Posted On: March 29, 2009 By: Cliff Comments: (6)
The Duke Blue Devils will soon be announcing that freshman sharpshooter Seth Curry will be transferring to the University and will be a member of the Blue Devil basketball team. Curry who averaged 20.3 in his Freshman season at Liberty will have to sit out the next season and will have three seasons left to play starting in 2010-2011.
Let’s hope he can shoot the ball just as good his big brother and dad once he puts the Blue Devil uniform on! We sure could use someone that can put the ball in the hole for long range.
Next up, hopefully we hear some good news about the recruitment of John Wall who was also on the campus this weekend to meet with Coack K. I’d love to add Wall as he would be at true point guard for the team. Give me Curry, Wall and a big man please!
Posted On: March 26, 2009 By: Cliff Comments: (10)
It was a cold shooting night for the Duke Blue Devils and it was pretty much embarassing to watch them play the entire second half against a quicker Villanova team. Duke shot just 16 of 60 from the floor for just 26.7% as they seen their season come to an end with a 77-54 loss to the Wildcats.
Duke took a 5-0 lead to start the game but after that it was all Villanova. They used a very tight defense with a lot of hand checking to slow down Gerald Henderson and Jon Scheyer. The defense caused the Blue Devils to shoot terrble and not even run their offense most of the game. It was truely embarassing to watch in my opinion. Henderson finished with just seven points on 1 of 14 shooting while Scheyer had 13 points but missed plenty of wide open shots.
The one player that stepped up and actuallly showed something during the second half I thought was Kyle Singler. Singler added 15 points for the Blue Devils but was actually showing some emotion out there and trying to do something with the basketball. He was atleast making some shots for himself.
So now the long off season starts for the players and coaching staff. The coaches will continue recruiting while the players will hopefully have a strong and dedicated off season to get stronger. The big question this offseason is if Gerald Henderson will be back or not?
Posted On: March 25, 2009 By: Cliff Comments: (8)
Duke will be looking to move on to the Elite 8 tonight when they take on a fiesty Villanova team in Boston but it sure isn’t going to be easy. Villanova matches up very well with Duke and I have a feeling that they will give the Blue Devils a hard time. Look for the Wildcats to rely on forward Dante Cunningham who averages around 20 points a game. Can the Blue Devils stay out of foul trouble and contain Cunningham? I think that is what this game will come down too.
The Blue Devils are back in the Sweet 16 after being upset early in the tournament the past two seasons. Previously they made it to the Sweet 16 nine straight times before the 2007 season. Villanova is back in the Sweet 16 for the fourth time in the last five years. They are a great quality team but I think the Blue Devils will move on to the Elite 8 because they have a better overall team with Gerald Henderson, Kyle Singler and Jon Scheyer.
Look for Henderson to have a big game as he goes up against some of his friends from the Philadelphia area. Henderson almost chose Nova over Duke and says that he knows the program very well. I think he will have a great game and the Blue Devils move on!
Category: Duke Basketball
Posted On: March 23, 2009 By: Cliff Comments: (2)
Well the good news is that Duke is moving onto the Sweet 16 after beating Texas 74-69 on Saturday night. The bad news is that I’m just now getting to blogging about the game as I just got home from Las Vegas where I was watching the opening round games at the Paris Ballroom.
It was a very nice win for the Blue Devils who played just good enough too dispose of the Longhorns. Gerald Henderson led the team with 24 points while Kyle Singler added 17 and Jon Scheyer chipped in with 13 points. Nice balanced scoring attack and when you combine that with a decent defense that is why the Blue Devils came out on top by five points.
I don’t have a lot else to blog about regarding the Texas game as I’m sure everything has already read game recaps and watched the game themselves. I do have to say that the Paris Ballroom setup for March Madness is top notch. Nothing like being able to bring in all your food and drinks and sit back with four huge screens all day long.
Now Duke moves onto the Sweet 16 where they will take on Villanova. This game will be another tough game and the guard play by Duke will either make or break them in my opinion. We will have a better look at the game in the next couple of days so come on back!
Category: Duke Basketball
Posted On: March 19, 2009 By: Cliff Comments: (1)
It was a nice first round win for the Duke Blue Devils on Thursday night as they beat the Binghamton Bearcats 86-62. Duke dominated throught most of the game as they usually had atleat a 10-15 point lead throughout the game. A strong defense and hot shooting fueled the Blue Devils in the game as the moved onto the second round where they will take on the Texas Longhorns Saturday evening.
Six different Blue Devils scored over ten points as they were led by Jon Scheyer with 15 points. Lance Thomas added 14 and Gerald Henderson and Nolan Smith had 13 apiece for the Blue Devils. Elliot Williams chipped in with 11 points while forward Kyle SIngler added 10 points of his own. Great all around scoring for the Blue Devils as they had a blance scoring attack against the Bearcats.
Looking forward to Saturday nights game against the Longhorns, I really like the Blue Devil’s chances of moving onto the sweet 16. I think they have the defense to slow down the longhorns and they will continue to shoot the ball well. I can’t wait to be rooting for Duke at the Paris Casino in Las Vegas. Sitting in an airport right now with about an hour until we board and it can’t come quick enough!
Posted On: March 15, 2009 By: Cliff Comments: (1)
A couple of hours after the Duke Blue Devils won the ACC Tournament, they learned where they would be in the NCAA Tournament bracket as they were placed in the East region with a number two seed. The Blue Devils won’t have to travel too far as they will be starting off the tournament in Greensboro.
The first round will have Duke playing Binghamton. Binghamton will bring a 23-8 record into the game but I do not expect the Blue Devils to have any problem beating them and moving on into the secound round. I would assume that the Blue Devils would take on Texas in the second round.
Other teams in the East region are the number one seed Pitt, UCLA, Villanova, and Florida State. I really likes Duke’s chances in this bracket and expect them to move into the Sweet 16 and take on Villanova which would be a great game to watch.
What’s your opinions on the bracket?
Category: Duke Basketball
Posted On: March 15, 2009 By: Cliff Comments: (0)
Wahoo! The Duke Blue Devils won the ACC Tournament with a 79-69 victory over Tony Douglas and the Florida State Seminoles. The win was the 17th ACC Tournament Championship for the Blue Devils which tied them all time with North Carolina.
Jon Scheyer who scored 29 points in the championship was named the tournament mvp which I thought was kind of surprising. I thought Tony Douglas played great througout the entire tournament and had earned the MVP but I congratulate Scheyer on taking home the award.
Gerald Henderson poured in 27 points from the Blue Devils as he shot 9-17 from the floor. Super sophomore Kyle Singler added 14 points while Nolan Smith chipped in with six. Henderson and Singler were red hot in the first half as Duke broke out to an early 35-21 lead at half time. However early in the second half, they both went cold until the 12 minute mark when Coack K took a timeout and then it was all Duke from there.
I thought David McCLure played a great game as he grabbed five rebounds and kept the ball alive on multiple positions that turned into points later on in the possesion. McClure is kind of an unspoken guy on this team that you never really hear much about but he is a great role player and knows his role and does a great job with it.
Now we sit here for the next 2.5 hours and wait for the brackets to come out. Expect the Blue Devils to earn a number two seed and probably end up in Greensboro where North Carolina will also be with the #1 seed. We need the Blue Devils fans to buy as many tickets as they can if the team ends up in Greensboro. More fans there the better!
Posted On: March 14, 2009 By: Cliff Comments: (2)
The Duke Blue Devils defeated the Maryland Terrapins for the third time this season as they moved into the finals of the ACC Tournament. Duke and Maryland battled back and forth all game long but it was the Blue Devils who pulled away late in the second half to come away with a 67-61 victory. Now the Blue Devils will take on Florida State who will be making their first ever appearance in the finals. The Seminoles upset the number one seed North Carolina to move on in the tournament.
Jon Scheyer led the Blue Devils with 22 points while Kile Singler added 14 points of his own.
Gerald Henderson scored just eight points, ending a streak of 24 straight games in double figures. Nolan Smith did pick up some of the slack however as he chipped in with 10 points.
With the team making the finals it will be the 10th time in the last 11 years that they have played in the finals. They have also won seven of those ten championships. Let’s sit back and watch the Blue Devils bring home another ACC Tournamant Championship on Sunday and then get ready to print off some brackets later in the day!