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Posted On: February 28, 2009 By: Cliff Comments: (2)
It was another Saturday game that I was unable to watch on tv so I don’t have a lot of input on the game. After watching the highlights on sportscenter, the game came right down to the end with Duke coming away with a 72-65 win.
Gerald Henderson had another nice game as he finsihed with 21 points, seven rebounds and six assists. Kyle Singler added 21 points of his own as he finally got his touch back.
Virginia Tech is a tough place for the Blue Devils to play so I was glad that they were able to come away with the win. Any win on the road in ACC play is a good win. Duke has two conference games left before the ACC Tournament starts. They take on Florida State Tuesday night and then North Carolina on Sunday.
Posted On: February 25, 2009 By: Cliff Comments: (1)
It was a very physical game between Duke and Maryland on Wednesday night but what else would you expect in this rivalry. Both of these teams have been playing physical basketball when they step on the court for quite a while now. They usually bring the best out of each other especially when Duke travels up to Maryland’s home court. Wednesday night was no different but luckily for Duke, they came out on top with a 78-67 victory.
Gerald Henderson once again led the Blue Devils in the scorebook as he scored 19 points. Henderson also played pretty good defense and threw down a monsterous dunk in the game right after Nolan Smith was knocked out of the game by a hard screen. It was kind of a “I got you Nolan” moment I thought.
Jon Scheyer probably knocked down the biggest bucket of the night for the Blue Devils when he hit a three pointer with 1:54 left in the game. The shot gave Duke a 72-63 lead and got the crowd out of it as Maryland attempted to come back. Scheyer ended up finishing the game with 12 points.
Freshman stud Elliot Williams added 15 points for the Blue Devils. Kyle Singler added 13 points of his own even though he had five turnovers.
Good conference win on the road for Duke. Their record now stands at 23-5 overall and their next game will be Saturday afternoon against Virginia Tech.
Posted On: February 22, 2009 By: Cliff Comments: (4)
The Duke Blue Devils and Gerald Henderson got a little bit of revenge on Wake Forest Sunday evening. Henderson scored a career high 35 points to lead the Blue Devils to a 101-91 victory at Cameron Indoor Stadum. This was one game that Coack K really wanted and he showed a lot of emotion through the entire game. He had the fans into the game early on and it really helped the team out I thought.
Once again we saw Jon Scheyer run the point guard position and Elliot Williams in the starting lineup. Williams gave the Blue Devils a bigtime spark in the first half as he caused three turnvovers within a couple of minutes on inbounds plays. Williams finished the game with 11 points while Scheyer had a career high 30. Kyle Singler chipped in 11 of his own points as well in the game.
I would expect Coack K to stick with this new starting lineup until it fails. It will be interesting to see how well Scheyer can run at the point guard position and also score. I would have to think he would need some more breaks than he is getting currently or he is going to become very tired come ACC Tournament time.
You all probably noticed that the team was wearing brand new jerseys last night. They will wear them a couple of more times and then reveal the brand new blue ones when they take on North Carolina in Chapel Hill.
Posted On: February 19, 2009 By: Cliff Comments: (1)
The Duke Blue Devils got back too the winning ways on Thursday night as they beat St. Johns by the score of 76-69. The Red Storm gave the Blue Devils all they could handle in the second half as they outscored the Devils by four points and had the lead down to five points with under 30 seconds to go. The seven point win snapped the two-game losing streak that the Blue Devils were on after losses to North Carolina and Boston College. Decent road win up in New York City where Duke usually does play pretty good.
Coack K used a different starting lineup in the game as he gave Elliot Williams a start. Williams played well in the first half as he scored nine points and finished the game with 11 points.
Also, Greg Paulus and Nolan Smith spent a lot of time on the bench tonight as Coack K played junior Jon Scheyer at the point guard position most of the game. Scheyer took control of the ball very nicely and kept the offense under control. I think Coack K was trying to get a point across to Paulus and Smith that they both need to control the ball better, defend better and also work on their shot selection.
As a team the Blue Devils were led by Gerald Henderson who scored 19 points. Following Henderson was Scheyer who added 18 points for the Blue Devils. The other two players that scored in double figures were Kyle Singler with 15 and Williams who we mentioned scored 11 earlier in the article. The only player to score off the bench was Miles Plumlee who had four points in the game.
One thing I didn’t care for during the game was having Bob Knight as an announcer. I feel he knows a lot about the game, however he drags his broadcasting on and on and talks way to much lol. Not as bad as Dicky V but bad enough that I wish someone else was announcing the game.
Duke will now have a big test on Sunday as they play Wake Forest once again. The game will be at Cameron Indoor Stadium and the Blue Devils will need to bring their A game if they want to beat the Deamon Deacons and pick up their second win in a row.
Posted On: February 15, 2009 By: Cliff Comments: (1)
Things sure didn’t get better for the Duke Blue Devils on Sunday as they tried to get back in the win colume after losing to North Carolina on Wednesdsay night. However, the Boston College Eagles had other thoughts and came out and beat the Blue Devils 80-74. Duke now finds themselves with a 7-4 record in the ACC conference and 20-5 overall.
Kyle Singler led the Blue Devils with 25 points and Gerald Henderson chipped in with 20 but the two combined to also miss 22 shots. Jon Scheyer had a terrible shooting night as he only made three out of twelve shots. The Blue Devils shot just 42% from the floor while the Eagles made 59% of their shots. You can look at the percentages from behind the three point line as see how bad that hurt Duke. Duke shot just 19% on three of sixteen whle the Eagles made eight out of eighteen three’s.
So now Duke will be out of the top 10 and will have four days before they battle St. Johns on Thursday night. Expect Coack K to have the players ready to go and the Blue Devils to get back in the win column after three out of four losses.
Posted On: February 11, 2009 By: Cliff Comments: (2)
It was the Ty Lawson show in the second half as North Carolina came from behind in the second half to beat the Duke Blue Devils 101-87 at Cameron Indoor Stadium. Duke held a 52-44 halftime lead as they shot lights out and stopped the Tar Hell run and gun offense. However things turned completely around in the second half as Carolina got hot behind Lawson and Duke had no answer on the other end.
It was a pretty good overall shooting night for the Blue Devils as they shot 48.6% from the field and 33.3% from three point land. However the Tar Heels shot 54.8% and 40% respectively. Kyle Singler led Duke in scoring with 22 and was closely followed by Jon Scheyer who put in 20 points. Gerald Henderson who had a strong first half finished with 17 points but could never really get things going in the second half when Duke needed an answer Lawson.
One area of the game that the Blue Devils need to work on is the free throw shooting. They only went 11 of 18 Wednesday night while the Tar Hells went 27 of 31 from the charity stripe.
All in all I thought Duke played pretty good and much better then their last two games. They just didn’t have the speed to keep up with Lawson in the second half and gave Carolina too many second chance points. Now the question will be how does Duke respond from losing this game? Their next game is at Boston College this Sunday and that can be a tough place to play. I think they will bounce back and pick up a victory while staying right behind North Carolina in the standings.
Posted On: February 10, 2009 By: Cliff Comments: (3)
The Duke / North Carolina continues tonight at Cameron Indoor Stadium with tip-off at 9:00 ET. The two teams are basically tied in the ACC Conference standings at 7-2. The Tar Hells come into the game rated #3 in the ESPN/USA Today poll with the Blue Devils sitting at #5 in the poll.
The Blue Devils will be trying to win for the first time in the last three meetings at Cameron. Tyler Hansborough has won everytime he has stepped foot on Coack K court in a Tar Hell uniform and he will be looking to go 4-0 in his career in Durham. The last visiting player to do that was the great Tim Duncan from Wake Forest.
I think this game comes down to how well the Duke defense can slow down the Tarhell offense. Duke has had problems with fast teams and teams that like to be physical. Carolina will try to push the ball with Ty Lawson and Wayne Ellington while Hansbrough will be the physical player down low for them. I don’t think Duke has an answer to Hansbrough if he gets the ball down low. I expect Lance Thomas and Brian Zoubek to rack up a lot of fouls trying to control Physco-T. Will Lawson, Ellington, and Danny Green contribute enough to help out Hansbrough and pick up the win for the Tar Hells?
For Duke they simply need to shoot the ball better and stay out of foul trouble in this game. As a team they can’t rely on Gerald Henderson and Kyle Singler scoring all the points. A player like Greg Paulus or Jon Scheyer needs to step up and score twenty or so points to really help out. If the Blue Devils can knock down some early shots and cause turnovers I think they have a good chance at winning this game. They cannot play as bad as they did against Clemson and Miami last week or this will be a very long night at home against the team they want to beat the most every season.
I’m not going to be a homer tonight, and that might upset some our readers but I see the Tar Heels coming away with a victory tonight. Somewhere along the line of 80-74.
What are your thoughts on the game? I’d love to hear everyones opinons no matter if you are a Duke fan or a Carolina fan.
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Posted On: February 9, 2009 By: Cliff Comments: (2)
The Duke Blue Devils fell to the number five ranking in the ESPN / USA Today pool that released on Monday. After lossing 74-47 to Clemson and beating Miami 78-75 in overtime the Blue Devil’s record now stands at 20-3 overall and 7-2 in the ACC Conference.
In the AP Poll, the Blue Devils are now rated number six.
The ranking in the conference as well as national rankings will have some movement this week as Duke and North Carolina face off for the first time this season. Duke will need to come out and play better defense and knock down some shots if they want to beat the Tar Heels on Wednesday night.