here we are just a few weeks into the season and playing some tough games. Duke used a scrappy effort and a lot of driving to the bucket to defeast the Illini by the score 79-66.

Behind Gerald Henderson’s 23 points, and DeMarcus Nelson’s 16 points the Duke Blue Devils held atleast a 10 point lead most of the game. It was nice to see the Devils put up points when Kyle Singler didn’t have a good game. It just proves to everyone that there are other scorers on this team and will put the ball through the bucket.

Duke was out rebounded last night by 10 boards. That is something they are going to have to do a better job against. Block out and stick to your man while grabbing and holding on to the ball. Brian Zoubek, get some hands big guy!

Duke will now advance to the Maui Championship to face off against Marquette. If you remember back to last year, Marqutte defeated the Blue Devils when they met up in Kansas City. Duke will have to slow down the Marquette guards if they want to defeat them Wednesday night. Lets hope the Blue Devils stay hot in Hawaii!

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Duke cruisies past Princeton 83-61

The Duke Basketball team took control early and cruised to a 83-61 victory over Princeton in the first round of the Maui Invitational. The Blue Devils got ahead quick, behind a strong a first half by freshman Kyle Singler. Singler finished the night with 21 points and eight rebounds. He was very dominate on the glass with most of his points coming on put backs.

Gerald Henderson had 12 points, and a couple of pretty nice dunks that got the crowd off their feet. Sharp shooter Jon Scheyer chipped in with 10 points as well.

One thing I hope that the Blue Devils start doing better is knocking down the three point shot however. On Monday night, they were only 5-19 from behind the arch, and that will not cut it in the ACC. Scheyer and Greg Paulus need to get going and knock down those wide open shots.

Duke will now take on Illinois who defeated Arizona State. This will be a battle of two 3-0 teams so I expect it to be a really good matchup. Hopefully Singler stays hot, and the Blue Devils can knock down some three pointers!

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Jon Scheyer leads the Blue Devils past New Mexico State 86-61

In the end it was a little bit closer then everyone thought it would be but the Duke Blue Devils moved to 2-0 on the young season as the beat New Mexico State 86-61 at Cameron Indoor Stadium.

Jon Scheyer came off the bench to lead the Blue Devils in points with 22. After Scheyer, it was more of a balanced attack by the Blue Devils. DeMarcus Nelson had 14 points, Gerald Henderson chipped in 11, and Freshman Kyle Singler had 10 points.

One of the things I didn’t like about last nights game was how Duke was rushing some of their shots and not moving the ball around. I suppose we will see that a lot this season as Coack K and the Devils are going to get out there and run up and down the court.

Duke next heads to Lahaina, Hawaii, for the EA Sports Maui Invitational. On Monday, November 19 at 9 p.m. (ET), the Blue Devils will face Princeton in the opening round with the remainder of the field including Arizona State, Chaminade, Illinois, LSU, Marquette and Oklahoma State.

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Duke ready to begin season against North Carolina Central

Duke begins the 2007-2008 Basketball season Friday night against North Carolina Central. It will be the first matchup between both schools even though they are in Durham. It will be exciting to watch the young Freshman on Friday night and see how well they mesh with Greg Paulus, DeMarcus Nelson, and Gerald Henderson.

I really expect Kyle Singler to come out of gates knocking down shots. Singler has been lights out during the exhibition game, and I don’t seem him slowing down against NCCU.

It will also be nice to see how well players like Brian Zoubek, Greg Paulus, and DeMarcus Nelson come back from a bad year last year. Lets hope everyone is on the same page and we get the reserves into the game for some game time!

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Duke crushes Barton College 105-44

The Duke Blue Devils finished up their exhibition games by beating the defending Division II National Champs by the score of 105-44.  Once again, it was Kyle Singler who led all scorers with 27 points.  Singler also had 10 rebounds, two steals, one assist, and one blocked shot.

Another Freshman, Nolan Smith, had 18 points and six assits with four rebounds.

Gerald Henderson chipped in with 17 points and seven rebounds.

The Duke Blue Devils will open up their regular season on November 9th against North Carolina Central.

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