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Lance Thomas scores 21 as Duke beats Duquesne 95-72

Lance Thomas had the game of his career on Friday afternoon as he scored 21 points and six rebounds to lead the Duke Blue Devils past Duquesne 95-72. The Blue Devils were coming off a four day rest and they came out fast and well rested as they built a 20 point lead heading into halftime and then never looked back.

Thomas had this to say about his performance after the game:

“I feel like [that performance] was a little long overdue,” Thomas said. “On any given night, any of our guys can actually have a game like that. We have such a balanced team, such a deep team, that something like that can happen on any given night, and it says a lot about our team that we can do that.”

While Thomas led the team with 21 points, Kyle Singler added 21 points while Nolan Smith chipped in with 11 of his own. As a team, the Blue Devils scored 31 points off of 19 Duquesne turnovers.

It was balanced scoring attack for the Blue Devils as 11 different players scored in the game. The only player that played but did not score was Olek Czyz who played three minues and was 0 for 1 shooting the ball.

Duke will now look forward to their game on Tuesday night at Purdue. This will be a very tough matchup for the Blue Devils. The game is part of the ACC – Big 10 Challenge and will tip off at 9 ET so fans on the East coast will have to stay up late for this one. It will be a good game and great challenge for the team early in the season.

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Duke improves to 6-0 with 78-58 win over Montana

Well first off, I wasn’t able to watch the game today as I was out of town last night and didn’t return home in time for the game. At first I thought the game started at 3 eastern but no, it was 1 eastern. Whoops!

Looking over the game recap and box score it appears that the Blue Devils used a strong first half and pressure defense to pull out to a 47-28 lead at halftime. Nolan Smith scored 12 of his 14 points in the first half to lead the Blue Devils.

Gerald Henderson (14), Kyle Singler (13), and Jon Scheyer (12) were the other players that scored in double figures for Duke.

Duke played without co-captain Greg Paulus who was held out with a forearm contusion. They were also playing after only one day of rest since getting back from two games in New York City so it was nice to see the team come out and play well right from the get go.

The team will now have four days of rest before their next game which will be on Friday.  Duquesne will travel to Cameron Indoor Stadium for a 3:00 EST game. I look for the Blue Devils to improve to 7-0 on the year with a 15-20 point victory.

If you watched the game today, was there anything that stood out for you? Leave us a comment and let us know!

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Duke wins 2k Classic with 71-56 victory over Michigan

The Duke basketball team finished up their short stay in New York City with a 71-56 victory over the Michigan Wolverines on Friday night. With the the win, the Blue Devils won the 2k Classic and improved to 5-0 on the season.

Nolan Smith and Kyle Singler led the way for the Blue Devils as they picked apart the 1-3-1 defense that Michigan threw at them. Smith had a season high 16 points while Singler had 15 points. Singler also had eight rebounds and four assists while being named the tournaments MVP.

Gerald Henderson went 4 of 10 from the field as he finished with 12 points. I still feel that Henderson could be a little bit more aggressive and attack the basket even more however. He is really settling for the jump shot when he can take it hard to the basket and atleast get to the free throw line.

The Blue Devils have a short rest as they will be back on the court Sunday afternoon against Montana. Game time is set for 1:00 EST.

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Gerald Henderson and Nolan Smith Dunks

So we blogged last night about Duke defeating Southern Illinois. Now here are the YouTube videos of the two monster dunks that we had mentioned in the article.

Gerald Henderson Throwdown:

Nolan Smith One Handed Jam:

Duke will now take on Michigan in the final tonight on ESPN. Michigan upset UCLA 55-52.

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Henderson’s big second half helps Duke beat Southern Illinois 83-58

It was a tale of two halves for the Duke Blue Devils on Wednesday night as they defeated the Southern Illinois Salukis 83-58 at Madison Square Garden. Things sure weren’t looking good for the Blue Devils in the first half however as they struggled from the floor and had turnover after turnover it seemed like.

At halftime it was a 29-23 lead for the Blue Devils but in the second half they came out and played lights out as the scored 54 points in the second half to pull away for the victory. Gerald Henderson scored all 20 of his points in the second half and had a thunderous dunk that got the MSG crowd up off their feet. Kyle Singler scored 13 points which all came in the second half as well. Jon Scheyer was right there with Singler as he put in 13 points as well.

Brian Zoubek was the only other Blue Devil player that scored in double figures and he scored 10 points and grabbed six rebounds. It was a pretty good game for Zoubek, the best he has played so far this season.

Nolan Smith did have an awesome dunk in the game as well. Instead of giving the ball up and grabbing an assist, he took it hard to the basket and threw down a one handed dunk over two Saluki players. Up to that point the Blue Devils were playing sloppy and appeared to not be up for the game. I feel that Smith’s dunk got the team and the crowd into the game and that is when the Blue Devils started playing a lot better.

Now the team will await the winner of UCLA and Michigan who are playing now. I expect UCLA to come away with the win and then we will have a classic early season matchup against Duke. This will be a great game for Duke no matter if they win or lose. It will be one of those games that really get you ready for conference and post season play.

Are you looking for some tickets to upcoming Duke games? Grab them now before prices get to much more expensive with the holiday season coming up.

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Ryan Kelly and Mason Plumlee officially sign with Duke

Duke head coach Mike Krzyzewski officially announced that Duke has signed two recruits during the early signing period. Ryan Kelly and Mason Plumlee both have signed scholarship papers and will be with the Duke basketball team next fall.

Both Kelly and Plumlee were rated in he top 20 for each of their positions by scouting services like scout.com and rivals.com. Kelly is actually rated as the #3 power forward by scout and a top 20 player overall. Right now Kelly stands in at 6’9 while Plumlee is 6’10. Both players play the power foward position in high school.

When Mason steps foot on campus he will be joining his older brother Miles who is a freshman on this years team.

Congrats to both Ryan and Mason on joining the Duke family! It will be a pleasure to watch you next season!

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Duke holds off the upset bid from Rhode Island

Talk about a surprise on Sunday afternoon for the Duke Blue Devils. Rhode Island gave the Blue Devils all they could handle as they led for most of the game until Kyle Singler nailed a couple of free throws to give the Blue Devils the led for good late in the second half. The 82-79 game was Duke’s third win of the season as they opened up with a 3-0 record for the ninth straight season.

Jon Scheyer was the man for the Blue Devils as he finished with 23 points. Thirteen of the 23 points came on 13 of 13 shooting from the free throw line. Singler was right behind Scheyer in the point column as he scored 21 in the game.

Lance Thomas and Nolan Smith both chipped in 10 points each as well.

The reason the Rams made a game of is it because of the hot shooting from Jimmy Baron who was shooting lights out from beyond the arc. Baron nailed eight three pointers in the game and was hitting them from so far back, some fans probably thought it was J.J. Redick back at Cameron Indoor Stadium.

Up next for Duke is a Thursday night game against Southern Illinois who is currently 2-0 on the season. The game will be played at Madison Square Garden in New York City.

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Duke hammers Georgia Southern 97-54

Duke came out strong on Tuesday night as they defeated Georgia Southern 97-54 to move onto New York City in the Coaches Versus Cancer Classic. Once again it was Kyle Singler leading the way for the Blue Devils as he finished with a game high 19 points.

Starting point guard Nolan Smith had another good game as he finished with 13 points. Greag Paulus and Gerald Henderson both had better games as well as they both chipped in with 11 points each. Henderson was playing very athletic last night and if he continues to play like that him and Singler can carry this team very far.

Every player on the Duke roster scored except for Steve Johnson who did see five minutes of playing time in the game.

The Blue Devils cut down on their turnovers from their first game against Presbyterian as they only had 11 against Georgia Southern so that was another nice things to see.

Duke will now travel to New York City to continue play in the Coaches vs Cancer tournament and play November 20th at Madison Square Garden against an opponent that is unknown at this time. Before that game however they will have a home game against Rhode Island on November 16th.

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