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Maui Invitational Winners and First Loss of the Season

Wow, where does time go? With the Thanksgiving Holiday and be being out of town for four days I wasn’t able to watch the Maui Invitational as much as I would have liked. Watching games at a bar is no where near as fun when you try to really get into the game and keep track of what is going on. It was great to see Duke stay undefeated in the tournament as they beat a fiesty Kansas squad in the finals.

On to Tuesday night when Duke suffered their first loss of the season when they traveled to Columbus, OH to take on Ohio State. With Lebron James, DeWayne Wade and a lot of former Buckeye players on hand, the Buckeyes cruised to a 85-63 victory over the Blue Devils. It was pretty ugly early on as Ohio State jumped out to a quick 11-0 lead and never looked back. You could tell that Coach K wanted to pound the ball down low with the Plumlee brothers and hopefully pick up fouls on Jared Sullinger but that didn’t work at all.

The one bright spot was freshman Austin Rivers who led Duke with 22 points. Rivers still had some forced turnovers as he attempted to drive the lane but I like the way he plays aggressive and gets to the foul line.

The guys could use some much needed rest. That game was their eighth in 18 days and that included the long trip to Hawaii and back. The team will play again on Dec 7th when Colorado State visits Cameron Indoor Stadium.

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Coach K gets win #903

Congratulations to Coach Krzyzewski as he picked up his 903rd win in NCAA basketball and passed up his mentor Bob Knight with the most wins in NCAA basketball history! With the Blue Devils coming into the game 2-0 and playing in “Cameron North” also known as Madison Square Garden, ex players and friends/family attended to watch Duke beat Michigan State 74-69. It was a great win for the team and one that Coach K wasn’t sure if they would pull out while he thought things over at half time.

The Blue Devils led 34-33 at half after playing a very sloppy first half. Turnovers and Spartan offensive rebounds really had everyone thinking “What the heck is going on?”. It was a good thing that Andre Dawkins was hot from beyond the arc in the first half or Duke would have found themselves down by 7-8 points. Dawkins finished with 26 points with 18 of those points coming from three point land.

Seth Curry had great game overall as well as he poured in 20 points, grabbed 7 boards and also dished out four assists.

I really thought Mason Plumlee and Austin Rivers rushed things when they had the ball in their hands. I love the fact that Rivers tries to attack the basket, but he will have to learn when to pull up and take a mid range jumper or pass the ball off before getting close to the big guys. It will come with the youngster I have no doubts about that.

Overall Duke should have probably won this game by 8-10 points which they led by most of the second half but some bone headed plays in the final few minutes made the game appear closer than it really was. Gotta play the full 40  minutes which I’m sure Coach K and his assistants will stress this week during practice.

Up next for the Blue Devils will be a game on Friday against Davidson. Tip-off is set for 6 pm EST.

John who writes here on the blog was able to travel to New York City for the game last night and met a lot of former Duke players and watched history happen. I’m glad John had a great time. He has been posting pictures etc of his trip on twitter so make sure you follow us both. @JohnnyDukes32 and @JustDukeCom

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