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Wake Forest upsets Duke 70-68

Duke’s run being ranked #1 is over about as quick as it started. Wake Forest scored with .8 seconds left Wednesday night to upset Duke 70-68 on their home court. Duke was down 11 points with under 10 minutes to go and battled back to tie the game on a Gerald Henderson jumpshot but Wake Forest ended up getting the last shot of the game on an inbounds play at their baseline to win. It was a tough game for the Blue Devils and I do have to give them credit for coming back in the game.

Wake Forest is the type of team that has given Duke problems in the past. The Deamon Deacons are a very tall team and very athletics. They presented Duke matchup problems all night long. The fact that no else showed besides Henderson and Kyle Singler also hurt the Blue Devils but I will give Wake their credit as they played their game and held on for the victory.

Henderson and Singler did their best to bring the Blue Devils back late in the game but when the rest of the team scored under 10 points in the second half, you almost knew it wasn’t meant to be. Singler led the Blue Devils with 23 points while Henderson added 21 of his own. The only other player in double figures was Jon Scheyer with 13 but he only shot 2-of-10 from the field as he continues to struggle shooting the ball.

I’m very dissappointed in how Brian Zoubek played tonight. Tonight was his chance to shine against the bigger Wake Forest team. Zoubek was alwasy getting out rebounded and went scoreless while only playing 13 minutes. Coack K knew right away that Zoubek wasn’t the answer down low and elected to go with the smaller lineup much of the second half.

Speaking of Coack K, did he look tired or what? I don’t know if he was feeling sick or not but it really looked like he could use a few days of rest. Coach might need an IV before the next game. He clearly wasn’t himself tonight I don’t think.

It’s not the end of the world for the Blue Devils even though they lost. They are still in the hunt for the ACC Championship. They will get Wake Forest at home later in the season as well so a little payback might be coming for the Deamon Deacons. Let’s all keep our heads up high.

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Duke hammers Maryland 85-44

The Duke Blue Devils played the most complete game they have all year as they hammered the Maryland Terrapins 85-44 on Saturday afternoon. The 41 point loss for the Terrapins was their worst loss under coach Gary Williams. With the victory, Duke will become the new #1 when the polls are released on Monday as Wake Forest lost earlier in the week.

Duke was pretty much on fire the entire game. As a team they shot 42% from the floor and 48% from three point land. The one part of the game that they didn’t do to well was at the free throw line where they only shot 58%. Gerald Henderson was the high scorer for the team as he finished with 17 points. Jon Scheyer nailed four three pointers to finish with 12 points while Kyle Singler added 11 points as well.

I was surprised with how well Brian Zoubek played. Zoubek recorded nine points and also grabbed nine boards today against the Terrapins. He has gotten a lot better as the season as went on and it is really helping out the team at both ends of the court. Another guy that had a good game was freshman Elliot Williams who had nine points as well.

So Duke will become the #1 ranked team in the country on Monday more then likely. The Blue Devils haven’t been ranked number 1 since the final poll of the 2005-06 season. Th Blue Devils will be taking on Wake Forest Wednesday night so their first game as number 1 is going to be a very tough game. Duke will have to shoot the ball well and also rebound well to beat the Deamon Decons on their home court but the way the Blue Devls are playing, I think they will get the job done.

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Strong second half pushes Duke past N.C. State

Good evening everyone. First off I was unable to watch the game tonight just like a lot of fans. I was thinking that the game was going to be broadcast by one of the ESPN channels but I was wrong. At some point after the schedule was released, they switched the game to be shown on Raycom only. I don’t pay for the extra games on DirecTV since Duke is usually already on tv so I was unable to watch tonight.

From the look of things Duke struggled in the first of and was actually losing 26-22 at half time. However in the second half, the Blue Devils came on strong and scored 51 points as they went on for a 73-56 victory. A win is a win no matter how bad the first half was, I’ll take it just like the team will take it.

Gerald Henderson led all Blue Devil’s in scoring with 21 points. Gerald added seven rebounds, five steals, and four assists as well. Great all around game for him as he has really came on in the last seven games.

Kyle Singler chipped in 17 points of his own on 6 of 10 shooting. Nolan Smith had a tough shooting night as he only made four of ten shots but he was able to score 13 points.

Duke will have another tough game this Saturday as they take on the Maryland Terrapins who will travel down to Cameron for a game at 12:00 ET. The game is scheduled to be shown on ESPN.

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Gerald Henderson leads Duke past Georgtown 76-67

It was a tough non-conference battle between Duke and Georgetown on Saturday afternoon at Cameron Indoor Stadium. A game that seen the Blue Devils and Hoyas battle back and forth before Duke was able to come away with a 76-67 win. Duke jumped out to a 40-29 lead at halftime but seen that lead dwindle down to as low as four points with 37.5 seconds left before Nolan Smith and Jon Scheyer both knocked down a pair of free throws to seal the game.

I’ve mentioned this after the Duke / Xavier game, but I love seeing the Blue Devils play this type of non-conference game. This is the type of game that the Blue Devils need to play to get ready for the tournament in March. Great win over a very good Georgetown team.

I thought the game turned around in the first half when super freshman Greg Monroe had to sit on the bench with foul trouble. Monroe is such a beast down low that he is a difference maker even if he is not scoring. He is constantly double or triple teamed on offense, and is very good on the defensive end. It’s crazy to think how good Duke would be if Monroe would have chose the Blue Devils during the recruiting process.

Wow, what a first half Gerald Henderson had for the Blue Devils Henderson had 17 first half points and finished with 23 for the game. At one point Henderson was like six-of-six from the floor and was absolutely taking over the game. Henderson has really stepped up his game in the last six or seven games and is becoming a very special player for Duke.

Besides Henderson going for 23 points, Kyle Singler added 15 points. Singler didn’t have his best shooting day but still managed to score in double figures and grab 16 rebounds. Jon Scheyer chipped in 11 points while Greg Paulus had his second good game in a row with 10 points off the bench.

Duke is now 16-1 on the season and their next game will be Tuesday against N.C. State.

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Duke starts off slow but beats Georgia Tech 70-56

Duke and Georgia Tech battled down in Atlanta on Wednesday night and it was an old fashioned slugfest just like we have seen in past years. Both teams struggled at times in the first half but it was Duke who put together a much better half in the second half and pulled away for a 70-56 victory.

Duke shot like crap all game long I thought. As a team they only shot 39% from the floor and 33% beyond the arc. Usually you will see the Blue Devils shooting at a much higher percentage but they were just off against the Yellow Jackets. Kyle Singler and Gerald Henderson both chipped in 19 points each to lead the team. Jon Scheyer also helped out as he scored 14 of his own points.

There was no question that the youth of Georgia Tech played a big role in the game. They were terrible at the free throw line only shooting 7 of 19 and committed 18 turnovers. This is a team that is very athletic but they just need time to work together in my opinion.

Duke improved to 15-1 on the season and 3-0 in conference play with the 14 point victory. Up next for the Blue Devils will be a huge game against Georgetown on Saturday at Cameron Indoor Stadium. Georgetown is currrently ranked #12 in the country. Tip-off is set for 1:30 ET so make sure you are at Cameron or tuned into CBS!

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Sorry for late update on the Duke – Florida State game

Sorry everyone, I was not able to watch or even record the game on Saturday afternoon as I was out of town and just got back this evening. By the look of things it was a very cold shooting and slow first half as Duke only had a 19-14 lead. Things heated up in the second half as the Blue Devils outscored the Seminoles 47-44 and went on for a 66-58 victory.

I had blogged earlier in the week how tough it is for Duke to play at Flordia State and this proved that once again. I’m glad that the team came away with a victory as it was a nice road win in ACC play.

Up next for the Blue Devils will be a game at Georgia Tech on Wednesday evening. Tip-off is set for 7:00 ET and the game will be shown on ESPN. Georgia Tech is 0-2 in the conference and 9-6 overall. I expect this to be a 10 point victory for the Blue Devils.

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Duke holds off Davidson 79-67 on Wednesday night

Things start off slow for Duke and Davidson on Wendesday night as both teams committed multiple turnovers in the first 10 minutes of the games but after setteling down Duke came out on top with a 79-67 victory. It was a great non-conference game for the Blue Devils as Davidson is a very quality team. I like scheduling this type of game because Davidson is the kind of team that could give Duke trouble in the NCAA Tournament. Great overall win and the team can really learn and grow from it.

Jon Scheyer and Kyle Singler led the Blue Devils by pouring in 44 points combined. Scheyer and Singler both scored 22 points each. Singler scored a quick eight points early in the game as the Blue Devils got out to a nice lead. Scheyer was 3 of 4 from beyond the arc he was shooting the ball very well. Gerald Henderson was the only other Blue Devil to score in double figures ass he scored 11 points.

Overall I thought that the team played pretty well. They did go scoreless and played bad defense late in the second half when Davidson got the lead down to ten but after a timeout by Coack K they go things under control and finished the game strong on the defensive end. Stephen Curry the superstar from Davidson scored 29 points but only shot 10 of 22 and 1 of 9 from three point land. Duke did the right thing on defense as they forced Curry to take some bad shots commit some bad turnovers while he tried to get his teammates involved.

Duke improved to 13-1 on the year and now they will start preparing for their game on Saturday against Florida State. Any time the Blue Devils travel down to Tallahassee it is always a tough game and I expect nothing different about this trip. Tip-off is at 2:00 ET so make sure you don’t forget!

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Duke opens up ACC play with a 25 point win over Virgina Tech

Duke vs Virginia TechWow, what an opening game in ACC play for the Duke Blue Devils on Sunday night as they hammered the Virginia Tech Hokies 69-44. The Blue Devil defense came up big in the second half as they led the Hokies to just 13 points while scoring 30 of their own. As you might have read earlier in the day I predicted a eight to ten point lead by the Blue Devils, boy was I wrong with that prediction!

Overall I thought the team played sloppy at times but then picked it up at other times and played very good. The defense played a lot better then the offense but that was helped out by a cold shooting Va. Tech team that shot 36% on two-point field goals and just 11% from the three-point land. Duke on the other hand was red hot from beyond the arc as they shot 37% on three’s and 40% on two-pointers.

Four different Blue Devils scored in double figures in the game. Kyle Singler led the way with 19 points while Gerald Henderson finished with 15 points. Nolan Smith wasn’t too far behind Henderson as he chipped in 13 points. Jon Scheyer also had 11 points in the game even though he didn’t shoot the ball that well.

The key to the game I thought was the defense holding A.D. Vassallo to just seven points which was 12 points under his average. He had a terrible second half as the Blue Devil defense was all over him giving him fits the entire time.

Great way to open up ACC play especially since North Carolina lost to Boston College earlier in the night. It was also a nice tune up for Wednesday’s night game against Davidson and Stephen Curry. Tip-off for the game will be at 7:00 ET so make sure you are at Cameron or infront of your tv for what is line up to be a great game!

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