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Duke falls to Pittsburgh 65-64 in overtime

It wasn’t the outcome us Duke fans were hoping for, but you have got to love playing a tough game like this before you open up ACC Conference play.  Traveling to their home away from home at Madison Square Garden, Duke and Pittsburgh battled back and forth the entire game and in the end it was Pittsburgh that game out on top against the Blue Devils.

Kyle Singler, Gerald Henderson, and DeMarcus Nelson all scored in the double figures for the Blue Devils.  Singers and Henderson both had 17 points each, and Nelson wasn’t too far behind with 14 points.

It would have been nice to see Greg Paulus and Taylor King put more points on the board…

You gotta have more people contributing on the scoreboard to beat a good team like Pitt.  Give Pitt credit, they battled and battled and in the end came out with the Win.  I love the fact that Duke was playing a team like Pitt early in the season like this though.  I wish they would schedule more games like this to get ready for conference play.

Duke is now off until Jan 6th when they will play Cornell.  We wish the coaching staff and the players a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

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Duke cruises to 111-70 victory of Albany

DeMarcus Nelson led the Duke Blue Devils to a 111-70 victory over the visting Albany Great Danes on Monday night.  Nelson finished the game with 23 points as he caused tournovers that led to plenty of fast break points for the Blue Devils.

Jon Scheyer and Taylor King came off the bench and continued to put up great scoring numbers.  Scheyer had 18 points, while King the sharp shooter from long range finished with 17 points.  If the Blue Devils can continue bringing these players off the bench and have them be this productive, it will be a great year for the Duke Blue Devils!

Not too be outmatched, Brian Zoubek and Greg Paulus also finished in double figured.  Zoubek had 13 points while Paulus chipped in with 11 points.

Kyle Singler, Gerald Henderson, and Nolan Smith all had eight points for the Blue Devils as well.  You really have to love the spread out scoring by this Duke team.  And the defense isn’t playing to shabby either!

The Blue Devils will have a tough matchup however on Thursday night.  It will be their toughest opponent to date, as they will face off against 9th rated Pittsburgh.  The game will be played at 7 p.m. eastern and will be played in New York City at Madison Square Garden.  Hopefully the Blue Devils will come out strong and get up early to take the crowd out of the game and win the ballgame!

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Martynas Pocious to have season ending ankle surgers

Martynas Pocious who hadn’t seen much playing time this season will be going under the knife in January for an ankle injury he sustained over the summer.  Pocious will be out the remainder of this season.  I wonder if he will file for a medical redshirt by chance?

Pocius played in four games before being hurt and was averaging four points and 2.5 rebounds. He had 10 points and four rebounds in Duke’s season opener, a 121-56 win over N.C. Central.

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Taylor King socres 18 as Duke beats Michigan 95-67

Right from the get go you could tell that the Duke Blue Devils were going to roll over the Michigan Wolverines.  Duke led 41-23 at halftime and cruised to a 95-67 win over the visiting Wolverines.  Before the game, Coach K told everyone on the team to be prepared to play early in the ballgame.  Everyone was jacked up and ready to play and it really showed on the floor!

The Blue Devils were led by Freshman Taylor King and Nolan Smith.  King finished with 18 points, while Smith had a career high 17 points.  Gerald Henderson had 12 points and DeMarcus Nelson and non-starter Jon Scheyer both added 10 for the Blue Devils.

Duke will next be in action on Jan 17th when the face off against Albany at Carmeron Indoor Stadium.  Tip off is set for 7 p.m. local time.

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Duke gets by a scrappy Davidson team 79-73

It wasn’t pretty for the Duke Blue Devils but they did get the win and that is all that matters. Playing against a scrappy Davidson team, the Blue Devils held on for a 79-73 win. Duke had an 11 point lead going in to halftime but Davidson hung around just like a good underdog does when they are trying to pull off the upset. It took two huge baskets and a steal by Greg Paulus to secure the victory for the Blue Devils.

Gerald Henderson had a huge game for the Blue Devils as well. He finished with 21 points, eight rebounds, and three blocks. A nice complete game by Henderson who is really starting to come into his own and play the way we always thought he would. I expect to see a huge year by Henderson this year. Is Ashtma is under control it sounds like, so he is able to play more minutes and get in a better rhythm.

Jon Scheyer, Kyle Singler, DeMarcus Nelson, and Paulus were the other Blue Devils in double figures. Scheyer had 15 points, and Singler had 14 points. Paulus and Nelson both chipped in with 11 points each. It is so nice to see the balanced scoring attack for the Blue Devils this year. In past years, if a player like JJ or Sheldon didn’t have a big game, they didn’t have other scores on the team that could contribute and help them get a big win. This year that is a different story!

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