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Georgetown tops Duke 89-77

Ouch, it was a terrible Saturday afternoon for Duke in Washington, D.C. as Georgetown completely dominated the Blue Devils 89-77. Playing in front of the President and Vice President, the Blue Devils came out lack luster and appeared that they had just woken up five minutes before the game.

The defense was absolutely terrible. There is no reason that you should allow this Hoya team to score 89 points when they came into the game averaging just 73 points. The defense was very lack luster as Greg Monroe, Austin Freeman and Chris Wright all scored over 20 points for Georgetown. There is no excuse for letting that happen.

The other thing that went against Duke was 16 turnovers. When you are allowing the opposing team to score 89 points there is no way you can turn the ball over 16 times. You have got to do a better job handling the ball and getting it to the open guy.

Just a terrible day overall.

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Duke gets upset by N.C. State

Life in the ACC Conference sure isn’t easy. All it takes is looking at the scores from last night as both Duke and North Carolina lost to tobacco road voes N.C. State and Wake Forest. One thing is for certain, this Duke team needs to come out with high intensity every game or else they are going to have games like they did on Wednesday night against State where they lost 88-74. It all starts on the defensive end…

Duke has now lost six of their last eight conference games on the road. Ouch, that has got to change!

The Wolfpack snapped a three-game losing streak against the Blue Devils, as they shot 58.2 percent from the field. Duke just couldn’t seem to slow down Tracy Smith (24 points) and Dennis Horner (20 points). Someone has got to step up on the defensive side of the ball and also play tough defense without fouling.

Kyle Singler was the leading scorer for Duke as he finished with 22 points. Jon Scheyer was closely behind with 21 points on the night.

It’s back to the drawing board for the Blue Devils and I can only expect to see a couple of tough practices before they travel to Clemson for another conference game on Saturday night.

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Duke pulls away for 79-59 victory over Boston College

Things started off pretty slow Wednesday night for the Duke Blue Devils but they came out strong in the second half and outscored the Eagles 41-24 in the second half to pull away for the 79-59 victory at Cameron Indoor Stadium.

Nolan Smith tied his career high with 24 points to lead the Blue Devils. The balanced scoring attack for the Blue Devils consisted of Kyle Singler (15) , Jon Scheyer (12) and Miles Plumlee (12).

That game was close in the first half as Boston College dominated the paint and kept the game close 38-35. The Eagles were led by Reggie Jackson who pumped in 20 points. Duke did a good job against the rest of the Boston College team so it’s alright that Jackson scored 20 on his own.

Duke improves to 14-2 on the season and will play next on Sunday against Wake Forest. Wake is always a tough game for the Blue Devils so hopefully they come out in the first half and set the pace in the game. Until then, GO DUKE!

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Duke goes down at Georgia Tech 71-67

It was a rough game for the Duke down in Atlanta on Saturday afternoon as they dropped a tough game against Georgia Tech 71-67. The Blue Devils just couldn’t slow down the Yellow Jackets in the second half as they put up 42 points in the second half. The Duke defense did not show up and either did the offense.

Jon Scheyer took a couple of a bad shots late in the game as he tried to bring the Blue Devils back but he came up short with air balls. Scheyer did finish the game with a game high 25 points but the rest of the offense played like crap.

Freshman Mason Plumlee scored ten points but he was the only other player to score in double figures. Kyle Singler and Nolan Smith both chipped in with nine points each but if you asked them, they should have put the ball threw the bucket more then they did.

I wonder if Coack K will be more upset with how the defense or offense played. To be it is all about the defense as they didn’t lock down and play good d in the second half. The first loss in conference play is always a tough one, the Blue Devils will need rebound quickly as they got another tough game on Wednesday against Boston College.

Enjoy your weekend Duke fans.

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Duke rolls past Iowa State 86-65

Coack K and Jon Scheyer went back home for a little homecoming on Wednesday night as Duke played Iowa State in Chicago at the United Center. Scheyer was the main man against the Cyclones as he lit up the United Center for 31 points as he led the Blue Devils to a 86-65 win. Duke is now 7-0 all time at the United Center.

Duke’s offense was not just about Scheyer as Nolan Smith put down 20 of his own points and Kyle Singler chipped in with 15. Yep once again the Blue Devils were led by Scheyer, Smith and Singler. That’s going to be the case this season so lets hope everyone stays healthy.

I can’t forget about Lance Thomas who also had a pretty good game. Lance knocked down two quick shots in the first couple minutes of the game and finished with nine points on 4-5 shooting. If Lance can stay out of foul trouble he can really help out on both ends of the court. I just don’t want him shooting too much when you have Scheyer, Smith and Singler on the court.

Up next for the 13-1 Blue Devils will be a clash against Georgia Tech on Saturday. A good road game that should test the Blue Devils down in Atlanta.

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Oh where have we been?

Whats up Duke fans? You have probably been wondering where our game recaps have been for the last three games? Well to be honest, I wasn’t able to catch more then a few minutes of each game so I didn’t feel like I could come up with that good of a game recap to write on the blog. I was updating Twitter @justdukecom during the games a little bit however so if you are on Twitter, please add us!

I’ll be back to blogging about Duke this evening when they take on the Iowa State Cylones in Chicago. Check out@justdukecom for some live in game tweeting as well as the blog after the game.


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