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Duke gets by Georgia Tech by the score of 71-58

It was a low scoring game by Duke standards on Wednesday night as they beat the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets 71-58 at Cameron Indoor Stadium.  The Blue Devils took a 33-27 lead into halftime before pushing their lead into the double digits in the second half.

Duke is used to making a good percentage of their three point shots, but they were just not falling against Georgia Tech.  The Blue Devils only shot 2 of 15 from beyond the arc, their worst performance of the year, but they were will able to come away with the victory and that is what you have got to like about this team.  You have to adapt to how the game is going, and make adjustments and that exactly what they did.

Four Duke players scored in doubel figures as Gerald Henderson and DeMarcus Nelson led the way with 15 points each.  Kyle Singler and Greg Paulus weren’t too far behind with 13 and 11 points.  I really like the fact that Henderson was more agressive on the offensive end of the court, his wrist must be feeling better even though he will require surgery on it at the end of the season.

The victory put Coack K at 799 career victories and he will go for his 800th win on Saturday as the Blue Devils will play at North Carolina State.  The game will tip off at noon eastern time and be seen on CBS.

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Duke gets back to winning as they beat St. Johns 86-56

The Duke Blue Devils got back to the winning ways on Saturday afternoon as they defeated the St. Johns Red Storm 86-56 at Cameron Indoor Stadium.  Duke had previously lost their last two games and needed to get a win at home and that is exactly what they did.

Kyle Singler was the leading scorer for the Blue Devils who had four other players score in double figures.  Singler scored a game high 16 points, while Nolan Smith and Gerald Henderson both scored 13 points.  Jon Scheyer finished the game with 12 points while Brian Zoubek scored 11 points.  It was nice to see the balanced scoring attack come back for the Blue Devils even though DeMarcus Nelson and Greg Paulus didn’t score too many points.

Up next for the Blue Devils will be a Feb 27th game against Georgia Tech at Cameron Indoor Stadium. Hopefully the Blue Devils can start up another winning streak and carry some momentum into the last 4 games of the regular season and into the ACC Tournament.

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Duke falls to Miami 96-95 to lose second straight game

The Duke Blue Devils have hit a brick wall the last two ball games against Wake Forest and Miami.  Playing both games on the road, the Blue Devils have been unable to come away with wins as they are now tied with North Carolina for first place in the ACC.

Duke fell behind early as Miami was playing lights out basketball in the first half.  The highest scorers in the first half of the Blue Devils only had six points which is unheard of for a Duke player.  Heading into halftime the Blue Devils were already down 41-36 and it quickly grew to a 20 point lead in the second half as the Hurricanes went on a 15-0 run that Duke had no answer for.

I will give the Blue Devils credit for battling back after being down 20 points in the second half.  Sophomore Jon Scheyer had a career high 27 points, and DeMarcus Nelson really stepped up his play in the second half as he finished with 19 points.

I really believe that Coack K needs to sit Gerald Henderson down for atleast one or two games so he can let his wrist heal up.  Henderson isn’t doing much on the offensive end of the ball like we are used to seeing.  Usually he is at the free throw line four or five times a game, but he just isn’t taking the ball to the basket as much with the hurt wrist.

Duke can overcome this little slump on Saturday when St. Johns makes a visit to Cameron Indoor Stadium.  The game can be seen on CBS and will tip-off at 4:00 eastern.

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Wake Forest upsets Duke 86-73

It was not the outcome that Duke wanted on Sunday night as Wake Forest used a fast paced offense and big rebounding advantage to defeat the Blue Devils 86-73.  Duke was in foul trouble all game and before the final whistle blew, five Blue Devil players had fouled out of the ballgame.  They had their chances but they could not make the layups that they usually do, and only shot 13 of 25 from the free throw line while Wake Forsest shot 27 of 38.

You could really tell from the get go that Wake Forest was going to control the game with their fast paced offense.  Duke could never stop the ball as the Demon Deacons attacked the basket all night long.  Give Wake credit as they took it right to the Blue Devils and the Blue Devils did not have a answer tonight.

Nolan Smith led the Blue Devils in the scoring column as he scored 21 points.  Most of Smith’s baskets in the second half were on quick layups as Wake did not want to foul him.

DeMarcus Nelson finished with 18 points while Kyle Singler wasn’t far behind with 17 points.

Greg Paulus and Gerald Henderson never got going in the game.  Henderson is battling a wrist injury that he sustained in the North Carolina game.  I have to wonder if he will sit out a game or two and let it heal up so he is 100% healthy heading into the ACC Tournament.

The Blue Devils will try to rebound on Wednesday night as they travel to Miami to take on the Hurricanes.  The game will start at 9:00 eastern and can be seen on ESPN Full Court. 

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Duke beats Maryland 77-65 at Cameron Indoor Stadium

It was an up down game for the Duke Blue Devils on Wednesday night against Maryland as they held off the Terrapins 77-65.  The Blue Devils were leading the game 41-30 at halftime, and quickly pushed the lead to 46-30 within the first few minutes of the second half, but that was when Coach Williams for Maryland called a timeout and the Terrapins went on a big run.

As the Duke lead went down to two points around the eight minute mark, freshman Kyle Singler took over.  He quickly pushed the lead back up to four with a nice layup as he drove by the defender on the baseline and from that point forward the Blue Devils never looked back.  Singler finished the game with a career high 26 points.  Single went 6 of 9 from beyong the arc and 10-17 overall.  Great game as the freshman continues to grow in the Duke system.

Greg Paulus had another good night shooting the ball as well.  Paulus finished with 20 points on 5 of 11 shooting including four three pointers.  He did have some trouble defending Vasquez of Maryland but overall he did a good enough job to get the win.  Speaking of Vasquez, have we seen a much more cocky player lately?

Two other Blue Devil players were in double figures as Jon Scheyer scored 13 points and DeMarcus Nelson scored 12 points.

One player who hasn’t been scoring as much lately has been Gerald Henderson.  Don’t just look at the scoring column though, Henderson is playing some great defense and really helping out the team in that fashion.  I do wish he would stop trying for the electric dunk, and lay the ball in as he attacks the basket.

Duke will next be in action on Sunday as they travel to Wake Forest.  The game will be seen on Fox Sports Net.

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Duke uses strong second half to defeat Boston College 90-80

One again Duke was behind at halftime, but came out strong in the second half and defeated the Boston College Eagles 90-80. I would like if the Blue Devils weren’t behind at halftime, but you do have to give them credit in coming back and winning in the second half.

Kyle Singler and DeMarcus Nelson were the sparkplugs for the Blue Devils on Saturday afternoon.   Singler had a wonderful game finishing with 24 points and 10 rebounds.  Anytime the Blue Devils needed a big shot, it was Mr. Singler hitting it.  Nelson wasn’t too far behind in the stats as he finished with 23 points and eight rebounds.  Great 1-2 punch today by Singler and Nelson to carry the Blue Devils.

One thing I didn’t like was how they let Tyrese Rice score 28 points.  Greg Paulus needed to do a better job of stopping Rice’s penetration and force someone else to shoot the ball.  Exactly what he is going to have to do when they play North Carolina and Ty Lawson is playing.

Overall it is a good win against a scrappy Boston College team.  The Blue Devils will next play on Wednesday night against Maryland.  The game will tip-off at 7:00 P.M. eastern from Cameron Indoor Stadium, and it can be seen on ESPN.

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Duke uses the long ball to beat North Carolina 89-78

It was raining three pointers last night during the Duke / North Carolina game, and they were all needed for the Blue Devils as they beat North Carolina 89-78.  Duke took over the lead with 11 minutes left in the first half, and led the rest of the ballgame as the Tar Heels could never get over the hump and regain the lead from the Blue Devils.

Greg Paulus had the hot hand from outside as he went 6-8 from downtown and scored a team high 18 points.  Jon Scheyer wasn’t too far behind Paulus as he scored 17 points.  Kyle Singler chipped in with 14 points, DeMarcus Nelson scored 13 points while battling foul trouble, Gerald Henderson had 12 points, and Lance Thomas helped out with 10 points.  Another all around balanced scoring attack by the Blue Devils.

One thing the Blue Devils need to get better at is boxing out and grabbing some damn rebounds.  They would make it a lot easier on themselves if they were just able to rebound.  Not having a big man that can grab 10-15 boards a game is really hurting this team.  If they want to make a deep run in the tournament, they are going to have to rebound a lot better.

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Duke wins their 9th straight game with 88-73 victory over Miami

Chalk up another win for the Duke Blue Devils as they beat a physical Miami team 88-73 Saturday afternoon at Cameron Indoor Stadium.  Duke has been playing some very physical teams this year, and they are coming out throwing elbows, giving pushes, and other tacky things trying to get into the Duke player’s heads.  Sorry, it isn’t working…

DeMarcus Nelson only scored two points int he first half, but he came out red hot in the second half and scored 19 points to finish with 21 total points.  Nelson is clearly stepping up to be the goto scorer for this Blue Devil team.  Exactly what the Senior should be doing.

Another player that has really stepped up his play is Greg Paulus.  Paulus has been getting more assists, cutting down on his tournovers, and scoring the ball alot more in the last nine games.  On Saturday, Paulus finished the game with 16 points, six rebounds, and two assists.

Kyle Single was the other Duke player to score in double figures.  The Freshman chipped in with 14 points on 4 of 8 shooting.

Up next for the Blue Devils will be the bigtime rivalry game against North Carolina.  Tip-off is set for 9 P.N. eastern from Chapel Hill.  Anything can happen in this game but I will predict a 2 point win for the Blue Devils!

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