Posted On: February 28, 2010 By: Cliff Comments: (1)
Duke had no problems going on the road and dominating the Virginia Cavaliers on Sunday night. Virginia was embarrassed on their home court as Duke jumped out to a quick 20-4 lead and never looked back in their 67-49 victory. Some had thought that Duke might be looking ahead to the Maryland game on Wednesday but that was not the case as they got the Virginia crowd out of the game right away and settled into their own game plan and had no problems moving the ball around and knocking down wide open shots.
Kyle Singler led all scorers with 21 points. He was closely followed by guard Jon Scheyer who chipped in 20 of his own points. Singler and Scheyer both could have scored over 25 points each had they not say on the bench for several minutes in the second half due to the blowout score. After the game Scheyer had this to say about where the team stands.
“I think we’re in a good place now,” he said. “We’ve improved a lot overall. … Our defense is really good and it’s been a strength all year. We need to keep getting better.”
So now the Blue Devils will prepare for a big game at College Park Wednesday night. Duke is 12-2 in ACC play while the Terrapins are 11-3. Big week for Duke basketball with the Maryland and North Carolina games. Let’s get these last two wins and look forward to the ACC Tournament next weekend!
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Posted On: February 21, 2010 By: Cliff Comments: (1)
Duke and Virginia Tech squared off at Cameron Indoor Stadium Sunday night and it was another tough battle in the ACC conference. Duke pulled away late in the game to come away with a 67-55 victory but it sure did not come easy. Va Tech came ready to play and brought some physical play trying to slow down the Duke offense. It was the Blue Devils however that closed out the game like the better team should always do.
I know I talk about Brian Zoubek’s play a lot and usually it is on the negative side but Sunday night he was a man down low. Zoubek grabbed 16 rebounds (8 on the offensive side) and showed the Crazies why he should be on the court more. Zoubek is finding his niche with this team and even if it has taken four years to do so, he is starting to peak at the right time and will be an asset to this team the rest of the way as long as he can stay out of foul trouble.
As usual the Blue Devil offense was led by the big three of Kyle Singler, Jon Scheyer and Nolan Smith. Singler led the group with 25 points on 7-15 shooting. Smith wasn’t too far behind in the point column as he poured in 23 points including a big three pointer late in the second half. Scheyer was just 4-19 from the floor but managed to score 15 total points.
Duke has now won six in a row and is 23-4 on the season. the Blue Devils will next be in action on Thursday night when Tulsa visits Cameron for a non-acc game. Fans need to get out on Thursday night as it is the second to last home game of the season. That is unless you are a lucky one with a ticket to the showdown with North Carolina to close out the regular season.
Posted On: February 17, 2010 By: Cliff Comments: (0)
It was a very sluggish start for the Duke Blue Devils on Wednesday night as they played down in Miami. The good thing was that the team came out of the half time break and really showed what kind of basketball they are capable of playing and should be playing every game. In the second half, Duke outscored Miami 56-37 to come away with a 81-74 victory. As I always say, no win on the road in the ACC conference is an easy one and that was exactly the case against Miami.
The first half was down right terrible for Duke. They were not defending the outside shot at all, they were making careless turnovers and also had foolish fouls. Jon Scheyer sat on the bench for ten minutes of the first half due to picking up two quick fouls. It was so bad in the first half that Scheyer missed his first nine shots and Nolan Smith missed his first six shots. The ball just wasn’t going in the bucket for the Blue Devils.
Things got turned around in the second half however. Kyle Singler, Scheyer and Smith combined to score 49 points in the second half as they stepped things up on offense. It was the defense that I thought that really got duke going. They made Miami commit 22 turnovers. Some of those turnovers led to fast break points which Duke was not getting in the first half.
Singler was the top scorer with 22 points but was closely followed by Smith who scored 21. Scheyer chipped in with 15 of his own points.
Up next for the Blue Devils will be a contest with Virginia Tech on Sunday night. Remember to follow us on twitter @justdukecom where we tweet during the game!
Posted On: February 10, 2010 By: Cliff Comments: (2)
Wednesday night was the first Duke / North Carolina battle of 2010 and round one went to the Blue Devils who used a late run in the second half to pull away for a 10 point victory. The Blue Devils did not shoot the ball well but used rebounding and defense to key the 64-54 victory in Chapel Hill. When you shoot just 32% in the game you have to find other ways to to win and that is exactly what Duke did against the Tar Heels.
Jon Scheyer was the leading point scorer as he scored 24 points. Kyle Singler chipped in 19 of his own while Nolan Smith added 10. Smith scored all of his points in the second half. Once against it was the Scheyer, Singler and Smith combination that scored the majority of the points.
One downside to the game was Lance Thomas. Thomas left the game in the second half with a knee injury. It could be a pretty serious one and I do expect Lance to at least miss a couple of games to make sure everything is ok. Once we hear more on the injury we will have a blog post update.
All in all Duke got the win no matter how ugly it was. Give the team credit for battling through out the whole game and get the win in the end. A road win in the ACC is never an easy task!
Posted On: February 4, 2010 By: Cliff Comments: (1)
It was the Kyle Singler show Thursday night in Cameron Indoor Stadium as the talented junior nailed eight three points to lead the Blue devils past Georgia Tech 86-67. Singler went on a roll after he had one of his wrists examined which was a thought of concern at the time. However, Singler came right back into the game and was knocking down shots from all over the court. Kyle scored a career high of 30 points in the contest.
“I just got into a rhythm,” Singler said. “I took open shots … and started knocking them down.”
It was a pretty close first half especially in the first ten minutes as the refs called a very close game. There were over 20 fouls in the first half alone as every little touch was called. The calls by the refs really threw off Georgia Tech who were without their two big men for most of the first half as they got into foul trouble. You never want to see the refs calling a close game and forcing kids to the bench but that is what happened to the Yellow Jackets.
Jon Scheyer added 21 points for the Blue Devils to go along with Singler’s 30. Great performance by both of them.
Duke now sits atop the ACC standings with a 6-2 conference record. That’s the main goal right now is to win the ACC conference and the ACC tournament. If Duke can do that, things will take care of themselves as far as seeding in the NCAA tournament.